On November 18, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will emerge from its post-production cocoon like a Swooping Evil and bring with it all that wizarding world magic we've been gagging after for years. Yet until then, considering we know the eight Harry Potter books and movie back-to-front, there's still a lot to learn about J. K. Rowling's five upcoming movies in the series.
Here are some of the most interesting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them theories making their rounds out there right now — more will be added as they surface:
Credence Barebone Is Tom Riddle, Sr.
An interesting little Fantastic Beasts theory has made big claims that the enigmatic Credence Barebone could in fact be Tom Riddle, Sr., a Muggle born in 1905 and who went on to father Tom Riddle, Jr. — the Dark Lord himself.
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The Deathly Hallows Play An Important Role In Fantastic Beasts
When the posters for the Fantastic Beasts cast were released, one thing in particular stood out and that's the appearance of the Deathly Hallows symbol in Percival Graves's image. Could this mean that the Auror is searching for them himself? Or could he be working with another wizard who is, someone like Gellert Grindelwald perhaps?
Percival Graves Is Gellert Grindelwald Himself
Yet, another fascinating Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them theory went even further and suggested that the elusive Percival Graves may in fact be Gellert Grindelwald himself. Under the guise of a MACUSA Auror, some speculate that Colin Farrell's character could actually be trying to bring down the Congress from within.
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And following the release of another Fantastic Beasts featurette at an IMAX fan event in mid-October, it became even more apparent that the wizarding series will likely be telling the story of Gellert Grindelwald's rise to power. Watch the teaser below, which features more of the dark wizard than ever before:
Which Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them theories sound legit?