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.
- "ANGLE ON A PHOTOGRAPH INSIDE NEWT’S SHED, which shows a beautiful girl—the girl smiles suggestively."
- —Description of Leta Lestrange[src]
Leta Lestrange was a Pureblood witch born into the pureblood Lestrange family. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry sometime between 1908 to 1916. While at there, she developed a "close relationship" at school with Newton Scamander.
Hogwarts between 1908 & 1916
- Queenie: "That was a real close friendship you had at school."
- Newt: "Yes, well, neither of us really fitted in at school, so we-"
- Queenie: "-became real close. For years."
- — Newt and Leta's relationship[src]
When Leta Lestrange was young, she developed a close relationship with Newton Scamander, a fellow student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who both shared the love of studying magical creatures and their feeling of being an outsider.
Near expulsion (1913)
- Grindelwald: "You were thrown out of Hogwarts for endangering human life-"
- Newt: "That was an accident!"
- — Grindelwald regarding Newt reason for his expulsion from Hogwarts[src]
In 1913, one of Leta's experiments involving a Jarvey went wrong, endangering the life of another student. Rather than see his good friend expelled, Newt took the blame and was sentenced to be expelled from Hogwarts in her place. This left him bitter, but still much in love with Leta.
- Tina: "Does Leta Lestrange like to read? [...] The girl whose picture you carry-"
- Newt: "I don't really know what Leta likes these days because people change."
- — Tina ask Newt about Leta[src]
Newt Scamander kept a framed picture of her within his workshed during his travels to New York in late 1926. When Queenie Goldstein was using Legilimency on Newt, she noted that Leta was "a taker" in their relationship.
Personality and traits
According to Queenie, Leta was a taker and not a giver. Leta has been described as a quite complicated, damaged and confused lady ... she's a kind of tragic figure and Newt is absolutely still in love with her, she has a kind of power over him.
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 at 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) (see this image) 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
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" - The Lestranges are listed in the Pure-Blood Directory published in the 1930s. As she was born into this extremist pure-blood family, and was not a squib as she attended Hogwarts, her parents and grandparents must be pure-blood making her pure-blood as well.
- ↑ 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 7.2 Bustle - "Who is Leda Lestrange? 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Only The Start For The New Character, Says Director David Yates" 18 November 2016