'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald': A list of all the Harry Potter character references in upcoming movie
Circulating around magical creatures in the wizarding world, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' also reveals the secret history of Albus Dumbledore
It's less than ten days to the release of the second installment of the Harry Potter franchise film, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' and Warner Brothers has just announced the upcoming film's cast will include more than just glimpses of the two familiar characters, Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. Among the plethora of surprises, there will also be a couple of familiar names that Harry Potter fans will recognize right away.
The Fantastic Beasts franchise by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has become a poignant prequel to the adventurous tale of the wizarding world, through the eyes of Harry and his friends. Circulating around magical creatures in the wizarding world, it also reveals the secret history of Albus Dumbledore - till the point he battled against the controversial love of his life - Gellert Grindelwald in 1945.
Leaving loose ends within plots and subplots, and eventually tying them with skill and expertise towards the end, is what Rowling has made a name for, via her magical story of Harry Potter. And, it is along these fascinating lines, that somehow, she has managed to draw in several other clear references and characters from Harry Potter to Fantastic Beasts. True, this isn't a clear-cut case of a Weasley from the past, but think several different last names along the lines of Lestranges, a Carrow, and even a Chang!
So, who are these characters you ask? Well, of course, there's Dumbledore, but there's also Minerva McGonagall, Nicolas Flamel, and most importantly, Nagini. McGonagall will obviously be her much younger self, and the iconic character played by Maggie Smith in the Harry Potter movies, will now, once again be brought to life by Irish actress Fiona Glascott. It slightly contradicts the original Harry Potter canon timeline though, because as per facts mentioned in Rowling's official Harry Potter website, Pottermore, McGonagall was born in 1935, a full eight years after the events of Fantastic Beasts. Let's hope Rowling has re-written her history to match the newly established facts.
Then, of course, there is Nicolas Flamel, the famous master of alchemy, who lived up to over 600 years after creating the only existing Philosopher's Stone in the world, as described in the Harry Potter franchise. He was a good friend of Dumbledore, but with regards to 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' (Fantastic Beasts 2), it is still unclear exactly why the protagonist, Newt Scamander, and his sidekick, Jacob Kowalski, go to him. Actor Brontis Jodorowsky - all of 55 - has been significantly aged up to play the role.
Next is probably the most controversial reference the Crimes of Grindelwald has been able to draw up from the Harry Potter franchise - Nagini. In 'Fantastic Beasts 2', Nagini - aka Voldemort's pet snake who was also his horcrux - was shown to have a torturous past. Played by Claudia Kim, Nagini used to be a Maledictus - a woman who is cursed to shapeshift into a creature for all her life. Eventually, she is seen to succumb to the curse and transform into a giant snake forever. Considering the actress playing the role is Asian, it has caused enragement as this means a woman of color was kept as a pet by a white dictator, when seen from the whole Nagini was Voldemort's snake perspective.
Valid enough, but the person who also has our interest invested is one particular Lestrange, among several different of them, as can be seen in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'! The Lestranges were among Voldemort's most faithful and loyal Death Eaters, and played by Zoe Kravitz, Leta Lestrange - who happens to be Newt's old flame - could be as dark and sinister as her brother's wife, Bellatrix Lestrange, or side with Newt and battle against Grindelwald. The other Lestrange to look out for in the movie is Corvus Lestrange Sr., the ultimate patriarch of the family. The role of this dark wizard, who is known to have abducted and raped witches before, will be played by Keith Chanter.
Other mentions from the Death Eaters include the names Travers and Rosier, which surely rings a familiar bell, and most importantly, the Carrows. Played by Maja Bloom, this Carrow is related to the same family that bred Alector and Amycus Carrow - two ardent Death Eaters, who took charge of punishments at Hogwarts during Voldemort's second reign of terror in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.'
There will be Andrew Turner as Mungo MacDuff - an auror serving in the MACUSA - whose family member, Anita Macduff, went to school with Harry Potter himself, and was a Gryffindor too, as mentioned in tie-in media. Bart Soroczynski will play Stebbins - whose role isn't entirely known - but the name does bring back memories of a boy with the same last name, making out with a girl at the Yule Ball in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.'
Most importantly, there's a character called Chang - a male auror played by Simon Wan. Yes, it pretty much reeks of a possible bloodline with Harry's first crush slash sort-of girlfirend, Cho Chang, the Ravenclaw Seeker. But nothing more is known about Fantastic Beasts 2's Chang. So, for that one fans just have to wait till November 16.