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"The Dukuwaqa lives in a warm ocean, the Selma in an icy freshwater lake. The former is a shape-shifter that can transform from fish to man, the latter is a serpent that devours human flesh and fish. You would need the brains of a Billywig not to foresee an immediate bloodbath if both were crammed tightly together in tepid, brackish water."
—Rolf Scamander's remarks to the Daily Prophet, following the disastrous opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.[src]

Rolf Scamander was a magizoologist and the grandson of Newt Scamander and his wife Porpentina. He married Luna Lovegood[4] and had twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.[5]


Early life

Not much is known about Rolf's early life other than the fact that he was the grandson of Newt Scamander and his wife Porpentina. He may have identified as Jewish, given that his grandmother was a Jewish witch.


Rolf married Luna Lovegood, a fellow naturalist.[6] According to Rita Skeeter, (a dubious source) he had an unforgettably shocked expression when he saw Luna's wedding dress, made of rainbows, spangles and a tiara of silver unicorn horns, which was voted ‘Most Hideous Outfit of the Year' by readers of Skeeter's regular Daily Prophet column. The couple had twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.[5]

Chief Consulting Magizoologist

By the 2010s, Rolf Scamander was the Chief Consulting Magizoologist to the Daily Prophet. It was in this capacity that he remarked about the Argentinian Council of Magic's lack of foresight over the organisation of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which escalated into a fight between various team mascots prompted by an attempt to make the Fijian Dukuwaqa and Norwegian Selma share a lake.[7]

He also attended the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup and sat in the VIP boxes with his wife, where he held an interesting conversation with Charlie Weasley and held Luna's hands, which might have been because he was trying to prevent his wife from putting on one of her famous Special Event Hats, according to Rita Skeeter.


Luna Lovegood

Luna profile

Rolf's wife; Luna.

Luna is Rolf's wife, and they presumably met out of Hogwarts. They were both naturalists and both spent their time "globetrotting and looking for weird creatures".[8] Rolf had two sons with Luna; both were born "considerably later" than the children of Harry Potter and their other friends.


Rolf and Luna had twin sons, Lorcan and Lysander.


Rolf is a modern variant of the Norse name Hrolfr, which came from the German name Hrodulf (famous wolf). Rolf is formed from the words hrodr and ulf, meaning "honour" and "wolf", respectively. His name therefore means "Honourable wolf". Rolf, being a form of Rudolph, would be related etymologically to the Potter name Rodolphus Lestrange.


Notes and references

  1. Porpentina Scamander, Rolf's grandmother, was a half-blood witch, making Rolf half-blood.
  3. In Ch. 4 of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, Horace Slughorn states that family members are often Sorted into the same House.
  4. JK Rowling Web Chat, 30th July
  5. 5.0 5.1 Times Online - The Unwritten Story of Harry's Friends and Their Children
  6. JK Rowling Web Chat, 30th July
  8. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life

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