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"I’ve just completed a year in the field. I’m writing a book about magical creatures ... A guide to help people understand why we should be protecting these creatures instead of killing them."
-- Newt Scamander to Tina Goldstein (WFT)

Newt Scamander

Newton “Newt” Scamander is a famous magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (PS5) as well as a number of other books. Scamander lives in Dorset with his wife Porpentina (FB). Scamander received the Order of Merlin, 2nd class in 1979, and is also featured on a chocolate frog card.

Scamander attended Hogwarts from 1908 to 1915, where he was a member of Hufflepuff house. He was expelled -- or nearly expelled -- from Hogwarts for the endangerment of human life by a beast. Albus Dumbledore strongly argued against his expulsion (WFT). He began his career in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, working in the Office of House Elf Relocation from 1915-1917.

In 1917, he moved to the Beast Division, where he worked until his retirement. During his time in the department, he made a number of notable achievements, including creating the werewolf register in 1947 and writing the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965. He has also worked with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau.

In 1918 he was commissioned by Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books to write a book about magical creatures. The first edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was published in 1927; the book is now in its 52nd edition.

In 1926 he traveled to America to set a Thunderbird free and met his future wife Porpentina Goldenstein an ex-auror. He also had to track some of the animals that escaped from his case. He helped out the wizarding community in North America and helped expose Percival Graves as Grindelwald and erased the minds of the muggles in the area who saw the destruction of as obscurus.

Family

Mother: A woman who bred Hippogriffs.

Spouse: Porpentina Scamander, née Goldstein.

Children: Newt and Porpentina have at least one son.

Grandchildren: At least one grandson, Rolf Scamander, who married Luna Lovegood. They have twin sons, Lorcan and Lysander.

Skills

Expert knowledge of magical creatures, with an intensely protective attitude toward them.

Commentary

Etymology

newt = small lizard-like amphibian similar to a salamander

Artemis = Greek mythology: goddess of hunting

Fido = generic name for a pet dog, from Latin fido = "faithful"

Scamander = sounds like "salamander"

Notes

According to promotional material for the film:

NAME: Newton Fido Artemis Scamander
AGE: 29
RESIDENCE: England, United Kingdom
APPEARANCE: Hair: dark; Eyes: green/blue; Built: Tall and slim.
OFFENSE: Illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of Animal Welfare Laws 101/304.
DATE: 1913
LOCATION: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, United Kingdom
LEVEL: 3
WITNESSES: Multiple
NOTES: Proposed expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry due to the illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of animal welfare laws 101/304.
Magical Beast: Jarvey, Level 3
Punishment: Expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
– The expulsion was never enforced – Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore defended Newton resulting in his name being cleared.
* The Ministry of Magic Animal Welfare Department were also informed of the violation and were required to rehouse the magical creature.

This material is included in several companion books written by Micheal Kogge. According to emails from  the author:

For the Fantastic Beasts books, I didn't make anything up myself and stuck to the materials I was given. As you know, filmmaking demands changes to the very end, so it's very possible bits and bobs trimmed from the film made it into the books. I couldn't tell you which ones honestly as I'm so close to the material. I do know that the artwork in the back was produced for the film (labels, signs, etc) and Scholastic and WB heavily vetted the book (personal email 4 January 2017).

My books were based on the screenplay and production stills. Again, film editing might have trimmed some bits and perhaps some things were added and changed in post from the script I read, but I wouldn't know what exactly was done (personal email 5 January 2017).

After the first film, fan speculation ran high about whether Newt was acting as an agent for Dumbledore all along, tracking down a possible Obscurial knowing that Grindelwald would also be looking for it. The two did seem surprisingly familiar after Grindelwald was arrested.

About his coat:

"I’d say it’s a dark peacock blue. Or technically, in fashion, we’d call it petrol. I knew from the script that Newt is true to the sky and the earth and land, and that’s what I depicted in the colours of his costume."
-- Fantastic Beasts Costume designer Colleen Atwood discussing Newt's distinctive coat in the film (Pm)

Pensieve (Comments)

  • Lorena Xavier Aquino

    JKR confirmed Newt was expelled from Hogwarts. He didn’t finish his last year, then.

    • Thanks for the heads-up! We have a lot of editing to do now that the film is released. This is one bit of information we had in advance, thanks to the trailers, but we didn’t get to updating the information right away. I’ve edited it now.

    • Meñique

      On Newt Scamander’s criminal record MinaLima have cited the exact circumstances behind Newt’s offence at Hogwarts (using information given to them by J.K.Rowling), as well as the grounds for his expulsion.
      NAME: Newton Fido Artemis Scamander
      AGE: 29
      RESIDENCE: England, United Kingdom
      APPEARANCE: Hair: dark; Eyes: green/blue; Built: Tall and slim.
      OFFENSE: Illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of Animal Welfare Laws 101/304.
      DATE: 1913
      LOCATION: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, United Kingdom
      LEVEL: 3
      WITNESSES: Multiple
      NOTES: Proposed expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry due to the illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of animal welfare laws 101/304.
      Magical Beast: Jarvey, Level 3
      Punishment: Expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
      – The expulsion was never enforced – Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore defended Newton resulting in his name being cleared.
      * The Ministry of Magic Animal Welfare Department were also informed of the violation and were required to rehouse the magical creature.

      • The record on the props created by MinaLima are not verified canon, unfortunately. We’ve been trying to get verification, but until we know for sure that Rowling created that information, we don’t include it in the Lexicon. However, I think it makes sense to list those facts in our Commentary section. I’ll add those ASAP.

        You’re touching on a very complicated subject, one which creates a lot of discussion among our editors. The film has really made things complicated for us, since we often can’t tell what is directly from Rowling and what is created by other people on the film team.

  • We have constant debates among our editorial staff about this. We just can’t tell with certainty what information came from Rowling herself. Logically, we agree that probably all of the “factual” information about creatures and characters would have come from her — just not things like text on props etc. However, the Lexicon’s canon policy was written almost 20 years ago when all there was were books and a few interviews. The films were easy to separate out since we had the books as original sources to compare with. Fantastic Beasts has complicated things a lot. We want to keep our policy about canon — it’s the basis of our identity and to reason many fans trust it as a source. But sometimes it’s difficult to know where the line is between canon and non-canon.

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