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by Polaris Black

FLOURISH AND BLOTTS TO HOST “FANTASTIC BEASTS” CELEBRATORY EVENT (1 September 2017)

BY ANDY SMUDGLEY

Reserve the date – 7 November 2017! Flourish and Blotts bookshop in North Side, Diagon Alley, will be hosting a special event to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition. In a rare public appearance, Newt Scamander will be on hand to sign your books and answer your questions. And if that isn’t enough incentive, if you buy a copy of the illustrated edition, Flourish and Blotts is offering a 10% discount on all books for the current school year! I caught up with the famed magizoologist and author in his Dorset home.

Andy Smudgley: I hope you don’t mind but I brought along some burning questions from your fans?

Newt Scamander: Please – fire away!

Andy Smudgley Okay, let’s get this one out of the way. When did you know Porpentina Goldstein was “the one”?

Newt Scamander: I think I started to fall for Tina when she and her sister sang an Ilvermorny school song. Somehow I sensed she was not a taker – and Queenie had suggested just moments before that I needed to find a giver.

Andy Smudgley: Did you ever get your suitcase fixed?

Newt Scamander: No need – the cord worked just fine.

Andy Smudgley: What does a recipient of the Order of Merlin, Second Class magizoologist do for amusement in retirement?

Newt Scamander: As you know, my grandson Rolf and his wife Luna are both well-known magizoologists. Since they travel a lot, Tina and I get ample opportunity to study two fantastic beings, Lysander and Lorcan, our twin great-grandchildren.

Andy SmudgleySpeaking of Luna Lovegood Scamander, is she still searching for that elusive Crumple-Horned Snorkack?

Newt Scamander [laughing]: We still have some pretty lively discussions over Thanksgiving dinner! But unlike her father, Xenophilius, I think Luna has accepted the fact that the Crumple-Horned Snorkack never existed.

Andy Smudgley: You said you found one of your beasts in Equatorial Guinea in 1926. How do you explain that the country was known as Spanish Guinea until it won independence from Spain in 1968?

Newt Scamander: I’m surprised you don’t know this. Wizarding Guinea has never been subject to colonial control and was always recognized as an independent state, even while Muggles recognized the land it occupied as the colony of Spanish Guinea.

Andy Smudgley: I guess I should have paid more attention in Muggle history. How did you like working with the book’s illustrator, Olivia Lomenech Gill?

Newt ScamanderI had never worked with a Muggle sketch artist before. It was fascinating to watch her reimagine the likenesses of the magical creatures using a variety of different techniques, such as pencil, charcoal, and watercolors.

Andy Smudgley: The latest edition includes six new beasts, three of which represent one of the four Ilvermorny Houses. Why wasn’t the Pukwudgie included?

Newt ScamanderI’m afraid I can’t answer that. If I do, I’ll have nothing to talk about at the book signing! 

Andy Smudgley: Okay. Well, thanks for speaking with me. And I guess I’ll be seeing you at Flourish and Blotts!

Newt Scamander: Of course. I’m looking forward to it!