A slice of Arizona

Frank the Thunderbird seen in a replica of his natural habitat

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

By J.K. Rowling

NEWT is standing in the nearest habitat – a slice of Arizona desert. This area contains FRANK, a magnificent Thunderbird – a creature like a large albatross, his glorious wings shimmering with cloud and sun-like patterns. One of his legs is rubbed raw and bloody – he has obviously previously been chained. As FRANK flaps his wings, his habitat fills with a torrential downpour, thunder and lightning. NEWT uses his wand to create a magical umbrella, shielding him from the rain.

NEWT (eyes on FRANK up high)
Come on… come on… down you come… come on.

Slowly FRANK calms himself, lowering down to stand on a large rock in front of NEWT. As he does, the rain dies down and is replaced by a brilliant, hot sunshine.

NEWT puts his wand away and produces a handful of grubs from his pocket. FRANK watches intently. NEWT strokes FRANK with his free hand, calming him, affectionate.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling