The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has continued to grow since the original franchise ended back in 2011.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, the second instalment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J K Rowling’s Wizarding World, premiered earlier this week.
The prequel tells the story of the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
It’s been 2 years since the first ever “Fantastic Beasts” movie (Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them) made its debut. It was the first of a new 5-part prequel franchise.
Did you forget all the major plot events in the original “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”?
Don’t worry. Neue has got you covered.
*Warning! Spoilers ahead for “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”. The following is a recap of the 2016 movie.
Before we proceed, here’s a quick explanation on the words ‘Obscurial’ & ‘Obscurus’. An Obscurial is basically a young witch or wizard who has suppressed their magic; the stress and abuse (either physical or psychological) of doing so results in the creation of a magical parasite, which is known as an Obscurus. When an Obscurial reaches their breaking point under emotional duress, the deadly and destructive Obscurus is released as a type of sentient wind/flying, ink-like substance.
In 1926, British wizard and ‘Magizoologist’ Newt Scamander arrives by ship to New York.
Enroute to Arizona, he encounters Mary Lou Barebone, a non-magical (or No-maj for short) woman who heads the New Salem Philanthropic Society.
As Newt listens to her speech about how witches and wizards are real and dangerous, a Niffler (a beast) escapes from Newt’s magically expanded suitcase, which houses various magical creatures.
As Newt attempts to capture the Niffler, he meets Jacob Kowalski, an aspiring baker who is also a No-maj, and they unwittingly swap suitcases.
Tina Goldstein, a demoted Auror (hunter of dark wizards), arrests Newt for chaos caused by the Niffler and takes him to the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) headquarters with the hope that she would be able to regain her former position.
However, as Jacob’s suitcase only contains baked goods, Newt was released.
At Jacob’s apartment, several creatures escape from Newt’s suitcase.
After Tina and Newt find Jacob and the suitcase, Tina takes them to her apartment and introduces them to Queenie, her sister.
Jacob and Queenie are mutually attracted though American wizards are forbidden to marry or even meet No–Majes.
Newt takes Jacob inside as his magically expanded suitcase where Jacob encounters a contained Obscures – a parasite that develops inside magically gifted children if they suppress their magical abilities.
Newt had extracted this Obscures from a young girl who died. What should be noted is that those afflicted rarely pass the age of 10.
Newt persuades Jacob to help search for the missing creatures. After recapturing two of the three escaped beasts, Tina returns the suitcase to the MACUSA.
The MACUSA arrests them believing that one of Newt’s beasts to be responsible for killing US Senator Henry Shaw.
Percival Graves, the Director of Magical Security for MACUSA, accuses Newt of conspiring with the infamous dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, and decides to destroy Newt’s suitcase and erase Jacob’s recent memories of magic.
Newt and Tina are sentenced to immediate death in secret.
Fortunately, Queenie and Jacob rescue them after retrieving Newt’s suitcase.
Following a tip from Tina’s old goblin informant, Gnarlack, Newt and the rest successfully recapture the last of the escaped creatures.
Meanwhile, Graves approaches Mary Lou’s adopted son, Credence, and offers him to free him from his abusive mother.
In exchange, Graves wants Credence to find an Obscures that he believes has caused the destructive mysterious incidents around the city.
Credence finds a wand under the bed of his adopted sister, Modesty.
Mary Lou assumes that it is Credence’s wand but Modesty says it is hers.
When Modesty is about to be punished, the Obscures kills Mary Lou and her eldest daughter, Chastity.
Graves arrives and after Credence leads him to Modesty whom he assumes is the Obscures’ host, he dismisses Credence as being a Squib – one who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers – and refuses to teach him magic.
Credence then reveals he is the real host, having lived any longer than any other host due to the intensity of his magic.
In a fit of rage, Credence transforms and attacks the city.
Newt finds Credence hiding in a subway tunnel but he is attacked by Graves.
Tina who knows Credence arrives in an attempt to calm him while Graves tries to convince Credence to listen to him.
As Credence begins to settle back into human form, Auroras arrive and apparently disintegrate him to protect the magical society.
However, a tiny Obscures fragment escapes.
Graves then admits to unleashing the Obscures to expose the magical community to No-Majes and framing Newt for it.
He angrily claims that the MACUSA protects the No-Majes more than themselves.
As the President of MACUSA, Seraphina Picquery, orders the Auroras to apprehend Graves, he attacks them and begins to defeat all of them.
After being subdued by one of Newt’s beasts, he is revealed as Gellert Grindelwald in disguise and is taken into custody.
The MACUSA fears their secret world has been exposed.
But Newt releases his Thunderbird bird called named ‘Frank’ to disperse a potion as rains fall all over the city to erase all New Yorkers’ recent memories as MACUSA wizards repair the destruction.
Newt later departs for Europe but promises to return and visit Tina once his book is finished.
Have you seen ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’?
In the second film, a young Albus Dumbledore (portrayed by actor Jude Law) enlists Newt to stop Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings. The second film is set just a year later in 1927.
*Warning! Spoilers ahead for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. The following is a bonus read for those of you who have caught the 2018 movie that was released on November 14. Do not read any further if you have not seen the movie. You have been warned!
#1: Credence is Aurelius Dumbledore?
First let’s talk about the shocking revelations of the ending of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’.
It was revealed that Aurelius Dumbledore was the name Grindelwald gives back to Credence Barebone in the movie. It’s supposedly his true identity. This basically means that Credence is a member of the Dumbledore family.
Let’s assume that Grindelwald was telling the truth, how could he be related to Albus Dumbledore? A younger brother, a cousin or a distant relative of the Dumbledore family? What do you think? Do you have any theories on this?
#2: What made Nagini switch to the dark side?
The revelation that Nagini would be in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was a big one. In the Harry Potter books and movies, Nagini is Voldemort’s snake who does his bidding, including eating people.
In ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, it was revealed that Nagini used to be a woman with a blood curse who turns into a snake every night. Eventually, she won’t be able to transform back and will remain a snake forever, which is clearly what happens given that she’s a snake throughout the Harry Potter series.
The big question now is: How did she meet Voldemort and why she did she become his ally?
#3: What does Grindelwald want?
A report that appeared on ‘Games Radar’ website posed a good question: What does Grindelwald want with Credence?
Grindelwald had gone to extraordinary lengths to bring Credence into his fold. While it’s questionable whether Grindelwald is telling Credence the truth, the fact remains that he needs Credence for something important, and it probably has something to do with him being an Obscurus. Exactly what is anyone’s guess right now, but Grindelwald does tell one of his followers during the film that Credence is the only one who can defeat Dumbledore.
#4. Is there more to it than just a blood pact?
In the film, it’s revealed that, when they were younger, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were closer than brothers. But just how close is close?
There’s a flashback scene showing their relationship as young men, where Dumbledore and Grindelwald make a blood pact to never hurt each other.
There was a scene where Dumbledore looks into the Mirror of Erised, a magical mirror that has been seen in previous Harry Potter films.
According to J K Rowling’s Pottermore website, it is “a special mirror which reflects the deepest desires of those who look at it”.
Share Your Theories
Neue would love to hear from you. Do tell us what you thought about the latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie. Do you have any thoughts about the questions above? What did you think of the big reveal at the end of the movie?