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"I know what that woman did to you... I know that you’ve suffered... you need to stop this now... Newt and I will protect you."
—Tina's sympathy towards Credence Barebone[src]

Porpentina Esther[1] "Tina" Scamander (née Goldstein[12]) (b. 19 August, 1901[1]) was a half-blood American witch. She attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Thunderbird house. After graduating from IIvermorny, she became an Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[13]

Tina was dismissed from her position as an Auror for magically assaulting the No-maj Mary Lou Barebone. She assaulted Mary Lou in front of witnesses as a response to her beating her adopted son, Credence Barebone. Goldstein was investigating the New Salem Philanthropic Society, against the orders of her superiors. She was reinstated in 1926 after helping to arrest Gellert Grindelwald.

Tina later became the wife of famed magizoologist and author Newt Scamander.[14] Sometime after retiring from the Department of Aurors she moved to the United Kingdom with her husband. The couple had at least one child, presumably a son. They also had a grandson, Rolf Scamander and two known great grandsons, Lorcan and Lysander.[5]


Early life

Porpentina Esther Goldstein was born on 19 August 1901.[1][13] She had at least one sibling, a younger sister named Queenie[15] and was a half-blood witch.[1] The sisters lost their mother and father at a very young age due to Dragon Pox.[16] Afterwards, they "raised each other" and consequently maintained a very strong bond into adulthood.[6][17]

Porpentina's friends and family called her by the nickname "Tina,"[2] although Queenie occasionally used the affectionate variation of "Teenie." She and her sister Queenie may have been Jewish.[18]

During her youth, Tina attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,[19] where she was sorted into Thunderbird house.[11]

MACUSA career

Newt Scamander: "I saw you hugging that Second Salem boy. "
Tina: "His name's Credence. His mother beats him. She beats all those kids she's adopted, but she seems to hate him the most."
Newt Scamander: "And she was the No-Maj you attacked?"
Tina: "That's how I lost my job. I went for her in front of a meeting of her crazy followers. They all had to be Obliviated. It was a big scandal."
— Tina explaining the reason for recent demotion[src]
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Tina comforts Credence Barebone after attacking Mary Lou

Tina worked for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[20] Originally, she was an Auror;[20] however, she stood up for Credence Barebone by using magic to assault his adoptive mother Mary Lou Barebone, the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, for mistreating Credence. As a result, No-Majs that witnessed the event needed to be Obliviated, and Tina was demoted to the position of Federal Wand Permit Officer.[21] This job was well below her abilities and personal ambitions.[20] Her sister Queenie also had a menial desk job in the wand permit office.[22]

Global wizarding war

Meeting Newt Scamander

"Mr Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America? We don't let things loose."
—Tina regarding the opening of Newt's case[src]

In 1926,[10] Tina was living in a brownstone with her sister at 679 West 24th Street in New York.[1][6][23] On 6 December 1926, Tina left from work and observed Mary Lou preaching in an anti-witchcraft rally at the steps of Steen National Bank. She noticed a billywig flying above them before she met British magizoologist Newt Scamander, who was running through the crowd in search of a Niffler that had escaped his suitcase. Tina thought he seemed strange and decided to follow him.[13]

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Tina confronting Newt Scamander after an incident within the Steen National Bank

Seeing Newt reveal his wand and Apparate with No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, she apprehended Newt. She asked him why he caused a disruption inside the bank and whether he Obliviated Jacob. He revealed that he had not, and Tina discovered that he knew very little about how things worked in America's wizarding community. Tina took him in to MACUSA headquarters on a Section 3A: failing to Obliviate a No-Maj.[24]

Once they arrived at the headquarters, Tina interrupted a meeting being held by President Seraphina Picquery, who interrupted her attempts to explain herself and then sent her away. Returning to her office, she and Newt were eventually joined by the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, Percival Graves, who wanted to know about Newt's suitcase. However, when she opened it, she found it contained pastries belonging to Jacob. She and Newt then realised that he and Jacob had accidentally taken each other's cases instead of their own. The two left to retrieve Newt's suitcase from the No-Maj.

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Tina introduces her sister Queenie to Newt and Jacob

Arriving at Jacob's apartment, they found it in partial ruin, which Newt quickly repaired. They found Jacob unwell, having been bitten by a murtlap, and discovered creatures had escaped. Tina offered them a place to stay at her home, believing it best to keep the No-Maj with them until he recovered. She introduced them to her sister, and they shared a meal together. She later showed them to their room and left them alone. However, when she checked up on them later that evening, she found both men and the suitcase missing.

Evading MACUSA

"You tipped them off?!"
—Tina, to Gnarlak[src]

She tracked them down to an ice rink under a bridge in Central Park. When they climbed into the suitcase, Tina locked it and took it to MACUSA where she interrupted a delegation of the International Confederation of Wizards to inform them about the creatures and the wizard who smuggled them into the country. Newt was immediately blamed for allowing one of his creatures to murder Senator Henry Shaw Jr. However, upon observing the scars and markings on Shaw's body projection, Newt stated that only an Obscurus could have left the distinct markings upon his body, which caused unrest in the room, during which President Picquery denied the existence of any Obscurus in America. Tina, Newt and Jacob were soon taken under arrest and Newt's case was impounded. In the jail cell, Tina and Newt explained the meaning of an Obscurus to Jacob and how no record existed at the time of an Obscurial having existed past the age of ten.

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Tina in the Death Cell suspended above a pool of Death potion about to be executed

Later, Deputy Officer Graves discovered the harmless Obscurus that Newt had contained in his suitcase and, during an interrogation, accused Newt of conspiring with Gellert Grindelwald. Against Newt's protests, he sentenced both Tina and Newt to death. Tina had her memories extracted and was strapped into a chair. While she was hovering above the death potion, she witnessed a memory of herself attacking Mary Lou Barebone and comforting Credence. She also witnessed memories of her parents. During this time, Newt was able to free himself from his restraints with the help of his bowtruckle, Pickett. Newt then used a Swooping Evil to rescue Tina. They tried to flee MACUSA but were pursued by several Aurors. They bumped into Queenie and Jacob, who managed to get Newt's suitcase; they climbed into it, and Queenie walked out of MACUSA headquarters with it.


Tina and Newt in the Blind Pig in order to meet with Gnarlak

The group made a plan to retrieve the last two escaped creatures. However, since one was invisible, they needed help locating it. Tina took everyone to the Blind Pig to meet Gnarlak, who agreed to give them the information they desired for a price: Gnarlak wanted Newt's bowtruckle Pickett to use for picking locks. Newt reluctantly agreed to the exchange, and they received the information they were looking for. However, Gnarlak betrayed them to MACUSA. The group Apparated away in time to escape the Aurors, retrieving Pickett in the process.

Obscurial attack on New York City

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Tina attempting to duel a disguised Grindelwald

"Newt! Save him!"

Heading to a Macy's department store, they discovered Newt's Demiguise stealing things for an overlooked Occamy. After some initial difficulties, Tina helped entrap the Occamy in a teapot, bringing an end to the search for escaped creatures. They then headed to the rooftop of a building where they stumbled across Credence in Obscurus form fleeing from Aurors. Newt decided to try to save him, and Tina followed him. She met Percival Graves again, and they duelled. Tina held her own until Graves threw a car at her, telling her that she always showed up at the worst time.

Tina then managed to make her way to the subway station, where Credence was. She attempted to calm him down and was nearly successful; however, the arrival of President Picquery and the MACUSA Aurors agitated him, and he was seemingly destroyed by the Aurors' attacks. This angered Graves, whom advanced on the President. He then proceeded to dispatch Aurors with unparalleled skill and speed. Fortunately for the group, Newt managed to distract him with his Swooping Evil and bind him with a spell, while Tina used a Summoning Charm to relieve him of his wand. Newt used the Revelio Charm to unmask "Graves" as Gellert Grindelwald in disguise. Grindelwald was apprehended. Afterward, Tina witnessed the Thunderbird Frank Obliviate every No-Maj in New York.


Newt and Tina saying a temporary goodbye

Since Jacob was a No-Maj, he needed to be Obliviated as well. Tina, along with Queenie and Newt, said goodbye to him before he lost all of his memories of their time together. She later bid farewell to Newt as he boarded a ship home to Great Britain. They shared a tender moment before he had to leave her, and Newt promised to meet her again to deliver his book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to her.

Search for Credence Barebone

Tina eventually read a wrong account of the upcoming marriage between Theseus Scamander and Leta Lestrange, becoming convinced that Newt had patched up his relationship with Leta and was ready to marry her. She finally went to Paris seeking traces of Credence Barebone. Tina and Newt had corresponded after their meeting in New York, but a series of misteps on Newt's part, namely his characterisation of Aurors as "career-driven hypocrites", had soured the relationship. The belief that Newt had rekindled his relationship with Leta was too much, and Tina broke off contact with Newt, and started seeing a fellow Auror named Achilles Tolliver. Eventually, Newt pursued her there.[25]

While looking for Credence, Tina met Yusuf Kama, a wizard and another interested party. Shortly after, Newt and Jacob arrived to "rescue her", and Yusuf revealed that he had made an Unbreakable Vow to kill Credence. As he believed Credence to be his half-brother. After Yusuf passed out, the three made their escape and took him to Dumbledore's safe house. After a brief and rushed "goodbye", Tina left to infiltrate the French Ministry of Magic for documents to confirm Credence's identity -- pursued by Newt. However they are quickly discovered by Leta and Theseus, but manage to escape the latter when Tina blasts him into a wall and ties him up. With Leta they made their way to the Lestrange family tomb, and Yusuf explains that he and Leta have the same mother, and Leta reveals that she unintentionally killed her infant brother and thus he cannot be Credence. The trail was revealed to have been fabricated by Grindewald, who was holding a meeting there with his followers. Reluctant, the group made their way into the meeting. At the rally, Grindelwald preaches "freedom" from the rules forcing wizards to remain hidden from Muggles, and uses future images of World War II to sway them. Although Theseus and other Aurors surrounded the rally, Grindewald sent his followers forth to spread the message - and made a circle of blue flame to separate friends from enemies. Many were killed, and Tina could only watch as her sister walked into the circle.[25]

Leta appears to also swear allegiance, but instead attacks Grindelwald to allow Newt, Tina, Jacob, Yusuf, Nagini, and Theseus to escape, seemingly sacrificing herself. As Grindelwald escapes, the remaining heroes unite alongside the immortal alchemist Nicholas Flamel to defeat Grindewald's blue fire and to save Paris.[25]

Afterwards, Tina traveled to Hogwarts with the others to bring the news to Dumbledore.[25]

Later life

Tina eventually married Newt and moved to the United Kingdom.[26] The couple had at least one child, who in turn gave them a grandson, Rolf.[27]

As of the late 20th century,[28] she lived with her husband in Dorset with their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.[14] Following her grandson's marriage to Luna Lovegood, Tina became the great-grandmother of twin boys, Lorcan and Lysander.[5]

Tina was still alive and living in Dorset with her husband in 2017 at the age of 116.[29]

Physical appearance

Tina Goldstein is a beautiful, slender girl with brown eyes and hair. She usually wears a dark blue jacket over a plain white shirt with long sleeves. Jacob and Newt have both acknowledged her beauty.

Personality and traits

Tina had a practical, level-headed personality. She was described as being "grounded."[30] However, in true Thunderbird fashion, Tina was also described as being "very soulful" and possessed "a lot of heart, strengths, and courage."[17] She was naturally ambitious, and had a desire to stand up for what was right[9], which was evident in Tina attacking the Second Salemers leader Mary Lou Barebone after the latter brutally punished her adopted son Credence, with Tina later consoling the young man. That incident got Tina a temporary demotion from Auror to Federal Wand Permit Officer, but she would still keep an eye on the Second Salemers, due to her desire for justice. Another example of her sense of justice was when she turned in Newt and Jacob for unleashing the animals in the former's suitcase, considering it the right thing to do.

Tina also has a lot of persistence, demonstrated during the Obscurial attack on New York City and again during her search for Credence, whom she was determined to protect. Her sister Queenie has playfully labelled her as a "career girl". She is also shown to be vastly empathetic, as shown by her interactions with Queenie, Newt, Jacob, and Credence. However, she also has a tendency to become bossy and unnecessarily forceful when things go out of her control.

Magical abilities and skills


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"Whereas Tina’s wand is more functional, more understated."
—Description of Tina's wand[src]


Newt Scamander

Newt, to say the least, was the love of Tina's life. The two got off to a bad start after Tina followed him around while he caused trouble in a bank, and she kept having to demand he take action since he clearly didn't want to. Eventually, she turned him in to MACUSA for the threat he was unintentionally posing to New York. However, after he saved her life they began to bond while they were on the run from MACUSA as "Percival Graves" wanted to use her as a scapegoat. They also teamed up when Credence attacked the city. They temporarily parted in good spirits after the fight, with Tina promising to buy his book. Newt said she had "the eyes of a salamander". The two worked together once again when Grindelwald was summoning his followers.

Gellert Grindelwald

Tina had interacted with Grindelwald while he was disguised as Percival Graves. Her due to her prim personality put them at odds. During Newt's interrogation, Grindelwald sentenced her and Newt to death, for her participation, without hesitation. Tina attempted to incapacitate him during the hunt for Credence in New York, infuriating him, as he angrily told her she always turned up when he least wanted her, implying she may have intervened with his attempts to find the Obscurus previously. She lost to him when he attempted to crack her skull by throwing a car at her without hesitation, but she survived. A year later, while convincing Queenie to join his ranks, Grindelwald painted Tina in a negative light by telling Queenie that it wasn't the latter's fault for having an Auror as a sister. He then ruthlessly tried to burn her alive with his cursed flames and would have succeeded had Leta not interfered.


Porpentina is derived from the archaic word "Porpentine". Porpentine is a form of the term "porcupine", used by William Shakespeare in the play Hamlet.[31]

Tina originates from the Old English "Tyne" meaning river.

Esther may come from the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther, a Jewish queen whose story of thwarting the genocide of her people is the basis of the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition. The name has several proposed origins, including the Median word astra,meaning "myrtle" (which would match Esther's Hebrew name, Hadassah, which shares this meaning); the Persian word setareh, meaning "star" (as Esther was said to be "as beautiful as the Morning Star", aka the planet Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love); or a derivation of Ishtar, an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power.

Goldstein is an occupational German name and an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, meaning "gold" with Stein being translated to "stone".

Behind the scenes


Porpentina Goldstein as a LEGO character in LEGO Dimensions

  • Tina is portrayed by Katherine Waterston in the Fantastic Beasts film series.[32]
  • Katherine Waterston was around ten years older than her role when she played Porpentina in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
  • Tina was the first known student of Ilvermorny introduced in the franchise, though the fact that she attended the school was not revealed until a few months before the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film was released.
  • Porpentina was only addressed by her surname and by her nicknames Tina and Teenie in the first film of the Fantastic Beasts series; her full name could only be read on her MACUSA Identity Card, which in turn confirmed her identity as Newt Scamander's future wife.


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 See this image of Porpentina Goldstein's MACUSA identification card on display as part of a prop exhibition in Japan.
  2. 2.0 2.1 .@MaddieDUHx 'Tina' is what her friends and family call her. Would YOU want everyone to call you Porpentina?! by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 68
  4. Since Rolf Scamander had Newt's family name, it can be presumed that he is the son of a son of Newt's. If he were the son of a daughter of Newt's, he would more likely bear his father's surname and not Scamander (unless he were illegitimate, his mother kept her maiden name, or his father took his wife's name).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (see this image)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: 43 Things to Know about the New Wizarding World Story" from Collider
  7. (any rlation to Anthony Goldstein) Yes (but distant). posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  8. ""Dressing the Goldstein sisters: a closer look at 1920s witch fashion"" from Pottermore
  9. 9.0 9.1 "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week" from Pottermore
  11. 11.0 11.1 Tina: Thunderbird. Queenie: Pukwudgie. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  12. Well, I think it's widely known that that characters of (Porpen)tina and Queenie are sisters, but not that their surname is Goldstein. posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Katherine Waterston Set to Star Opposite Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'" from Warner Bros.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  15. .@MaddieDUHx Queenie's younger. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  16. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 44
  17. 17.0 17.1 Behind-the-scenes video from the official Pottermore account on Twitter
  18. J. K. Rowling revealed in a tweet that Anthony Goldstein was Jewish. Since she has also confirmed that Anthony is distantly related to Tina and Queenie, it is possible that the sisters were Jewish as well.
  19. @emmalineonline1 Newt's a Hufflepuff, but the other heroes went to the American school of wizardry (and yes, I know their houses). by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Entertainment Weekly - 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': See 9 Magical Character Posters'
  21. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
  22. Fantastic Beasts reveals a new magical power from Entertainment Weekly
  23. "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Queenie Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  24. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 17
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  26. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  27. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury webchat with J. K. Rowling
  28. The real-world book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them features a biography of Newt Scamander which states he retired in 1979. It also features an introduction by Albus Dumbledore, who, canonically, died in 1997. It can thus be concluded that the information about the Scamanders living in Dorset and owning three Kneazles was current within this timeframe.
  29. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017 edition) - [1]
  30. "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at
  31. Name Meanings: Fantastic Beasts by The Hogwarts Pensieve
  32. "'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Finds Its Female Lead" at The Hollywood Reporter

Magical Congress of the United States of America

Josiah Jackson (1693-?) · Charity Wilkinson · Thornton Harkaway (c. 1760) · Able Fleming · Elizabeth McGilliguddy (c. 1777) · Emily Rappaport (c. 1790) · Seraphina Picquery (1920-1928) · Samuel G. Quahog (c. 2014)


Abraham Potter · Achilles Tolliver · Berthilde Roche · Carlos Lopez · Cormac O'Brien · E. A. Limus · Gondulphus Graves · Helmut Weiss · M. L. Minus · M. P. Carneirus · Mary Jauncey · Mungo MacDuff · Percival Graves · Porpentina Goldstein · Robert Grimsditch · Theodard Fontaine · Unidentified Auror (I) · Unidentified Auror (II) · Unidentified Auror (III) · Unidentified Auror (IV) · Unidentified Auror (VI) · Unidentified Auror (IX) · Unidentified Auror (X) · Wilhelm Fischer

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