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I know what that woman did to you . . . I know that you’ve suffered . . . you need to stop this now . . . Newt and I will protect you . . .
-- Tina Goldstein to Credence Barebone (WFT)

Tina Goldstein

Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein is a witch who worked as an Auror for the MACUSA. Tina was temporarily removed from her position as an Auror after attacking a No-Maj who was beating her young adult son. After this incident she was assigned as a Federal Wand Permit Officer until events involving a rampaging Obscurus proved her abilities and she was reinstated as an Auror (WFT).

Tina became the wife of Newt Scamander; she and Newt retired to Dorset. They have three Kneazles, named ‘Hoppy,’ ‘Miller,’ and ‘Mauler’ (FB vi).

Tina was nearly executed at MACUSA due to the mistaken belief that she had helped Newt Scamander unleash an Obscurus on New York City. In the execution room, a happy memory of childhood with her mother appeared in the giant Pensieve. She was saved from death at the last minute by Newt's creature called a Swooping Evil (WFT).

She lost her job as an Auror when she rushed to save Credence Barebone from his abusive mother, Mary Lou at Second Salem Church. Later she and Newt both tried to help the tormented Credence by reaching out to him with empathy and understanding, but were thwarted by Gellert Grindelwald disguised as Auror Percival Graves (WFT).

Family

Siblings: Tina has a younger sister named Queenie.

Spouse: Newt Scamander, famous magizoologist and author.

Children: Tina and Newt have at least one son.

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

Tina and Queenie's parents died of Dragon Pox when the girls were young. The sisters raised each other.

Commentary

Etymology

"Porpentine" is an outdated term form of "porcupine" (source: Merriam Webster).

Notes

"Tina is very soulful. She has a lot of heart and strength and courage."
-- Katherine Waterston ("Tina Goldstein")

"So you have two sisters who have raised each other and who have a very deep bond."
-- Alison Sudol ("Queenie Goldstein")

‘Well,’ [Costume Designer Colleen Atwood] says. ‘Tina had been an Auror. She’s fallen out of that world but I still wanted her to have the feeling of that world. So I gave her an overcoat that’s a little bit loose like an Auror’s coat, but made of more ordinary fabric, as though she’d downgraded from that spectacular leather silhouette of the Aurors. Right from the start, I saw her in soft, cooler colours and warm greys, those sort of tonalities.’

That lovely almost-masculine elegance is deliberate, too. And makes perfect sense as you get to know Tina’s endearing pragmatism a little better. -- Pottermore

 

Tina's middle name and date of birth are found on the ID created as a prop for the film. The artists who created this prop stated in an interview that the dates were given to them by Rowling herself, so we are including them as canon.

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