J.K. Rowling's wonderful world of magic seems like a never-ending paradise for Muggles and Wizards alike. Two years ago we were graced with Eddie Redmayne's endearing portrayal of Newt Scamander as he adjusted to the magical life in America, learned all of MACUSA's rules, broke them, and became a hero. As one just does.
When this film was released, Rowling and its producers explained that it would be part of an ongoing series of five films that would explain what the wizarding world was like between 1926 and 1945. During the first installment, we learned about different sources of magic we hadn't heard of during the original Harry Potter films. We also learned that the wizarding world in the United States was secretive because of the persecution of witches and wizards.
Lastly, we saw some friendly banter between Hogwarts and Ilvermorny alumni and learned about tragic events caused before Lord Voldemort was even a concern. Here are some things we can't wait to see in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
15 What happened between Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange
Zoe Kravitz's character, Leta Lestrange, makes a small but meaningful cameo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Though it was only a few seconds long, it was enough for us to know that Newt's heart was still broken up over whatever happened between them.
In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we saw a picture of Leta in Newt's enchanted suitcase. Knowing how much he loves the animals in the suitcase and how he cares about everything in it, we can deduce that his carrying her picture is no small gesture.
The Lestrange family is known for being against Muggle-born wizards. They are proud of their pure blood status. If you paid attention to Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films and books, then you'd know that the damage this line of thinking did to the family may have come from previous generations.
We also know Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts in her place and that they were close friends because they both loved magical creatures. Newt actually took the blame for Leta's rule-breaking. How they became such good friends considering Newt's good heart and the problematic views of her family is beyond us. Perhaps The Crimes of Grindelwald can explain this and provide more context for the Lestrange family, too.
14 How does Jacob Kowalski get his magical memories back?
In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we learned that American wizards and witches are barely allowed to meet the No-Maj (non-magic folk) community. However, Newt Scamander's chance encounter with Jacob Kowalski not only breaks MACUSA law but exposes Jacob to the inner workings of magic in the US and the UK.
He even becomes one of our favourite characters, falls in love with Queenie (who loves him back!), and becomes a friend to Tina and Newt.
Sadly, Queenie and Newt have to let him go after Newt's Thunderbird removes any magical memories from the No-Maj community in New York. This affects everyone including our favourite No-Maj character. But Newt helped his friend's dream of opening a bakery come true. Kowalski appears in the trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it appears he didn't forget as much as MACUSA wanted him to.
Jacob does appear in the trailer for the upcoming film along with Newt. Does this mean that some humans are immune to having their memories obliviated? Did Newt, Tina, or even Dumbledore decide to give him his memories back with a powerful spell? or maybe they had to introduce themselves to him all over again. Either way, we're glad to have him back!
13 The mystery of Nicolas Flamel
We first heard of the enigmatic Nicolas Flamel in Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone. He was a gifted wizard who was able to live for over 600 years thanks to the Elixir of Life, and was a friend of Albus Dumbledore—so we know that there's more to him than just a stone. You have to be pretty special to get close to Dumbledore, after all. A highly talented alchemist and seemingly kind person, we can deduce that Nicolas never used the Philosopher's Stone to acquire riches. He only wanted to live longer.
Dumbledore gave Flamel the idea of putting the Philosopher's Stone in Gringott's so that no one would be able to take it.
It's clear that a greedy witch or wizard could try to take it from him and use it for nefarious purposes since it can extend one's life. We know that Nicolas took Dumbledore up on this advice. Did Grindelwald's crimes inform the decision? What did this powerful dark wizard know about the Philosopher's Stone that forced Dumbledore and Nicolas to make such a decision? One of the few promotional images leaked on the internet (above) shows Nicolas Flamel looking remorseful and on the verge of tears.
12 What happened to Percival Graves?
Played by Colin Farrell, the elegant Percival Graves' fate was one of the greatest plot twists in Harry Potter film history. Farrell played the character to perfection. With everything that happened in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we would never have expected that Graves was actually Grindelwald in disguise.
Percival Graves was the Director of Magical Security and a high-ranking Auror shortly before Grindelwald assumed his identity. This means that Grindelwald learned a lot of MACUSA's secrets and was able to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of his fellow employees. We can expect him to use this knowledge to cause mayhem in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Because he was such a respected and elegant man, we want to know if The Crimes of Grindelwald can explain what happened to Graves. It's not clear whether or not he was eliminated or if something else happened to him that was equally as horrible. We do know that Grindelwald would have had to use several Unforgivable Curses because there's no way Graves would have been easy to pin down. Perhaps the second installment of Fantastic Beasts can also foreshadow more expected scenes with Percival Graves, because we really hope he made it!
11 The role of Credence Barebone
Credence Barebone's entire story was incredibly heartbreaking and reminded many movie goers of parents who sometimes repress their children's so-called useless talents. He was neglected and alone, and unfortunately, his repressed magic made him sick with an Obscurus. On the positive side, he lived for quite a long time with this parasite, at least according to Newt Scamander. Like many children who face neglect, Credence fell into the wrong hands and joined forces with Grindelwald, who betrayed his trust.
We witness this at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Credence is expected to appear in the subsequent films in the series, especially considering how Ezra Miller's name is included in the credits for The Crimes of Grindelwald. We want to know exactly how he'll play a role in the films and whether or not he'll return to his human form. Will he avenge Grindelwald for his betrayal and join forces with the MACUSA, or remain a lonely outsider that uses magic for his own purposes? Plus, what happened to his family? We do remember that his mother Mary-Lou Barebone was a narrow-minded lady who hated magical beings. Perhaps he will get justice for how she treated him.
10 What does a Maledictus look like?
Actress Claudia Kim portrays a Maledictus witch who is also an attraction at the Circus Aracanus owned by Skender, a wizard who is said to be from the U.S.S.R. Kim's character is unique in that we do not yet know her name, her role in this film, or what she is capable of.
A Maledictus is a witch or wizard that can turn into a beast. Because we aren't sure what this looks like, there's no way to know what makes them different from werewolves or animagus. How does one become a Maledictus?
Fan theories suggest that this Maledictus turns into a snake and that her evil nature (possibly from years of being treated as a freak instead of as a witch), eventually turns this witch into Nagini. If this is true then it would mean that Grindelwald and our merry band of characters have a huge impact on Lord Voldemort, and that many who follow Grindelwald could become future Death Eaters.
Another clue about this witch's dark proclivities is her position on the poster for The Crimes of Grindelwald. She looks angry, tired, and frustrated, and she may become close to Credence Barebone. We know J.K. Rowling wouldn't allow anything to give away any hints like this on purpose!
9 What is Theseus Scamander's relationship to his younger brother?
This picture says it all. Could you imagine seeing your older sibling hand in hand with the love of your life? Theseus Scamander projects power and in true Rowling fashion, we know he was brave, powerful, and involved in the First World War. He was also trying to find Grindelwald while his little brother Newt was in New York City and technically did the job for him (by accident!). Mrs. Scamander (Theseus and Newt's mother) was a hippogriff breeder, and this piqued Newt's interest in the care of magical creatures. Theseus chose a different path and was presumably unimpressed by his brother's career path.
Their personalities are quite different, but there is a level of respect between the two.
We want to know how Theseus felt about Newt encountering Grindelwald before he did, and how Theseus wound up getting together with Leta Lestrange. Knowing the Lestrange family, Leta was probably attracted to Theseus' projection of strength and stability. Did Theseus even know how his little brother felt about Leta beforehand? Maybe the brothers will be so busy trying to defeat forces of evil that they'll let bygones be bygones. After all, Newt has Tina now!
8 Who is riding the thestrals?
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we learn that only people who've seen people bite the dust can see thestrals. The Ministry of Magic considers these creatures to be dangerous, though they're gentle and often misunderstood. Many often see them as an omen of evil and are disgusted by their appearance.
It's obvious that Grindelwald turns everything up several notches during the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts series. That means everyone has to flee, fight, and decide how they'll do either of these things. We can see two men riding out of a building using thestrals as a mode of transportation in the film's trailer for a split second. This is unusual considering the prejudices against these creatures.
The people riding the thestrals have definitely seen someone meet their end. They're either extremely good people who've lost someone in an unfortunate manner or extremely evil people who've brought an end to the lives of others. We hope it's the former, as thestrals are gentle, peaceful creatures and it would be strange if they decided to allow a person with sinister intentions to ride them. The other thing we want to know is why these two individuals needed to flee on thestrals? We'll have to wait until November for that answer.
7 What made Grindelwald and Dumbledore friends in the first place?
Despite Dumbledore's genius, he seems to be surrounded by unsavory characters. We saw how he felt about Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter film series. In a way, Dumbledore felt bad about not being able to save his student who would eventually become Lord Voldemort, and his desire to save the boy, along with Tom Riddle's intellect, made him look the other way. Apparently, Grindelwald's relationship with Dumbledore is a metaphor for the future relationship our favourite wizard has with Tom Riddle in his older years. Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald until they participated in a three-way duel (along with Aberforth Dumbledore).
This fight was the caused of Albus' mother meeting her end.
The evil wizard decided to flee after this unfortunate incident, and this began his downward spiral into a darker iteration of himself. It's been revealed that Grindelwald and Dumbledore also attempted to find the Deathly Hallows together, which means that the evil wizard has heaps of information that will assist him! We want to know how Dumbledore uses what he knows in order to help catch Grindelwald. We're also hoping that this will reveal why Dumbledore trusts Newt Scamander to defeat Grindelwald. After all, the Ministry of Magic has tasked Theseus with hunting down the evil wizard, too.
6 How does Vinda Rosier wind up following Grindelwald?
Vinda Rosier is said to be Grindelwald's right-hand and is part of Bellatrix Lestrange's family tree. We don't really see her in the current trailer for the film, but we have seen on IMDB that she'll be portrayed by actress Poppy Corby-Tuech. She looks gorgeous and has a sense of style, which proves that evil doesn't always look the way we expect it to.
Vinda Rosier is a relative of Druella Rosier, who is Bellatrix Lestrange's mother. The Rosier family is pure-blood and believes in wizard purity. In fact, they disowned Andromeda (Bellatrix's sister) for marrying the Muggle-born Ted Tonks and had no known friendly interactions with Nymphadora Tonks.
We do know that Grindelwald wanted to create a new order through where witches and wizards would rule over the Muggles, thus eliminating the need for hiding the world of magic from them, and subjugating Muggles for the rest of time.
We really want to know exactly what made Vinda decide to be one of Grindelwald's most loyal followers, and whether or not she was as fanatical about his army as Bellatrix was for serving Voldemort as a Death Eater. It would show that history repeats itself, even in the wizarding world.
5 What role does Queenie play?
Queenie proved herself to be a powerful witch during Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Her legilimency skills are unparalleled, and she does her best to use her powers for good as opposed to the nefarious purposes we later see in the Harry Potter series (Lord Voldemort was also a good Legilimens). Newt Scamander has received orders from Albus Dumbledore that involve a trip to Paris. It's obvious that the Ministry of Magic doesn't like Scamander's involvement in several affairs mainly because they judge him for being expelled from Hogwarts. Even though it most likely wasn't his fault.
We do notice in the new trailer that Tina, Jacob and Queenie assist Newt in whatever mission Dumbledore has planned for him.
We see that Queenie is snooping around somewhere in France. Though we saw her love for Jacob and Tina, and her loyalty to Newt, we hope we get to see her in a powerful role.We think we might see her face off with some evil wizards and we definitely want to see more of her magical skills. How will this affect her character? Whatever happens to this character, we just hope that she stays true to her sunny self. Oh, and we want to know if maybe she'll end up in Europe where her relationship with Jacob isn't illegal.
4 What happened at MACUSA?
In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, MACUSA realized that they had just been blindsided by Grindelwald, who infiltrated them by assuming the identity of their top auror, Percival Graves. This means that President Picquery had just entrusted some of her most important secrets to an evil wizard. That's got to sting.
Even though MACUSA seems to have good intentions, it seems they're a bit more restrictive than the Ministry of Magic. We know that unlike their UK counterparts, who sometimes collaborate with the Muggle government, MACUSA does not collaborate with the American No-Maj government. Part of the reason is that MACUSA's formation and the International Statute of Secrecy date back to the Salem Witch Trials. After all, the relationship between the No-Maj community and American wizards is more hostile.
An incident such as what happened with Grindelwald is enough to cause an uproar, arouse suspicion, and leave a government in chaos. The results of being invaded by Grindelwald could also have an impact on Tina's job and could mean that her participation during events that'll happen in Europe may be looked down on or have to be done as a covert operation. We really want to know the magical office gossip!
Plus, MACUSA has the potential to help or harm Newt Scamander's mission. Also, did any of them betray their ideals and join Grindelwald? Because that would be messed up!
3 What will it be like when Tina and Newt reunite?
Tina was a sweetheart from the first moment we first saw her. Though she misunderstood Newt at first, her open heart and mind allowed her to be a great ally and friend, and she's a talented witch in her own right. Plus, she has to live in a world that's far more restrictive than what European Muggles are used to. Like Newt, she strives to do the right thing. When Newt says goodbye in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we know that they've both developed strong feelings for each other.
However, Newt is working on his book and has to return to Europe at the end of the film.
Before he got on the boat, he promised that he'd visit Tina in New York when he's done writing his book. We want to know everything! By the looks of the trailer and the way they're posing in the poster, it seems like Tina and Newt's relationship is solid. We bet things will get awkward with Leta Lestrange's appearance in the film, but Tina is understanding and will surely feel compassion for the situation. Oh, and we want to see how Tina will interact with the European magical world. Either way, we're sure that she'll cast some awesome spells during this quest!
2 Why does Dumbledore trust Newt Scamander more than the task force set up by the Ministry of Magic?
After everything we've seen, we know that Newt is a powerful and trustworthy wizard. He's also often underestimated by his fellow wizards, and his colleagues look down on him for his introverted, gentle, and eccentric nature. Despite all of this, a major plot point in The Crimes of Grindelwald is that Newt gathers his friends in America to help him carry out a mission given to him by Dumbledore.
Dumbledore is a great judge of character, and he doesn't need magic to know his instincts are usually right. He's also great at seeing others' talents even when they don't see it themselves. There's also the possibility that Dumbledore knows Newt has never done anything wrong and took the blame for Leta Lestrange, but chose to do nothing to respect Newt's wishes.
Because Dumbledore is good at reading people, he probably also sees something wrong with the Ministry of Magic's approach, or senses that they could be compromised. We know that the Ministry of Magic knows what Dumbledore is up to and he makes no attempts to hide it. This is actually in the first few seconds of the film's official trailer. Clearly, there are things we still don't know about Newt Scamander that Dumbledore is about to reveal to us.
1 Did the No-Maj world ever change their preconceived notions of witches and wizards?
American witches and wizards had such limited contact with No-Maj thanks to their violent history, surely the No-Maj had to have a change in attitude. Jacob Kowalski's continued friendship with his wizard and witch friends proves that some No-Maj are understanding and can even grow to understand the magical world. Most of the film appears to take place in Paris and the United Kingdom, but the continued presence of American wizards means that surely something had to change in the No-Maj community.
This would also mean that some people didn't have their memories erased at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
It's clear that Grindelwald intends to make non-witches and wizards into a subservient class and is capable of unleashing great dangers upon anyone who gets in his way. Judging by the way he found it fit to betray a child (Credence Barebone), there's no doubt that Grindelwald has no sympathy for the defenseless No-Maj. With such clear and present dangers awaiting them, it's clear that the No-Maj will eventually require assistance from witches and wizards in order to make it through this rough patch. Perhaps the film may allude to a friendlier future for the No-Maj and wizards.
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