Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes Of Grindelwald has finally been released upon the wizarding world. Similar to all of the film’s from the Harry Potter Universe, there is a lot to unpack from the movie and throughout this video I will be breaking down everything you need to know about Fantastic Beasts 2.
There will be heavy spoilers so if you haven’t seen the film then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
For everyone else lets get into my The Crimes Of grindelwald Ending Explained Breakdown!
Does The Crimes Of grindelwald Have A Post Credits Scene?
The first question you may have when entering the theatre is, should I stick around after the credits? Unfortunately Crimes Of grindelwald doesn’t have a post credits scene, so there’s no need to stick around after the credits start rolling.
The Crimes Of grindelwald Story Recap
The movie itself picks up with grindelwald escaping custody and recruiting new followers to his cause. That cause is to raise a new group of pure blooded Wizards and Witches to rule over the none magical beings that inhabit the World. There are clear allusions to a N*** Agenda such as the aryan race that Hitler tried to create and I absolutely loved that the film is laced with political subtext and highlights towards the dangers that erasing diversity could lead to.
Realising this is Albus Dumbledore, and he enlists former student Newt to help him thawt grindelwald’s plans. For those who aren’t caught up, in the first Fantastic Beasts film, Newt helped to capture grindelwald with MACUSA so there is clearly bad blood between the two. Or…you could say, mud blood? No that doesn’t really work.
The reason that Dumbledore can’t go after grindelwald himself is because the two used to be lovers and they made a blood pact between each other that stops the two from killing their opposite. Or you could say…..love blood? Look I’ll stop all together with that.
Juxtaposing this is grindelwald who recruits Credance to go after Dumbledore much in the same way that Dumbledore recruits Newt.
Anyway, by the film’s end we get arguably one of the biggest twists in Harry Potter History. We learn that Credance is in fact of the Dumbledore bloodline. This comes as a huge shock as many believed him to be Snape’s grandfather but Fantastic Beasts 2 clears this up and confirms that he is actually named Aurelius Dumbledore.
Is Credence Really A Dumbledore?
One of the main theories behind this reveal is stated on The Rowling Library website which says:
This could be a lie told by Grindelwald to convince Credence to go after Albus Dumbledore – after all, we know Gellert Grindelwald is seductive and manipulative. He could be lying to Credence Barone, as he did before (in the form of Percival Graves). If you watch the film again, note that Abernathy and Rosier change the Lestrange Archives in the French Ministry and put them in the Lestrange family mausoleum. We don’t know if they modified them – they could have hidden something important about Credence identity. Also, when Grimmson is talking to Grindelwald below the bridge, he says he killed “the woman”, as if that was the order. Why? Because probably the half-elf woman knew the truth about Credence and she could be a dangerous loose end.
Whilst there are several plot holes in this mainly to do with the timeline of this, ignoring all of them it is a redeeming moment for the character as Credance wants a family more than anything. Whilst I know it seems obvious to question grindelwald’s motives for why he would reveal that he has revealed this to Credance to me it makes sense. Credance is the black sheep of the family and will probably bare a lot of ill will to his more sucessful sibling. This rage and jealousy would ultimately lead him down a darker path that should he succeed in destroying his brother and SPOILER ALERT he doesn’t, it would drive him fully onto the path of becoming a dark wizard.
All will be revealed in the sequels I’m sure but for now we must theorise how things will go moving forward and what path that the future will take the characters on.
So, what are your thoughts on The Crimes Of Grindelwald? Do you agree with the critics or did you enjoy the film? Comment below and let me know!