So much for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' being a brand new wizarding story with no connection to Harry Potter himself. JK Rowling insisted that it was neither a sequel or a prequel to the story of the Boy Who Lived but the harder we look the more connections we find between Potter and the magical new movie.
There's the deathly hallows references, Gellert Grindlewald and the promised appearance of Albus Dumbledore in the sequel as well as the fact that Newt Scamander was already a presence in the original movies, having written Harry's textbook 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.
And now there's proof that the magizoologist was actually IN one of the movies.
Eagle-eyed fans might have already spotted this: the appearance of Scamander's name on the Marauders Map Fred and George Weasley gave Harry for Christmas in his third year at Hogwarts.
The magical map reveals a 96-year-old Newt Scamander wandering the halls of Hogwarts. Was he there to see his old teacher Dumbledore? Perhaps he travelled to Hogwarts to fight on behalf of Buckbeak, the hippogriff who was sentenced to death during 'Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban'. Maybe he was in the area to talk to new Care of Magical Creatures professor Hagrid?
He might have even crossed paths with Harry. Who knows?
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is in UK cinemas now.
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