There's a new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them from J.K. Rowling and it looks like it has a major update concerning the magizoologist Newt Scamandar and the legendary Wizard Dumbledore.
According to a report by Hypable, there's a lot of heavy details added on to the new edition, first of which is the Wizarding World rumors that Newt could actually be a spy working for Dumbledore. Newt reacts to the rumors in a book titled Man or Monster? The TRUTH about Newt Scamander by Rita Skeeter, J.K. saying that:
"In her recent biography, Man or Monster? The TRUTH About Newt Scamander, Rita Skeeter states that I was never a Magizoologist but a Dumbledore spy who used Magizoology as a ‘cover' to infiltrate the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1926.
This, as anyone who lived through the 1920s will know, is an absurd claim. No undercover wizard would have chosen to pose as a Magizoologist at that period. An interest in magical beasts was considered dangerous and suspect, and taking a case full of such creatures into a major city was, in retrospect, a serious mistake."
There's no direct denial on the bit being a spy – instead Newt deflects by the report by calling it absurd and pulling interest towards magizoocology. If true, then being a spy for Dumbledore would make a great twist for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, or 3.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 premieres on Nov. 16, 2018.