Originally released in 2001, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ has been released in a fresh coat of paint after the success of the movie which has kicked off a new franchise. The re-release has a few updates in and one area, specifically the About the Author section, it seems that we’re given a very significant new detail about Newt Scamander‘s relationship with Dumbledore.
In it, we learn that Rita Skeeter suspects that Newt has been Dumbledore’s spy for his entire life. He never was expelled or graduated from Hogwarts but went to work undercover for Dumbledore to try and find Grindelwald. In fact, his entire purpose for traveling to the Magical Congress of the United States of America was to find him.
When confronted on this matter all Newt has had to say was:
It is true that I was the first person ever to capture Gellert Grindelwald and also true that Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me. More than this I cannot say without fear of breaching the Official Magical Secrets Act or, more importantly, the confidences that Dumbledore, most private of men, placed in me.
Now it makes you have to wonder if the entire first story and the set of upcoming films isn’t just about the longstanding issues between Dumbledore and Grindelwald but also in Newt specifically being used to track him down. This idea makes the switch of leading characters in the upcoming films make so much more sense and how Newt carrying through them as still having an important role.
Do you feel that Newt Scamander has been working for Dumbledore this entire time? Well, this story end up having elements of spycraft as it moves forward? Share your thoughts below!
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