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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[4] 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 there, she developed a "close relationship" at school with Newton Scamander.[5]


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.[6][7][8] This left him bitter, but still much in love with Leta.[9]


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 asking 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.[5]

In 1927 or earlier, Leta became the fiancée of Newt's older brother Theseus Scamander.[10]

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.[5] 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.[9]

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]


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 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. 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. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 92
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook
  7. Twitter - Fantastic Beasts Fan
  8. The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see this image)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Bustle - "Who is Leda Lestrange? 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Only The Start For The New Character, Says Director David Yates" 18 November 2016