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The main protagonists of the Fantastic Beasts films.

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Before he was a famous author, Newt Scamander was just a wizard with an interest in magical creatures, trying to get his fellow wizards to see them not as security risks that might expose their world to Muggles, but a wonderful part of it to be treasured and protected. Just before he submitted his book for publication, a fateful trip to New York would be the start of an exciting, dangerous life he never dreamed up and introduce him to people who would become his closest friends - his future wife Tina, her sister Queenie, and humble Muggle baker Jacob Kowalski.


  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: They are very different from the Hogwarts trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) as you can possibly get:
    • They's a quartet instead of a trio, and have two ladies instead of one.
    • All of them are already adults and fully trained wizards (except Jacob), while Harry & Friends were young magic students.
    • They will not be the ones to defeat Grindelwald unlike Harry and his friends defeating Voldemort; Albus Dumbledore will - though they will likely be a great help in bringing him down.
    • The trio while having the occasional hiccups, are very close friends and remain that way into adulthood; Newt and his friends are like that until Queenie defects to Grindelwald.
    • The trio's battle against Voldemort makes them living legends in adulthood. The quartet's battles against Grindelwald have been kept secret from the public via Ministry orders - the only thing the public knows for certain is that Newt helped capture Grindelwald in New York, and Newt will become famous for his magizoology books instead.
    • One of them is a non-wizard, while the Hogwarts trio is entirely made of wizards.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: None of them is the kind to just sit by and let injustice slide, no matter what the official rules say.

    Newt Scamander 

Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander

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Wanted for questioning.
Played by: Eddie Redmayne, Joshua Shea (as a Hogwarts student)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Roger Pera (European Spanish), Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish), Théo Frilet (French,), Philippe Maia (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice."

Newt Scamander is a world-renowned magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which later became required reading at Hogwarts, can be found in many a wizarding home, and has also been published in real life. Newt is the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in The Roaring '20s, in which he travels from the U.K. to New York City, where his suitcase full of magic creatures is accidentally opened and he gets to know the American wizarding world and befriends a Muggle. He re-appears in the second film, which focuses on his friendship with Dumbledore and antagonism with Grindelwald.


  • Adorkable: He's awkward and shy around people, but is very polite and charming, especially with his creatures. After all, it's Eddie Redmayne. This is taken Up to Eleven when he says goodbye to Tina.
  • All-Loving Hero: Newt sees the best in everybody and especially in every beast.
    Leta: You're too good, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn't love.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: His interest and expertise in Magizoology makes him an odd-ball by wizarding standards. It got him expelled from Hogwarts, and makes him regarded as weird by the other wizards later.
  • Allergic to Routine: Newt's worst fear is having a desk job, so he tries to avoid it by any means necessary, and when given a chance to lift his travel ban by joining his brother's department in the government, he flatly refuses with no hesitation.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Newt rarely looks people in the eye, is far more comfortable with magical creatures than with people and is a Bad Liar.note  Actor Eddie Redmayne has stated that he considers Newt to be on the autism spectrum (using the term "Asperger's") and plays him as such. It is even more pronounced in the flashback to his time at Hogwarts, suggesting that he has learned to manage it better as an adult.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Taken to its most logical extreme given his Overly Long Name, but unusually enough for this series it isn't foreshadowing being an Animagus or a werewolf as much as it is playing off how many types of animals he works with. "Newt" is obvious enough, Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt and often associated with animals like deer, "Fido" is a common default name for a dog, and "Scamander" invokes a Salamander due to his first name also being based on an amphibian, as well as being the name of a river from myths to fit "Artemis".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. His brother, Theseus, sends him a letter and signs off with "wishing you well - wherever you are. ___ whatever beastly quests you are undertaking! Best regards, Theseus" implying that the two are close to one another. However, he is apparently regarded as this by the rest of the British Wizarding World, since his description as Theseus' little brother is delivered in unflattering tones. Theseus does love Newt, but also finds his inability to be anything but bluntly honest a little frustrating, especially when in situations when it would be better to not talk back — like at Newt's hearing for travel papers, and Newt's refusal to play nice puts him on Travers' list.
  • Ascended Extra: Seriously diehard fans of the franchise might remember his name referenced a few times in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; this film series has him as the star.
  • Audience Surrogate: Longtime fans of the Harry Potter franchise relate the most to him, because he (like them) knows much of how the English wizarding world works but nothing about how it's different in America and France.
  • Badass Longcoat: He is a very resourceful wizard, and wears a blue longcoat that's most likely to become his Iconic Outfit. See here.
  • Bad Liar: Newt does a terrible job getting past the customs officer at Staten Island, but gets through anyway. One suspects magic may have been involved. And nobody believes his "official" reason for traveling to the USA either.
  • Bag of Holding: His magical suitcase contains an entire zoo.
  • The Beastmaster: Some of the creatures he keeps in his suitcase come in handy in dangerous situations throughout the film, the Swooping Evil and the Zouyu in particular. Especially at the end of the first film, when the Swooping Evil is used to subdue Graves (revealed to be Grindelwald).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Newt is shy, kind, loves animals and hates conflict and violence. He is also one of the foremost experts in dealing with extremely dangerous magical creatures in the Wizarding world- his later career includes important work dealing with Werewolves and Dragons- and is a surprisingly good Duelist, to the point he can contend with the likes of Grindelwald, at least for brief periods of time. His magical knowledge in general is also both advanced and varied.
    • He also worked with dragons in World War I and was so proficient at it that he was the only person they wouldn't try to eat. Want to make him angry?
  • Call-Forward: The manner and circumstances of his expulsion from Hogwarts is similar to that of Rubeus Hagrid's. Fortunately, unlike Hagrid, he got to keep his wand intact.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His faulty suitcase locks and the vial of Swooping Evil venom.
  • Chick Magnet: He and Tina are mutually attracted to one another. His assistant in the second movie is shown and confirmed to have a crush on him. And it's implied that Leta may still harbor feelings for him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Initially comes across as this at the start of the movie. He's absent-minded, impulsive and borderline ditzy. Every character is weirded out by his behavior. We only see his true personality when he steps inside his suitcase.
  • Collector of the Strange: His private menagerie of magical creatures — as Rowling points out in a DVD featurette for "Crimes of Grindelwald", the zoo he has in the basement of his London townhouse is extremely illegal under Ministry law.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Newt is very well versed in the various abilities of his menagerie and isn't above using them to gain an advantage in a fight.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • Harry Potter is given insanely high expectations as The Chosen One and is forced to live up to them. Harry's son Albus is an Inept Mage who loathes the fame and prestige his family's legacy has brought him. By contrast, Newt Scamander is born to a normal wizarding family and is forced to work his way through a crappy job at the Ministry before a stroke of luck allows him to Jump At The Call and pursue his dream job. Additionally, Newt has a genuine love for magizoology, while Harry (along with Ron) only ever took Care of Magical Creatures as a favour for Hagrid. Also, like Harry, Newt never finished his education at Hogwarts. However, while Harry chose not to return in order to pursue Voldemort's Horcruxes, Newt was expelled after either causing or taking the blame for a life-threatening incident involving a magical creature. Furthermore, Harry began the series as a child while Newt is already an adult when we first meet him.
      • Harry also never realized / questioned Dumbledore's manipulations until the final book; the only thing Harry ever questioned him about was his continuing vouching for Snape. Newt knows he's Dumbledore is manipulating him, calls him out on it and demands answers (which he does get in the extended cut of "Crimes of Grindelwald").
    • To Hagrid. They're both more comfortable around magical creatures than people, are experts in magizoology, and were expelled from Hogwarts for magical beast incidents that weren't actually their own fault but someone else's. There is one key difference however, Hagrid's love for creatures blinds him to the more dangerous ones and he fruitlessly tries to tame things like giant spiders and dragons. Newt however knows which creatures are dangerous and are impossible to tame; nothing in his personal menagerie is inherently dangerous, and when they escape they make sure to get away from humans as much as possible.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Say what you will about how the Ministry of Magic and others treat him - the fact is that the Ministry has resorted to attempted blackmail in order to make Newt an Auror and send him after Credence... and he's Dumbledore's hand-picked man to face Grindelwald. No matter how you slice it... Newt Scamander is NOT someone to be taken at face value.
  • Decoy Protagonist: According to Warner Brothers, Newt's role in the Fantastic Beasts storyline will shrink over time in favor of other characters, though he will still be an important part of the story.
  • Dirt Forcefield: He constantly handles various creatures and chemicals, makes a mess of places like zoos and jewelry stores and even rolls around in the snow at one point, yet he miraculously never has a speck of dirt on him. Justified, as there ARE spells that protect against dirt and water, such as the Impervius spell.
  • Doctor Whomage: Newt shares quite a few similarities with the Eleventh Doctor to qualify: Similar haircut and clothes, has a Cloudcuckoolander personality, can't stand still and his briefcase he always takes with him is "bigger on the inside", having an entire natural park where he keeps and cares the "fantastic beasts" he discovers and protects from muggles and hunters.
  • Domain Holder: Creates and manages Pocket Dimension environments within his suitcase.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite helping capture Grindelwald in the first film and then becoming a celebrated author, he's still not respected by the Ministry of Magic, who dismiss his expertise in creatures and try to bribe him into becoming an auror like his big brother in exchange for travel papers.
  • Experienced Protagonist: In contrast to Harry, Newt is already an adult wizard adept at magic and an expert in the care of magical creatures.
  • Eyes Always Averted: He prefers the company of his magical beasts to humans, which is pretty easy to tell considering he never makes eye contact and often stares straight down to avoid looking at anyone. One of the only times he manages eye contact is at the end of the movie, when he defiantly looks straight into the main villain's eyes as they are defeated.
  • Fish out of Water: Newt is completely foreign to American wizardry and gets himself in trouble for using magic more openly than American law allows.
  • Fluffy Tamer: He captures, tames, and takes care of various rare magical beasts, no matter how bizarre-looking or imposing they may be.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He decided to dedicate his life to the study and protection of magical creatures. This is best shown in how he talks to Picket like a small human child, rather than a non-human being. This also doesn't just apply to magical animals, given his reaction to seeing a lion walking down the streets of New York, and trying to retrieve his wand from a monkey. And, awkward though he is around people, he genuinely cares about them, too, such that his concern at the end is trying to protect and save the Obscurial.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Artemis" is a goddess in Greek mythology, though to be fair, the name itself is gender-neutral.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Although he's mostly nervous and introverted around other people, once he's surrounded by animals he's confident and talkative.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: To the Wizarding World, Newt is merely a famous author and the expert on magical creatures, which is true. But he was also a great asset to Albus Dumbledore in taking down Grindelwald... and the world will never know, as for unknown reasons the Ministry has had all the information classified save for their first encounter in New York.
  • The Hero: Newt is the central character of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and follows in the tradition of protagonists whose importance is justified by his compassion for those who are not like him. This compassion easily endears Newt to the audience, since he treats non-magical people (who most audience members are) like equals while the wizards around him on both continents tend to dismiss them.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He was expelled from Hogwarts for "endangering human life" with a beast; In truth Leta Lestrange was responsible, Newt just took the blame for it because he was in love with her. He managed to keep his wand, but the only initial job he could find was working in a dead-end menial Ministry job at the House Elf Relocation Office. His reputation is restored after he captures Grindelwald at the end of the first film... but the Ministry bans him from leaving the country because of the chaos his beasts were blamed for in New York (even after it was proven the vast majority of the damage was done by the Obscurus).
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: His opinion of both wizards and Muggles. However, it turns out that he dearly wants to form personal connections.
  • Hufflepuff House: Averted. He's the first main character in the Harry Potter franchise to have been sorted into Hufflepuff.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Given his personality, he has an understandably hard time making friends, which is why he opts to take Jacob on as his companion and why he's been unable to get over his falling-out with Leta Lestrange, his sole schoolmate acquaintance.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Wears a snazzy blue coat on top of a suit on top of a vest, which he sometimes accessorizes with a bowtie or a scarf (which is actually his Hufflepuff scarf from Hogwarts). Especially stands out whenever he's in a crowd, wherein other people wear shades of black or brown. This, coupled with his tall and slender frame, led to a lot of reviewers commenting that he looks like a runway model.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Highly emotional and overly-attached to his animals and friends. He's the opposite of aggressive: shy, with the tendency to bite his lip and avoid eye contact, getting flustered easily. He's very nurturing toward his beasts, even referring to himself as their mummy.
  • Jumped at the Call: Newt hated his first Ministry job at House-Elf Relocation, and relished the chance to be paid to travel the world and research magical creatures.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Leta was the one who endangered human life with a beast at Hogwarts, not Newt. He just took the blame because he was in love with her. He seems to have realized how stupid this was as it left him very bitter in adult life.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Both his nickname of Newt and his last name Scamander bring to mind newts and salamanders, both creatures known for their classical associations with witchcraft and wizardry as well as generally being seen as repulsive despite their relatively docile natures. It would be fitting that a man with that name is not only a Friend to All Living Things (no matter how disturbing or deadly they may be), but is also a fairly pleasant and affable person who wants friends despite being a shy and closeted man when dealing with others. Also, Scamander is the name of a river god in Greek mythology.
    • Newt Scamander says Tina's eyes are like fire in dark water, an effect he's only ever seen in salamanders; Word of God is that they end up married, likely giving Tina the last name of Scamander, too.
    • Newt is not very well liked, adores magical creatures, and hates violence; his acclaimed "war hero" brother is named after Theseus, who's most well-known act is killing the Minotaur, a dangerous being that's partially human like the two Obscurials that Newt would have tried to save.
    • Artemis is a goddess in Greek mythology who could tame wild animals.
  • The Medic: He knows what has to be used to heal wounds inflicted by magical animals.
  • Messy Hair: Sports red-brown locks that hang low over his eyes.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Made even more impressive by never finishing his education at Hogwarts, being the magical Steve Irwin means he's both very good at potions and surprisingly competent at combat.
  • My Greatest Failure: His break-up with Leta Lestrange and his failure to save the life of a Sudanese girl after exorcising her Obscurus.
  • Nice Guy: He's socially awkward but affable, and very concerned by the protection of magical creatures, especially those that are nearly extinct. He also does his best to recapture his escaped creatures and repair the damages they caused. Naturally, he was sorted into Hufflepuff during his time at Hogwarts.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Newt's lax security with his suitcase causes some of his creatures to escape. It gets worse with an involuntary Satchel Switcheroo.
  • Not Good with People: He seems to feel better surrounded by his magical beasts than with fellow wizards and witches, but that doesn't mean he never interacts with the latter.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His full name is Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, but he's only referred to as "Newt".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Newt, who has a hard time even looking people he likes directly in the eye, looks Grindelwald in the eyes as he passes. Also, when talking to Credence in his Obscurial form, he looks directly to him.
    • Despite his tendencies to avoid physical contacts, and especially the way he keeps his arms straight along his torso when hugged against his will, he gently touches Tina's face before leaving New York at the end of the first film and hugs a mourning Theseus after Leta's death in the second film.
  • Oral Fixation: Newt has a tendency to put his wand between his teeth whenever his hands are full.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Before his book became mandatory reading for English wizarding schoolchildren, Newt lived in the shadow of his older brother, a respected war hero.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Played for laughs: Newt is partially immune to Queenie's mind reading abilities... because of his accent.
  • Recognition Failure: When Newt's last name is mentioned during the international wizards meeting at MACUSA, a few people mistake him for his older brother, who is a renowned Auror.
  • Saved by Canon: As he and Tina later get married, make at least one baby and are still alive as of 2017, the two are the only ones (excluding Dumbledore and Grindelwald) who have to survive the film series.
  • Science Hero: A heroic zoologist who seemingly knows more about magical creatures than anyone else in the world.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In "Crimes of Grindelwald", the Ministry tries to bribe Newt into finding and killing Credence for them in exchange for travel papers. Newt categorically refuses.
  • Selective Obliviousness: His Hagrid-like love of magical creatures leads him to repeatedly declare that the creatures in his suitcase aren't dangerous. The first half of the movie is spent rounding up said creatures as they cause destruction and mayhem across New York City. Though to be fair said escaped creatures are found away from any humans and they mostly destroy property (which can be easily be repaired by magic) than human life. Indeed when Newt shows them off to Jacob, they act quite docile. His book is very explicit which creatures are too dangerous or impossible to be tamed.
  • Slave Liberation: He rescues rare or endangered magical beasts from abuse, poachers and illegal trade throughout the world.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Combined with his niceness, Newt tries not to let tension or conflict bother him.
    Newt: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Tries this with Credence and might have succeeded if it weren't for the MACUSA Aurors.
  • Teacher's Pet: Albus Dumbledore was very fond of him when he was at Hogwarts, to the point that he tried to stop his expulsion from Hogwarts.
  • Tender Tears: Usually when his animals (or friends) are being taken away.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In one the behind the scenes books, Rowling states that Newt is actually a "rubbish wizard", which is why the habitats in his suitcase are mere flaps, instead of being more elaborate and immersive. This is more like an Informed Flaw; he may not have the raw power of somebody like Dumbledore but he certainly is very skilled beyond his knowledge of beasts - for starters he knows how to cure a love potion with a wave of his wand instead of having to brew up an antidote.
  • Weapon of Choice: With the exception of his obvious Magic Wand, he tends toward using his Swooping Evil in combat. Spell-wise, he seems to prefer the Shield Charm, deflecting attacks rather than fully fighting back. In the second film, his go-to beast is the Zouyu.

    Tina Goldstein 

Porpentina Esther "Tina" Goldstein (later Scamander)

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On foreign assignment.
Played by: Katherine Waterston
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Japanese), Gloria Cano (European Spanish), Betzabé Jara (Latin American Spanish), Pascale Chemin (French), Mabel César (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"Mr. Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America? We don't like things loose."

An American witch from Chelsea, MACUSA employee and former Auror who at some point runs into Newt Scamander after his arrival in New York City during The Roaring '20s. She would eventually marry him and move to the United Kingdom. They would also have at least one baby together.


  • '20s Bob Haircut: Since the movies are set in The Roaring '20s, Tina has a period-contemporary haircut.
  • Action Girl: While she is no longer an Auror, she still gets into action, especially following Newt's schemes in New York.
  • Adorkable: She accosts Newt the first time she meets him... with mustard still on her lip from eating a hot dog. Dives behind her desk to hide from an approaching Abernathy, slowly peeking out at him when it's apparent it didn't work. Also, after she says goodbye to Newt and he's asked if he can bring her a copy of his new book in person, she does one small, happy little skip as she walks away from the docks. This video showcases even more of her adorkableness.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Queenie nicknames her "Teeny".
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The name "Goldstein" is common among Ashkenazim and she lives in New York City, which already had a large Ashkenazi population in the 1920s. Add to that her second name, "Esther".
  • Badass Longcoat: Tina wears a nice leather coat after being reinstated as an Auror, as seen in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: At first, she seems like a somewhat incompetent MACUSA officer who was an Auror who got Reassigned to Antarctica due to said incompetence and is merely helping Newt out of a combination of her good nature and bad luck. Turns out she's arrested about half of the criminals seen in the Blind Pig and is capable of trading blows, at least for a moment, with Grindelwald, who was shortly afterwards revealed to be a literal One-Man Army—and, if the movie depiction of him stealing it as a young man holds, may have been the master of the freaking Elder Wand at the time.
  • Brainy Brunette: Queenie describes her as the "brain" of the family.
  • By-the-Book Cop: She's this at first in the film when arresting Scamander for the trouble his escaped creatures caused in the No-Maj world, and for not wiping Jacob's memory.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When Tina mistakenly believes that Newt is engaged to Leta in the second film, she is cold towards them when they meet up again before angrily asking if he is engaged.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: The Goldstein sisters' parents died when they were very young, leaving the both of them to raise themselves.
  • Cowboy Cop: Even after being kicked out of the Aurors, she keeps tabs on the New Salemites.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's constantly irritated with Newt for bringing his magical creatures to New York and for his opinions on No-Maj interactions. She warms up to him, especially after escaping execution at the hands of MACUSA and seeing how much he dearly loves the creatures and doesn't want them hurt.
  • Laugh of Love: She tends to laugh when she's with Newt, after she eventually warms up to him, particularly when he offers to give her a copy of his guidebook in person at the end of the film. The introduction to the modern edition of his book reveals that she's now his wife.
  • Mama Bear: Tina helps Newt try and calm down Obscurus Credence in the ending, and the whole reason she got demoted is because she attacked Mary Lou Barebone when she was abusing him.
  • Meaningful Name: Tina's full first name, Porpentina, comes from the world porpentine, an old-fashioned word for porcupine. This alludes to her prickly personality and matches the animal-themed nature of her future husband's name.
  • Nice Hat: She sports a stylish black cloche hat when we first see her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She lies to Queenie about being in Paris on assignment, when she's actually there off the books. So when Queenie arrives and can't find her, it doesn't take much for Grindelwald's followers to prey on her.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Non-romantic version to her sister, when she brings Newt and Jacob to their room and stumble upon Queenie in her lingerie.
  • Rank Up: She's promoted to Auror again following the arrest of Graves, who's revealed to be Grindelwald, at the end of the film.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: She was an Auror, but was reassigned to the Wand Permit office after using magic to protect Credence from his abusive mother, violating the Statute of Secrecy.
  • Saved by Canon: As she and Newt later get married, make at least one baby and are still alive as of 2017, the two are the only ones (excluding Dumbledore and Grindelwald) who have to survive the film series.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Before the events of the film, she breaks the rule against using magic in front of No-Majs to protect Credence Barebone from his adoptive mother's abuse.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Tina's the uptight serious career girl sister, Queenie's the bubbly carefree domestic sister.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tina is the Tomboy and Action Girl of the family, being an Auror, and loves to wear trousers, while her younger sister Queenie is much more feminine. That said, Tina is much more obsessed with following the rules, while Queenie has a huge rebellious streak. This eventually causes a rift when Queenie carries on her relationship with Jacob, despite it being illegal under MACUSA. Tina doesn't turn her sister in, but she does try to talk her out it, which Queenie doesn't like.
  • Tsundere: Her relationship with Newt in a nutshell, especially in the second film where 1.) she's mad at him for insulting her profession in a letter and 2.) under the impression he's engaged to Leta. It's easy to tell when she's mad at Newt as she acts aloof and makes a point of addressing him as Mr. Scamander even when he calls her Tina. She's softens up considerably when Newt tells her that Leta is engaged to his brother and it was just some tabloid magazine that made a mistake.

    Queenie Goldstein 

Queenie Goldstein

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Whereabouts unknown.
Played by: Alison Sudol
Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Catherina Martínez (European Spanish), Adriana Casas (Latin American Spanish), Marie Diot (French), Evie Saide (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"Aw, don't worry, honey. Most guys think what you was thinking, first time they see me."

An American witch from Chelsea, and Tina's sister. She works as a low rank secretary at MACUSA.


  • All Take and No Give: Tragically what her relationship with Jacob devolves into. They love each other, but under MACUSA law they can't marry. Jacob decides it's best to keep their relationship hidden and unofficial, rather than see Queenie imprisoned. But Queenie, refusing to see reason, goes so far as to enchant him and drag him to London to get married in Europe where it's legal. It only gets worse from there.
  • Almighty Janitor: She's relatively low on the ranks at work, but she's very smart, very gifted, and, you know, a friggin' mind-reader. She would make a skilled Auror like her sister, but she just can't be bothered to obey the rules, so she works as a secretary instead. Doesn't stop her from using all three to her advantage anyway.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has a Sensory Overload while walking through the streets of Paris during a rainstorm and starts crying her head off. While it may have just been out of the sheer stress of the situation, it lends credence to the idea that she may have a genuine disorder.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The name "Goldstein" is common among Ashkenazim and she lives in New York City, which already had a large Ashkenazi population in the 1920s.
  • Berserk Button: The one thing that really gets her in a huff is being called crazy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Queenie senses Tina and Newt are in danger. What does she do? She screws the rules, takes their no-maj friend and breaks into the office belonging to Grindelwald. She may not be the career girl, but she is far from stupid.
  • Butt-Monkey: At work, Queenie says she spends most of her time "making coffee or unjinxing the john," menial, unglamorous tasks.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: The Goldstein sisters' parents died when they were very young, leaving the both of them to raise themselves.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She initially seems a bubbly and airheaded Dumb Blonde, but her Indy Ploy managed to extract her sister Tina, Newt, and Jacob, as well as Newt's briefcase, from their predicament in MACUSA headquarters, using a combination of dirty blackmailing, breaking and entering, and Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: Reading what men think of her right in their minds doesn't seem to bother her.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted. She seems like one, but she's very intelligent and gifted. It's mainly an act to disarm people.
  • The Empath: She's a natural Legilimens, so reading minds and getting a feel for people's thoughts and memories comes naturally to her.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Jacob is not the first man whose head is turned by Queenie's beauty and overall niceness.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After being convinced that Grindelwald will make her dream of marrying Jacob come true, she joins his side, eventually abandoning her lover and sister.
  • The Fashionista: In her first scene she's seen magically mending one of her dresses, is mentioned on Pottermore to have fashion magazines on her side of the bedroom, and in general wears more elaborate pieces compared to her sister.
  • The Flapper: Her wardrobe and spirited mindset make her the closest person the movie has to this trope, since it is set in The Roaring '20s.
  • Foil: She could be seen as one to Petunia Dursley. Queenie is a witch, whereas Petunia is a Muggle. Queenie has a close relationship with her sister, while Petunia grew estranged from Lily. Both of them are in love with a Muggle, but whereas Vernon re-inforced Petunia's contempt for magic, Jacob is fascinated by it. Also Queenie and Petunia (at least in the book) have blond hair.
    • In the second film, she becomes one to Merope Gaunt. Like Merope, Queenie falls in love with a Muggle and enchants him in order to marry him. Unlike Merope, she doesn't do this out of selfishness or a feeling of entitlement. Instead, Queenie's actions are driven by her Muggle–Mage Romance with Jacob being illegal and Jacob being reluctant to follow through under these circumstances.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blond, and a genuine Nice Girl.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She's gorgeous, and she knows the effect it has on men (telling Jacob she's used to reading it in their minds).
  • Laugh of Love: She tends to laugh when she's with Jacob, which he tends to reciprocate. A particularly​ touching one occurs at the end of the film, when she giggles softly upon seeing Jacob at his bakery after he's had his mind wiped, and he grins in response, indicating that he remembers her in some capacity.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: When Jacob refuses to marry her since their marriage would mean MACUSA would throw her in jail, she starts to become irrational and possessive, going so far as to enchant him and drag him into the UK to get married. When Jacob thinks she's crazy for this, she leaves in a huff for Paris. Then she's persuaded to join Grindelwald's cause because she's naive (or desperate) enough to think that his vision of wizards living openly will mean that she and Jacob can marry - even though it's obvious from the subtext in his speech that he thinks of non-magical people as less than human. When Jacob (who was with her at the speech) begs her not to join Grindelwald, it doesn't take.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: The Crimes of Grindelwald shows the downsides of Queenie's abilities; alone and despairing in a crowd of strangers whose thoughts she can't block out, she's reduced to a sobbing wreck.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: There was a blooming romance between her and Jacob Kowalski, before Jacob's memories had to be erased. However despite his memory loss and the laws against American witches and No-majes interacting she is still seen visiting his bakery at the end. In the second film, the romance returns but is spoiled when she decides Grindelwald is in the right regarding Muggle-Wizard relations.
  • Nice Girl: She's a disarmingly sweet, good-natured, and adorable witch.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She often plays dumb (or rather ditsy) around people, but when the time calls for it, she's deadly.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Down to her lingerie and nightdress, she's almost always wearing pink or a peachy blush. She is also the most overtly feminine character in the film.
  • Plucky Girl: In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she's a very brave and optimistic witch who doesn't hesitate to rescue her sister and newfound friends. By The Crimes of Grindelwald, it all sadly falls apart.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's implied that the stress of maintaining an illegal relationship is affecting her mental state in The Crimes of Grindelwald; she uses love potion to sway Jacob into following her overseas to get married, and after she decides to join Grindelwald, she screams for him to join her as she crosses over.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Queenie doesn't think much of putting the rules before doing the right thing, helping to save Newt and Tina from execution and seeking out a relationship with Jacob despite the law. Deconstructed in The Crimes of Grindelwald; Queenie's disregard for the rules leads her to have no problem acting without consulting others if she thinks she's in the right, enchanting Jacob to marry her despite his hesitance (due to the laws against their union), and being persuaded to join Grindelwald, whom she comes to believe shares the same ideals.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She is completely unpertubed by Newt and Jacob walking in while she is wearing lingerie, and assures Jacob he isn't the first man to have such thoughts upon meeting her.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Tina's the uptight serious career girl sister, Queenie's the bubbly carefree domestic sister. This does not mean that Queenie is any less dangerous than Tina is.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Jacob because he's nice, honest, and open-minded about the wizarding world.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She falls in love with Jacob, but since he's a No-Maj, she's legally not allowed to be with him. She attempted to pull a Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!, but after being unable to convince Jacob that putting herself in danger for love is a risk worth taking, she tries to dose him with a Love Potion. Even after Newt undoes the effects of that, she ultimately makes a Face–Heel Turn and joins Grindelwald in the mistaken belief that he can make a world where she can be together with Jacob.
  • Supreme Chef: Jacob, who comes from a family where cooking is serious business, is impressed by the meal she magically prepares for him and Scamander.
  • Telepathy: She's naturally a Legilimens, which allows her to pick up on news around the office and know what men think of her immediately.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the girly girl compared to her sister Tina, who is an Action Girl and tomboyish. Queenie, meanwhile, prefers cooking and filling a more "domestic" role, outright stating that Tina's the career girl of the family. She wears very feminine clothes, including a pink coat, while her sister has a much more discreet wardrobe. That said, in this case, the Tomboy is the one obsessed with following the rules, while the Girly Girl is the rebellious one.

    Jacob Kowalski 

Jacob Kowalski

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No-Maj of interest.
Played by: Dan Fogler
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese), Rafa Romero (European Spanish), Roberto Molina (Latin American Spanish), Laurent Maurel (French), Eduardo Borgeth (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Jacob: I don't think I'm dreaming.
Newt: What gave it away?
Jacob: I ain't got the brains to make this up.

A No-Maj from the Lower East Side. After serving in World War I, he returns home to Brooklyn with a dream to settle down and start his own bakery. Unfortunately, he ends up accidentally unleashing Newt Scamander's bag of magical creatures and is forced to accompany Newt, Tina, and Queenie on their adventure.


  • Adorkable: It's most apparent when dealing with the wizarding community due to his being a Fish out of Water, but the first act shows he's this way even around other muggles.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Averted. Unlike most Muggles, Jacob instantly believes in magic as soon as he sees it.
    Jacob: I don't think I'm dreaming.
    Newt: What gave it away?
    Jacob: I ain't got the brains to make this up.
  • Audience Surrogate: He's pretty much the only character that's unaware that wizards and witches are a thing, so as he learns, so do we.
  • Badass Normal: A World War I veteran who is able to keep up with Newt without any magical abilities and shown to punch Gnarlak in the face. Having no knowledge of magic, he also applies no-maji solutions to problems that his wizard companions attempt to solve magically; for instance, when Queenie is having difficulty opening a magically sealed door with her wand, Jacob simply kicks the door down. The magic was only sealing the lock, not the door itself.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sure, he's the Big Fun most of the time and is generally out of his league in the magic world, but threaten his friends, and you'll get a nice punch in the face. He's a World War I veteran, after all.
  • Big Fun: He's a chubby, kind, and friendly person.
  • The Big Guy: Physically the strongest of the heroes in spite of being the shortest of the bunch.
  • Break the Cutie: If you thought having to lose his memories in the first movie was bad, oh does it get worse. Grindelwald foretells a second World War coming soon and he loses Queenie to Grindelwald's cause.
  • Brooklyn Rage: He has a Brooklyn accent comparable to Lou Costello, is a World War I veteran, and can surely throw a punch when necessary. However, he is very good-natured and doesn't show the slightest bit of aggressiveness.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He doesn't end up with Queenie due to the obligation to wipe his memories of the magical world. Queenie still gives him a Last Kiss before the rain erases his memories. Later, as he opens his bakery, she comes to visit him. But by the end of the second film something worse happens...
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Whenever he's near Queenie, his train of thought slips.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Newt Scamander's Skinny for comedy.
  • Fat Comic Relief: There's at least one gag about his overweightness, as he gets stuck trying to enter Scamander's suitcase.
  • Fish out of Water: Jacob is this as the No-Maj / Muggle that accidentally gets involved into the wizarding world as the result of a switching up of bags. He initially reacts baffled to his exposure to the wizarding world, but then pragmatically accepts its existence as a fact ("I ain't got the brains to make this up..."). His dealing with situations with a Mundane Solution / Muggles Do It Better actually helps out the wizards note . His strong Muggle presence especially stands out compared to the Harry Potter books and movies, none of which had a Muggle play a role as big as his.
  • Foil: Like Vernon Dursley, he is an overweight middle-aged muggle suddenly exposed to the Wizarding World. Unlike Vernon, Jacob is not a jerkass to wizards and witches, and is amazed by the various people, magical spells, creatures, and mechanics of said world. He's also one to Newt, being his complete opposite in physicality and affability.
    • In the second film, he becomes one to Tom Riddle Sr. Like Riddle, Jacob is put under a spell by a woman, forcing him to want to marry her, and is understandably upset when the spell is lifted. Unlike Riddle, Jacob genuinely does love Queenie and wants to be with her. He just doesn't think he should be forced to rush things, especially considering their Muggle–Mage Romance is forbidden by law.
  • The Load: Even more than you'd expect, since any friendly interaction between wizards and No-Majs is strictly forbidden under Rappaport's Law in America. However, as the film progresses, he shucks this role, coming up with many a Mundane Solution to his friends' problems.
  • Muggle Best Friend: He becomes this for Scamander and the Goldstein sisters. However, his memories of magic have to be wiped at the end of the film, though he subconsciously remembers parts of his adventures with them, as his bakery sells pastries based the beasts he saw with Newt and he touches where the Murtlap bit him when he sees Queenie again.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: There was a blooming romance between him and Queenie Goldstein, before Jacob's memories had to be erased. There may still be some subconscious memory of her in his head though, as he seems to recognize Queenie when she visits his bakery. In the second film, they are in love again but Queenie makes a Face–Heel Turn that means he has no place in her life anymore.
  • Muggles: He's a "No-Maj" ("no magic", the American expression for "Muggle"), he has no magical power whatsoever and yet finds himself involved in the magical world by accident.
  • Nice Guy: A good-natured man who wants to escape his alienating canning factory job and make people happy with pastries.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He is responsible for Newt's creatures being set loose in New York. Though to be fair to the guy, he thought he was just opening his suitcase of pastries.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The main comedic character in the films.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Works in a canning factory, but wants to become a baker.
  • Retired Badass: He fought in World War I, and can still throw a punch if necessary.
  • Shopkeeper: He tries to open a bakery at the beginning of the film, but gets rebuffed by the banker due to his lack of collateral for the bank. After his memories of the magical world are wiped towards the end, Newt slips him a suitcase filled with Occamy eggshells (which are made of pure silver) to use as collateral, allowing him to eventually open his shop. Combining his baking acumen and subconscious inspiration from all of Newt's beasts, his fantastical sculpted pastries and confections make his shop a runaway success.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: He and Queenie fall in love over the course of the movie, but since she's a witch and he's a No-Maj, they're legally prohibited from being together. Even after reuniting, they are pulled apart again because Jacob doesn't want Queenie risking her life for his sake, and she later joins Grindelwald after being duped by his For The Greater Good schpiel in the hopes that he will let her be with Jacob.
  • Stout Strength: He's somewhat heavyset, and is able to kick a door open and lay out a cackling goblin in one sucker punch.
  • Supreme Chef: While the banker refuses to try his pastries, the eventual success of his bakery shows he is really good with them.
  • Sweet Baker: A good-natured man who got involved in the first film's plot because he intended to open a bakery. He succeeds.
  • Token Human: Jacob is the token No-Maj, and he has possibly the largest role ever held by a non-magical person thus far in J. K. Rowling's world.
  • Unfazed Everyman: All told, he rolls pretty well with the phenomenon of magic being revealed to him.
  • Victory-Guided Amnesia: Due to the strict laws upholding The Masquerade, his memory has to be wiped at the end of the first film. But it doesn't take because the potion used only erases bad memories.
  • The Watson: Jacob Kowalski serves this role, being a Muggle (or No-Maj) and therefore needing to have various aspects of the magical world explained to him, especially those not previously explored in the Harry Potter films.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Even after having his memories erased he still maintains subconscious memories of Newt's beasts and Queenie after his memory wipe. It's revealed in Crimes of Grindelwald that Swooping Evil venom only erases "bad memories", and meeting Newt, Queenie and Tina and learning of the wonders of Magic is anything but a bad memory for Jacob.
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