(WARNING: Major spoilers ahead for J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as possible spoilers for its sequels. Proceed with caution.)
Now that #JKRowling's new adventure in the wizarding world has been released, it's time to talk about it in detail. Many, including myself, had a hard time believing that the series world be stretched out into five feature-length films. A 128-page textbook spread out through five films? That concept sounded absolutely insane. That's what I thought until I saw #FantasticBeastsandWheretoFindThem for myself. Now that audiences around the world have seen it, I don't think they would mind four more of these. Lesson learned: never doubt J.K. Rowling.
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J.K. Rowling is one of the greatest world builders who ever lived, only rivaling the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and George Lucas. Her newest film has introduced a whole new corner of a universe that we already know, creating something that is drastically different from #HarryPotter, yet keeping a sense of familiarity. One of the major components of this new world are the characters, but more importantly the "bad guys." Grindelwald and Crendence, played fantastically by #TheFlash's Ezra Miller, quickly became the series' most intriguing characters as soon as revelations were revealed. But as quick as his true reality was revealed, Credence looked to be dead — or was he?
Cut Ending Reveals Credence's Fate (And Where To Find Him)
Speaking with Cinema Blend during a New York junket leading up to the film, producer David Heyman revealed that Credence was able to escape, alive and well, and though his fate was ambiguous and left to interpretation, the answer is yes, Credence Barebone lives another day.
"We actually had a scene, which we cut, which was Credence going to a boat, to get on a boat somewhere else. But we cut that, because we didn't want to have it be such an, 'Ahhh, here we go.'"
It is understandable why the scene was cut. It would have struck the audience as too obvious and on the nose. It was wise of Rowling and her team to keep the viewers guessing so that they get seats in the theater for future installments. It seemed as though Barebone's arc was tied up, as it did (in a sense) feel completed. Fortunately, Ezra Miller will continue to be a presence in Rowling's universe, considering the fact that his performance was one of the highlights of the film. In addition to this reveal, there is another question to be asked:
Where Is He Going Next?
Producer David Heyman no doubt spilled a lot on the future of the franchise. Besides revealing if the Obscurus is alive, he also revealed that he is heading somewhere, most likely overseas. It may be possible that he is just running away from Grindelwald. It is impossible to think that the character will not seek out Miller to use his power for his own agenda. Another possibility is that Barebone is looking to be taught. Throughout the film, Graves — posing as the dark wizard — promised to teach the Second Salemer. When Graves turned on him, it triggered the character to wreck havoc on New York City. Whether Barebone will be using his powers for good or evil is yet to be known, but looking for wizards overseas? That would be a safe bet.
Later in the interview with Heyman, the producer revealed the importance of the character as a major player in sequels, as well as the possibility that he is following Newt. Maybe Scamander will be the one to help him control his abilities:
"I don't think [Newt will be at] the heart of all of [the sequels]. I think he'll be part — so will Tina, Queenie and Jacob — will be part of the next one. And Credence and Grindelwald. I think they will be the main players."
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Describing the context of the deleted scene he explained furthermore about Credence's agenda:
"[Credence] getting on a boat, maybe a boat with Newt, maybe not, and heading off out of New York."
Following the timeline, we do find out that Newt will be heading to Paris for the sequel, which takes place two years later from its predecessor. Will Credence causing a disturbance gain the attention of the great Albus Dumbledore? Newt's relationship with the transfiguration teacher would not make the possibility far fetched. Hopefully these answers will be answered when the sequel debuts on November 16, 2018.
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What do you think Credence is up to?