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Queenie Goldstein[5] was an American witch.[6] She was the younger sister of Tina Goldstein and the sister-in-law of Newt Scamander.


Biography

Early life

Queenie was born somewhere in the United States of America in 1902 or later.[1][6] She had at least one sibling, an older sister, Tina.[7][8] The sisters lost their mother and father when they were young due to Dragon Pox.[9] Afterwards, they were left to "raise each other," an experience that lead them to share a very deep bond into adulthood.[10][11]

Both sisters attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[12] They may have been of Jewish heritage.[13]


Adult life

At some point after her graduation, Queenie landed a menial desk job in the Wand Permit Office at the Magical Congress of the United States of America.[4][2] Tina worked as an Auror, but after she used magic in front of N.S.P.S. leader Mary Lou Barebone, she was demoted to a position in the same department as Queenie. Still, Queenie insisted that Tina was the career girl, not her, as she "spends most days making coffee or unjinxing the john."[4][2][14][15]

In 1926,[15] Queenie was sharing a brownstone at 679 West 24th Street in New York City with her sister,[10][16] when the pair were introduced to the soon-to-be famous British magizoologist and author Newt Scamander, with No-Maj Jacob Kowalski. She took quite a liking to Jacob, as he was the first No-Maj she had a decent conversation with (Even if most of them were read by her). She was rather upset when she and Tina found that the men had left with the suitcase in the middle of the night, especially after they made them cocoa.

The next day, while bringing coffee to a meeting room, she suddenly dropped the tray breaking the glasses. Whether it was sister instinct or her Legilimency, she knew the danger Tina was in, as well as Newt.

While on her way to find Tina, she spoted Jacob being escorted by Sam, an Obliviator. She originally offered to "obliviate" Jacob because someone called for Sam, but he caught her bluff, as that isn't part of her department. Queenie then resorted to blackmail, threatening to tell Cecily that he's been seeing Ruby. Hastily, Sam left, leaving Queenie with Jacob. The two managed to break into Graves' office and retrieved Newt's suitcase and his and Tina's wands. When they finally catch up to an escaped Newt and Tina, Queenie ordered all three of them to get into the case. As she is the only one of them who isn't wanted, she safely smuggled them and the suitcase out of MACUSA, while under the excuse that she was heading home because of feeling ill. When her supervisor Abernathy asked what the suitcase was for, she told him it was "lady things".

After regrouping and devising a plan, the group headed for The Blind Pig. Before they gained entry, Queenie and Tina used magic to make them look more presentable for the speakeasy. When they entered, Queenie and Jacob shared some gigglewater, while Newt and Tina negotiated with Gnarlack. After he revealed a possible creature located near Macy's, the MACUSA showed up, revealing Gnarlack's betrayal. Queenie noted that the wanted signs behind her changed to the faces of Newt and Tina. She was delighted when she witnessed Jacob knock out Gnarlack. The group then Apparated away.

When they arrive at Ginzberg Delaunay, they spotted the Demiguise, who then eventually leds them to the storeroom, where an escaped Occamy, immense in size, has been residing. Queenie slowly approached the creature but accidentally kicks a Christmas ornament, disturbing the Occamy. Terrified, she and Jacob looked for cover. The group then tried to find an insect and a teapot, as ordered by Newt. While looking, Queenie was knocked down by the Occamy. She then watched as Jacob throws a cockroach to the teapot that Tina found, as the Occamy flies directly into the teapot, shrinking in size, and devoured the insect.

Finally, all the creatures were caught and safe. Tina and Queenie marvelled at Newt's suitcase and his creatures. While there, Queenie noticed a picture of Leta Lestrange inside Newt's shed. Through her natural legimency, she extracted the story between Leta and Newt despite his discomfort and embarrassment. She told Newt that "she was a taker, you need a giver". When Tina showed up and asks what they were talking about, she said they were talking about school. She then tells Jacob and Newt that she and Tina went to Ilvermorny, while Newt says he went to Hogwarts, which he belives is the best wizarding school. Queenie pronounced such belief "Hogwash". Before anyone can say anything else, the Thunderbird interrupted, as, according to Newt, he sensed danger.

The group then witnessed the Obscurial cause havoc across the city. Newt gave his suitcase to Tina, and asked her to watch after his creatures. He then apparated away. Worried for Newt's safety, Tina hastily handed the suitcase to Queenie as she follows Newt through her own apparation. Unable to let her sister go, she is about to repeat the pattern, but she is stopped by Jacob. Athough resistant to his pleas, she read his mind, and understood what he went through during the war.

Eventually Queenie and Jacob found Tina and Newt after the death of Credence and the arrest of Graves, who was actually revealed to be Gellert Grindelwald. Queenie pushed through the crowd to hug her sister, relieved to see her sister alive. She then witnessed the breathtaking moment when Frank took the Swooping evil venom to the raining sky to contaminate the water, therefore Obliviating all of the No-Maj's of the incident. The happy ending is short-lived, however, when they receive orders that Jacob has to be Obliviated as well. Queenie tries to convince Jacob to letting her go with him, but he refuses, thinking that there are more like him. She strongly disagreed, saying that he's the only one like him. After the tearful goodbye with the group, Jacob entered the rain. Queenie managed to gently kiss him before he "wakes up".

A few months later, Jacob had opened the successful bakery of his dreams, with pastries that resemble some of the magical creatures he encountered with Newt and the Goldstein sisters. One day, Queenie entered the shop, and Jacob's memories are rekindled as he touches his neck where the Murtlap bit him and he smiled.

Personality and traits

Queenie was a free-spirited, kind-hearted woman,[16] and was noted for her beauty, being described as a "bombshell".[6] She was very empathetic and skilled in the art of Legilimency, which sometimes affected her relationship with others but deepened the one she shared with her sister.[15][16][17] She was also considered to be "very brave."[17]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Legilimency: Queenie was a very accomplished Legilimens who could look deep down into the story of someone if she really wanted to which could sometimes be a lot for her to take on.[17]
  • Nonverbal magic: She could use Legilimency by just looking at a person without speaking the incantation.
  • Wandless magic: She could use Legilimency by just looking at a person without the use of her wand.
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Queenie told Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski that her job at MACUSA mainly involved "unjinxing the john" and making coffee.

Possessions

Gallery

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tina's date of birth is listed as 19 August 1901 on a prop MACUSA identification card featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film). As Queenie is known to be younger, this places her earliest possible birthdate around June 1902, presuming Mrs Goldstein got pregnant again a month after having Tina (the soonest that is biologically possible) and had a normal nine-month gestation. She couldn't have been younger than 17 in 1926, as Ilvermorny students were not allowed to take their wands outside school according to Rappaport's Law, unless she broke the law.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 See this image of Porpentina Goldstein's MACUSA identification card on display as part of a prop exhibition in Japan.
  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 "Fantastic Beasts reveals a new magical power" from Entertainent Weekly
  5. 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
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at Boston.com
  7. .@MaddieDUHx Queenie's younger. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  8. "Kate Upton, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning Eyed for J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trilogy (Exclusive)" at The Wrap
  9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 44
  10. 10.0 10.1 "‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: 43 Things to Know about the New Wizarding World Story" from Collider
  11. Behind-the-scenes video from the official Pottermore account on Twitter
  12. @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
  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. "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week" from Pottermore
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed" (Queenie Goldstein) from Entertainment Weekly
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Queenie's powers are 'a lot to take on', says actress Alison Sudol
  18. Pottermore - News: "Meet wand designer Molly Sole: a real-world Ollivander", by The Pottermore Correspondent
  19. "'Harry Potter" Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' to Star Singer-Songwriter Alison Sudol" at The Hollywood Reporter


Magical Congress of the United States of America
MACUSA Logo
Presidents

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)

Aurors

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 · Porpentina Goldstein

Other positions

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

Other employees

Abernathy · Aristotle Twelvetrees · Bernadette · Beryl · Cecily · E. A. Limus · Irene Kneedander · Sam · Queenie Goldstein · Red

Departments

Department of Magical Law Enforcement · Department for Magical Security · Magical Surveillance Wizarding Resources Department · Major Investigation Department · Bureau of Covert Vigilance & Obliviation · Body for Protection of Magical Species

Locations

Death Cell · Wand Permit Office · Young Wizards Daycare Center


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