On November 18, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally emerged from its post-production cocoon like a Swooping Evil, bringing with it all that wizarding world magic we've been gagging after for years. And considering we know the eight #HarryPotter books and movies 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 #FantasticBeasts theories making the rounds out there right now after the jaw-dropping revelation that yes, Percival Graves was indeed Gellert Grindelwald all along.
The most recent theories are at the top:
5. Newt Isn't As Socially Awkward As We Think
Newt Scamander is certainly a unique personality, and let's be real, much of his charm stems from the fact that he's such an awkward chap. Having said that though, a new Reddit theory recently turned that on its head when it suggested that the wizard wasn't actually as socially awkward as we might think. In fact, he merely reflects typical traits of a skilled zoologist. Check it out below:
4. Gellert Grindelwald Is A Seer
Sprinkled throughout the first instalment of Fantastic Beasts, there's much to suggest that Gellert Grindelwald (masquerading as Percival Graves) may actually be a Seer. According to Harry Potter Wikia:
"A Seer is a gifted wizard or witch who has the ability to see into the future with their Inner Eye. Seers predict prophecies, which are then recorded and stored in the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry of Magic's Department of Mysteries. According to Minerva McGonagall, true Seers are extremely rare."
Despite the fact that nowhere in Potterverse have we previously heard that this particular dark wizard had an aptitude for Divinity, Grindelwald directly tells Credence Barebone that he's having visions. Read the full theory here below:
3. Ariana Dumbledore Is An Obscurus
Perhaps the most tantalizing of all the Fantastic Beasts theories, this one suggests that Albus Dumbledore's sister Ariana was far more than just a troubled little girl. In fact, just like Credence, her repressed magic had the ability to unleash an Obscurus into the world and even led to the accidental death of her own mother.
Following this trajectory, Ariana Dumbledore may also be what brought Gellert Grindelwald and Albus together at Godric's Hollow — as the power-hungry dark wizard was obsessed with harnessing a destructive power (perhaps the Obscurus), after sensing it nearby, he stumbled upon Ariana and consequently, the future Hogwarts professor. Dissect this particular theory in the link below:
2. Newt Scamander Gave Aragog To Hagrid
Although this theory doesn't appear to be particularly vital to the Fantastic Beasts plot-line, it may suggest a fascinating connection between the 1920s world and that of Harry Potter.
It alludes to the fact that Newt was the one who actually gave Aragog to Hagrid when he visited Hogwarts at an old age. Later, when speaking to the famous trio, the caretaker revealed that the creature came to him in a pocket of a traveler — a person who perhaps had a very deep interest in magical beasts if he happened to have Acromantula eggs on his person. Check it out below:
1. Leta Lestrange Betrayed Newt Scamander
In the movie, Queenie stumbles upon a framed picture of a beautiful young woman in Newt's 'office.' And upon learning that Newt had some kind of relationship with the elusive lady, fans all over the world began rummaging through the Potterverse to try and find out who Leta Lestrange really was.
Although we know that they were close while studying at Hogwarts, something went awry between them, heavily suggesting that Newt's old friend had perhaps betrayed the young Magizoologist and turned to the dark side (she does bear the name 'Lestrange' after all). Find out more about Leta Lestrange and what might have happened below:
Which Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them theories sound legit?