It is not such a well-known secret that hardcore Harry Potter fans are less than impressed with the recent instalment to the Wizarding World. While there are two major transgressions, in my opinion, that of Minerva McGonagall’s appearance and the bombshell ending. Today I wish to share my two cents on the latter issue as well as my overall thoughts on the book.
At the end of the script, Grindelwald says to Credence that his name is Aurelius Dumbledore shortly after telling him that his “brother seeks to destroy” him. Many people are jumping to the conclusion that Albus, Aberforth and Ariana Dumbledore had another sibling, but I don’t think that this is the case.
From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we know that Albus dies on 30th June 1997 at the age of 115 meaning that he was born in 1881. This is confirmed on Pottermore. Given that his father was sent to prison around 1893, where he lived out the rest of his days, and his mother died in 1899 it is unlikely that either of them was a parent to Credence. The baby that he was swapped with, Corvus Lestrange was born in 1901 and for the swap to work, the two babies must be of a similar age. Therefore the Credence could not be the child of either Kendra or Percival Dumbledore.
In ‘Professor Dumbledore’s Notes’ on ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’ it is revealed that Albus had a “Maiden Aunt”. Given that in the same paragraph she breaks of her engagement to a “wizard in the Improper Use of Magic Office”, we know that she has at least some interest in men. It is therefore not unreasonable that Aunt Honoria had a child without Albus’ knowledge, if the two weren’t that close. That is if Credence is a Dumbledore at all.
Overall I think that the film/script has many issues in its storytelling and plot. However the portrayal of the characters on the screen by the actors as well as the CGI was wonderfully done. I give the story 3 stars and the film 4.