Who is Newt Scamander?
Newt Scamander at Hogwarts
In 1993, Newt Scamander's name mysteriously appeared on the Maurader's Map, indicating that he may still roam the halls as a ghost.
Professor Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander is a member of J.K. Rowling's wizarding universe that even fans of her magical series may not immediately recognize. Scamander existed years before her beloved character, Harry Potter and his nemesis, Voldemort, came into existence but was very much a part of the world of Harry Potter as he is considered an important historical figure. Born in 1897, this fictional character is best known for his work as a Magizoologist (Magizoology is the study of magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe) and as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt passed away between July 31, 1991 and December 18, 1992.
With a hippogriff breeder for a mother, it is no surprise that Newt became enamored with magical creatures at an early age. This love would last him through his school studies and well into adulthood. After graduating from Hogwarts, where he was sorted into Hufflepuff, the fictional future author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them joined the Ministry of Magic. There, he worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures before moving on the to Beast Division.
It wasn't until 1918, at around 21 years old, that Scamander was commissioned by Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books to write the infamous Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. His studies took him to hundreds of countries around the world, where he befriended, fought, and learned about all sorts of magical creatures.
Published in 1927, Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them became a best seller and approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. By the mid-1990s, its fifty second edition was still on the required reading list for students at Hogwarts, including the infamous Harry Potter and his friends.
Newt Scamander may be well known in the Harry Potter Universe for his work in this book, but he also had many other great achievements, eventually earning him the Order of Merlin, second class, for his work in Magizoology in 1979. His other achievements include:
- The creation of the Werewolf Register in 1947
- The creation of the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965
- Extensive research with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau
- His appointment as Headmaster of Hogwarts
Film Adaptation for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
In 2001, real life author J.K. Rowling published a real life book entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them about the magical creatures that can be found in her Harry Potter Universe under the pseudonym "Newt Scamander." This book, along with its companion, Quidditch Through the Ages, was written by Rowling because she said she thought it was a fun topic and is styled so that they look like the textbooks Harry Potter would have used during his studies at Hogwarts.
In addition to being a fun extra bit of her wizarding world for fans to enjoy, 80% of the profits made from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them go directly to Comic Relief, a U.K. based charity that works to raise money to fight root causes of poverty and social injustice. With the help of "Newt Scamander" and his magizoology "studies," this charity has raised millions of dollars. Even over a decade after its publication, the book continues to gain popularity, especially with J.K. Rowling's announcement on September 12, 2013 that she will be working with Warner Bros. on a movie adaptation inspired by the book to be made into a series focused on Newt Scamander.
While fans of Harry Potter may have hoped for something that includes him and his comrades, there is no doubt that the muggle world is ablaze with excitement to see what J.K. Rowling's got up her sleeve. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
Newt Scamander and the Harry Potter Universe
Most Harry Potter fans may not immediately recognize the name, but, Newt Scamander was first referenced in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
"I have visited lairs, burrows and nests across five continents, observed the curious habits of magical beasts in a hundred countries, witnessed their powers, gained their trust and, on occasion, beaten them off with my travelling kettle."
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