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Porpentina Esther[1] "Tina" Scamander (née Goldstein[11]) (b. 19 August, 1901[1]) was an American witch and Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[12] She was the wife of famed magizoologist and author Newt Scamander.[13]

Tina was an Auror until her dismissal for magically assaulting No-maj Mary Lou Barebone in front of witnesses because she was beating 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.


Early life

Porpentina Esther Goldstein was born somewhere in the United States of America on 19 August 1901.[1][12] She had at least one sibling, a younger sister named Queenie.[14] The sisters lost their mother and father at a very young age due to Dragon Pox.[15] Afterwards, they "raised each other" and consequently maintained a very strong bond into adulthood.[5][16]

Porpentina's friends and family called her by the nickname "Tina".[2] She and her sister Queenie may have been Jewish.[17]

During her youth, Tina attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,[18] where she was sorted into Thunderbird house.[10]

MACUSA career

Tina worked for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[19] Originally an Auror,[19] she stood up for Credence Barebone, and used magic in front of his adoptive mother Mary Lou Barebone, the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, to assault her for what he had done to Credence. Her superiors did not approve and they demoted Tina to the position of Federal Wand Permit Officer.[20] This job was well below her abilities and personal ambitions.[19] Her sister Queenie also had a menial desk job in the wand permit office.[21]

Meeting with Newt

In 1926,[9] Tina was living in a brownstone with her sister at 679 West 24th Street in New York.[1][5][22] One day, Tina took a break from work where she found Mary Lou preaching in a rally at the steps of Steen National Bank on 6 December 1926. 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.[12]

Seeing Newt use magic and Apparate with No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, she apprehended Newt. She asked him whether he Obliviated Jacob and she was unhappy to find he not only had not, but he knew very little about how things worked in America's wizarding community.

Finding out about the creatures in his suitcase, Tina took Newt and the suitcase to MACUSA headquarters. She interrupted a meeting being held by President Seraphina Picquery who sent her away when she failed to explain herself. Returning to her office, she and Newt were eventually joined by Auror Percival Graves, who wanted to know about the suitcase. However, when she opened it, she found it contained cakes belonging to Jacob. She and Newt then realised that the No-Maj had the real suitcase and left to retrieve it.

Fantastic Beasts Sisters

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 them and the suitcase missing.

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 greater meeting to inform them about the creatures. She was soon restrained alongside Newt and Jacob, the magizoologist being blamed for one of his creatures allegedly having murdered Senator Henry Shaw Junior. However, Newt observed the markings on the projection of Shaw Junior and stated that only an Obscurus could've killed him, which caused unrest in the room, in which Picquery denied that any Obscurus existed in America.

While being interrogated by Deputy Officer Graves, he discovered the harmless Obscurus that Newt had contained in his suitcase and 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. 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 Aurors. They bumped into Queenie and Jacob, who had the suitcase; they climbed into it while Queenie walked out with it.


They made a plan to retrieve the last two creatures. However, since one was invisible, they needed help locating it. Tina took everyone to the Blind Pig to meet Gnarlak, who agreed to help them for a price. They received the information they were looking for, but Gnarlak betrayed them. They Apparated away in time to escape the Aurors.

Heading to a department store, they discovered the Demiguise stealing things for an Occamy. 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 Obscurial form fleeing from Aurors. Newt decided to try to save him, and Tina followed him. She met Percival Graves again, who tried to injure her by throwing a car at her, telling her that she always showed up at the worst time.

She followed them to a subway station, where she nearly managed to talk Credence down. However, the arrival of Seraphina and the other Aurors scared him, and he was seemingly destroyed by the Aurors' attack. This angered Percival, who advanced on Seraphina, dispatching Aurors with unparalleled skill, but thankfully, Newt managed to restrain him with his Swooping Evil and Tina used a Summoning Charm to relieve him of his wand. After Newt unmasked "Percival" as Gellert Grindelwald in disguise, Tina witnessed the Thunderbird Frank help Obliviate every No-Maj in New York.


Newt and Tina saying goodbye

Saying goodbye to Jacob before he lost his memory 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.

Later life

Tina eventually married Newt and moved to the United Kingdom.[23] The couple had at least one child, who in turn gave them a grandson, Rolf.[24]

As of the late 20th century,[25] she lived with her husband in Dorset with their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.[13] Following her grandson's marriage to Luna Lovegood, Tina became the great-grandmother of twin boys, Lorcan and Lysander Scamander.[26]

Tina was still alive and living in Dorset with her husband in 2017. [27]

Physical appearance

Tina had both brown hair and eyes.

Personality and traits

Tina apparently had a practical, level-headed personality, being described as "grounded."[28] However, she was also described as being "very soulful" and as having "a lot of heart, strengths, and courage."[16] She was naturally ambitious and had a desire to stand up for what was right.[8]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Duelling: Tina, being an Auror, was a highly skilled duelist, though she was notably beaten in a duel rather quickly by Gellert Grindelwald, under the guise of Percival Graves, when he caused a car to fly across the street to try to hit her so he could continue following the Obscurus of Credence Barebone.
  • Apparition: Tina was capable of apparating across New York City with relative ease, but noticeably did not use it to directly appear inside the Woolworth Building and used the front entrance instead, seemingly since the building does not allow entry though apparition.


Porpetina Goldstein wand


Porpentina is derived from the archaic word "Porpentine". Porpentine is a form of the term "porcupine", used by William Shakespeare in the play Hamlet.[29] Tina originates from the Old English "Tyne" meaning river. Goldstein is an occupational German name, meaning "gold" with Stein being translated to "stone".

Behind the scenes

  • Katherine Waterston played the role of Tina Goldstein in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.[30]
  • 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 wasn't revealed until a few months before the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film was released.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 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 "‘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. ""Dressing the Goldstein sisters: a closer look at 1920s witch fashion"" from Pottermore
  8. 8.0 8.1 "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week" from Pottermore
  10. 10.0 10.1 Tina: Thunderbird. Queenie: Pukwudgie. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  11. 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
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Katherine Waterston Set to Star Opposite Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'" from Warner Bros.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  14. .@MaddieDUHx Queenie's younger. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  15. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 44
  16. 16.0 16.1 Behind-the-scenes video from the official Pottermore account on Twitter
  17. 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.
  18. @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
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Entertainment Weekly - 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': See 9 Magical Character Posters'
  20. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
  21. Fantastic Beasts reveals a new magical power from Entertainment Weekly
  22. "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Queenie Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  23. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  24. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury webchat with J. K. Rowling
  25. 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.
  26. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
  27. "[1]
  28. "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at
  29. Name Meanings: Fantastic Beasts by The Hogwarts Pensieve
  30. "'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 · Berthilde Roche · Carlos Lopez · Cormac O'Brien · E. W. Limus · Gondulphus Graves · Helmut Weiss · M. L. Minas · M. P. Carneirus · Mary Jauncey · Mungo MacDuff · Percival Graves · Porpentina Goldstein · Robert Grimsditch · Theodard Fontaine · Wilhelm Fischer ·

Other positions

Apparition Examiner · Chief of Staff · Director of Magical Security · Executioner · Federal Identity Commissioner · Federal Wand Permit Officer · Keeper of Treasure and Dragots · Obliviator ·Surveillor of Activity

Other employees

Abernathy · Albert Perschky · Aristotle Twelvetrees · Bernadette · Beryl · Cecily · E. A. Limus · Irene Kneedander · Magali Crowe · Paloma Proudfoot · Queenie Goldstein · Red · Ruby · Sam


Body for Protection of Magical Species · Department for Magical Security ·Department of Magical Law Enforcement · Federal Bureau of Covert Vigilance and No-Maj Obliviation · MACUSA Surveillance Wizarding Resources Department · Major Investigation Department


Death Cell · Great Meeting Chamber · Pentagram Office · Percival Graves' office · Typing Pool · Wand Permit Office · Young Wizards Daycare Center

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