The next installment in the Wizarding World, The Crimes of Grindelwald is out in less than one month, and the sneak-peeks just keep coming. Warner Bros. released a video on YouTube of J.K. Rowling explaining a character’s major storyline in some new Fantastic Beasts footage.
It looks like Credence Barebone, played by Ezra Miller, is going to follow in the footsteps of a certain wizard with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead. Harry Potter doesn’t exist in this universe yet, but Rowling is going back to some very familiar territory.
Here’s a quick refresher on Credence. He’s an orphan who was adopted by the horrible and abusive Mary Lou Barebone. His adoptive mother was very anti-witchcraft, so Credence repressed years of his magic and became an Obscurial. After seeing a vision of an Obscurial child, Grindelwald takes an interest in Credence while disguised of Percival Graves. At the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film, it looks like the Aurors have killed Credence, but Newt Scamander sees a wisp of him float away.
The trailers for The Crimes of Grindelwald show that Credence is very alive, but perhaps not very well, in Paris as a fixture at the magical freak show Circus Arcanus. He’s befriended a Maledictus named Nagini, who will end up being Voldemort’s serpent companion in the far future.
In this latest clip from Warner Bros, it hints at the huge role Credence will play in this film. Once again, both the good and bad wizards are after Credence.
“The path has been laid, and he is following it,” Grindelwald says in the clip, implying that he is leaving Credence clues. “The trail will lead him to me.”
Doesn’t that sound familiar? Now just imagine if Voldemort is the one saying it about Harry Potter. Voldemort hunted The Boy Who Lived relentlessly for the entirety of Harry’s childhood and hoped that he would fall into his clutches.
“Credence may not know who he is yet, but he needs to be found.” Dumbledore urgently tells Newt Scamander later in the trailer.
When Harry was dropped at his uncle and aunt’s doorstep, he had no idea who he was. Dumbledore also kept the true purpose of Harry’s life as a sacrificial lamb from him. Harry only confirmed during the Battle of Hogwarts that he was a Horcrux. This means Credence is undoubtedly related to some other prominent character in the Harry Potter universe and is now the key to Grindelwald’s rise.
Rowling goes on to say in the clip that the only reason this entire film is set in Paris is because Credence is there. Newt, Tina, Jacob, and Queenie were at the heart of the first Fantastic Beasts, which was refreshing. In this second film, Rowling might get caught up in too comfortable territory if she makes Credence’s (and even Newt’s) hero’s journey too close to Harry Potter’s. She has the opportunity to take risks. We don’t need another “Chosen One” storyline in the Wizarding World. We’ve already got one.
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald comes out on November 16.