This article contains spoilers from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
There are certain names in the wizarding world that can never be forgotten — some like Dumbledore are remembered for their great deeds, while others like Voldemort are remembered for their darkness. Some are remembered for their legacy, while others for the future they dreamed to create. Now, another name will be engraved into the history book: #NewtScamander.
The previously unknown magizoologist is the new hero of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I'd dare say he could be one of the strongest and most powerful wizards to ever emerge from the wizarding world! You might find it hard to believe at first, but here are my reasons why.
1. Nonverbal Magic
In the wizarding world, a wizard is only as powerful as the magic he can wield. For years we have watched students yell out spells to cause sparks to fly, but one of the most powerful forms of magic is nonverbal spell-casting. In the past, only highly skilled wizards such as #Dumbledore were capable of such feats, and even Hermione took quite some time to master it.
You can imagine how powerful such wizards and witches are, and Newt Scamander is one such wizard. Throughout the whole film, if you pay particular attention, the young #Hufflepuff barely ever utters a single spell. When you watch Scamander cast his magic, it's not simply skill; it is an art and it is truly spellbinding to see.
2. He Tamed The Untamable
For many years before Newt came to the wizarding world, the magical creatures that inhabited it were viewed in fear and as monsters, and their only solution was to be terminated. But then Newt did the impossible!
With the aim of creating his book, he achieved what many wizards and witches thought beyond their powers — he tamed the untamable. From small Nifflers to majestic Thunderbirds, he tames them all. And what is really great about this magizoologist is that he doesn't simply study these creatures to exploit them, but to educate the world about them and how to live alongside them in peace.
3. Newt Befriended A No-Maj
Wizards thought that muggles (or no-majs, according to Americans) were equally impossible to befriend. During the early 20th century, such friends were frowned upon and discouraged, but Newt didn’t care. When he meets the muggle Jacob Kowalski, he refused to obliviate him. On the contrary, he encourages this muggle's exploration of the wizarding world.
For a world that found such people intolerable, the fact that Newt — without a second thought — broke this social norm and openly called him a friend is really amazing.
4. He Saved The Wizarding World From Exposure
At one point in the story, the wizarding community of Manhattan experiences a mass exposure to the muggle population. With the wizarding world exposed, it was impossible to obliviate a whole city, but through his studies and adventures, Newt manages to think outside the conventional wizarding box. He solves a problem that was previously deemed unsolvable by those deemed more powerful than him!
5. He Unveiled Grindelwald's Evil Plan
While Grindelwald was in the guise of Percival, having fooled the whole American wizarding community, it is Newt and his ingenuity that disarms and defeats the dark wizard in a duel. He even reveals to the wizarding world his true identity. Think about it, Newt defeated Grindelwald way before Dumbledore ever did.
6. He Never Graduated, But He’s Still Legendary!
Now this is an important thing to remember: Newt Scamander never graduated from #Hogwarts. Much like our beloved gameskeeper Hagrid, Newt had been caught with a potentially dangerous magical creature in the school and got expelled. However, he didn't let it bring him down. He continued to study and learn, and has left his mark on wizarding history to this very day.
A drop out Hufflepuff that caused Havoc in Manhattan, Newt Scamander may possibly be a wizard who could have given #Grindelwald a run for his money (and he has!). With a legacy that has already etched his name forever into history, it wouldn’t be surprising if, in the future, we see his face on a chocolate frog card — and he really does deserve it!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now.