“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.”


Newton (‘Newt’) Artemis Fido Scamander was born in 1897. His interest in fabulous beasts was encouraged by his mother, who was an enthusiastic breeder of fancy Hippogriffs. Upon graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. After two years at the Office of House-Elf Relocation, years he describes as ‘tedious in the extreme’, he was transferred to the Beast Divisions, where his prodigious knowledge of bizarre magical animals ensured his rapid promotion.

Although almost solely responsible for the creation of the Werewolf Register in 1947, he says he is the proudest of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, passed in 1965, which effectively prevented the creation of new and untameable monsters within Britain. Mr. Scamander’s work with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau led to many research trips abroad, during which he collected information for his worldwide best-seller Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, now in its fifty-second edition.

Newt Scamander was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class, in 1979 in recognition of his services to the study of magical beasts, Magizoology. Now retired, he lives in Dorset with his wife Porpentina and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.


MY SCREENSHOOT FROM                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Behind the Scenes Featurette


Some of my favorite Newt Scamander dreamcasts…

(In order : Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Matt Smith, Dev Patel, Ewan McGregor, Luke Newberry, Idris Elba, Richard Ayoade, Ben Whishaw)

Eddie Redmayne IS Newt Scamander in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’!by Ryann Whelan

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 at 8:22am

It’s official! Fresh off his Academy Award win, Eddie Redmayne has been cast as Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Perhaps you’re jaded or a Muggle and you wonder why we need another Harry Potter trilogy after seven books, eight movies, theme parks, studio tours, and more. Here are a few reasons to be excited about this:

It’s a Period Piece Set in America

Newt Scamander’s story takes place in New York during the 1920s. Featuring a new time and place is a brilliant way to further explore the rich and vivid magical world of J.K.’s creation. Wonderful and whimsical, yet fresh. Who doesn’t want to see witches and wizards meet the glamorous Gatsby-esque world of flapper-era New York?

Newt Is an Entirely Different Kind of Protagonist

Newt Scamander, more like Cute Scamander, right?

Harry is an 11-year-old boy when his story begins, new to all things magical and a student at Hogwarts. Newt is an adult, an explorer, an expert in Magizoology, setting out to prove himself in his field. His world will be entirely different than the teenage Chosen One’s, as will his adventures - outside of school, amongst fun new creatures, and not at all to do with Voldemort.

Eddie Redmayne is a fantastic actor who fits perfectly into the Harry Potter world. He deserves his own blockbuster franchise and will undoubtably do justice to the part.

He Has a Connection to a Harry Potter Character

If all this change is too much for you and you miss the familiarity of the Hogwarts crew, take heart in the fact that Newt’s grandson, Rolf, marries fan-favorite character, Luna Lovegood. Watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and imagine the quirky couple of Luna and Rolf exploring and cataloging magical creatures like his grandfather before them.

J.K. Rowling Is Writing the Script

As wonderful as the Harry Potter films are, they aren’t perfect adaptations, and a lot of great material from the books gets left out. With Rowling herself penning the screenplay, everything will be 100% canon and true to the spirit of the world. Fans won’t have to worry about an interpretation that strays from J.K.’s vision and she will undoubtably deliver a delightful script.

It’s Time For Hufflepuff to Shine!!!

That’s right, Newt’s a Hufflepuff! You thought he was a Ravenclaw, didn’t you? The one House notably unrepresented in the previous movie franchise will have one of it’s members star as the lead in a trilogy! Perhaps, finally, Hufflepuffs will gain the admiration they deserve.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

is set to premiere in November 2016.