An Unlikely Character Connects The ‘Harry Potter’ Saga To ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’

Eddie Redmayne, Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Warner Bros, 051716
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After the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped, we learned that our favorite Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore, connected Fantastic Beasts with the Harry Potter saga. In the trailer for Beasts, Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), the right hand man to the head of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) explains that Magizoologist Newt Scamander was, “kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life with a beast, yet one of [his] teachers argued strongly against [his] expulsion.” He goes on to ponder, “I wonder, what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you?”

Besides Dumbledore teaching Scamander during his time at Hogwarts, we also know that Newt Scamander’s grandson Rolf marries Harry’s friend Luna Lovegood, and he authors the textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which Harry uses during his time at Hogwarts. But what if there is a connection between Scamander’s 1920’s NYC and Harry Potter’s 1990’s Britain that we are missing?

A few weeks ago, SpeakBeasty, MuggleNet’s podcast took to twitter to theorize another major connection between the two sagas.

Could the lovable Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, be the major connection between the two series? In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Aragog, Hagrid’s massive acromantula friend tells Ron and Harry, “I came to Hagrid from a distant land, in the pockets of a traveler.”

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Like Hagrid, we know that Scamander is obsessed with magical creatures, and he collects them as he travels around the world. SpeakBeasty’s post suggests that a young Rubeus Hagrid (who if you recall was expelled for having Aargog when he was only in his third year at Hogwarts), acquired Aarogo from Scamander himself. Considering the fact that that Scamander would have only been in his 40’s or 50’s when Hagrid attend Hogwarts in the 1940’s (at the same time as Voldemort), this theory is highly plausible.

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We are desperate to see if this theory holds up in the film. We might already get to see a young Dumbledore in the film, seeing a young Hagrid would just be the cherry on top. November 18th can’t get here fast enough!

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