Has Leta Lestrange been mentioned at all outside of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie?

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    Side-note: People are always relating Leta Lestrange to the infamous Bellatrix Lestrange, but they might be interested in being reminded that Bellatrix is originally a Black (i.e. Sirius Black), as well as her sister, Narcissa Malfoy (nee Narcissa Black). Nov 27, 2016 at 22:27
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    @GhotiandChips Who knows, maybe Leta Lestrange will end up marrying someone from the Black family and being Bellatrix's ancestor anyway!
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:05
  • @Randal'Thor Bellatrix goes from being a Black to a Lestrange by marrying Rodolphus Lestrange Nov 28, 2016 at 9:19
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    @GhotiandChips Yes, I know. I meant that if Leta Lestrange marries a Black, she could still be the ancestor of Bellatrix Black.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:05
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    @Randal'Thor I understand what you meant :) I only meant (with my last comment) to bring up the relationship, in light of your own comment, to indicate the possibility of inbreeding such a reveal would imply (not that someone as deranged as Bella makes that far-fetched). Might be weird though, for Rowling to go full G.R.R.M and touch on incest like that :P Nov 28, 2016 at 10:47

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This article in Bustle, entitled "Is Leta Lestrange In The Harry Potter Books? Newt's Mysterious Ex Is A Brand New Character", makes this very clear:

In Fantastic Beasts, the Lestrange family doesn't directly appear, but it is teased that Newt Scamander had a close relationship with one Leta Lestrange (played by Zoe Kravitz). If you're like me, the second you heard that name you thought to yourself, "I don't remember a Leta Lestrange." And if you then panicked about possibly forgetting a Harry Potter detail, don't worry: Leta Lestrange is not in the Harry Potter books.


Given the fact that Leta is a new character to the Harry Potter world, there isn't much we can learn about her from the Harry Potter series, but we will be learning a whole lot more in the planned Fantastic Beasts sequel. "Leta comes into the second movie," director David Yates said at a recent press junket for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

(emphasis mine)

Both of the links in the quoted text above are to a second Bustle article, which confirms that Leda [sic] Lestrange is a brand-new character created for the Fantastic Beasts films.

  • What is the purpose of quoting the Bustle article? Do they have any insider information?
    – ibid
    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:33


JK Rowling was asked a similar question on Twitter:

who is leta lestrange plz i can't live like this
J.K. Rowling: Next movie.

This would seem to imply that she hadn't been previously mentioned.

Additionally, I can confirm (by means of doing computer searches on Rowling's previous writings) that no character with that name has appeared.

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