Warning: This post includes spoilers for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the first of five J.K. Rowling-written movies, and from the film’s start we know we’re in for something bigger than expected.
While the film follows magizoologist Newt Scamander and his suitcase of magical creatures, the rise of Grindelwald, a powerful dark wizard, overshadows the entire movie. He wants to expose magic to non-magical folk and start a war between magicians and non-magicians. Through that, wizards can win and rule the world. He’s not such a nice guy.
We see Grindelwald in newspaper clippings at the beginning of the film. And at the end — in a twist — it turns out that Percival Graves, the head auror of MACUSA, was Grindelwald in disguise the whole time.
We’re bound to see Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, in the future sequels. Here’s what we can expect.
The series will be about defeating Grindelwald.
J.K. Rowling has said the series will span 19 years. The first movie takes place in 1926, so the series should wrap up by 1945.
1945 is the year that Albus Dumbledore famously defeated Grindelwald in an epic duel, leading to Grindelwald’s impisonment. The years could be a councidence, except…
We’re going to see Dumbledore again.
Dumbledore and Grindelwald were childhood best friends, and Dumbledore is definitely goimng to figure into the rest of the series. David Yates, who’s directing the series, said during a press junket for the film they’re casting the role right now.
At the time, Dumbledore was the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts, under the headmastership of Armando Dippet. So will we see Dumbledore at Hogwarts again? Well …
We’re headed back to Europe.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” refreshingly took place in New York, not Britain. But at the end of the movie, Newt Scamander, the film’s protagonist, boards a ship back across the ocean.
We know that the next movie takes place in Paris and the United Kingdom, so he might be headed there. And if he ends up in the U.K. and we’re supposed to see Dumbledore, then there’s a chance we’ll get to see Hogwarts again.
There’s also a deleted scene where Credence Barebone is on a ship leaving New York. He might join up with Scamander, or he might end up elsewhere. Credence and Grindelwald will be “main players” in the series, according to producer David Heyman.
We also know that Gridelwald never had much of a reputation in Britain, and that he was largely overshadowed by Voldemort, decades later. Grindelwald, who went to the Scandanavian wizarding school Durmstrang, mostly had his activities confined to Eastern Europe.
But we also might stick around in New York.
At the end of the film, Queenie Goldstein steps into Jacob Kowalski’s bake shop. Kowalski, a No-Maj, had his memory erased, but it looks like he still has some attachment to his magical adventure. He bakes pastries in the shape of magical animals, and when he locks eyes with Queenie, he touches the scar on the back of his neck left by a murtlap bite.
Perhaps we can expect Queenie and Jacob to reunite and figure out some kind of romantic development. We could see that happen in New York or maybe they will end up in Paris or somewhere else.
There are wizarding schools all over the world that we can visit.
Grindelwald’s rise — though we know it was contained — was a global event. He ended up in America, after all. J.K. Rowling has written about wizarding communities and schools all over the world, including in Japan and Africa. There are plenty of locations available for the series to travel to in its four planned sequels.
The Deathly Hallows could become a big part of the plot.
When Dumbledore and Grindelwald were young ambitious friends dreaming of world domination, they considered going after the Deathly Hallows — three magical objects that make their beholder the “master of Death.” The objects are the Elder Wand, the Cloak of Invisibility, and the Ressurection Stone.
At this point in the story, Grindelwald already has the Elder Wand. Did he stop there? Or is he still going after the other two objects?
Grindelwald’s sign, after all, is the Deathly Hallows symbol. It’s still a big part of his brand.
Credence has an adopted sister who may have magical powers who could potentially reunite with him.
Though it’s not entirely clear in the movie, Credence’s sister Chastity gets killed in the blast which kills Mary Lou at the orphanage. However, Credence also had an adopted sister called Modesty he was close with who was interested in magic. She was caught playing with a toy wand.
Graves believed she may also have magical powers.
What happened to Modesty? We never found out at the end of “Fantastic Beasts,” but now we know that there may be one more American witch out there, so we’ll probably find out. Will she follow Credence to Europe? Or will she chart her own way in America?
Scamander and Tina Goldstein will eventually get married.
J.K. Rowling’s guidebook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written in 2001, uses Newt Scamander as the pseudonymous author for the book. In the “About the author” section, it says Scamander is retired and “lives in Dorset with his wife Porpentina.”
But there’s more of Scamander’s love life to discover first.
Scamander has some complicated past with a girl named Leta Lestrange. Newt keeps a photo of her, and they had a close relationship at Hogwarts. Also, she comes from a family of dark wizards. Newt probably has to take care of that baggage before he can settle down with Tina.
Speaking of which, what did happen back at Hogwarts, anyway?
We know that Newt was expelled from Hogwarts — possibly under the headmastership of Phineas Nigellus Black — after taking the blame for a magical experiment that endangered the life of another student.
It seems to have something to do with his frienship with Leta Lestrange, but the details are still a little hazy. Compare it to Hagrid’s situation, for example, where he was expelled from Hogwarts for ostensibly endangering the lives of other students, and had his wand taken away.
Will we find out what happened? J.K. Rowling seems to indicate that we will.
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