But there had never been any story from the pen of J.K. Rowling which described Harry meeting Newt or even any indication that they’d ever been in the same place at the same time. Until some eagle-eyed fans, poring over a particular scene in the movie of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, noticed something very interesting.
The scene in question is the one where Fred and George Weasley show Harry the Marauder’s Map, an enchanted piece of parchment that shows where everyone is in Hogwarts. It’s tricky to make out the names of everyone in the scene where the map is first shown. Even if you pause the DVD it’s hard. But one name can clearly be seen: Newt Scamander!