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Porpentina Scamander
Porpentina Scamander
(née Goldstein)
Biographical information

United States of America

Marital status


Also known as

Tina (by friends and family)[1]

Physical information




Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics

Worker at Magical Congress of the United States of America[4][5]


Porpentina "Tina" Scamander (née Goldstein[6]) was an American witch.[7] She was the wife of famed magizoologist and author Newt Scamander.[8]


Porpentina was born somewhere in the United States of America.[7] She had at least one sibling, a younger sister, Queenie.[9] Her friends and family called her by the nickname "Tina."[1] Porpentina and her sister Queenie may have been Jewish.[10]

She worked for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[4][5] However, because she stood up for somebody of whom her superiors did not approve, she was demoted to a position well below her abilities.[4][5]

In 1926,[5] Porpentina met British magizoologist Newt Scamander in New York City, where he had come as part of his international expedition to discover new magical creatures.[7] She eventually married him and moved to the United Kingdom.[8] The couple had at least one child, who in turn gave them a grandson, Rolf.[11]

As of the late 20th century,[12] she lived with her husband in Dorset with their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.[8]

Personality and traits

Porpentina apparently had a practical, level-headed personality, being described as "grounded."[13] She was naturally ambitious and had a desire to stand up for what was right.[4]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 .@MaddieDUHx 'Tina' is what her friends and family call her. Would YOU want everyone to call you Porpentina?! by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  2. Since Rolf Scamander kept 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 bear whichever his father's surname was, and not Scamander, unless he were illegitimate).
  3. (any rlation to Anthony Goldstein) Yes (but distant). posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week" from Pottermore
  6. 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
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Katherine Waterston Set to Star Opposite Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'" from Warner Bros.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  9. .@MaddieDUHx Queenie's younger. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  10. 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.
  11. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling
  12. 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 1996. It can thus be concluded that the information about the Scamanders living in Dorset and owning three Kneazles was current within this timeframe.
  13. "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at
  14. "'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Finds Its Female Lead" at The Hollywood Reporter

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