Did Newt Scamander GRADUATE from Hogwarts? - Harry Potter Explained
Welcome to another installment of Harry Potter Theory. In this video, we’re going to be discussing the main character of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Newt Scamander, and the school that we all know and love- Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry.
We’re first introduced to Newt Scamander in the new Fantastic Beasts films, where he’s one of the main characters. Though much of Fantastic Beasts takes place in the US so far, Newt is actually originally from the UK- and this of course means that he attended Hogwarts. In his later life, Newt became a famed magizoologist and authored Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them- a book which outlines the study of magical creatures.
"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."
In the films, we see Newt interact with a much younger Albus Dumbledore, who at the time is only a professor at Hogwarts, and not yet headmaster. When Newt visits the school, he’s already a man, but it’s clear that he’s quite familiar with Hogwarts-we’re even shown a flashback of him as a young boy attending the school. But one thing that’s fairly unclear, is whether or not Newt actually properly graduated from the school- as we know that he was subject to an expulsion at one point. In the school year of 1913, Newt’s love interest, Leta Lestrange, had an experiment with a Jarvey go awry. Jarvey’s are magical creatures resembling massively overgrown Ferrets, and it has been expressed that Leta’s experiment put the life of another student in danger. Her little experiment also violated laws pertaining to the possession of the creature- and the combination of the two penalties would have resulted in her expulsion. However, Newt, who didn’t want to see her punished, took the blame for what Leta had done-securing his expulsion from the school. What this should tell us is that Newt never graduated from Hogwarts…
In the about the author section of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them (Newt’s book)- there is an excerpt which suggests that Newt did end up graduating:
“Upon graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.”
So- what does this mean? This seems to suggest that he graduated, and it’s only further complicated by a tweet from Rowling that sort of suggests the opposite once again:
“Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn't able to revoke expulsions.”
So-did he graduate or not?
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