The release of the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a smash success last fall, and before it was even released, Warner Bros. knew it was going to be a smash success because they had already green-lighted a sequel with plans for several more sequels. But you have forgotten that before it was a movie, Fantastic Beasts was a book, and seeing as how they’ve got to start getting some promotion going for the sequel, the latest edition of the book may offer some reveals about where the next movie may be going. Hint? Two words: “Albus Dumbledore.”
As reported by Hypable, the forward in the new edition of Fantastic Beasts sees the author, Newt Scamander, address some rumours made by a familiar Harry Potter antagonist who’s also an author.
“In her recent biography, Man or Monster? The TRUTH About Newt Scamander, Rita Skeeter states that I was never a Magizoologist but a Dumbledore spy who used Magizoology as a ‘cover’ to infiltrate the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1926.
This, as anyone who lived through the 1920s will know, is an absurd claim. No undercover wizard would have chosen to pose as a Magizoologist at that period. An interest in magical beasts was considered dangerous and suspect, and taking a case full of such creatures into a major city was, in retrospect, a serious mistake.”
You have to admit, he has a point; having a flimsy suitcase full of creatures, and roping Muggles (or No-Majs) into the adventure, there’s got to be an easier way to “infiltrate” the Magical Congress. Of course, as we saw from Skeeter’s earlier shlocksterpiece The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, she manages to build a steaming pile of lies out of a little bit of truth. So might Newt have been in America on Dumbledore’s orders? This next portion from the book suggest that the two of them do have a secret, and since Dumbledore will be appearing in the movie sequel…
“It is true that I was the first person ever to capture Gellert Grindelwald and also true that Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me. More than this I cannot say without fear of breaching the Official Magical Secrets Act or, more importantly, the confidences that Dumbledore, most private of men, placed in me.”
So did Dumbledore send Next to America to sniff out Grindelwald? I guess, we’re supposed to think that, even if there was no planned spying on the U.S. magical government to do it. Anyway, why evoke the Official Magical Secrets Act if you’re not holding back on some juicy magical secrets?
As to the new edition’s smaller revelations, it fixes the continuity issue of whether Next “left” or “graduated” from Hogwarts, it confirms that Newt is still alive and kicking during the Harry Potter era, and it includes six new entries: The Thunderbird, Wampus, Horned Serpent, Hidebehind, Hodag, and Snallygaster, some of which we’re first introduced in the movie. So Harry Potter completionists, you basically have to get this re-print now.
Fantastic Beasts is available in Digital HD now, and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 28. Fantastic Beasts 2 will be in theatres in November 2018.