Wizards Unite Character Profiles
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Today’s profile: Newt Scamander
Newt Scamander: Early Life
Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, known worldwide as Newt Scamander, was born in England, in 1897.
His mother was an enthusiastic breeder of fancy hippogriffs, and passed on that love of magical creatures to her youngest son. He mentioned a time or two, though, that she wasn’t exactly thrilled at his career choice.
Newt Scamander attended Hogwarts as was a member of Hufflepuff. Somewhat socially awkward, he tended to keep to himself at school and didn’t make many friends. He spent much of his time nursing, healing or studying any creature he could find.
While at Hogwarts, Newt Scamander was most interested in his Care of Magical Creatures lessons. There, he showed an innate ability and great instinct when dealing with fantastic beasts.
His involvement in an experiment that endangered the life of a fellow student while at Hogwarts earned him an expulsion. Albus Dumbledore, as one of his professors, spoke on his behalf to no avail. For some undisclosed reason, the Ministry didn’t break Newt Scamander’s wand following his expulsion. In fact, they allowed him to continue using magic.
Although his expulsion is not a secret, it is never mentioned in the ‘About the Author’ section of his books.
After Hogwarts, Newt Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic.
During the Muggle First World War he served on the Eastern Front. He was part of a confidential Ministry of Magic programme. Rumours indicate the goal of the programme was to wrangle Ukrainian Ironbellys and use them as weapons.
The programme ultimately failed, and he returned to England. At that point he joined the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.
There, Newt Scamander spent the next two years working at the Office for House-Elf Relocation. When asked, he always describes that time as ‘tedious to the extreme.’
Eventually, he joined the Beast Division, where he quickly made a name for himself. His curious nature and prodigious knowledge of bizarre magical animals ensured his rapid promotion.
Among his achievements during his time at the Ministry are the creation of the Werewolf Registry in 1947 and the Ban on Experimental Breeding (which he is proudest of) in 1965.
In 1918, Augustus Worme, of Obscurus Books, commissioned Newt Scamander to write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Unsurprisingly, Newt jumped at the opportunity to travel the world and learn first-hand about all those fantastic creatures he had read about -and perhaps even discover a few new ones.-
While researching for the book, Newt Scamander travelled to a hundred countries across five continents. He spent that time observing many magical creatures and learning about their abilities. Most often he managed to gain their trust, although occasionally he would have to ‘beat them with his travelling kettle if they got too dangerous’.
In 1926 he travelled to New York. He planned for it to be a quick stop, but things quickly went awry. With MACUSA in high alert and the danger of exposure at an all time high, his trip quickly became more of an adventure. To this day he still maintains his pet niffler was entirely to blame.
It was during this time that he met his future wife, Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein. A former MACUSA Auror, she quickly and unwittingly found herself involved in Newt’s troubles. She also saved his hide a time or two.
Most information about his stay in New York and his encounters with Gellert Grindelwald is still classified, but Newt has recently confirmed that he played an integral part in the hunt for the wizard and promised to share more information as the files become declassified.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
All the information he gathered during his trips allowed Newt Scamander to write what would become one of the most relevant works in Magizoology.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was published in 1927 and is currently on its fifty-second edition. It is, in fact, the only wizarding book legally released in the Muggle world.
Albus Dumbledore himself wrote a foreword for the latest edition.
“Newt’s masterpiece has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ever since its publication and must take a substantial amount of credit in our students’ consistently high results in Care of Magical Creatures examinations.”
In 1979, Newt was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class, for services to Magizoology. He was also honoured with a Chocolate Frog Card named after him that reads:
“Regarded as the world authority on magical creatures, Newt Scamander is the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts since its publication in 1927 and can be found in most wizarding households.“
He continued writing books, mostly focusing on young readers as interested in fantastic creatures as he was. Among them is bestseller A Children’s Anthology of Monsters.
Newt is now retired and living in Dorset with his wife and their three pet Kneazles, Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.
Newt and Tina’s grandson, Rolf Scamander married famous Magizoologist Luna Lovegood, with whom he has two children: Lorcan and Lysander.