New Photo From 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Could Prove This Popular Fan Theory


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a surprisingly good film, wasn’t it? I didn’t for a second think that it wasn’t going to be fun, but I really couldn’t have predicted it being a genuinely quality watch.

David Yates really pulled it out of the bag with that one, and changed what was obviously just a huge cash-grab that wasn’t worth watching into an obvious cash-grab that I wasn’t sorry I saw.

Now, everyone in the film did a… fantastic… job with their acting, but head and shoulders above the rest had to be Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, the secretly magic adopted son of a devout anti-magic activist who would beat him frequently.


Credence turned out to be one of two villains of the piece (along with Colin Farrell who turned out to be Johnny Depp who turned out to be Gellert Grindelwald) and seemingly at the end, he died after the obscurus he turned into was destroyed by the American Ministry of Magic workers.

However, in a deleted scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Credence was seen escaping New York, so it’s likely that he didn’t actually die, and is going to show up sometime or later in the film series.

Lots of people have speculated that he’s going to have some redemption, after killing so many people and being in cahoots with Grindelwald, but they never knew how.


Until now, that is.

A new photo from the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 has surfaced, and a few people think it holds the answers.

We know that in the sequel, Newt has finished his famous book, and is promoting it as best he can. In the picture posted to the official Instagram account, you can see that it’s being promoted at none other than Flourish & Blotts and Obscurus Books.

A newly published author must have a book launch party. Newt Scamander has been busy. #MagicInProgress #FantasticBeasts #WizardingWednesdays

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If you’re not familiar with Obscurus Books, it’s a fictional publisher that has been in Diagon Alley since 1926, but no-one knows its true origins. The theory currently doing the rounds of course incorporates this, and claims that Credence fled to London to start his new life as a publisher.

Redditor SatyrSaturn says on it:

My theory is that Newt will save Credence from his Obscurus. Since Credence helped Mary Lou print all those flyers and pamphlets for the Second Salemers. I predict that he will go into publishing, and [then] publishes Newt’s book.

It would sort of make sense for Credence to become an ally of Newt, with him being the only person to emotionally reach out to him in the first film, and trying to stop everyone from killing him at the end. He’d also want his revenge on Grindelwald, if he knows what’s good for him.

Obscurus Books is a bit on the nose though…


J.K. Rowling has written the script for the sequel, with David Yates directing. She says she has plans to turn the franchise into a five-film series, so the likelihood of us getting all of the answers in the next film is fairly low.

Slightly disappointing, but we can all find solace in the fact that Jude Law is going to be playing a young Albus Dumbledore, and that’s some of the best film news we’ve had in a while.

I will be so angry if he only makes a small cameo in the film. Furious even.

But yeah, Credence is running a book store in London and is publishing Newt’s book for him. Could happen?

Images via Warner Bros

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