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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.

Biography

Theseus Scamander was born in England into the wizarding Scamander family sometime before early 1897,[1] and had at least one sibling, a younger brother, Newton,[4] better known as "Newt". Despite of his mother's hobby of breeding winged horses, Theseus evidently never shared his brother's interest in the field of Magizoology, and regarded caring of magical creatures as a fine way of passing the time, but did not take it seriously as a professional pursuit. This was an opinion he apparently had in common with his mother, seen as neither of them was very impressed with his younger brother's career. At some point, he bought or inherited a wand.

During his formative years, he most likely attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he excelled in his studies and proved himself an academically gifted student. Proficient in both the theoretical aspects of his lessons and savvy in regard to their practical application, he would finish his education earning at least five N.E.W.T.s, with top grades of either 'Outstanding' or 'Exceeds Expectations'.[8] At some point after he finished his magical education, he would join the Ministry of Magic and complete a stringent series of character and aptitude tests to become a fully-fledged applicant for individuals wishing to work at the Auror Office in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, which he would eventually do after he successfully satisfied the requirements necessary to join their ranks by passing their notoriously demanding training programme.

As an official Dark Wizard catcher, he proved himself a gifted employee and was recognised as a powerful wizard, yet proved himself to be a man of principle who was not content with sitting idly by when catastrophe strikes, as shown by how he was counted among the "thousands" who defied the then Minister for Magic Archer Evermonde's emergency legislation that forbade the British wizarding community to get involved when the Muggle world entered a period marked by a massive, military conflict that became known as the First World War.[9] Throughout the war, his participation in the wizarding effort of the war was, while not decisive, nevertheless a distinguished one, during which he presumably fought and defeated numerous magical enemies and won many victories in preventing additional loss of life, seen as he would return home a tried and tested veteran of war.

A considerably hard-working and conscientious man, Theseus would continue to work for the Ministry following his return to the old country, and rose to become a very high-ranking and well-respected Auror indeed, to the point where, when a Dark Wizard by the name of Gellert Grindelwald became active in the wizarding world and whose charismatic idealism had began to muster support for the cause of bringing about the annulment of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy and subsequently earned him the discontent of both Theseus' own superiors as well as the International Confederation of Wizards, the celebrated "war hero" was assigned by the Ministry to leave for Europe to help capture him. A notable accomplishment, considering the the whole department wanted the case, and excitedly wrote an owl to his brother and told him of his mission. At the time, he had no knowledge of his brother's whereabouts, but simply wished him well "wherever [he was]" on "whatever beastly quests [he were] undertaking!".[10] While his efforts to "ferret out" the aspiring revolutionary ultimately proved unsuccessful,[11] he was eventually promoted to the Head of the Auror Office.

As the revolutionary endeavours of Grindelwald grew ever fiercer and the number of individuals who joined his cause began to increase steadily, with both Grindelwald and his supporters having began launching several devastating attacks across Europe aimed at exposing wizardkind and provoke war with the Muggle world, any help Theseus could have provided in opposing him were most likely halted by people in authority such as Minister Hector Fawley, who did not take the threat Grindelwald and his legion of fanatics seriously, seen as he was still working nationally by the mid-1920s. In 1926, Theseus corresponded with the man whom he assumed to be Percival Graves, the Director of Magical Security of MACUSA. regarding recent events in New York,[5][6] unaware that the man with whom he communicated was actually Gellert Grindelwald himself, in disguise. By 1927, Leta Lestrange, a friend of Newt's from their school years, had become his fiancée.[12]

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.

Relationships

Newt Scamander

While not very impressed with his brother's career, it would still appear that they got along reasonably well, given the light-hearted tone of the letter he sent his brother. Even so, he still had certain high expectations of his brother, demanding that he picked a side in the war against Grindelwald when the news reached them that he had escaped MACUSA custody and resumed his rise to dominance over the wizarding world.

Leta Lestrange

While it is unknown what kind of relationship they might have had during their younger years, if any, Theseus and Leta would eventually get better acquainted at the Ministry, where he worked as an Auror and she as the assistant to the Head of Magical Law Enforcement, Torquil Travers, resulting in their subsequent engagement.

Possessions

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

Etymology

  • 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

Appearances

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 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 60
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "‘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 "Orphans, Aurors & War Vets: we meet the 'Fantastic Beasts' film cast on set (Part 2)" from SnitchSeeker.com
  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  8. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice), Minerva McGonagall establishes that Aurors require a minimum of five N.E.W.T.s, and nothing under 'Exceeds Expectations' in order to be elegible for training to join the Auror Office.
  9. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Pottermore
  10. (see this image)
  11. In the most recent edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', Newt confirms in the foreword that he was the first person ever to capture Grindelwald.
  12. https://www.pottermore.com/news/fantastic-beasts-film-title-revealed-the-crimes-of-grindelwald