At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film). As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
- "She's a taker. You need a giver."
- —Queenie Goldstein to Scamander, regarding his former relationship with Leta.[src]
Leta Lestrange was a witch who, sometime between 1908 to 1916, had a "close relationship" with Newton Scamander while they were both students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, due to their mutual, outcast nature and love of studying magical creatures. One of Leta's experiments went wrong, endangering the life of another student. Rather than see his friend expelled, Newt took the blame and was expelled in her place. This left him bitter, but still much in love with Leta. Scamander kept a framed picture of her within his workshed during his travels to New York in late 1926.
Behind the scenes
- Leta Lestrange is portrayed in the film inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Zoë Kravitz.
- According to director David Yates, we will learn more about Leta Lestrange, and Newt's relationship with her, in future movies in the franchise.
- Leta may or may not be related to Bellatrix Lestrange. But despite Bellatrix being a Lestrange by marriage (her husband Rodolphus and her brother-in-law Rabastan may or may not be Leta's descendants for that matter), Sirius Black has previously mentioned that "the pure-blood families are all interrelated", meaning there is a possibility of at least a Black-Lestrange (and/or vice versa) union/s from any time including the distant past. As the Black family tree provided by Rowling for the production team of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) only shows the most recent 8 generations of descent, it is in contrast with Harry's description of the Black Family Tapestry as "sprawling" and "dating back [...] to the Middle Ages".
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Picture only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Notes and references
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - Leta's experiment on a Jarvey took place in 1913. She could be no older than 17 at this time (otherwise she would not be at Hogwarts to do said experiments), making her earliest date of birth as 1896, however, the youngest she could be at the time was 11 (otherwise she would not be at Hogwarts to do said experiments), making 1902 her latest date of birth.
- ↑ World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling, South West News Service, 8 July 2000
- ↑ Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" - The Lestranges are listed in the Pure-Blood Directory published in the 1930s
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook
- ↑ Twitter - Fantastic Beasts Fan
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Bustle - "Who is Leda Lestrange? 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Only The Start For The New Character, Says Director David Yates" 18 November 2016