If there are two things Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald isn’t shy about it’s killing off kids and plot twists.

The movie follows orphan Credence Barebones and his search for an identity in Paris. It was long assumed he was the brother of Leta Lestrange. However, it appears not. It turns out Leta swapped her real younger brother with a different, quieter baby on a sea voyage. Her real younger brother was then killed when the ship sunk.

Then, in the movie’s final moments, Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, reveals that Credence’s real name is actually Aurelius Dumbledore. Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, has only two siblings in the Harry Potter books. Neither are named Aurelius.

When Grindelwald reveals this to Credence, a phoenix appears to save him. In the films, a phoenix always comes to a Dumbledore in need. It’s unsure why one would come in this case but it’s important to note that Gellert had previously killed Ariana Dumbledore during a duel with Albus.

While Albus couldn’t save Ariana he may be able to save Credence now.

Some fans have questioned if Grindelwald was actually telling the truth. Credence and Albus are more than 10 years apart in age. However, when Albus started to attend Hogwarts, his father was sentenced to life at Azkaban prison. This would’ve taken place when he was around 10-years-old.

It’s also unclear if Albus knows Credence is his brother or not. Albus tends to be the smartest person in the room but these are unique circumstances. It’s also hard to imagine he’d lead a plan that puts his brother at risk of death.


Finally, it’s important to note that Fantastic Beasts haven’t always followed the books timekeeping. Minerva McGonagall works at Hogwarts in the film. She’s not supposed to be born until years after the film takes place.

Fans will have to wait until 2020 to get their answers in the third film of the series.