A new Fantastic Beasts tie in book reveals the reason behind Newt Scamander’s expulsion from Hogwarts and what really happened.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the opening movie of a quintology. As such, there were many loose ends left at the close of the movie. From Grindelwald’s fate to Queenie and Jacob’s relationship, so many stories were left to be tied up.
But one of the most curious was the question of what exactly happened with Newt Scamander and The Expulsion from Hogwarts. The movie took pains to set that up, both in the trailers and then in the movie–a bit as a hint that the auror Graves wasn’t all he seemed, but also because it gave our hero a mysterious past.
As the clip reminds us it wasn’t so much a full expulsion as a near-one.
So what did happen exactly? Well, according to The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, all the details of Newt’s incident are in those papers Graves has in front of him. And now, we have a close up of those papers, as created by graphic designers MinaLima.
SnitchSeeker sat down and deciphered what it said.
NAME: Newton Fido Artemis Scamander
RESIDENCE: England, United Kingdom
APPEARANCE: Hair: dark; Eyes: green/blue; Built: Tall and slim.
OFFENSE: Illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of Animal Welfare Laws 101/304.
LOCATION: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, United Kingdom
NOTES: Proposed expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry due to the illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of animal welfare laws 101/304.
Magical Beast: Jarvey, Level 3
Punishment: Expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
– The expulsion was never enforced – Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore defended Newton resulting in his name being cleared.
* The Ministry of Magic Animal Welfare Department were also informed of the violation and required to rehouse the magical creature.
J.K. Rowling has hinted Newt’s former flame, Leta Lestrange was to blame for the incident. Exactly how though is still to be discovered…maybe in Fantastic Beasts 2?