Did you know that Harry Potter and Newt Scamander crossed paths at Hogwarts?

Did you know that Harry Potter and Newt Scamander crossed paths at Hogwarts?

Even now, 20 years on from the release of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book, the magic of the wizarding world holds as strong a spell as ever over fans.

Since that heady, momentous day, the series has gone on to dominate popular culture in hitherto unprecedented fashion. J.K. Rowling released seven truly astonishing books that managed to capture the imagination of children and adults alike, whipping them up into an effervescent, coruscating glow that still shows no signs of abating all these years later.

Rowling's books came to transcend traditional boundaries of genre and form to become almost universally adored, and, although Harry's story has long since reached its conclusion, it is a glowing testament to the books' extraordinary enduring appeal that the wizarding world remains as relevant, as fiercely discussed, debated and coveted 20 years after its conception.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone front cover Credit: Bloomsbury

While J.K. Rowling covered an astonishing amount of ground over the course of the seven Harry Potter books, one feels sure that no amount of knowledge could ever sate the voracious appetite of the most ardent Potter fans - this writer among them. Indeed, such is the scope of the universe and its history; thrown as it is into tantalising relief by Rowling's books over a relatively short time period, that with each new revelation comes a whole new set of questions to be answered.

Being as richly imagined a world as it is, the Harry Potter universe still has nuggets of information comparable to purest gold in its value to fans, and this particular piece of information is likely to intrigue fans arguably more than most.

In the wake of the success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one fan on Twitter decided to post a reminder than Potterheads should have already been familiar with the film's protagonist; Newt Scamander. Far from merely being a prominent magical figure, it would seem that Scamander and Harry Potter were - albeit breifly - in the same place at the same time.

Though the logic of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films would have the respective action take place decades apart, a screenshot from one eagle eyed fan suggests that Newt Scamander actually visited Hogwarts during Harry's third year.

The moment comes as Fred and George hand over the Marauder's Map to Harry, and the ramifications are fascinating to consider. For example, could Scamander have been visiting Hogwarts to talk to Albus Dumbledore about the foreword to his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Dumbledore would eventually write?

Others have speculated that Dumbledore might have asked for Scamander's assistance in saving Buckbeak the Hippogriff, as one Quora user wrote;

"We all know that Dumbledore was Newt's teacher before he was expelled from Hogwarts. He also fought for Newt.

"Dumbledore knew the series of events in Prisoner of Azkaban and he strongly wanted to save Buckbeak so it might be possible that he called Newt because he was aware of the fact that Newt had an immense love for magical creatures.

Credit: Warner Bros

"He was the one who could possibly take good care of the hippogriff after Hagrid. Also as we know from the Fantastic Beasts that Newt's mother was a breeder of hippogriffs. So technically, this makes sense."

Whether we ever find out the real reason for Scamander's appearance on the Marauder's Map or not, it serves as further proof that J.K. Rowling's wizarding world continues to confound us, even after all these years.