This Friday's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has already descended upon the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re wandering through the park’s Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, or the Muggle gift shop in your Universal Studios hotel, you’ll be sure to come across magical items such as Newt Scamander’s journal, Gellert Grindelwald’s elder wand, and lots and lots of nifflers. Here’s a rundown of what Fantastic Beasts merchandise is available, and where you can find them.
Every wizard needs a wand, and the characters in Crimes of Grindelwald are no exception; shops across Universal Studios are selling non-interactive versions of their wands (wands that, sadly, do not have the sensor that lets them “cast spells” in Universal’s Wizarding World areas). The wands, which have been beautifully created by the Noble Collection, are in a labeled case and covered with a layer of sheer fabric.
Newt Scamander, Porpentina Goldstein, and Queenie Goldstein’s wands have been available since the first Fantastic Beasts movie, but you can now also get Grindelwald’s elder wand (which is a bit smaller and lighter than the interactive one already available), as well as the wands of Albus Dumbledore (his one before he obtained the elder wand), Theseus Scamander, Leta Lestrange, and Nicolas Flamel. If you’re interested in getting one of these at the parks, get them soon — rumor has it that the Noble wands will only be available there until January.
LOTS OF NIFFLERS AND A LITTLE OF NAGINI
We know that the jewel-loving niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now a parent, and that at least one baby niffler will make a cameo in the second movie. In the parks, the niffler merchandise has multiplied as well — stores from the Magical Menagerie (the “pet store” in Diagon Alley) to Filch’s Emporium (the gift shop for the Forbidden Journey attraction in Hogwarts) to the gift shop in a Universal-owned hotel had baby and adult nifflers galore.
If a stuffed animal version of niffler isn’t your thing, there are several other niffler-themed options available for you, including niffler T-shirts, sweatshirts, keychains, and mugs. The character Nagini, who plays a controversial role in Crimes of Grindelwald, gets her own plush stuffed animal, but little else. You can find the stuffed snake at the Magical Menagerie as well as in some Universal stores.
T-SHIRTS AND MUGS AND MAGNETS, OH MY!
If wands or stuffed animals of magical creatures aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other items that may catch your fancy. One design that’s strangely popular is a split-face image of a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald separated by the elder wand. You can own this image on a T-shirt, a mug, a keychain, or even a magnet. There’s also some nice pastel-themed shirts of Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange that bring to mind the cover of a Duran Duran album more than the Wizarding World, but it gets points for creativity. Other miscellaneous items include a T-shirt depicting portraits of the major characters, and a replica of Newt Scamander’s journal.
GLOBUS MUNDI: IS DIAGON ALLEY’S NEW TRAVEL AGENCY CONNECTED TO CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD?
Globus Mundi is a small “travel agency” that quietly opened in the park’s Diagon Alley in late October. The agency, like all the shops in Diagon Alley, is wonderfully themed; one wall, for example, has a fireplace just below a wall of clocks set to different time zones, which suggests that the agency is well linked into the Floo Network. While there’s nothing explicitly tying it to Fantastic Beasts, it does tie into the fact that each of the five movies in the new series will focus on different cities, with Crimes of Grindelwald taking place in Paris.
In the store, guests can purchase Globus Mundi luggage tags, sweatshirts, travel mugs, and notebooks. The agency is also right next to Gregorovitch’s wand shop (you remember Gregorovitch, right? He’s the wandmaker who owned the elder wand before Grindelwald). So while there’s no explicit connection to the Fantastic Beasts movies yet, I’d bet a bunch of Gringott’s gold that the agency plays a role in the upcoming film. Perhaps that’s how Newt gets to Paris so quickly? Maybe the agency is a cover for something else?
One thing’s for sure — we’ll have to wait until Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on Nov. 16 to find out.