Harry Potter's world has gotten so, so complicated.
Let's unpack everything we can. It's hard to admit to myself, but in the interest of honesty I must: Yes, I gladly admired the epic sets, cute creatures, charming performances and gorgeous costumes. And I Black beast ending three delighted to see the return of floppy-haired Newt Scamander Eddie Redmayne and his magical menagerie of creatures, as well as a young Albus Dumbledore Jude Law and fresh details to flesh out the backstory of this much-beloved character.
Questions I've been wondering about for two whole years now.
Not only did I feel deprived of the delight of discovery and the resolution of mysteries, but the film left me with even more unanswered questions than I started with.
All through the film the audience waits patiently to find out who the creepy boy from the anti-witchcraft group in Fantastic Beasts really is. Credence Black beast ending three Miller is similarly invested in finding out his own origin story -- in fact it's his overwhelming motivation. But then, in a twist ripped straight Black beast ending three a soap opera, we find out Leta accidentally killed her brother years earlier when she briefly swapped the crying baby Corvus with another child, but could not swap them back before the boat they were on began sinking.
After Credence chooses to align himself with Gellert Grindelwald Johnny Depp at the end of the film, the dark leader drops a truth bomb like the Darth Vader "I am your father" moment at the end of The Empire Strikes Back: Credence is actually Aurelius Dumbledore, the long-lost and never-before-mentioned brother of Albus Dumbledore.
This is technically possible, and yet it seems unlikely. Credence was born in and Albus was born in To be a Dumbledore, Credence and Albus would at the very least have to share a father in Percival Dumbledore if not both parents.
Percival, we know, died in Azkaban sometime afterso if Credence was his son he would have had to be conceived -- and perhaps even born -- inside the wizarding prison.
A place where the security is not only tight, but terrifying. Of course, it might not be Black beast ending three and Credence might not be Albus' brother at all. In fact, it feels like this is exactly the kind of lie Grindelwald would tell Credence in order to effectively weaponize him against Dumbledore. Grindelwald uses the fact that a phoenix comes to Credence as proof he is indeed a Dumbledore Black beast ending three and phoenixes have a longstanding magical connection.
But Grindelwald had also just murdered a slew of wizards with blue fire by this point of the film, so how much more effort would it have taken to conjure up a phoenix image while lying through his teeth? After hearing multiple times that Grindelwald and Dumbledore can't fight each other, we finally find out why. They made a "blood pact" when they were younger, it turns out, by cutting their hands and smushing the blood together. And for some reason this means one cannot defeat the other.
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So how is a blood pact different? We saw the pact being created, and we know it's stored in that little orb on a pin that the Niffler stole from Grindelwald. But we don't know its terms -- what would happen if Dumbledore and Grindelwald did try to fight each other, for example?
Or whether it can be broken, and if so how? We must presume that it can, or that Dumbledore can find a way around it, because we know from the Harry Potter novels that Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald eventually. Following this, Grindelwald was imprisoned for decades and is seen in the Harry Potter series when Voldemort visits him in pursuit of the Elder Wand. This is a new and intriguing type of magic, and probably Black beast ending three thing I'm most excited to find out more about in the next film.
After watching the first Fantastic Beasts film I got the sense that whatever had happened between Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange had left Newt heartbroken.
Surely the fact that he lugged her picture around with him meant that he still carried a torch for her? But Black beast ending three the Crimes of Grindelwald, it became increasingly apparent that if anything, the opposite was true.
Leta had clearly fallen in love with Newt as a girl and was still in love with him. But it's not clear whether they were ever actually in a relationship or just shared a close friendship at Hogwarts.
Some of Leta's motivations and actions, including her self-sacrifice to save both brothers, were never fully explained, and it left her character feeling a little undercooked. Of all the fantastic beasts that intrigued me in The Crimes of Grindelwald, the Maledictus Nagini was the most fascinating. We know Nagini as Voldemort's beloved pet snake, a violent and murderous creature who also became one of the Dark Lord's Horcruxes -- until she was killed by Neville Longbottom Matthew Lewis.
But now, thanks to Black beast ending three Crimes of Grindelwald, we know that she was once a woman, born with a blood curse that would see her transform back and forth between snake and human until one day she remains a snake. But it doesn't seem clear from the film how she becomes evil, never mind how Voldemort turns her into one of his most powerful weapons.
Nagini the woman, played by Claudia Kimappears to be hesitant, nervous and almost sweetly in love with Credence. When Credence joins Grindelwald's army, however, she doesn't follow, and doesn't seem convinced by his decision to effectively join the dark side. And yet somewhere between the Fantastic Beasts series and Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts, she changes sides.
And how does she come to meet Voldemort? We demand answers and like to think this little subplot could be a movie of its own. Let's start with Albus Dumbledore, who we already knew to have one brother and one sister.
It was a duel between Albus, his brother Aberforth and Grindelwald that resulted in his sister Ariana's death. But apparently he now had another brother? Did he know about this brother? Are there other lies about his past that we don't yet know about? Dumbledore was also known to be a Transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts, but Black beast ending three the film we see him clearly teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts. Is there a reason that this fact was obscured from us before? Finally there's the appearance of Minerva McGonagall Fiona Glascottwho, it has widely been pointed out, was supposedly born inbut is seen teaching at Hogwarts in the film in the s.
How is this possible? All of these issues wrap neatly into one Black beast ending three question: One of the most enchanting and interesting characters from the first film was not given either enough screen time, enough depth or nuance in this sequel. Queenie comes face-to-face with Grindelwald halfway through the Black beast ending three, and immediately knowing who he is, threatens him. But it seems that after just one conversation about how he wants to fight for her right to marry a muggle, she's considering aligning with him.
This doesn't click properly with what we know of Queenie, because of all the characters ripe for manipulation, Black beast ending three is surely at the bottom of the list.
She can literally read minds, which means she can see people's true intentions in spite of the words that come out of their mouths. Perhaps Grindelwald's mind is impervious to her powers? I'd like an explanation, please. I'd also like to know what her abandonment of Jacob Kowalski Dan Fogler in order to join Grindelwald's followers means for their relationship.
Black beast ending three poor, simple muggle Jacob can tell that Queenie is making a huge mistake. Plus, she is effectively abandoning him to join Grindelwald, which seemingly kind of defeats the object. Then again, Jacob did begin the movie with his entire mind under an enchantment cast by her, so maybe some separation is a healthy decision for him.