J.K. Rowling Explains a New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Word

Mar 04, 2017

Posted by: Ashley Kurtz

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In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander chases down his creatures one by one; one of them being the occamy. Part bird, part snake, it’s caught by Newt and his friends throwing a cockroach into a teapot and the Occamy drastically changes its size to fit into it.


Featured on the Fantastic Beasts DVD that comes out on digital HD on March 7th, and Blu-Ray on March 28th, J.K. Rowling explains how she made up the word to describe the size transformation for the Occamy: choranaptyxic. The creation of the word stemmed from a playground rumour about household pets.

Watch Rowling explain its origins along with some behind-the-scenes footage and some comments from Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Eddie Redmayne in this clip from the home release of Fantastic Beasts and courtesy of Entertainment Weekly below:

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