J.K. Rowling has updated the Fantastic Beasts book to include some crucial information on Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore. Not only was Scamander a magizoologist, but also possibly Dumbledore’s spy.
In this book’s update, six new beasts were added along with a forward written by author Newt Scamander that is a change from his original profile.
During this forward, Newt Scamander tries to eliminate the rumors spread by columnist Rita Skeeter that he was never a magizoologist and only just one of Dumbledore’s spies sent to infiltrate the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
“In her recent biography, Man or Monster? The TRUTH About Newt Scamander, Rita Skeeter states that I was never a Magizoologist but a Dumbledore spy who used Magizoology as a ‘cover’ to infiltrate the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1926.
This, as anyone who lived through the 1920s will know, is an absurd claim. No undercover wizard would have chosen to pose as a Magizoologist at that period. An interest in magical beasts was considered dangerous and suspect, and taking a case full of such creatures into a major city was, in retrospect, a serious mistake.” – Newt Scamander, updated forward in Fantastic Beasts
In addition to this forward, Newt Scamander reveals in the book that he had a close relationship with Albus Dumbledore, which in some ways was similar to Harry’s.
“It is true that I was the first person ever to capture Gellert Grindelwald and also true that Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me. More than this I cannot say without fear of breaching the Official Magical Secrets Act or, more importantly, the confidences that Dumbledore, most private of men, placed in me.” – Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts
Having these updated portions gives some insight to what we can expect in the upcoming four films of this series; especially the sequel that is to start filming in August 2017.