BEWARE: The following post, of course, contains massive SPOILERS for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!
Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald expands the world of Harry Potter, so what were the biggest spoilers, twists, and surprises in the second Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie?
The Crimes of Grindelwald continues the story of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, following Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he wrangles magical creatures. In this film, Newt travels to Paris, France with his muggle friend Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) looking for Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), an obscurus. However, many others are looking for Credence as well - either to kill him or harness his power as an obscurus - one of which is the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). In Paris, Newt and Jacob meet up with Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her sister Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), the former of whom has been looking for Credence. Meanwhile, Credence has been searching for his true identity. Everything comes to a head once everyone is gathered in Paris and Grindelwald makes his play to win over not only Credence, but a host of new followers to his cause.
Now that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is hitting theaters around the world and fans have a chance to see the latest Wizarding World film installment, we list the 10 biggest spoilers, twists and reveals in the movie. Again, beware there are SPOILERS ahead for Fantastic: Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
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10. Queenie & Jacob Are Dating, Want to Get Married
At the end of Fantastic Beasts, Newt obliviates the no-majs of New York City by using a special compound derived from the venom of the Swooping Evil, which removes bad memories. However, the ending also hinted that Jacob remembered some of his adventures with Newt and the magical creatures, as well as his budding relationship with Queenie. The Crimes of Grindelwald confirms that although Jacob was obliviated with the other no-majs, he kept most of his memories because they weren't bad memories. In the time since Fantastic Beasts concluded, Jacob and Queenie have been dating, which caused a rift between Queenie and Tina.
When Jacob and Queenie arrive at Newt's home in London, they announce they're engaged, but Newt quickly realizes Jacob is under an enchantment. He lifts the enchantment and we learn that Jacob doesn't want to marry Queenie because it would put her in danger of being sent to prison since relationships between witches and no-majs are illegal in the United States wizarding community. Jacob and Queenie fight about marriage (and it's clear this is a fight they've had many times), and it ends with Queenie leaving for Paris to find Tina and Jacob going after her with Newt in an effort to get her back. However, this throughline becomes key to a decision Queenie makes later in the movie.
9. Why Dumbledore Won’t Fight Grindelwald
Although Harry Potter fans know Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) eventually fights - and defeats - Grindelwald, in The Crimes of Grindelwald, Dumbledore refuses to battle his old friend. It's revealed within the movie that this is because the two made a blood pact not to fight each other. That pact is sealed with a drop of each man's blood that are combined and enclosed in a talisman. This talisman is first spotted early on in the move during Grindelwald's escape when he's being transferred from the MACUSA. Grindelwald carries it throughout the movie, until his rally, when Newt's Niffler steals it from the dark wizard's pocket.
Newt then gives the talisman to Dumbledore and asks if there's a way to break the pact. Though Dumbledore doesn't confirm he can, there must be a way since fans know he'll eventually break the pact and fight Grindelwald. Since it can be broken, it seems unlikely this isn't an Unbreakable Vow, another kind of pact within Harry Potter lore that, like its name implies, cannot be broken.
8. Dumbledore & Grindelwald’s Relationship Is Hinted At
After concluding the original Harry Potter story, wherein Dumbledore dies in the sixth book, writer J.K. Rowling revealed Albus Dumbledore was gay. Fans have since hoped his sexuality will be explicitly confirmed in the Fantastic Beasts movies since they deal with Dumbledore's relationship with Grindelwald, which many believe was romantic, at least on Dumbledore's side. Whether a romantic relationship is explicitly confirmed in The Crimes of Grindelwald is up for debate, but Dumbledore does say he and Grindelwald were "closer than brothers." Additionally, Dumbledore sees Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised, which shows the viewer their greatest desire. These are hints toward a much deeper relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, one that can be romantic or not depending of the audience's interpretation.
7. Young McGonagall Is A Professor Hogwarts
It was rumored prior to the release of The Crimes of Grindelwald that a younger version of Minerva McGonagall (Fiona Glascott) will appear at Hogwarts, and now that the movie is out, we can confirm this to be true. Not only is McGonagall a professor at Hogwarts in 1927, when the movie takes place, she's already a professor when Newt and Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) attend in the early 1900s. As fans have pointed out, this retcons McGonagall's birth date of 1935 and The Crimes of Grindelwald offers no explanation for why McGonagall appears at Hogwarts many years before her previously established birth date.
6. Nagini Has A Very Small Role
The Crimes of Grindelwald expands on Harry Potter lore by revealing that Voldemort's snake Nagini once lived as a human woman, played in the film by Claudia Kim. As revealed prior to the movie, Nagini is a Maledictus, a person who carries a blood curse that allows them to change into a beast, but eventually won't be able to change back into a human. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Nagini is a friend of Credence, and she tries to prevent him from joining Grindelwald's forces. However, her role is incredibly small in the movie, though she may return for future Fantastic Beasts movies if Rowling plans to follow Nagini until she turns into the snake that eventually becomes a carrier of one of Voldemort's horcruxes. At the end of the movie, Nagini can still take human form.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018