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Newt Scamander

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Newt Scamander

Famous magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (PS5) and a number of other books. Scamander lives in Dorset with his wife Porpentina (FB vi). 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. After completing his final year, 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.

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 intense protective attitude toward them.

Commentary

Etymology

"[His] name is filled with puns. Newts are small salamanders ... Artemis was the Greek goddess of hunting ... Fido ... is a common pet name ... Scamander sounds like salamander..."

Notes

"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.

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