Considering how Fantastic Beasts 3 is all set to resume production soon as a result of the lockdown being lifted; fans could use some news from the Wizarding World. Crimes of Grindelwald’s infamous cliffhanger left us all in awe as the titular villain dropped a massive truth bomb on the audiences. That Credence Barebone would wind up being Aurelius Dumbledore was indeed something no could have predicted.
So, with that said, could it certainly be that JK Rowling is trying to dig deeper into the Dumbledore family history and rethink what know; because it certainly seems a lot like Aurelius Dumbledore might have been there all along; just not in the way we’re expecting him to be.
Grindelwald’s Greatest Crime?
Because frankly, JK Rowling is known for weaving shocking plot twists in her stories. The early Potter books sowed the seeds for massive revelations in the later ones.
So, it isn’t astounding that she’d be doing the same for Fantastic Beasts. For all the criticism surrounding Crimes’ messy narrative and disregard for canon, I think there’s more to this than meets the eye.
For one, Rowling firmly established in the first film that an Obscrurus can survive without its host, but is useless without it. Now, Crimes tells us that an Obscurus is “like a dark twin… an only friend”. What if Ariana’s Obscrurus somehow survived the three-way duel between Albus, Aberforth and Gellert? What if Credence somehow became the host to this Obscurus?
Rowling never lies to her audience, and with a character like Grindelwald, it’s better to tread lightly. He revels in misdirection, manipulations, and half-truths. An argument can be made that he is flat out lying, but I do believe there is more to this. In Latin, Aurelius means “gold” and Ariana says “silver”. We all know that Rowling has a real penchant for character names.
So, who is to say Aurelius isn’t Ariana’s Obscrurus twin with Credence as its host twin?