The new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gave Potter fans loads to be excited about, but it also left us with tons of questions. Most of them in particular seem to center around Newt Scamander’s connection to Albus Dumbledore. Luckily for us, author J.K. Rowling is filling in some of the gaps!
On Monday (April 11), Rowling elaborated on the relationship between Newt and Dumbledore— something fans instantly gravitated toward after the trailer let us in on the fact that the former Hufflepuff was kicked out of school for “endangering human life with a beast,” but that Dumbledore (who was a professor at the time) advocated against his expulsion.
“Albus Dumbledore is fond of Newt Scamander for the same reasons that I am fond of Newt Scamander. You’re welcome.” teased the author.
Additionally, Rowling confirmed that Scamander was indeed expelled from Hogwarts. Soon after the new footage aired, the online fandom quickly began debating whether or not “kicked out” meant full-on expulsion. The confusion stemmed from the fact that the original copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which Rowling published back in 2001) stated that Scamander had in fact graduated from Hogwarts before going on to work at the Ministry of Magic in the Department for Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Regardless of whether or not Newt’s expulsion lines up with what we previously perceived to be cannon, it looks as though Rowling is switching things up for the sake of the film.
As for Newt’s expulsion, Rowling revealed that despite the fact that Dumbledore championed against it, he wasn’t able to do much to revoke the ruling.
“Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn’t able to revoke expulsions,” explained Rowling.
Of course, there are still loads of other questions left to be answered. Another big one that seems to be at the forefront of fans’ minds is, why wasn’t Newt’s wand snapped in half, as is customary at Hogwarts, after he was expelled? Unfortunately, we’ve got a feeling we’re going to have to wait until Fantastic Beasts soars on to the big screen before we get more answers!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters November 18.