At the Blind Pig

Newt introduces himself to Gnarlak at The Blind Pig

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

By J.K. Rowling

GNARLAK sits himself at the end of their table, an air of confidence and dangerous control. A HOUSE-ELF hastily brings him a drink.

GNARLAK
So – you’re the guy with the case full of monsters, huh?

NEWT
News travels fast. I was hoping you’d be able to tell me if there have been any sightings. Tracks. That sort of thing.

GNARLAK downs his drink. Another HOUSE-ELF brings him a document to sign.

GNARLAK
You’ve got a big price on your head, Mr Scamander. Why should I help you instead of turnin’ you in?

NEWT
I take it I’ll have to make it worth your while?

The HOUSE-ELF scurries off holding the signed document.

GNARLAK
Hmm – let’s consider it a cover charge.

NEWT pulls out a couple of Galleons and slides them across the table towards GNARLAK, who barely looks up.

GNARLAK
(not impressed)
Huh – MACUSA’s offerin’ more’n that.

A beat.

NEWT pulls out a beautiful metal instrument and places it on the table.

GNARLAK
Lunascope? I got five.

NEWT rummages in his coat pocket and pulls out a glowing frozen ruby egg instead.

NEWT
Frozen Ashwinder egg!

GNARLAK
(finally interested)
You see – now we’re –

GNARLAK suddenly spots PICKETT, who is peeking out of NEWT’S pocket

GNARLAK
-wait a minute – that’s a Bowtruckle, right?

PICKETT quickly retreats and NEWT puts a hand protectively over his pocket.

NEWT
No.

GNARLAK
Ah, come on, that’s a Bowtruckle – they pick locks – am I right?

NEWT
You’re not having him.

GNARLAK
Well, good luck getting’ back alive, Mr Scamander, what with the whole of MACUSA on your back.

GNARLAK gets up and walks away.

NEWT
(in agony)
All right

GNARLAK, turned away from NEWT, smiles viciously.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling