It is two decades since the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released and changed history forever. The film remake of this first of the seven installments appeared in 2001 and was directed by Chris Columbus, while last year brought the first spin-off movie titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
In the intervening two decades, the series has gone on to dominate popular culture in hitherto unprecedented fashion, leaving fans devastated when the final film, the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2011.
The wizarding world’s aficionados needn’t have worried too much, as the richness of the universe that J.K. Rowling created meant that although the main story has been laid to rest, there will probably always be a stream of content spinning-off the main river.
As vt. writes, “such is the scope of the universe and its history; thrown as it is into tantalizing relief by Rowling’s books over a relatively short time period, that with each new revelation comes a whole new set of questions to be answered”.
So when 2016 brought the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first Potter spin-off movie, a new avalanche of fan speculation reminiscent of the good old days when the original series was still in production began once again. The film is actually based on the 2001 book of the same name which J.K. Rowling published under the pen name Newt Scamander – a first person narrator of the story.
But when the film was released, one eagle-eyed fan pointed out that although Scamander never appeared in the seven Harry Potter books, he did make a brief appearance in the film series. Although both stories are set decades apart, s0meone looking like what we last year found out was Newt Scamander appears in Hogwarts in the Prisoner of Azkaban.
friendly reminder that newt scamander was on the marauders map in POA pic.twitter.com/5goKKry5iV
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The moment comes as Fred and George hand over the Marauder’s Map to Harry and the ramifications are fascinating to consider. For example, could Scamander have been visiting Hogwarts to talk to Albus Dumbledore about the foreword to his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Dumbledore would eventually write?
Others have speculated that Dumbledore might have asked for Scamander’s assistance in saving Buckbeak the Hippogriff, as one Quora user wrote:
“We all know that Dumbledore was Newt’s teacher before he was expelled from Hogwarts. He also fought for Newt. Dumbledore knew the series of events in Prisoner of Azkaban and he strongly wanted to save Buckbeak so it might be possible that he called Newt because he was aware of the fact that Newt had an immense love for magical creatures,” this obviously-diehard fan writes.
“He was the one who could possibly take good care of the hippogriff after Hagrid. Also as we know from the Fantastic Beasts that Newt’s mother was a breeder of hippogriffs. So technically, this makes sense,” the Quora post concludes.