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Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide

Close persons and friends may appreciate a list of all things Newt Scamander-related, to help them understand how to care for this unique creature.  Here is a composed list, which shall be ongoing.  Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide - pg 1.

Brief notes and Findings:

  • When very deep in thought, Newt will usually put something to or in his mouth.  Fingers pressed to lips, wand between teeth, or, in unfortunate circumstances, tie being chewed on.  These are the signs of a happy, productive Newt, and should not be bothered.  Make note to check back in several hours, as this Newt is likely to forget to eat.
  • An angered, protective Newt is a very dangerous Newt.  He is very easily recognizable by sharp, command-like instructions, nonverbal spells cast at your assailant(s), and a need to stand in front of you.  Note: This Newt is not harmful to you, and once all external dangers are removed, should be gently and cautiously talked down, both with quiet words and soft touches.  Some outside assistance may be required; i.e. a light calming draught or a fluffy, non-violent creature.
  • When frustrated, Newt can become exceedingly waspish and sarcastic.  Do not take these attacks to heart, and give him space.  Your Newt will come to you with a proper apology eventually, and you can help him work through his most recent problem then.
  • Even at the best of times, a happy and content Newt will forget about basic necessities, such as eating and sleeping.  It is important to make sure that he is getting enough of both, and has regular contact with those outside of his case, regardless of current research.  Note: Exceptions must be made for creature hatchings, births, or injuries.  Newt will not respond to any outside force during these times.
  • While very shy, Newt is an extremely tactile creature himself.  If it’s noted that he has spent too much time sequestered away with his creatures, attempt small, forward gestures and light hair pettings.  A Newt who is comfortable with you may offer cautious touches or hugs in return.  Be sure to accept these, and reward all interpersonal behaviour with smiles, affectionate words, and treats. Note: Chocolate and marzipan are always accepted.  
Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide Part 2

Close persons and friends may appreciate a list of all things Newt Scamander-related, to help them understand how to care for this unique creature.  Here is a composed list, which shall be ongoing. Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide - pg 2.

Care and Keeping:

  • Occasionally, your Newt will engage in a bout of movement and gyration known as ‘dancing.’  This is especially likely when listening to the musician Louis Armstrong, or any other form of jazz.  This is another sign of a content Newt, and this activity should be allowed to continue for as long as is appropriate, i.e. must be interrupted if pressing matters arise, such as an upset creature, or being late to dinner arrangements.
  • Uncommonly seen, an anxious Newt will be quite reclusive and withdrawn.  Main indicators will include silence, pacing, and disappearances which can range from several hours to several days.  Try not to be alarmed, as this Newt needs a bit of space to sort out his thoughts, much like a frustrated Newt.  See pg. 1.  While this Newt will also return on his own, he is likely to be embarrassed of his behaviour, and as such it is very important to act in a calm and regular fashion around him for a moderate length of time, until behaviour is returned to normal.
  • While quite capable in many aspects, your Newt should not, under any circumstance, be allowed unsupervised in the kitchen.  The likely results of this can include, but are not limited to: broken dishes, spilled condiments, scorch marks, and one food poisoned magizoologist.  In the event of such a situation, be prepared with both extinguishing spells and reparation charms.
  • You may, at times, happen upon your Newt singing.  Most common instances will usually be while tending to the youngest of his creatures.  While the song of Newt is quite beautiful, it should not be praised, nor applauded.  It is best to not be seen at all, as Newt can be quite shy about this particular activity.
  • In the rare occurrence, Newt may fall asleep in a creature habitat while working.  If you come across this Newt, do your best to coax him to bed.  Note: This will be an extremely clingy Newt, who may refuse to part with your person once situated.  It’s best to wait this out and use this time for napping, as any attempt to extricate yourself from the grasp of a sleeping Newt will prove futile.  

Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide Part 1