Warning: Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, proceed with caution akin to approaching a hippogriff for the first time.
With the release of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, audiences have been disapparated out of the monotony of 21st Century life, and apparated straight into the magic of the 1920s New York wizarding society.
The antics of #NewtScamander and his suitcase of misunderstood beasts was the perfect antidote to four long years without a Potter film, and it was a relief to be introduced to so many new characters that instantly won hearts over as much as any from the original series. But while fans already knew the basis for the #HarryPotter films, and which characters would grow to have a greater role in the sequels, the future for the minor characters in #FantasticBeasts is a total mystery.
So which of the characters in Fantastic Beasts might grow to have a more major role in #FantasticBeasts2? Here's five who certainly have a good chance of popping up again in the future:
Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz)
Alright, so this one is a given due to the fact that Zoe Kravitz is already confirmed for Fantastic Beasts 2, but she was minor enough that she certainly still deserves a place on the list.
We learned a little about the mysterious #LetaLestrange after Queenie found her photograph inside Newt's shed (which in turn was inside his suitcase). Thanks to Queenie's Legilimens (mind reading) skills, we learned that Leta and Newt became friends during their time at Hogwarts, where the two outcasts were drawn to each other. However, these days the pair don't seem to be in contact, perhaps losing touch following Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts for endangering a student's life (possibly even Leta's life?), or maybe because Leta's turned towards the dark side of magic, as was possibly hinted at when Newt told Tina "people change."
Given that Leta is confirmed for Fantastic Beasts 2, the real question is in what form will Leta appear - will she be an ally for Newt, two old friends rekindling their friendship (or possibly romance?), or will she reappear as an ally for Grindelwald?
Who do you think Leta will align herself with?
Henry Shaw Senior (Jon Voight)
The storyline involving the Shaw family seemed almost unnecessary in Fantastic Beasts, which makes me feel that the newspaper dynasty are sure to pop up in future installments. Obviously the family patriarch, Henry Shaw Snr has a serious grudge with the magical community after the death of his son, Senator Henry Shaw Jr, making him prime for a reappearance. The one big spanner in the works for a future appearance by Shaw Snr is the fact that he was out in the rain when the general New York population had their memories obliviated. But given that Jacob still had some lingering memory of Queenie and the Murtlap bite, perhaps Shaw's memory isn't as obliviated as MACUSA would like.
Do you think we'll see Shaw Senior again?
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Langdon Shaw (Ronan Raftery)
With his father on this list, it also makes sense that the younger Shaw could also make a possible reappearance in the franchise. In fact it might make even more sense for Langdon Shaw to reappear, firstly given his younger age (and we know the Fantastic Beasts franchise will take place over the course of 19 years) and secondly because of his interest in magic and magical happenings all over New York (which sadly eventually led to his brother's murder).
Langdon was also clearly viewed as a bit of a failure compared to his successful senator brother, and seemed to want nothing more than his father's approval. Surely avenging his brother's death by going up against the magical community would be one way to do this? I guess we'll have to wait for future films to find out if Langdon intends to go up against MACUSA and the American wizards, or if his memory has been obliviated along with the other NYC residents.
Do you think we'll see Langdon again?
Modesty Barebone (Faith Wood-Blagrove)
Little Modesty Barebone was adopted by Mary Lou, and though initially it looked like the youngster shared her adopted mothers hatred of the magical community, we later saw she was actually quite rebellious, choosing to throw the New Salem Philanthropic Society pamphlets in the air, rather than hand them out.
It was implied that Modesty was probably a witch, being in possession of wand which possibly belonged to one of her deceased relatives, though it's not known whether or not she was adopted by a magical of No-Maj family following Mary Lou's death. Given that Modesty is so young and only coming into her powers, it certainly seems possible she could appear in future films, perhaps after her graduation from Ilvermorny, though now that her abusive adopted mother is gone, perhaps that was the end of her story as far as the films go.
Do you think we'll see Modesty again?
Madame Ya Zhou (Gemma Chan)
And lastly we have Madame Ya Zhou, who had such a small appearance in the film that you'd be forgiven for forgetting her altogether. Madame Ya Zhou appeared during the congress scene, where the MACUSA and international delegates were discussing the events which led to Senator Shaw's death.
While her role was only brief, given that the remaining four films in the franchise will be set in different locations (the second film is set to take place in Paris), it's possible that one of the films could be set in China, where it seems safe to assume— given that Zhou is an extremely popular surname in mainland China — that Madame Ya Zhou is the president of the Chinese equivalent of MACUSA. Heck, we even know of a magical beast native to China - the Chinese Fireball dragon which featured in the Triwizard Tournament.
Do you think we'll see Madame Ya Zhou again?
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is out in cinemas now.