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Porpentina "Tina" Scamander (née Goldstein[8]; fl. 1926-1991) was an American witch.[9] She was the wife of famed magizoologist and author Newt Scamander.[10]


Early life

Porpentina was born somewhere in the United States of America,[9] and, as such, may have studied magic at Ilvermorny. She had at least one sibling, a younger sister, Queenie.[11] The sisters apparently lost their mother and father at a young age, as they were described as having "raised each other," and consequently they maintained a very strong bond into adulthood.[12]

Porpentina's friends and family called her by the nickname "Tina."[1] She and her sister Queenie may have been Jewish.[13]

Career and marriage

Porpentina worked for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[6][7] Originally an Auror,[5] she stood up for somebody of whom her superiors did not approve, and was thus demoted to a position well below her abilities.[6][7]

In 1926,[7] 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.[9] She eventually married him and moved to the United Kingdom.[10] The couple had at least one child, who in turn gave them a grandson, Rolf.[14]

Later life

As of the late 20th century,[15] she lived with her husband in Dorset with their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.[10] Following her grandson's marriage to Luna Lovegood, Porpentina became the great-grandmother of twin boys, Lorcan and Lysander Scamander.[16]

Personality and traits

Porpentina apparently had a practical, level-headed personality, being described as "grounded."[17] However, she was also described as being "very soulful" and as having "a lot of heart, strengths, and courage."[12] She was naturally ambitious and had a desire to stand up for what was right.[6]

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. 19 things we spotted in the new Fantastic Beasts Comic-Con trailer
  3. 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).
  4. (any rlation to Anthony Goldstein) Yes (but distant). posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 ""Dressing the Goldstein sisters: a closer look at 1920s witch fashion"" from Pottermore
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week" from Pottermore
  8. 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
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Katherine Waterston Set to Star Opposite Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'" from Warner Bros.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real-world book)
  11. .@MaddieDUHx Queenie's younger. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  12. 12.0 12.1 Behind-the-scenes video from the official Pottermore account on Twitter
  13. 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.
  14. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling
  15. 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.
  16. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
  17. "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at
  18. "'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Finds Its Female Lead" at The Hollywood Reporter

Magical Congress of the United States of America
President of the MACUSA
Keeper of Treasure and Dragots · Director of Magical Security · Bureau of Covert Vigilance & Obliviation · Chief of Staff · Auror
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Aristotle Twelvetrees · Percival Graves · Porpentina Goldstein · Queenie Goldstein

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