Rowling comments on Newt Scamander’s expulsion from Hogwarts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author J.K. Rowling comments on main character Newt Scamander’s expulsion from Hogwarts, and his ties to Professor Dumbledore.

The second trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped yesterday, and among its more surprising revelations was that protagonist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry before coming to American and engaging in this movie adventure. You can watch the trailer here. We also did a full breakdown of it here.

According to the trailer, Scamander was expelled for “endangering human life with a beast,” which isn’t unlike what would happen years later. Also of note is that Albus Dumbledore “argued strongly” against his expulsion. Why was Dumbledore so fond of Scamander? We’re not sure, but J.K. Rowling herself took to Twitter and gave us a clue.

Okay, so why is J.K. Rowling fond of him? That answer is not forthcoming. I suppose we’ll have to wait until November, when the movie is released, to find out more.

She was also asked whether, if Dumbledore argued against Newt’s expulsion, it was revoked.

So no. This story takes place 70 years before Harry attends Hogwarts. Dumbledore would have been a junior teacher at the time (man, that guy is old), so he wouldn’t have had the power to overturn expulsions. It’s intriguing to know that Dumbledore will play into this story, though. Might we see a young Dumbledore actually turn up at some point?

Fans have also caught some inconsistencies in this story. In the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was “written” by Newt Scamander, Newt’s biography notes that’s he graduated Hogwarts. Now, the movie says he was expelled. What happened? Did he later go back and get his wizarding G.E.D? Is the biographical note a lie? (Note that the bio might have been “written” by Dumbledore, who also “wrote” the foreword, so he might have fibbed.)

Or maybe Rowling is just getting her wires crossed. We’ll find out when the movie comes out this coming November.