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7 Things To Know About The Fantastic Beasts Universe Before Catching The Sequel

Wands at the ready: the Harry Potter spin-off is set to cast a spell on audiences all over again come November 15.

#5: Is Barebone obscure enough?

Credence Barebone was a key character in the first film, and his appearance in the second film seems to play up his importance. Both Dumbledore and Grindelwald pretty much confirmed this with lines in the trailer. When we last saw Barebone, he disappeared into a black cloud known as an Obscurus. According to Rowling, “an Obscurus is developed under very specific conditions: trauma associated with the use of magic, internalised hatred of one’s own magic and a conscious attempt to suppress it”. While Barebone’s true importance to the series, like the cloud, remains obscure, let’s hope his place in the Potter universe gets revealed soon. Fun fact: Ezra Miller, who plays Barebone, animated the cloud using his own body movements.

#6: New blood

Three prolific new characters join us in this sequel, but none is more anticipated than Albus Dumbledore. Jude Law has been given the honour of playing the beloved character, and his suave manners make for a believable young Albus, who exhibits cheek even when he grows older. The other two are Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) and Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) who add to Newt’s personal history. Leta’s obvious link to Bellatrix Lestrange should make for some interesting future developments.

#7: There’s more than meets the eye

“I cannot move against Grindelwald. It has to be you,” utters Dumbledore to Newt Scamander. Under any other circumstances, this line would just be an epic, dramatic proclamation. But fans will know that there’s another reason for this. A few months after the Harry Potter films finished, Rowling revealed that Dumbledore had a relationship with none other than — you guessed it — Gellert Grindelwald himself. The two fostered a friendship when they were young, fuelled by similar goals to create a benevolent order, but that got destroyed when a three-way duel accidentally killed Dumbledore’s younger sister, Ariana. You’ll see hints of this fact not only in this line, but also when the Mirror of Erised reveals Grindelwald when Dumbledore looks in.

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