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"ANGLE ON A PHOTOGRAPH INSIDE NEWT’S SHED, which shows a beautiful girl — the girl smiles suggestively."
—Description of Leta Lestrange[src]

Leta Lestrange[5] was a pure-blood witch[3] born into the pure-blood extremist Lestrange family. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry sometime between 1908 to 1916. While at school she developed a close relationship with Newton Scamander.[6] Leta was the fiancée of Newt's older brother Theseus by 1927.

Biography

Early life

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]

Leta Lestrange was born into the Lestrange family, an old, respected British pure-blood family and one of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight."[7]

She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[8][9] While there, she developed a close friendship with Newton Scamander, bonding over their shared love magical creatures and their outsider status.[8][9]

In 1913, one of Leta's experiments involving a Jarvey went too far, endangering the life of another student.[8][10] It also violated laws prohibiting the possession of this creature.[10] Rather than see his good friend expelled, Newt took the blame, and was thus sentenced to be expelled from Hogwarts in Leta's place.[8][11][12][13]

Later life

"I don't really know what Leta likes these days because people change."
—Newt referring his and Leta's falling out[src]

Newt Scamander remained in love with Leta many years after their parting.[14] He kept a framed photograph of her in the work shed inside his magically-expanded suitcase during his travels.[6] In late 1926, while visiting New York, Queenie Goldstein saw the picture, asking Newt about it.[6] She used Legilimency on him, noting that Leta was "a taker" in their relationship.[6]

By 1927, Leta had become engaged to Newt's older brother, Theseus Scamander.[4]

Physical appearance

Leta was described as beautiful in her youth.

Personality and traits

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

According to Queenie, Leta was a taker and not a giver.[6] 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.[14]

Behind the scenes

"The relationship between Leta and Newt Scamander is a complex relationship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and develop, which will be fun."
Zoë Kravitz about her character Leta[src]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image) Leta's experiment on a Jarvey took place in 1913. She most likely was not older than 17 at this time, unless she was in a repeat year, making her earliest date of birth as 1896, however, the youngest she could be at the time was 13 (otherwise she would not have been said to have been close to Newt for years), making 1900 her latest date of birth.
  2. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling, South West News Service, 8 July 2000
  3. 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. 4.0 4.1 "Fantastic Beasts film title revealed: The Crimes of Grindelwald" from Pottermore
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
  7. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Pottermore
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook (see this image)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see this image)
  11. "EXCLUSIVE: J.K. Rowling tells SnitchSeeker about Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts, more"
  12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 65 - "GRAVES: You were thrown out of Hogwarts for endangering human life-"
  13. "Fantastic Beasts and J.K Rowling's Wizarding World" on Youtube - "Newt is this oddball who managed to get himself expelled from Hogwarts"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Who is Leda Lestrange? 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Only The Start For The New Character, Says Director David Yates" from Bustle
  15. "Open casting call for young people announced for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel" from Pottermore