What to Know Before Watching Secrets of Dumbledore

The third film in the Harry Potter spin-off/prequel series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be released in April.

Many fans may need a refresher on where their characters have been since Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out four years ago (ahem—literally pre-Covid).

By the way, in order to really appreciate the Fantastic Beasts plot, you’ll need to be familiar with the Harry Potter history, so start watching the films on HBO Max before Secrets of Dumbledore hits theatres on April 15 (April 8 in the UK).

What to Know Before Watching Secrets of Dumbledore


What You Need to Know

Fans of the Harry Potter prequel series may not be familiar with the 1920s setting depicted in the Fantastic Beasts films, which incorporates wizarding characters from both the European and American wizarding communities.

As in J.K. Rowling’s 2001 HP companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Eddie Redmayne plays magizoologist Newt Scamander in the movie.

Alison Sudol and Jude Law serve as the show’s supporting cast members, joining Ezra Miller and Dan Fogler. Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp in the second film, was replaced by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen in the third film.

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Letting Go of Leta Lestrange Character Zoe Kravitz

Lestrange is a name that Harry Potter fans should be familiar with. Actress Zoe Kravitz, best known for her role as Batman villain Leta in The Dark Knight, plays Leta at the end of The Crimes of Grindelwald.

In Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, you never know when a character’s death is truly final. However, it appeared to be a permanent fixture. Her time in the wizarding world may have come to an end with the upcoming release of The Secrets of Dumbledore.

Lestrange family mentions in Fantastic Beasts could indicate that we’re coming closer to knowing about the Dark Wizards from the original HP series. In The Secrets of Dumbledore, may Voldemort’s forebears be glimpsed?

Corvus Lestrange Is Not Credence

Dumbledore believes Credence Barebones to be Corvus Lestrange V, a long-lost member of the Lestrange family who has been absent for a long time. When Credence appears as a vision of Leta’s newborn brother dying in the water, we learn that Credence is not related to the Lestranges at all, as we learn in The Crimes of Grindelwald

Credence’s true origins are revealed later, and they’re even more surprising than the idea that he’s related to Leta.

Please Remember Nagini.

In Crimes of Grindelwald, Nagini is presented as a close friend of Credence’s. A Maledictus, a lady with the ability to change into a snake, is revealed to be the woman in question. If Credence can’t get over his feelings for Nagini, I fear he won’t be able to fully commit to the bad side of things.

Fans of Harry Potter may recall that Voldemort’s pet snake, Nagini, went by the same name. Nagini will become the snake that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named employs as a Horcrux, as we learnt in The Crimes of Grindelwald when she becomes trapped in her snake form. Dumbledore’s secrets have to be mentioned in The Secret of Dumbledore.

Grindelwald’s Crusade for Wizard Supremacy Gained Credence And Queenie as Allies.

Grindelwald: The Crimes of the Order teaches us that even the most powerful wizards can be won over by Gellert’s arguments. It is at Grindelwald’s tomb that Queenie decides to join the circle of fire he has formed to pledge her allegiance to him and fight for his evil agenda.

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Queenie’s mind-reading abilities are first introduced. Because of her clairvoyant powers, Grindelwald solely wants her on his squad, therefore seeing Queenie as a close ally with him at the conclusion of the movie is painful.

The morality of Credence’s decision to align with a Dark Wizard is seriously questionable. There is no doubt that Grindelwald will be aided in The Secrets of Dumbledore by two powerful wizards.

The Blood Pact Between Dumbledore and Grindelwald MIGHT be Destroyed by Dumbledore.

A blood agreement between Dumbledore and Grindelwald precludes the two wizards from duelling, and when Newt returns with a vial he took from Grindelwald, Dumbledore reveals this to him. Dumbledore responds with a cautious “Maybe” when asked if it can be broken by Newt Scamander.

One of the Dumbledores may be the only one capable of defeating Grindelwald, making this blood covenant related to some of the things Dumbledore has been keeping hidden all along..

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Actually, Credence Is Dumbledore.

Earlier in the film, Dumbledore tells Newt that he believes that all of his family members can summon the phoenix. He fulfilled his word and revealed Credence’s true identity: He is Aurelius Dumbledore. When we meet him and Queenie, we know that they are the final characters in the film.

Even if Grindelwald isn’t the most trustworthy person in the world, he’s still a good guy. But Credence’s fondness for phoenixes is undeniable proof of the Dumbledore family’s magical prowess. If Albus and Credence are “family members,” we’ll put them in that category for the moment.

Awaiting Queenie’s thoughts on it in The Secrets of Dumbledore will be interesting.