Mysteries of the End of Dumbledore Explained

Editor’s Notes: The following contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The third part of Harry Potter Prequel series certainly had a lot of questions to answer. Its predecessor, 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldhad ended with the shocking revelation that the Obscurus, Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), was a member of the Dumbledore family. Credence is recruited into the dark arts by the evil wizard Grindelwald; Johnny Depp originally played the role, but in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledorehe was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.

The rewrite was just one reason for that The Secrets of Dumbledore had such a troubled production. JK Rowling‘s transphobic comments cast a shadow over the project, and many felt it Grindelwald’s crimes had masked the romantic relationship between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore (Jew law), which could have been a great moment for LGBT representation in a blockbuster film. The sequel’s darker tone also struck many fans as shocking, and the series seemed to divert focus from the initial “creature function” when it introduced Wizarding War. Thank God, The Secrets of Dumbledore is a much stronger film that provided some needed clarity after the confusing second film. Here’s everything you need to know about the ending of The Secrets of Dumbledore; It contains full spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet.


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The big “secret” about the Dumbledore family that the title promises is actually an explanation for the final film’s cliffhanger. Albus confirms to Creedence early in the film that he is in fact a Dumbledore, debunking any rumor that Grindelwald lied to the boy to get him to move. It is explained that Credence is the illegitimate son of Albus’ younger brother Aberforth (Richard Coyle). His real name is Aurelius Dumbledore.

Aberforth’s wife was murdered, and Aurelius was raised as an orphan by the name of Credance. Albus encourages his brother to approach his son; Credence sends messages to his father through the Mirror of Erised. Aberforth is reluctant to trust his brother as he has always blamed Albus for the death of their sister Ariana. Ariana was killed in a three-way battle between Grindelwald, Albus, and Aberforth after Aberforth became suspicious of his brother’s involvement in the Dark Arts.

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However, Albus and Aberforth grow closer and Abderforth finally gets a chance to reunite with Credence. Credence betrays Grindelwald before the gathering of wizarding world leaders in Bhutan, revealing his plot to rig the election of a new leader in his favor. Grindelwald had used his power and influence to avoid jail time, and he garnered even more supporters to support his campaign. Grindelwald was close to power, but Credence reveals that he used necromancy to manipulate him during the Walk of the Qilin ceremony that decided the new leader.

Albus and Aberforth join Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Catherine Waterston), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Foegler) and their allies to save Credence and fight Grindelwald’s forces in Bhutan. Although Credence is brutally injured at the end of the battle, Aberforth accepts him and they depart together. Albus and Aberforth show mutual respect and pave the way for Aberforth’s role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. An older Aberforth (Ciarin Hinds) serves as a bartender at the Hog’s Head and helps Harry and his friends sneak into Hogwarts.

Credence isn’t the only one to betray Grindelwald. One of the most controversial plot developments in Grindelwald’s crimes was Queenie Goldstein’s (Alison Sudol) promise to Grindelwald’s fascist movement. Queenie secretly spies on Grindelwald and gives him false information. The film ends with Queenie finally being reunited with her lover Jacob. They get married during the last scene; it also gives Newt a chance to reunite with Queenie’s sister Tina.


Queenie and Jacobs’ wedding is a joyful moment for the characters following their victory, but Albus is forced to watch from afar. He’s dealing with his own heartbreak. During the Battle of Bhutan, Albus was freed from his blood pact with Grindelwald. When the two wizards were young, they had sworn a romantic promise to each other that prevented them from ever harming each other. This created a barrier between them that had prevented Albus from moving directly against Grindelwald.

However, Grindelwald attempts to kill Albus, which breaks the mutual spell and allows Albus to defend himself. They duel briefly, but Grindelwald realizes his forces are outnumbered. He flees Bhutan, vowing that his fascist movement is far from over. Dumbledore minds his duties; He even turns down the leadership role, which is briefly presented to him during the Walk of the Qilin ceremony. Although he became close to Jacob during the adventure, Albus stays outside of his Muggle friend’s bakery during the wedding. He walks down the cool street, paralleling the opening moments of the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

That Fantastic Beasts series still has a long way to go before it reaches the Harry Potter timeline. We know about that Harry Potter Movies that Grindelwald is eventually arrested, but the characters Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob do not appear in this series. Credence’s fate also remains ambiguous; While he died after the battle, he didn’t die on screen. The saga will continue with two more parts currently in development. David Yates has already been signed to direct the next two sequels.


“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” in the final trailer sees Grindelwald wreaking havoc

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