Note from the editors: The following contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
There were a lot of unanswered questions in the third part of the Harry Potter prequel trilogy. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, released in 2018, ended with the unexpected revelation that the Obscurus, Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), was a Dumbeldore family member. The evil wizard Grindelwald recruits Credence to the dark arts; the part was originally performed by Johnny Depp, but Mads Mikkelsen was cast in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
The Secrets of Dumbledore’s production experienced a lot of issues, and recasting was merely one of them. Many thought that The Crimes of Grindelwald had concealed the sexual bond between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), in what should have been a great moment for LGBT representation in a blockbuster film, due to J.K. Rowling’s transphobic views. Many fans were taken aback by the sequel’s darker tone, and the series appeared to be turning away from the first “creature feature” as it presented the Wizarding War. Thankfully, The Secrets of Dumbledore is a far better film, providing much-needed clarity following the puzzling second installment.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Secrets of Dumbledore’s ending; full spoilers follow for those who haven’t watched it yet.
The major “mystery” about the Dumbeldore family hinted at in the title is actually an explanation of the cliffhanger from the previous film. Early in the film, Albus verifies to Creedence that he is a Dumbledore, putting to rest any rumours that Grindelwald had lied to the young child in order to convert him to his cause. Credence is revealed to be the illegitimate offspring of Albus’ younger brother, Aberforth (Richard Coyle). Aurelius Dumbledore is his true name.
Aberforth’s wife was killed, and Aurelius was raised as an orphan under the name Credance. Credence sends messages to his father through the Mirror of Erised, and Albus pushes his brother to reach out to his son. Aberforth is hesitant to trust his brother because he has always blamed Albus for Ariana’s death. After Aberforth became suspicious of his brother’s connection with the dark arts, Ariana was slain in a three-way duel between Grindelwald, Albus, and Aberforth.
Albus and Aberforth, on the other hand, become closer, and Abderforth eventually has the chance to see Credence. In front of the wizarding world’s leaders in Bhutan, Credence betrays Grindelwald, disclosing his intention to rig the election of a new leader in his favour. Grindelwald had used his power and influence to avoid going to prison, and he had gained even more supporters for his cause. Grindelwald was near to power, but Credence reveals that he employed necromancy to rig the Walk of the Qilin ceremony, which determined the future leader’s identity.
To save Credence and fight Grindelwald’s army in Bhutan, Albus and Aberforth team up with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and their friends. Despite the fact that Credence is severely injured at the end of the battle, Aberforth accepts him and the two leave together. Albus and Aberforth demonstrate mutual respect, preparing the groundwork for Aberforth’s participation in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2. An older Aberforth (Ciarin Hinds), who works as a bartender at the Hog’s Head, aids Harry and his companions in their attempt to get admission to Hogwarts.
Grindelwald isn’t the only one who has betrayed him. Queenie Goldstein’s (Alison Sudol) promise to Grindelwald’s fascist cause was one of the most contentious narrative developments in The Crimes of Grindelwald. Grindelwald is spied on by Queenie, who offers him false information. Queenie is finally reunited with her lover, Jacob, at the end of the film. They marry in the final scene, giving Newt the opportunity to reunite with Queenie’s sister Tina.
The marriage of Queenie and Jacobs is a happy occasion for the characters following their victory, but Albus is forced to witness from afar. He’s got his own heartbreak to deal with. Albus had been liberated from his blood covenant with Grindelwald during the war in Bhutan. The two wizards had sworn a loving oath to each other when they were young, preventing them from ever harming each other. This created a barrier between them, preventing Albus from directly confronting Grindelwald.
However, when Grindelwald tries to kill Albus, the mutual spell is broken, allowing Albus to defend himself. They fight for a short while, but Grindelwald understands he is outmanned. He escapes Bhutan, vowing that his fascist movement will continue. Dumbledore is conscientious about his responsibilities, and he even declines the leadership role that is offered to him at the Walk of the Qilin ritual. Despite the fact that he had grown close to Jacob over the quest, Albus remains outside of his muggle pal’s bakery for the wedding. In a nod to the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he takes a stroll along the frigid street.
Before it reaches the Harry Potter chronology, the Fantastic Beasts series has a long way to go. Although we know that Grindelwald is finally arrested in the Harry Potter films, the characters Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob do not appear in that series. Credence’s fate is also unclear; despite the fact that he died after the combat, he did not die on screen. The narrative will be continued in two additional chapters, which are now in the works. The next two sequels will be directed by David Yates, who has already been hired.