It may have conquered the box-office, but “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has not been a hit with critics with many complaining about it being overloaded with exposition, coincidence and numerous plot and character contrivances.
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Much of the film’s last act deals with a ton of revelations that dive deep into Potter lore that goes well beyond the films and books to the point that the significance and weight of these reveals have oddly no real impact for anyone but only the most die-hard fans.
Even they though have been left befuddled by the choice of the shock reveal that J.K. Rowling decided to end the film with – that Ezra Miller’s Credence is actually Aurelius Dumbledore, the never-before-mentioned younger brother of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).
Fans have since done their research and found… nothing. The Credence reveal at the end of the film seems questionable at best with Rowling’s exhaustively mapped out history of the wizarding world offering no indication such a plot twist is possible.
In fact Miller himself, speaking with IndieWire, says he doesn’t necessarily believe the ending is fact:
“I guess the point of this film is probably don’t take anything that metaphorical Grindelwald says as gospel in general. But do we bring that forward, then apply it to the information he gives the Obscurial at the end of the film? Well, I don’t know, honestly. Maybe not.
I think that, on the one hand, from a ‘Harry Potter’ canon perspective, there are reasons why Grindelwald would definitely know something like that, given his connection to Albus and that family. And we know he had this history that involved Aberforth and Ariana. So it’s not impossible that there’s validity and truth to it… Is it impossible that Grindelwald is lying? Obviously also, no, it’s not impossible.”
The twist has been received with a divisive reaction with some fans clearly annoyed, and we won’t find out any more until at least 2020 when the next entry hits – nor the full story until 2024 when the final film arrives.