Despite what you may think of the latest Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald, one thing about the film would have left you stunned - the final scene. So in case, you have not seen the movie and are planning to do so, please don't read ahead. For this particular story has big SPOILERS ahead. And in case you have watched the film and are as confused as I am seeing the double twists in the final scene, then it's time to discuss what we actually saw there! Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Review: This Harry Potter Spin-Off Crams Too Much Stuff In Newt's Suitcase Than It Can Hold!
Before we talk about the final scene, let's talk about Credence (Ezra Miller), the Obscurus thought of being killed at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He hasn't died, and Credence is now in Paris, travelling with a freak circus, and is friends with a human Nagini (Claudia Kim). One of the major plotlines of the film is Credence trying to search for his birth mother and in turn, knowing about his real identity. He is also being sought by three groups. The Ministry of Magic wants him killed. Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) wants to protect him and recruits Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to do so. Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), continuing his mission from the last film, wants to recruit him. Interestingly, we are now told the reason of Grindelwald's obsession with the Obscurus. Grindelwald thinks he can kill Dumbledore using Credence.
As to why he thinks this method can kill the most powerful wizard on Earth is not explained then. In the end, it is Grindelwald who manages to win the game as he lures Credence to his side with the promise of revealing his true identity. Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: 10 Secret Harry Potter Easter Eggs You Should Not Miss Out In The Movie (SPOILER ALERT).
And so he does. Gellert Grindelwald tells Credence that he belongs to the Dumbledore family and that he is the brother of Albus. And as he explains the truth, a baby chick that Credence has been taking care throughout the film, turns out to be a phoenix (Fawkes?). Grindelwald also rebaptises him as Aurelius Dumbledore!
Well, join the club.
Aurelius Dumbledore is not a familiar name if you have read the Harry Potter books. The only book that discusses Dumbledore's past has been the seventh and final one, The Deathly Hallows, through the testament of his friend, Elphias Doge and then in more detail, through Albus's surviving brother, Aberforth.
In both accounts, one thing was clear - Albus only had two siblings - Abernathy and his doomed sister, Ariana. So then who is Aurelius? Is Grindelwald lying to him about his identity?
Actually not in a true sense. Earlier in the film, a younger Dumbledore tells Newt about how his favourite bird is a phoenix and how it has a connection to his family, though Albus himself hasn't seen it ever. If that's the case, then it is to Credence that Fawkes (?) reveals itself to, making the Dumbledore connection strong.
However, Aurelius could not be a direct brother of Albus, considering he is too young, barely out of his teens, while Albus looks middle-aged and his father has been in prison since Albus has been a kid.
To catch that brother connection, let's talk about a fan theory that has been going on since the first Fantastic Beasts film came out and has got stronger when the sequel (re-)introduced Albus Dumbledore. The first film debuted the terms 'Obscurus' that resides in Credence. As per Harry Potter Wikia, Obscurus 'was the manifestation of the repressed energy of a magical child (known as an Obscurial). Described as a "dark" and "parasitic" force, an Obscurus was created when the child in question consciously attempted to repress their talent or were forced to do so through physical or psychological abuse'.
Now the theory goes that Dumbledore's sister, Ariana, could have been an Obscurus. Though the seventh book never used the terms, Aberforth vaguely describes her uncontrolled powers as 'repressed magic only burst out when she felt extremely emotional, and was uncontrollable'. This happened during a horrific childhood incident, involving three Muggle boys (rape?) that left her emotionally scarred. Considering both descriptions, some Potter fans assume that Ariana could make an Obscurus within herself.
However, the book also mentioned that she was killed accidentally, when she got caught in a three-way duel between Albus, Grindelwald and Aberforth, when they were teens. While Ariana may have died, it doesn't mean that the Obscurus within her died too. We have already seen that Credence somehow managed to survive, despite getting destroyed at the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film.
This begs us to ask, did Ariana's Obscurus somehow managed to possess Credence, when he was getting drowned as a baby. It could make him a sort of sibling to Albus Dumbledore, although it really doesn't answer who Credence's real parents were. And since Albus wants Credence to save him, maybe there is something of a family connection. Perhaps author JK Rowling could explain this in one of her many insightful tweets.
So what do you say, fellow Potterheads? Do you agree with the above theory on as to how Albus Dumbledore has a new brother in Aurelius? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.