Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in a five-movie franchise, has no shortage of truly bizarre plot twists, to the point where we’re already bracing ourselves for the untitled third film (due in 2020).
What fresh revelations-slash-horrors will Fantastic Beasts 3 bring to light? Which Harry Potter characters will appear or turn out to have secret siblings that make no sense?
We took a look at the Fantastic Beasts world to theorize what could happen in next movie. So without further adieu, here are some of our best guesses about what you might see in the next film.
We see Voldemort’s parents
Voldemort’s mother died before the events of Fantastic Beasts (although time is a construct in these movies, so who knows), but Tom Riddle senior is definitely alive and well. Wild though it would be, I think I’d actually pay money for a scene of forlorn Jacob, drunk in a Muggle pub, just tipsy enough to talk about his magically manipulative ex. Enter Tom senior, who definitely has some stories.
The film undoes Leta’s death
Hey, they did it with Credence between the first and second films. Death is pretty low-stakes in these movies when we know characters can just be brought back without explanation!
It turns out that ship was the Titanic
According to the Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay (and reliable parts of the timeline), Leta and Credence were on the same sunken ship in 1901. In the film, this ship looks a lot like the Titanic, not least because it is the most well-known early-20th century ship. Since ret-conning plot is kind of Fantastic Beasts‘ ~thing~ now, why not reveal that this ship was the Titanic, lie about the year it sank, and put a bunch of other characters on it? Nothing matters!
We see Voldemort
It’s fair to assume now that this franchise will culminate in or at least pass through the epic Grindelwald/Dumbledore duel of 1945. That’s almost a decade after auburn-haired Albus visited an orphaned psychopath named Tom Marvolo Riddle and told him that he was a wizard who belonged at Hogwarts.
Credence is also a Maledictus
Why not? Maybe it’s contagious! Maybe he’ll turn into a Phoenix now that he’s a Dumbledore – gasp! Maybe he’s Fawkes, not that baby bird he had with him at Nurmengard.
Yung Bathilda Bagshot
The noted magical historian and author of A History of Magic is one of the only people who knew Albus Dumbledore and his family before its tragic end — including Albus’ connection with her nephew (?) Gellert Grindelwald. It actually makes sense for Bathilda to be alive, present, and involved in the central conflict of this franchise… just don’t expect the movies to get her age right.
Grindelwald causes World War II
The Crimes of Grindelwald presented the perplexing notion that Grindelwald’s platform of Muggle subservience was a measure to prevent the Second World War. But what if his way of stopping it — you know, genocide — fails and actually leads to this horrible conflict?
More love triangles
Listen there are three more movies and all I’m saying is that it took 10 years for Ross and Rachel — set up in the pilot! — to get together. Queenie is with Grindelwald’s crew, so odds are high that a wizard neo-Nazi will be in love with her by the top of Fantastic Beasts 3. Theseus and Newt are both mourning Leta, so they might as well both be in love with Tina, too. Sorry!
The O.G. Dumbledore brother
Before the baffling existence of Aurelius a.k.a. The Obscurial Formerly Known As Credence, there was Aberforth Dumbledore, the bitter brother in Albus’s shadow whose adult life was largely isolated and defined by losing both brother and sister differently to the wiles of Gellert Grindelwald.
Fans are already speculating that Aurelius somehow is Aberforth (which involves, at a minimum, dissociation, Memory Charms, and an entirely fabricated youth as Credence Barebone that he actively remembers) or that he’s secretly Aberforth or Albus’s son (yikes!). Regardless — if he is a Dumbledore, then this is a family matter, and Aberforth will be involved.
Grindelwald makes a Horcrux
Dumbledore sure knows a lot about Horcruxes when he explains them to Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; we assume it’s through books and research about Voldemort’s past, but who’s to say it wasn’t firsthand knowledge from Grindelwald’s fascination with conquering death? Did Grindelwald pick Hallows over Horcruxes, or face the same internal battle in choosing between the two?
Or perhaps he did something else, something similar to a Horcrux but not exactly the same — you know, like how a blood pact isn’t the same as an Unbreakable Vow, but it seems redundant to have both and sort of like arbitrary distinction between Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter. You know? Like that.