J.K. Rowling in London on June 23, 2011CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images


The muggle world rejoiced this morning with news that J.K. Rowling would be returning to her magical roots with a new movie franchise following Newt Scamander, the fictional author of one of the textbooks used at Hogwarts in "Harry Potter." While Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of their cohorts are beloved by readers and moviegoers the world over, Scamander is no doubt a bit of a cryptic character to most "Potter" fans.

Here's what we know so far about Scamander (courtesy of the Los Angeles Times), and some of what audiences can expect to see when his story hits the big screen.

He's a magizoologist -- a person who studies magical creatures -- and the author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a textbook used by First Year Hogwarts students. Written in 1918, the book features 75 magical creatures from Scamander's travels across five continents, and its forward was penned by none other than Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

Born in 1897, Scamader attended Hogwarts, where he was sorted into the Hufflepuff house. His mother, a Hippogriff breeder, encouraged him to pursue magizoology.

Upon graduating from Hogwarts, Scamander took a job at the Ministry of Magic, where he worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. There, he oversaw the creation of the Werewolf Register and the passage of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, and took many trips with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau.

He eventually became the headmaster of Hogwarts.

Rowling revealed that Scamander's grandson, Rolf, married Luna Lovegood, one of Harry's Hogwarts classmates. Maybe the actress who played her (Evanna Lynch) can make a cameo?

[via L.A. Times]
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