J.K. Rowling Explains the Connection Between Dumbledore and Newt Scamander in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

By April 11, 2016

One of the most interesting moments in last night’s trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was filled with… well… fantastical moments, was when Colin Farrell’s Graves mentioned Albus Dumbledore’s apparent fondness for the film’s lead, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who comes to New York with a briefcase of magical creatures that unfortunately, get released upcon the city’s citizens.

The mere mention of the beloved character’s name was enough to make Harry Potter fans everywhere inquisitive about Newt’s backstory and days at Hogwarts, which sound full of some apparent mischief.

Thanks to Twitter though, it looks like we have some better context as to Newt’s relationship with the beloved Hogwarts headmaster, as Potter creator and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J.K. Rowling touched on the two characters briefly following the trailer’s release:

Rowling has previously shared her love of Redmayne’s character, so her tweets here don’t come as much of a surprise. It will be interesting to see how the film might further address Newt’s history onscreen or not though, and even more interestingly, if the student that Newt put in danger might have more of a significance to the story than even the trailer suggests. I guess time will have to tell.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres on November 18th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable