We are massive Harry Potter fans here at Scoopla, and after watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we haven’t stopped discussing one major plot point and how it ties into the story of one Albus Dumbledore.
We’d say ‘Spoiler Alert’, but if you haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet, then we really question how much of a Potter fan you actually are and this blog probably won’t make sense.
Make sure you’ve read all the Harry Potter books before reading this, too.
Anywho, Fantastic Beasts introduced us to what is known as an ‘Obscurial’ - the name given to a young witch or wizard who develops an intensely dark, unstable, parasite-like force, due to a psychological or physical suppression of magic.
In the movie, they say the only known cases in the last 200 years include a young Sudanese girl and of course, Credence. But we’re not so sure that’s all.
Remember in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows how we learn all about Dumbledore’s family? We meet his brother, Aberforth, and he tells Harry about his little sister, Ariana, who died at the age of 14.
When she was 6-years-old, a group of Muggle boys spotted her doing magic and brutally attacked her until she was left traumatised and unable to control her magic. She later had an emotional and explosive magical episode that resulted in the death of her mother.
With their father in prison, Albus and Aberforth were left as the carers for Ariana, but during an epic three-way duel between the brothers and Grindelwald, Ariana was accidentally struck and killed.
But hold up for a sec let’s take a look at what Aberforth says about his sister’s condition in the book -
"It destroyed her, what they did: she was never right again. She wouldn’t use magic, but she couldn’t get rid of it; it turned her inward and drove her mad, it exploded out of her when she couldn’t control it, and at times she was strange and dangerous. But mostly she was sweet and scared and harmless"
Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it? Kinda sounds exactly like an Obscurial!
This make us speculate even more about the Fantastic Beasts series!
This would mean that Grindelwald HAS seen an Obscurial before in knowing Ariana, and this would explain his interest and quest for more knowledge.
From Tom Riddle being in his final year at Hogwarts, to the inevitable battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, we are SO keen to see where this series is going to go and how our new loveable characters (mostly Jacob) are going to tie into it!
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