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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts
We wonder what to expect from J.K. Rowling’s return to her wizarding world

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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts | Who Is This Newt Fellow?
Who Is This Newt Fellow?

Newt is Professor Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander, Order of Merlin, Second Class. In the chronology of the Harry Potter series, he was born in 1897.

From “Fantastic Beasts” we know that Scamander went to the Ministry Of Magic’s Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures after graduating from Hogwarts in about 1915. He then spent two years in the Office for House-Elf Relocation before transferring to the Beast Division. Obviously he distinguished himself fast there, because in 1918, he was commissioned to write what became the standard text book for wizards studying magical beasties, which was published in 1927 after much travel and research.

While Scamander had been a Headmaster of Hogwarts at one point, he stepped down sometime before 1956. He retired to Dorset after, it looks like, doing some work for the Ministry Of Magic in the 1960s, and died in about 1991 or 1992, around the time that Harry himself went to Hogwarts.

It’s worth noting that Scamander appears on the Marauder’s Map in the Harry Potter film series well after the wizard’s death. This suggests that his ghost returns to haunt Hogwarts – hopefully for reasons of nostalgia rather than misery. His ghost’s presence would, however, explain how he was able to approve the publication of his book with Harry and Ron’s marginalia (i.e. the one available to us), as it’s claimed he did in the introduction to the published version.

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making a wizard film about a character the same age as most the audience that were the same age as Harry Potter when the original books came out? clever. More

Posted by sipi on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 18:49

2 Casting
So Scamander should be English and in his early-to-mid-20s? Daniel Radcliffe! Hahahaha More

Posted by Madhava on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 14:02

3 Expand, don't dilute
If we're trying to get a Potterverse up and running, which mightn't necessarily be a bad thing, there's a serious danger that the crucial British flavour of HP might be lost. Two places where Beasts might fall down could be making the world a bit too American, or over-referencing exisitng characters and stories. With Rowling writing I think we can expect something rather brilliant, which is reassuring, but the final scene of Deathly Hallows proves that even the best writers can end up writing hideous fan-fic. Matt Smith would be fantastic, but he'd more or less be playing the Doctor again so I doubt he'd do it. Any other ideas for projects in the Potterverse? I'd be interested to see a TV show about Aurors working for the Ministry, in the vein of Agents of Shield More

Posted by bleugh07 on Monday September 16, 2013, 15:27

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Exciting as this project is, the cynic in me is really thinking that Warner Bros are finally going to get their dream of a (sort of) Potterverse film that'll be set in America and with (probably) a high proportion of US actors in the cast. With the endlessly parochial attitude of US film execs, the fact that the existing, UK-cast and -centric Potter films made many billions at the box office probably didn't fizz on them at all! More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Monday September 16, 2013, 12:56

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