Theseus Scamander was a British wizard and Auror.[4][5][6] He was the son of Mrs Scamander and the older brother of Newton Scamander.[4][7] Theseus was regarded as a war hero after his involvement in the First World War.


Theseus Scamander was born in the United Kingdom to Mrs Scamander sometime before early 1897.[1] He had at least one sibling, a younger brother, Newton,[4] better known as "Newt".

As an adult he worked as an Auror with the British Ministry of Magic, being described as a "powerful" wizard.[5][6] He participated in the wizarding effort in the First World War, and afterward was considered a hero.[4] Theseus was one of the "thousands" who defied Minister for Magic Archer Evermonde's emergency legislation forbidding the British wizarding community of war-time involvement.[8]

In 1926, Theseus corresponded with Percival Graves, the Director of Magical Security of MACUSA. He and Graves corresponded regarding recent events in New York.[5][6] Though he was "not impressed" with his brother's magizoology career[9], he still seemed to have a close relationship with Newt. At the time he had no knowledge of his brother's whereabouts, given that he sent a letter to Newt detailing how he had been assigned by the Ministry to help capture Gellert Grindelwald. He was "wishing you well — wherever you are" and on "whatever beastly quests you are undertaking!".[10]

In 1927 or earlier, Leta Lestrange became his fiancée.[11]

Personality and Traits

Theseus was frequently described as being very powerful, and was noted to be commanding.[5][6] Given his participation in the war and his description as a hero, he appeared also to be courageous or brave.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Auror skills: He was a skilled Auror and was described as being "very powerful". He was regarded as a hero for his involvement in the war.
  • Apparition: He could Apparate at will.


Theseus wand
  • Wand: Theseus's wand was of unknown length, wood, and core materials.


  • Theseus (Θησεύς) was the mythical king of Athens who is most known as having undergone the Labyrinth where he slew the Minotaur. Like his mythological namesake he laboured for the common good and won wide renown (as both an Auror and a war hero), battling against moral evil (comparable to the monsters of mythological renown).
  • Though it may seem Newt's brother Theseus has no connection with beasts on the outside, according to Euripedes, Hippolytus (mythological Theseus's son with Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons) was a loyal follower of the goddess Artemis, who besides being more known as the goddess of the hunt, also functions (among other things) as "mistress of the animals" (in her capacity of her title as "Potnia Theron") & "nurse of youths" (epithet "Kourotrophos"); "Artemis" being one of Newt's middle names. Alternatively, Theseus' connection to beasts may be more direct. While Newt, nicknamed for a creature, seeks to protect animals, Theseus, with the name of a man who killed such a creature, the Minotaur, may have an opposing perspective.

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Newton Scamander is said to be Theseus's younger brother in a scene in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt's year of birth is given as 1897 in the Fantastic Beasts companion book by J. K. Rowling.
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them only identifies Newt's mother as a witch, so his father's blood status is unknown. Also, The Sacred Twenty Eight directory, published in 1930, does not list the Scamander Family as Pure-blood, implying that Newt, well known by 1930, may be a half-blood; however, other pure-blood families such as the Potters are not listed either so the directory is not definitive.
  3. 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 might more likely bear whichever his father's surname was, and not Scamander).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 60
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: 43 Things to Know about the New Wizarding World Story" from Collider
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Orphans, Aurors & War Vets: we meet the 'Fantastic Beasts' film cast on set (Part 2)" from
  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  8. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Pottermore
  9. Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander
  10. (see this image)