This week’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald trailer was great, teasing fans with their first proper look at Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore as well as a long overdue return to the twisting towers of Hogwarts. But eagle-eyed viewers have noticed some interesting details in the preview that the production team might not have intended to leave in.
The shot that’s caused the most surprise is a brief look at the Lestrange family tree. Even the most casual Potterhead will know that the Lestranges are a notable wizarding dynasty in the series, famous for their tendencies towards dark magic and their adherence to the warped philosophy of ‘pure-blood’ wizards. The most notable member is, of course, Bellatrix Lestrange, as played by Helena Bonham Carter in the movies (though she merely married in from the Black family).
Anyhow, in the family tree we can see that Ezra Miller’s Credence Barebones, the Obscurial around whom much of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them revolved and who’s apparently set to play a big role in the upcoming sequel, is actually a member of the Lestrange bloodline. This makes a good deal of sense – after all, we learn that Credence was adopted by his anti-magic mother Mary Lou Barebones, who went out of her way to suppress his true nature.
Given that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will see the rise of the dark wizards (who will presumably commit some crimes along the way), it stands to reason that they’d want to harness the extraordinary powers of Credence, who’s already the oldest living Obscurial in wizarding history.
While the character was more of a victim than an outright villain in the first film, if he makes the conscious decision to side with his Lestrange family members and stand alongside Grindelwald, then he’ll certainly be beyond redemption. Don’t you think?