Hunting the Demiguise

Newt and the gang try to track down a Demiguise in a New York department store

Extract from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling

SCENE 90: INT. DEPARTMENT STORE – NIGHT

A well-presented department store decorated for Christmas, with aisles full of expensive jewellery, shoes, hats and perfume. The place is shut down for the night, all the lights are off, no noises can be heard.

We see the handbag float down the central aisle, accompanied by small grunting noises.

NEWT and the group quickly tiptoe through the store, coming to hide behind a large plastic Christmas display. They eye up the floating handbag.

NEWT

(whispers)

So Demiguises are fundamentally peaceful, but they can give a nasty nip if provoked.

The Demiguise itself appears – a silvery-haired, orangutan-like creature, with a curious, wizened face – clambering over a display to reach a box of sweets.

NEWT

(to JACOB and QUEENIE)

You two … head that way.

They start moving.

NEWT

And try very hard not to be predictable.

JACOB and QUEENIE exchange perplexed glances before heading off.

A small roar can be heard in the distance.

ANGLE ON the Demiguise which, on hearing the sound, looks up towards the ceiling, before continuing to gather sweets, now shovelling them into its handbag.

TINA (O.S.)

Was that the Demiguise?

NEWT

No, I think it might be the reason that the Demiguise is here.

ANGLE ON NEWT and TINA, moving swiftly down an aisle towards the Demiguise, which is now moving away through the store.

Realising it’s been spotted, the Demiguise turns and looks at NEWT quizzically, before moving up a set of side stairs. NEWT smiles and moves to follow.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling