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Newt Scamander, a famous magizoologist

"Hello, there! Seems yeh might be interested in a bit o' Magizoology? Carin' for magical creatures has been me passion for as long as I can remember. As a Magizoologist, yeh learn powerful magic and tame the most powerful beasts known to the Wizarding World. Once you get past the biting, there's nun' better."
Rubeus Hagrid addressing members of the S.O.S. wanting to pursue a career as a Magizoologist[src]

A Magizoologist was a wizard or witch who studied magical creatures professionally (a field known as magizoology); though they may also have been referred to as wizarding naturalists.[1][2][3]

In certain cases, a magizoologist's obligations may have not been limited to merely observing and taking care of magical creatures, as they may even have been immersed in sanctioned breeding, and even actively tracking and rescuing them from less-principled parties.

A wizard or witch may not have needed to have graduated from a Wizarding school to become a Magizoologist, as Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and still managed to become a highly renowned Magizoologist in his adult life. Rubeus Hagrid also did not graduate from Hogwarts, but later became the Care of Magical Creatures Professor.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Scamander family had many members that have worked as magizoologists. One of the most famous magizoologists was Newt Scamander. He was the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Early in life, Scamander developed an interest in magical creatures that was influenced by his mother's breeding of hippogriffs.[1] Newt's grandson Rolf and his wife Luna were considered wizarding naturalists.[3][4]

A Care of Magical Creatures was a class taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for students who wish to learn about magical beasts.[5][6] Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a required textbook[1] and the professor of the subject could be counted as an magizoologist, since they were educating others about creatures.[6]

A Dragonologist was a magizoologist who specialised in the study and handling of dragons.[7]

Known Magizoologists

Wizard(s) Notes
Newt Scamander Author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an authority in Magizoology.[1]
Rolf Scamander Newt's grandson, referred to as a wizarding naturalist.[8]
Luna Lovegood Referred to as a wizarding naturalist.[3][4]
Gondoline Oliphant Specialised in trolls.[9]
Jules Egwu's parents Travelled the world as part of their job. During the 1986–1987 school year, they and their daughter were living in Japan where they hoped to observe an Oni. Jules planned to ask them to safely release a Demiguise that she had captured while in Hogsmeade, visiting her cousin Andre.[10]
Quong Po Dragonologist, specialised in the Chinese Fireball breed.[9]
Gulliver Pokeby Expert on magical birds and author of Why I Didn't Die When the Augurey Cried.[1][9]
Harvey Ridgebit Dragonologist, established the dragon sanctuary in Romania.[11]
Havelock Sweeting Specialised in unicorns.[9]
Charles Weasley Dragonologist at the Romanian Dragon Sanctuary.[7]
Lord Stoddard Withers Specialised in winged horses.[9]
Edwardus Lima Author of The Monster Book of Monsters.[12]
Silvanus Kettleburn A former professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,[13] known for studying and taking care of magical creatures, as well as losing limbs to them.[14]
Rubeus Hagrid A professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, known for studying and taking care of magical creatures.[6]
Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank A substitute professor of Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, who taught whilst Hagrid was away.[15][16][17] She seemed to specialise with Unicorns.[15]
Mathilda Grimblehawk An enthusiastic employee of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures of the British Ministry of Magic, she found great enjoyment in handling various cases involving magical creatures across Great Britain with her partner.[18]
Naasz Celebrity Magizoologist, noted for her endless interviews and relentless ego.[2]


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