- "The Dukuwaqa lives in a warm ocean, the Selma in an icy freshwater lake. The former is a shape-shifter that can transform from fish to man, the latter is a serpent that devours human flesh and fish. You would need the brains of a Billywig not to foresee an immediate bloodbath if both were crammed tightly together in tepid, brackish water."
- —Rolf Scamander's remarks to the Daily Prophet[src]
Rolf Scamander was a British wizard in the employment of the Daily Prophet who followed the footprints of his famous grandfather and became a magizoologist. He married the notable Dumbledore's Army member and Battle of Hogwarts combatant Luna Lovegood and had two sons by the name of Lorcan and Lysander.
Rolf was born into the wizarding Scamander family somewhere in the British Isles. At the age of eleven, he obtained a wand which, like most other magical children, he most likely purchased from Ollivander's Wand Shop shortly before he began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Not much is known about Rolf's early life other than the fact that he was the grandson of Newt Scamander and his wife Porpentina. He may have identified as Jewish, given that his grandmother was possibly a Jewish witch.
At some point after he left school, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and went on to become a well-respected magizoologist.
Rolf eventually married Luna Lovegood, a fellow naturalist. According to Rita Skeeter (a dubious source), he had an unforgettably shocked expression when he saw Luna's wedding dress. Her dress was decorated with rainbows and spangles, and she wore a tiara of silver unicorn horns. This dress was voted ‘Most Hideous Outfit of the Year' by readers of Skeeter's regular Daily Prophet column. The couple had twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.
Chief Consulting Magizoologist
By the 2010s, Rolf Scamander was the Chief Consulting Magizoologist to the Daily Prophet. It was in this capacity that he remarked about the Argentinian Council of Magic's lack of foresight over the organisation of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which escalated into a fight between various team mascots prompted by an attempt to make the Fijian Dukuwaqa and Norwegian Selma share a lake.
He also attended the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup and sat in the VIP boxes with his wife, where he held an interesting conversation with Charlie Weasley and held Luna's hands, which might have been because he was trying to prevent his wife from putting on one of her famous Special Event Hats, according to Rita Skeeter.
Luna is Rolf's wife. They were both naturalists and both spent their time "globetrotting and looking for weird creatures". Rolf had two sons with Luna; both were born "considerably later" than the children of Harry Potter and their other friends.
Rolf is a modern variant of the Norse name Hrolfr, which came from the German name Hrodulf (famous wolf). Rolf is formed from the words hrodr and ulf, meaning "honour" and "wolf", respectively. His name therefore means "Honourable wolf". Rolf, being a form of Rudolph, would be related etymologically to the Potter name Rodolphus Lestrange.
Behind the scenes
According to an interview with Evanna Lynch at the Oz Comic Con in Sydney in 2015, J. K. Rowling initially planned to introduce Rolf in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where he would have told The Tale of the Three Brothers to the Golden Trio. Ultimately, however, he was removed from the novel so that Xenophilius Lovegood could tell the story instead.
- J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Quidditch Through the Ages (2018 audio edition) (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ Rolf was a wizard, but his parents may have been pure-bloods, half-bloods, or a muggle who married the squib child of Newton and Porpentina Goldstein.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Pottermore - DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL (Archived)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 JK Rowling Web Chat, 30th July (archived)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The unwritten story of Harry's friends and their children (Archived)
- ↑ Pottermore - DISASTROUS OPENING CEREMONY LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP SECURITY (Archived)
- ↑ J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: Rolf Scamander almost added to Deathly Hallows book, admits Evanna Lynch