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JK Rowling revealed1 on twitter that Newt Scamander got expelled from Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling
@JK_Rowling
Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn't able to revoke expulsions.
(Source)

Yet we know from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them2 that Newt had graduated Hogwarts:

Upon graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.
(Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - About the Author)

There really should be no way to miss that fact considering how J.K. Rowling's lawyer has said (under oath) that this is a small book.

For example, the evidence will show that there are 274 entries in the Lexicon pulled from Ms. Rowling's 64-page Quidditch Through The Ages book. I'm holding it up, your Honor. It is not a very big book and they have 274 entries about it alone. Similarly, in her 63-page book, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, there are 222 Lexicon entries pulled from this book.
(Warner Bros. vs RDR Books, Day 1, Opening - Ms. Cendali)

How did Newt Scamander graduate from Hogwarts if he got expelled?


1 In as much that the movie isn't a reliable canon source.
2 The book, not the movie. (Nothing about this question concerns the movie.)

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    We should consider the possibility that he was expelled and then returned to finish his degree, once he had deeds to his name. – Adamant Apr 12 '16 at 2:13
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    @Jonah - Which is supported by the fact that Hermione returned to finish her degree, establishing an (out-of-universe) precedent. – ibid Apr 12 '16 at 2:17
  • Perhaps the later films are about his Hogwarts redemption? – ThruGog Apr 12 '16 at 6:01
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    Oh. Do we know in which year he was expelled ? Maybe he passed his OWLs but was expelled in his 6th or 7th year, so he technically has a Hogwarts degree. – Pwassonne Apr 13 '16 at 14:06
  • @ibid How is that out of universe? – Acccumulation May 24 at 17:05
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The tie-in book The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them contains the following article which relates to Newt's supposed crimes.

A closer inspection reveals that Newt was indeed formally expelled, but that his expulsion was never "enforced" (whatever that means). This presumably includes allowing him to graduate and to keep his wand.

NOTES: Proposed expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry due to the illegal possession of a magical beast causing endangerment of human life and violation of animal welfare laws 101/304.

Magical Beast: Jarvey, Level 3

Punishment: Expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  • The expulsion was never enforced - Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore defended Newton resulting in his name being cleared.

The Ministry of Magic Animal Welfare Department were also informed of the violation and required to rehouse the magical creature.

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  • I consider Rowling's Twitter to be higher Canon than movie tie-in books, but still, this more directly answers the question. – ibid Dec 18 '16 at 0:58
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    @ibid - Yeah, it's an odd addition and one I didn't expect to find. I wonder if it'll get contradicted or whether this document wasn't meant to be readable. – Valorum Dec 18 '16 at 1:16
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This is probably just a case of Rowling retconing a minor fact where she felt it would improve the story. It remains to be seen if the upcoming "expanded edition" of Fantastic Beasts will change that line.

Some possible in-universe answers:

  • He returned later to finish his degree.

    While this is possible, the only precedent is Hermione, who definitely wasn't expelled. Dumbledore supporting Newt wouldn't have helped much, seeing as he had only recently started teaching there. As JKR says,

    @Potterish: @jk_rowling but we also know that Dumbledore has come to defend him. So, was the expulsion revoked? :) @JK_Rowling: Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn't able to revoke expulsions.

    It's possible that he only went back after redeeming himself through the publication of Fantastic Beasts, and the graduation fact was added in later editions.

  • It was an error that Obscurus books never picked up apon, even though the book is in it's fifty-second edition.

    Mr. Scamander’s work with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau led to many research trips abroad, during which he collected information for his worldwide best-seller Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, now in its fifty-second edition.

  • Obscurus books blurred the truth for political reasons or to better sell the book.

  • He was expelled in his sixth or seventh year, after having already received his O.W.L.s.

    While we don't know this to be true, it's possible that would be enough to be deemed "graduating", at least for someone trying to laud praises in an about the Sirius the author blurb. (Also, with his name, why even bother taking the N.E.W.T.s? )

Lots of these ideas were inspired by comments from Jonah, ThruGog, and Pwassonne.

  • A quick google didn't help - but when u say expanded edition of FBaWtFT do you mean a new edition of the book? (doesn't affect Question, I'm just curious. Got a link?) :) – Mac Cooper Apr 13 '16 at 15:21
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    @MacCooper - Here and here, and later, over here as well. Possibly more places since. – ibid Apr 13 '16 at 15:39
  • fantastic! Ta :) – Mac Cooper Apr 13 '16 at 15:50
  • I self-answered because there is an upvoted answer that I disagree with. – ibid Apr 13 '16 at 16:02
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    Lol. Imagine turning up at your NEWT exam and the examiner being like "Name?". Scamander would go "Newt, now give me an O". – The Dark Lord Apr 22 '16 at 13:09
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This has been retconned in later editions to remove mention of Newt graduating Hogwarts

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2001 Edition: Upon graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.

2017 Edition: Upon leaving Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.

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There's nothing to say you can't go back. Hermione went back after going to hunt horcruxes with Harry.

JKR: Harry and Ron didn't go back. Hermione did.

SU: (gasps) Ooo!

MA: Oh my-

JKR: Did you bet right? I mean, come on, nobody's going to think Hermione wouldn't go back.

SU: I predicted. Yeah.

- JKR Interview with Leaky Cauldron - 2007

Furthermore, Hagrid was expelled and became a teacher.

And we all know rules can change, like how Harry got a broomstick and became the youngest seeker in a century.

"That's a broomstick," he said, throwing it back to Harry with a mixture of jealousy and spite on his face. "You'll be in for it this time, Potter, first years aren't allowed them."
- Philosopher's Stone

Anything is possible in Hogwarts, especially under Dumbledores rule because we know he just didn't care and yolo'd everything xD

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    Hermione was never expelled, though—she just took a ‘gap year’ (of sorts), and given the rather unusual circumstances, nobody in their right mind—except Death Eaters, if you count them as being in their right mind—would begrudge her that ‘gap year’. I don't think there's any actual canon precedence for being expelled and then allowed to return, but since it can happen in real-world Muggle schools, I don't see why it couldn't possibly happen at Hogwarts too. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 13 '16 at 11:06
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    This wasn't under Dumbledore's rule. – ibid Apr 13 '16 at 11:20
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    I mean, Hermione was sort of expelled for a year, thanks to a policy from the new management. I heard they peacefully recanted on said policy the following year though. – Jimmy M. Apr 13 '16 at 15:02
  • Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn't able to revoke expulsions. (Source) – ibid Apr 13 '16 at 18:39
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    @user3564421 - This and this. – ibid Apr 18 '16 at 22:36

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