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"She's a taker. You need a giver."
—Queenie Goldstein to Scamander, regarding his former relationship with Leta.[src]

Leta Lestrange[4] 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.[5][6] This left him bitter, but still much in love with Leta.[7] 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.

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Notes and references

  1. 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.
  2. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling, South West News Service, 8 July 2000
  3. Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" - The Lestranges are listed in the Pure-Blood Directory published in the 1930s
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook
  6. Twitter - Fantastic Beasts Fan
  7. 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

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