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"Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindewald" David Yates

by Margaret Stewart - Copy Editor
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 02:00 pm

The Harry Potter Universe continues to expand with its newest addition, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” released on Friday, Nov. 16. While the critiques for many of the later installments of the Harry Potter Franchise were heavily focused on the director David Yates, his vision for the expansion of the universe is nothing less than stunning. In this newest film, Yates works hand in hand with J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for the film, to introduce new creatures and characters while reimagining some of the ones the audience knows and loves. 

Surprisingly and perhaps the most upsetting part of the entire movie, lies in the screenplay itself. While a majority of the film is done beautifully, there are some plot holes that exist that disrupt the story. The last, mind shattering moment, where it is revealed who Credence is supposed to be, makes absolutely no sense and contradicts previously established timelines in Rowling’s previous novels. 

Credence cannot be a Dumbledore due to the fact that Rowling has already given us the Dumbledore family tree in the original seven novels. Dumbledore’s mother died in childbirth after his younger sister was born and his dad was later imprisoned solidifying the fact that Aberforth and Ariana were Albus Dumbledore’s only two siblings.

Furthermore, if you look at the resemblance between Ezra Miller, the actor who plays Credence, and Christian Coulson, the actor who played Tom Marvolo Riddle in “Chamber of Secrets” is eerily similar suggesting that, instead of a Dumbledore, Credence is actually Marvolo or Morfin Gaunt. Amongst being directly related to Salazar Slytherin, Marvolo would be the grandfather to Lord Voldemort and Morfin his uncle. 

Conspiracy theories aside, the age of the famed Albus Dumbledore does not correspond with the age he is supposed to be 20 years from when “Crimes of Grindelwald” takes place. We know this due to a flashback sequence seen in Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” that would have occurred in 1943 (50 years from 1993 when the “Chamber of Secrets” roughly took place and about 20 years from 1927 when “Crimes of Grindelwald” is roughly set.)

Despite the problems with the plot, the overarching message is a timely one. Similar to how Rowling portrayed Voldemort’s Death Eaters, the followers of Grindelwald are examined. She utilizes this magical political divide as a way to provide social commentary on how messages can be twisted in order to gain followers.