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- "You're too good, Newt. You've never met a monster you couldn't love."
- —Leta's opinion of Newt Scamander (and of herself)[src]
Leta Lestrange was a pure-blood witch born into the pure-blood Lestrange family. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry between 1908 to 1915. While at school, she developed a close relationship with Newton Scamander. Leta was the fiancée of Newt's older brother Theseus by 1927.
Leta Lestrange was born somewhere in the United Kingdom area circa 1897, the only child of Corvus Lestrange and his first wife, Laurena Kama. The Lestranges were an old, respected British pure-blood family, deemed one of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" by Cantankerus Nott.
Sometime after Leta's birth, her father married his second wife, Clarisse Tremblay. This marriage produced one child, a son, Corvus. However, at some point, Clarisse died, and both Leta and her half-brother were taken by ship to be given up for adoption. Bothered by his incessant crying, Leta switched him for another baby in the crib. When the ship sank, one of the escape boats capsized and her half-brother drowned. The switched baby ended up being raised by an unrelated woman in New York.
- Queenie Goldstein: "That was a real close friendship you had at school."
- Newt Scamander: "Yes, well, neither of us really fitted in at school, so we —"
- — Newt and Leta's unusually close relationship[src]
She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While there, she developed a close friendship with Newton Scamander, bonding over their shared love magical creatures and their outsider status.
In 1913, one of Leta's experiments involving a Jarvey went too far, endangering the life of another student. It also violated laws prohibiting the possession of this creature. Rather than see his good friend expelled, Newt took the blame, and was thus sentenced to be expelled from Hogwarts in Leta's place.
- "I don't really know what Leta likes these days because people change."
- —Newt referring his and Leta's falling out[src]
By 1927, Leta worked at the British Ministry of Magic as assistant to the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement Torquil Travers. She had also become engaged to Newt's older brother, Theseus Scamander.
Leta was described as beautiful in her youth.
Personality and traits
- "She was a taker."
- —Leta's self-serving nature[src]
According to Queenie, Leta was a taker and not a giver. Leta has been described as a quite complicated, damaged and confused lady. She is a kind of tragic figure and Newt is absolutely still in love with her; she has a kind of power over him.
- Leta most likely originates from the name Leda, daughter of Aetolian king Thestius, an Aetolian princess who became a Spartan queen in Greek mythology, of which the story of Leda and the Swan is the focus.
- In the story, Zeus takes the form of a swan and rapes her. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen (aka "Helen of Troy", said to be the most beautiful woman in the world and an instigator of the Trojan War), Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux (who became the constellation Gemini).
- The name Lita is of Latin origin and means "gladly."
Behind the scenes
- Leta Lestrange is portrayed by Zoë Kravitz in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
- A younger Leta is portrayed by Thea Lamb in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
- According to director David Yates, viewers will learn more about Leta Lestrange and Newt's relationship with her in future movies of 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: The Crimes of Grindelwald (First appearance)
Notes and references
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image) http://collider.com/fantastic-beasts-2-character-descriptions/#yusuf-kama
- ↑ "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Pottermore - 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.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (see this image)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Fantastic Beasts film title revealed: The Crimes of Grindelwald" at Pottermore
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Magical Movie Handbook
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Pottermore
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 88
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 96
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook (see this image)
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see this image)
- ↑ "EXCLUSIVE: J.K. Rowling tells SnitchSeeker about Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts, more"
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 65 - "GRAVES: You were thrown out of Hogwarts for endangering human life-"
- ↑ "Fantastic Beasts and J.K Rowling's Wizarding World" on Youtube - "Newt is this oddball who managed to get himself expelled from Hogwarts"
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 "Who is Leda Lestrange? 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Only The Start For The New Character, Says Director David Yates" from Bustle
- ↑ 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' -- Meet the new cast
- ↑ "Open casting call for young people announced for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel" from Pottermore