Fantastic beasts and where to hide them

What happens when an oblivious little boy is shoved into the world of magic?
His great grandfather a famous wizard?
And the places he knew turned upside down... In just a couple of days...?


1. The letter

It had been a bright, blue and clear, sunny day up until around nine in the afternoon, when the whole of the building was supposed to be quiet, solemn... And the children asleep; or at the very least, pretending. The clouds gathered in the sky above the dark, sinisterly plain building, and by the time that rain began to pour, only one boy was still awake. 

The boy pulled his blanket over his head in attempt to drown out the 'patter patter' noise against the windows. He heard the usual hooting and cooing of birds, and a faint pecking noise that kept the boy wide awake.

He clambered out of his small put-up bed before making his way across the wooden floor, tiptoeing, as to not wake the other children, to the huge blank curtains that had been drawn far earlier on. 

He pulled back the curtain to the left to spot a small owl, pecking on the glass of the right door. The boy turned the key in the lock on the left hand side door, opening it slightly to let the small creature in.

It immediately flew in and perched on the boy's shoulder, a pale brown and pretty bird, speckled with darker browns, with a distinctive, happy chirp. The boy shushed the it, putting a finger to his lips, inspecting the letter tied to the birds leg before beginning to untie it gently.

The letter was addressed in green gel writing and read:

'Newton Artemis Filo Scamander The Second, Bed number seven, The third room on the left, Gretchington's Orphanage, London, England.'

The boy gaped, muttering to himself and turning his head slightly to whisper to the owl, almost as if he thought it would reply. "This letter... It's for me?" He hummed under his breath, still directing to the bird. "No one ever sends me letters..." He said with a sad tone in his voice, sitting on the cold wooden floor to break the red imprinted wax seal on the back. "Is this a trick...? Who sends letters by birds... Owls... Anyway...? Especially in this day and age."

The owl hooted obliviously in response, it's eyes flickering from the letter and then back to Newton. "Fine then." Newton nodded, "I think I shall open it... It is addressed to me, after all." 

His fingers moved tentatively to the seal, breaking it with one smooth movement and opening the envelope, pulling out a neatly folded parchment letter and reading as follows.


Headmistress: Minerva McGonagall.


Dear Mr Scamander,

We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.

Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.

Yours sincerely,

Percy Weasley

Deputy Headmaster.

Newton stared for a few moments, reading the letter over and over and over again in disbelief. The same questions would replay in his mind until he got sick of them. Who could make up such a horrible prank? Who the heck could train an owl to deliver a letter like this? And why.... Why him?

Eventually he shook out the envelope, grasping the other folded piece of parchment and reading over the books and equipment he supposedly 'needed to buy'.

First year students will require:


•Three sets of plain work robes (black)

•One plain pointed hat (black) for daywear

•One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)

•One winter cloak (black, silver fastenings)

Please note that all student's clothes should carry name-tags at all times.

~Other equipment~

•1 wand

•1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)

•1 set of glass or crystal phials 

•1 telescope

•1 set of brass scales 


•The standard book of spells, grade one, by Miranda Goshawk

•A history of magic, by Bathilda Bagshot

•Magic theory, by Adalbert Waffling

•A beginners guide to transfiguration, by Emeric Switch

•One thousand magical herbs and fungi, by Phyllida Spore

•Magical drafts and potions, by Arsenius Jigger

•The dark forces: A guide to self protection, by Quentin Trimble

•Fantastic beasts and where to find them, by Newt Scamander

Students are also allowed to bring an owl a cat or a toad.


Of course poor Newton read this over a fair few times as well, stopping at the name 'Newt Scamander'. The name flashing in neon lights just to taunt him, he wondered for a while... Could all of this be real? Who was this 'Newt' and why was someone with the same name as him sliding into his life all of a sudden? 

He pondered a little longer before heading back over to his single, put-up bed, sliding the letter and list back into the envelope and placing it timidly beneath his pillow. He would ask The Gretch tomorrow morning that was for sure.

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