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Porpentina Esther[1] "Tina" Scamander (née Goldstein[10]; b. 19 August, 1901[1]) was an American witch and former Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[11] She was the wife of famed magizoologist and author Newt Scamander.[12]


Early life

Porpentina Esther Goldstein was born somewhere in the United States of America on 19 August 1901.[1][11] She had at least one sibling, a younger sister, Queenie.[13] The sisters lost their mother and father at a very young age.[5] Afterwards, they "raised each other," and consequently they maintained a very strong bond into adulthood.[5][14]

Porpentina's friends and family called her by the nickname "Tina."[2] She and her sister Queenie may have been Jewish.[15]

Both sisters attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[16]

Career and marriage

Porpentina worked for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[8][9] Originally an Auror,[7] she stood up for somebody of whom her superiors did not approve, and was thus demoted to the position of Federal Wand Permit Officer.[1][8][9] This job was well below her abilities and personal ambitions.[8][9] Her sister Queenie also had a menial desk job in the wand permit office.[17]

In 1926,[9] Porpentina was living in a brownstone with her sister at 679 West 24th Street in New York,[1][5][18] when she met British magizoologist Newt Scamander, who had come to the city in search of new magical creatures.[11] She eventually married him and moved to the United Kingdom.[12] The couple had at least one child, who in turn gave them a grandson, Rolf.[19]

Later life

As of the late 20th century,[20] she lived with her husband in Dorset with their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.[12] Following her grandson's marriage to Luna Lovegood, Porpentina became the great-grandmother of twin boys, Lorcan and Lysander Scamander.[21]

While her husband was still alive in 2015, it is unknown as to whether Porpentina had passed away or not.

Personality and traits

Porpentina apparently had a practical, level-headed personality, being described as "grounded."[22] However, she was also described as being "very soulful" and as having "a lot of heart, strengths, and courage."[14] She was naturally ambitious and had a desire to stand up for what was right.[8]



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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 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. 19 things we spotted in the new Fantastic Beasts Comic-Con trailer
  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 "‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: 43 Things to Know about the New Wizarding World Story" from Collider
  6. (any rlation to Anthony Goldstein) Yes (but distant). posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 ""Dressing the Goldstein sisters: a closer look at 1920s witch fashion"" from Pottermore
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week" from Pottermore
  10. 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
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Katherine Waterston Set to Star Opposite Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'" from Warner Bros.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  13. .@MaddieDUHx Queenie's younger. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  14. 14.0 14.1 Behind-the-scenes video from the official Pottermore account on Twitter
  15. J. K. Rowling revealed in a tweet that Anthony Goldstein was Jewish. Since she has also confirmed that Anthony is distantly related to Porpentina and Queenie, it is possible that the sisters were Jewish as well.
  16. @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
  17. "Fantastic Beasts reveals a new magical power" from Entertainment Weekly
  18. "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Queenie Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  19. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling
  20. 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.
  21. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
  22. "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at
  23. "'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)


Wilhelm Fischer · Theodard Fontaine · Gondulphus Graves · Robert Grimsditch · Mary Jauncey · Carlos Lopez · Mungo MacDuff · Cormac O'Brien · Abraham Potter · Berthilde Roche · Helmut Weiss · Percival Graves

Other positions

Keeper of Treasure and Dragots · Director of Magical Security · Chief of Staff · Federal Wand Permit Officer · Federal Identity Commissioner

Other employees

Aristotle Twelvetrees · Porpentina Goldstein · Queenie Goldstein · E. A. Limus · Irene Kneedander


Department of Magical Law Enforcement · MACUSA Surveillance Wizarding Resources Department · Bureau of Covert Vigilance & Obliviation · Wand Permit Office · Body for Protection of Magical Species · Young Wizards Daycare Center

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