We see Newt Scamander use his wand several times in the film. Graves briefly mentions that Newt was expelled from Hogwarts. However, when Hogwarts students get expelled, their wands are destroyed by the Ministry of Magic.

  • Even if he was expelled, couldn't he just get another one? Surely wizards can get wands outside of being Hogwarts students?
    – Misha R
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:38
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    The answer on the dupe confirms that it's neither a plot hole, nor is it an error that he still has his wand.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:51

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Newt Scamander was never expelled

According to HPWiki,

In 1913, one of Leta's experiments involving a Jarvey went too far and endangered the life of a student. Rather than see his good friend expelled, Newt took the blame and was sentenced to be expelled from Hogwarts in her place. However, Albus Dumbledore, Newt's Transfiguration teacher at the time, argued strongly on his behalf and cleared his name. The expulsion was never enforced.

Even in the movie, Graves mentions how when Newt was under threat of expulsion, it was Dumbledore who saved him. Graves wonders aloud what Newt must have done to be capable of such explicit support from Dumbledore himself.

So, Newton was never expelled, nor was his wand snapped.

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    If you're going to make a claim that contradicts the film and JKR's own tweets, you'll need some evidence that's better than the fan-wiki
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:02
  • @Valorum Brindha is contradicting OP and not necessarily the film. A definitive quote from the film would be nice, however.
    – Spencer
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:27
  • @Spencer - We have multiple sources, including from JKR herself confirming that he was definitely expelled.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:43
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    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 14:49
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    The note about the author in the textbook 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' mentions that Scamander joined the MoM upon 'graduation from Hogwarts'. I guess Scamander could have lied to boost sales, but would the Board really approve a textbook that was written by someone who was expelled?
    – Brindha
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 14:15

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