Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them furthered the Harry Potter universe in meaningful and refreshing ways. The world was expanded with new characters, locations, and creatures, while familiar characters like Grindelwald were examined through a new lens.
The highly anticipated sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald promises a balanced exploration of the new and old. The casting of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore shows audiences the sequel will focus on the development between the Dumbledore-Grindelwald conflict.
The core characters established in the first film will still be featured prominently: Newt Scamander, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, the No-Maj Jacob, and Credence Barebone will be at the center of the story once again. Newt's suitcase full of magical creatures will follow as well, hopefully with new creatures along the way. New characters have been confirmed as well with the likes of Leta Lestrange and Newt's brother Theseus Scamander joining the cast.
As more information about the film trickles out, rumors continue to grow from the next innovative chapter of J.K. Rowling's magical world. Many of the rumors revolve around Dumbledore and Grindelwald, though there's still plenty of speculation for characters like Newt and Leta Lestrange.
Here are the 8 Rumors We Hope Are True (And 7 We Hope Aren't) for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
15 Want: Confirmation Of The Ariana Dumbledore-Obscurial Theory
Obscurials were one of the most fascinating concepts introduced in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. They are young witches and wizards who develop dark, parasitical magical forces within them as a result of their magic being suppressed.
Grindelwald's search for an Obscurial was a key point in the film, with the individual in question being Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone. The whole concept made fans wonder if Ariana Dumbledore herself had been an Obscurial. It would explain her condition and the explosive bouts of magic that were otherwise suppressed, even leading to the death of her mother Kendra Dumbledore.
This theory can also provide further insight into what really happened with Albus and Grindelwald the night Ariana died. The powers Grindelwald saw and wanted from Credence could've been rooted in his experiences with Ariana. With these films' emphasis on the conflict and relationship between Albus and Grindelwald, it seems like the perfect time to officially confirm this theory.
14 Don't Want: Less Fantastic Beasts
With the title Crimes of Grindelwald and casting of Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, the film series is obviously honing in on the Dumbledore-Grindelwald conflict. This is a smart move in many respects. There are fans who criticized the first movie for feeling tonally uneven considering the contrast between the Grindelwald and Credence storyline and the storyline with Newt and his magical creatures.
The shift toward more emphasis on the Dumbledore-Grindelwald conflict has created the rumor that there will be far less fantastic beasts in this film. The Nifflers and The Swooping Evil may have been the starting point for the series, but they may be let behind now.
Hopefully this doesn't happen, as Newt's creatures played a vital role in the unique feel and world-building of the first film. The characters and dynamics of Newt, Jacob, Tina and Queenie revolve heavily around these creatures. These elements should not be sacrificed as it's still the sequel to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, not just a Dumbledore and Grindelwald prequel.
The movie can definitely find a way to tonally balance the magical creatures with Dumbledore and Grindelwald.
13 Want: Dragons
If magical creatures continue to play a prominent role, hopefully new faces will pop up. In particular, there are rumors that dragons will appear in the sequel. The fire-breathing monsters are not only iconic creatures from the world of Harry Potter, but the original Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them book from 2001 details Newt's work with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau.
If these movies are meant to influence what will later become Newt's famous book, it seems quite likely that he'll be encountering dragons in the near future. How epic would it be to see Newt and the other characters flying on the back of a dragon when facing Grindelwald?
Grindelwald aside, just seeing Newt and his friends helping out some dragons would be enough. If dragons do appear, it'll be intriguing to see if they're familiar breeds like the Hungarian Horntail and Swedish Short-Snout or a new type entirely.
12 Don't Want: Newt's Obsession With Leta Lestrange
Dragons may be the last thing on Newt's mind if Leta Lestrange has a significant role in the new movie. In the first film, Leta was only seen briefly in a photograph and talked about as if she was an old girlfriend. Fans now know that she is engaged to Newt's brother, the Auror Theseus Scamander.
This has led to rumors that Newt and Leta never had any kind of relationship and that he only obsessed and longed for Leta from afar. Comparisons have since been made to Snape and how his unrequited love for Lily Potter shaped the foundation for his character.
It's suggested that in this sense Newt's obsession with Leta could make him the Snape of this series. The storyline worked for Snape because of the rich development that preceded the revelations about him and Lily, and for a time Snape and Lily did share a requited bond as friends. With Newt, shaping his character based on unhealthy feelings toward Leta would feel creepy at this early stage in the story. Newt's quirks are charming, but they'll become less so if it all revolves around Leta.
11 Want: Leta Lestrange Will Be A Powerful Grindelwald Supporter
As part of the family that will one day include Bellatrix Lestrange, Leta has a lot to live up to. She shouldn't just exist to act as a point of jealousy in a love triangle with the Scamander brothers. Similar to Bellatrix, Leta should be formidable in the Dark Arts.
Leta could even shape the kind of legacy Bellatrix would one day inherit as a powerful supporter of a dark wizard. The best villains have merciless followers and for Voldemort that was Bellatrix. It would be a fascinating parallel and set up a legacy for Bellatrix to inherit if Leta becomes a powerful Grindelwald supporter, even acting as his right-hand.
If this comes to pass, it'll be interesting to see how it affects Newt given his history with Leta and where Theseus will fall amidst the conflict.
10 Don't Want: The Birth Of Nagini
The Lestrange family isn't the only possible connection to Voldemort's future. Rumors are also swirling that the new Maledictus character played by Claudia Kim will become Nagini. Her character is confirmed to carry a blood curse that will turn her into a beast.
She is also confirmed to be a circus performer. One of the circus's acts is called The Enchanting Snake Girl, which has led some fans to speculate this is a reference to Maledictus. Her curse and her circus act will transform her into not just any snake, but Nagini, the snake that Voldemort turns into one of his Horcruxes.
It would be quite the origin story but that inherently is the problem. Nagini doesn't need an origin story. Voldemort seems to connect with Nagini more than any other living creature. This works well because it shows Voldemort is truly the soulless heir of Slytherin in that he can't properly connect with another human, only a snake.
If Nagini used to be a human, it contradicts the bond Voldemort shared with her and his decision to make her a Horcrux.
9 Want: Godric's Hollow And Hogwarts Flashbacks
Even if Claudia Kim's character doesn't become Nagini, there are plenty of opportunities for other major connections to the original Harry Potter series. These could include flashbacks to major locations like Hogwarts and Godric's Hollow. The new film featured casting calls for younger versions of Albus Dumbledore, Grindelwald, Newt, and Leta Lestrange.
The younger versions of Dumbledore and Grindelwald hints at a Godric's Hollow flashback that would feature their friendship and resulting fallout due to Ariana's death. This could be the perfect way to confirm the Ariana-Obscurial theory.
Flashbacks to Hogwarts also seem likely with younger versions of Newt and Leta, providing insight into the true nature of their relationship and how that's led to the current state of affairs. A young Newt and Dumbledore could also be seen via Hogwarts flashbacks, including the incident that got Newt expelled.
8 Don't Want: Henry Potter And The Invisibility Cloak
Godric's Hollow could also appear in the present timeline of the film. Harry's great-grandfather, Henry Potter, could be living in Godric's Hollow and could be in possession of the Invisibility Cloak. Grindelwald currently possesses the Elder Wand and has long been obsessed with finding and uniting the Deathly Hallows.
Under the guise of Percival Graves, he even wore the Deathly Hallows symbol around his neck in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Grindelwald's Deathly Hallows obsession could bring him back to Godric's Hollow to take the Invisibility Cloak. However, this seems like a bad idea for many reasons.
The revelation that the Invisibility Cloak had been passed down from the Peverell family to the Potters was genuinely shocking to Dumbledore. He had no idea James had the Cloak all those years. That shock wouldn't hold up if Grindelwald found the Cloak years earlier.
There's also nothing to suggest Grindelwald ever possessed any of the Hallows other than the Elder Wand. The Invisibility Cloak shouldn't turn into a MacGuffin for the film. The movie should also continue to expand the magical world and not make it revolve around the Potters. They're still a couple of generations away from being at the core of the magical world.
7 Want: Nurmengard Will Appear
Instead of the Invisibility Cloak, Grindelwald's story can instead revolve more heavily around Nurmengard. Grindelwald's fortress later became the prison where he would spend the rest of his life. Long before Voldemort arrived at Nurmengard to seek information about the Elder Wand and then kill Grindelwald, the fortress served a greater purpose.
This movie is the time to demonstrate how Grindelwald used Nurmengard at the height of his power. The evil ways he used the fortress can make the lifelong imprisonment he later faces there seem even more justified.
Every great villain has their own lair and for Grindelwald, it was Nurmengard. This could also help set the stage for the final duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald that takes place at Nurmengard.
6 Don't Want: Dumbledore-Grindelwald Final Duel
With the emphasis on the two legendary wizards, some fans believe the final duel where Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald at Nurmengard will occur in this movie. This would be problematic for many reasons, the first being that it contradicts the established timeline.
The movie is confirmed to take place in 1927, whereas their duel takes place in 1945. From a narrative perspective, it's far too soon for the duel to occur. Jude Law's Dumbledore is only just being introduced in this film. There needs to be a lot more buildup between Dumbledore and Grindelwald before their duel.
It should happen as the epic culmination of their conflict, but not until a later film in the series. There could still be a duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in the film, just not the final one where Dumbledore defeats his former friend and becomes master of the Elder Wand.
5 Want: Queenie's Loyalties Will Be Tested By Grindelwald
Grindelwald needs to be a compelling villain not just for Dumbledore, but for the core characters established in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Queenie may be the character that is tested the most. Grindelwald proposes a world where wizards and witches don't need to hide from Muggles and can instead rule them.
Queenie's relationship with the Muggle/No-Maj Jacob seems like it would disgust Grindelwald, but he may use it to his advantage. Grindelwald may want to use Queenie's skill as a Legilimens and could tempt Queenie with the idea that she and Jacob wouldn't have to hide their relationship in his proposed world.
Ultimately, Grindelwald would never condone their relationship, but promises of helping their relationship survive in his new world could sway Queenie to his cause.
4 Don't Want: The Sorcerer's Stone Is The Key To Defeating Grindelwald
It is confirmed that Dumbledore's longtime friend and creator of the Sorcerer's Stone Nicholas Flamel will appear in the film. This has led many fans to believe that the Sorcerer's Stone will play an integral role in the film and may even be the key to defeating Grindelwald.
Similarly to a search for the Invisibility Cloak, it could be a slippery slope to further muddle the history of objects from the Harry Potter series. If Fantastic Beasts 2 puts too much reliance on the Stone, it could also create too many similarities to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
It's currently unknown how substantial Flamel's role will be. While it could involve the invention, hopefully Flamel's appearance will instead build on the friendship that he and Dumbledore shared.
3 Want: Beauxbatons Will Appear
Since the film will most likely take place in Paris, it's quite feasible that France's school of witchcraft and wizardy will be featured as well. There was already debate between Newt and the Goldstein sisters whether Britain's Hogwarts or America's Ilvermorny were the better schools. Now Beauxbatons can enter the conversation.
It would be interesting to see what the school was like long before Fleur Delacour and Madam Maxime graced its halls. In a time of need, the film's heroes may take a detour to Beauxbatons for help. Dumbledore could be the one to lead the foray there, as he'd likely be familiar with the school's current administration.
It could be a safe haven, or just a matter of providing allies with magical resources during desperate times. Either way, finally seeing the school would be awesome.
2 Don't Want: Dementors Will Be Created From Obscurials
As with all major franchises, there is a ton of fan speculation surrounding Fantastic Beasts, one in particular is a connection between Dementors and Obscurials. These fans believe that the first Dementor was born from an Obscurial.
Just like the rumor of Nagini's birth, this seems like an unnecessary origin story. Both Dementors and Obscurials are scary, but they should be their own unique things. They don't need to be related to each other.
A huge difference is that Obscurials require living witches and wizards, while there is nothing human or living about Dementors. They are just beings of pure evil that drain the world of happiness and suck out people's souls.
Audiences already know that Grindelwald is after Obscurials and Dementors could play into his schemes as well, but it doesn't mean they need to be connected.
1 Want: Johnny Depp Won't Play Grindelwald
Ever since the reports of Johnny Depp's behavior towards Amber Heard, many fans have wanted Depp to step down from the role of Grindelwald. Depp only appeared briefly as the character in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them as he spent most of the movie under the facade of Percival Graves, played by Colin Farrell.
Fans have suggested Farrell reprise the role in place of Depp. Unfortunately, the studio seems to have double-downed on Depp: the title, synopsis, picture of the cast, and essentially J.K. Rowling's blessing all point to him staying. It seems highly unlikely that someone other than Depp will play the role in the upcoming film at this point.
Since justice is such a main theme of Harry Potter, from defying Voldemort's evil agenda to Hermione standing up for house-elves via S.P.E.W., audiences will continue to hold out hope that the role of Grindelwald will be recast.
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