20 Secrets Of 'Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald' You Probably Missed At First Watch

A lot went down during The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series from plot twists, to meeting new characters. It could indeed be somewhat overwhelming for the audience, which is why you may have missed a load of important details that were scattered throughout the film. Thankfully, we've managed to find them for you and have decided to share this exciting information. So be prepared for those hidden Easter Eggs that you may have missed. 

20. Those pesky Ministry owl mails deliveries

The very first time Harry, Hermione, and Ron decided to go undercover into the Ministry of Magic, keeping in mind they had help from some Polyjuice Potion, isn't that an experience fans will forget any time soon. One of the best jokes on Fantastic Beasts rose with a throwaway line in that very sequence. When the children notice the charmed mail darting from one Ministry office to another.

It's revealed that the rooms are used to rely on owl mail, but were ultimately upgraded due to the resulting havoc they caused. In the 1920s, the heroes visit the same Ministry and most of the architecture and statues are the same, but the mail delivery shows itself in dire need of an improvement. Faithful to that original statement, this film confirms the kind of disorder the owls made while making their rounds, and the unfortunate House Elves were charged with cleaning up after them.

19 Those unpredictable continuity errors 

There's a solid chance that enduring Fantastic Beasts fans will be too captivated by the image of a young Newt and Leta Lestrange, and therefore lost in the awe-inspiring return of Newt's adorable green Bowtruckle to even to notice that the pair of budding sweethearts are holding their date in a startling closeness to what we thought is the Whomping Willow, which was made famous in Chamber of Secrets.

The absence of any actual whomping during the scene proposes a larger narrative to justify why the tree is not yet enraged, but a true fan knows that isn't a continuity mistake. As true fans will recall, Remus Lupin revealed that the school “planted the Whomping Willow the same year I arrived at Hogwarts.”

18. The return of Fawkes 

We are not going to delve too deeply into the assumptions and analyses of some spectators on this one, since some fans who missed it the first time around may catch it on a repeat viewing. If Fawkes the Phoenix was a significant pet of Dumbledore's in the original Harry Potter movies, the new prequel only emphasizes that hypothesis. 

As Dumbledore explains to Newt, there is a connection between the Phoenix and the Dumbledores back to Albus’ grandfather. Since Albus has yet to receive one himself, perhaps we shall see it in the sequel. However, if you link that idea to the Phoenix seen in the movie's closing beats, then there may be far more to the Dumbledore legacy than fans have realized before now.

17. The Chinese lion 

It is definitely too soon to tell whether or not this film series will travel into a truly Asian experience and extension of magical eastern mythology, but The Crimes of Grindelwald may be the first sign. The most prominent new magical creature added to the lore of Beasts is the Zouwu, who owes its origins to Chinese culture. Even random fans of Chinese culture should be able to see the creature's relations to a major Chinese dance monster.

The Lion Dance, possibly seen by most fans of Asian music and dance at some point, display rhythmically wiggling as it moves down a city street, which relies on teamwork to bring the massive tailed, four-spike-toothed, feline monster to life. In the real world, historians tie these myths and dances to the mythological creature Nian, which is a crucial part of the Chinese New Year. Presumably, they were basing this tradition on a real, magical beast. Did you notice that? 

16. The new Grim is the Matagot 

The return of the Nifflers from the first Fantastic Beasts film may incorporate the magical creature that the fans most crave, especially now that they've been seen in the infant forms. But if there's a second choice, we're willing to wager many cat owners out there will desire a Matagot, the name given to the huge, demented, diabolical-looking felines used for a number of jobs within the French Ministry of Magic. These creatures are also based on an existing legend which is popular across Southern France, believe it or not.

These magical beasts are said to bring prosperity if a person leads one home and feeds it better than themselves. Their most potent ability in the movie is scaring off would-be troublemakers. After J.K. Rowling gave the spotlight to the dogs, “a Grim”, which is a sign of trouble approaching, she's done a 360 turn to let cat people win the day with her second series. Thankfully, the enormous, black, hairless felines are just a bit of French fables for now.

15. Dumbledore's sister revealed 

The ambiguous passing of Ariana Dumbledore wasn't even a mystery when it was first portrayed in the Harry Potter books. After being bullied by non-magical children, Ariana discontinued using her magic, and due to some event, which was too tragic to even mention, she eventually died. So, when J.K. Rowling added the concept of Obscurials to the lore long before the modern day, many fans joined the dots. 

The assumption was mainly that  Ariana was in pain from just such an ordeal, and because she bottled up her magical powers. If this is indeed accurate, it would explain her passing without truly denouncing Albus, Aberforth, or Gellert. Now that The Crimes of Grindelwald has finally revealed the blood oath made by Dumbledore and his former friend, conceivably taking place after Ariana's was eliminated in some kind of dispute or struggle, the proof proceeds to rise.

14. Kelpies finally makes an appearance 

There are loads of new magical creatures either shown for the first time, or making their first entry into the Harry Potter universe, but viewers may not know that most of them are modeled from real-world mythology, and on most occasions, often that of the United Kingdom. The classic illustration is the widespread tenet in a Scottish water monster. No, it's not just the Loch Ness version, but the mysterious fairy tales told near almost all Scottish lakes and rivers at some point in history.

They're referred to as “Kelpies,” which is a name that doesn't really refer to seaweed, as the version seen in Crimes of Grindelwald might have suggested. The name applies to an old word for “colt,” since these water apparitions or demons are typically portrayed as seahorses, that is when they are not deceiving innocent passers-by in their human form. Newt establishes their character is darker than their nature, but the movie proves otherwise. The beautiful strangers shouldn't be trusted at all.

13. The age issue with McGonagall

The introduction of Albus Dumbledore in the second Fantastic Beasts film proves that the filmmakers are basically telling a prequel series to the Harry Potter story. Of course, fans do desire connections and cameos from actors and characters that are already existing in the Potterverse. This is why Dumbledore's citing to one young professor as “McGonagall” is going to cause some major confusion.

The line is uttered during a flashback to Newt's days at Hogwarts as a student, which is a significant dilemma since Newt Scamander should be much older than Minerva McGonagall. These are one of those moments where you blink and you miss it. The link is meant to be what it's unmistakably teasing, and the filmmakers must have changed the existing timeline to make Minerva old enough to have been a professor at the time. Either that or her mother old enough to have been the same. 

12. Flamel the Philosopher in the flesh 

The legend of Nicolas Flamel didn't even need him to make an entrance to become one of the most significant and crucial figures in Harry Potter's mission to put an end to Voldemort once and for all. As the longtime owner of the so-called Philosopher's Stone, the wizard enjoyed immortality, despite being forced to destroy it when Voldemort set his sights upon it as a medium for his resurrection.

The Crimes of Grindelwald doesn't just give viewers a chance to see what the brand of timelessness used by Flamel actually looks like in the flesh, but a glimpse of the first consecutive appearance of the Philosopher's Stone, evident when Nicolas Flamel's safe is opened.

11. That greater good mantra 

The Crimes of Grindelwald doesn't only expose the past of Albus Dumbledore, but some of the future of his brother, Aberforth. Grindelwald's appeal to magic users that they should throw off their restraints isn't exactly a new dispute for the series, but the wording the villain uses when trying to coax them surely is. The idea that wizards should take authority over Muggles “for the greater good” is one Grindelwald centers his position on, and one that Dumbledore formerly shared.

If you're questioning how deeply Grindelwald's arguments ultimately burrowed themselves in even good-leaning people, just take note of the first time the phrase was introduced into the Harry Potter series of books. It's Aberforth Dumbledore who warns the heroes that, “sometimes you've got to think about more than your own safety! Sometimes you've got to think about the greater good! This is war!”

10. The problem with Thestrals 

The image of the black, skeletal, winged horses that propel the Hogwarts carriages, previously thought to be piloting themselves has definitely been hard to forget. As Harry discovered thanks to Luna Lovegood, only they can see the Thestrals where their fellow magic users could not because a Thestral can only be perceived by those who have seen death.

It's one of the more eerie ideas J.K. Rowling includes in the Harry Potter story, but this movie viewers may not remember that critical element. Just about every character seems to be able to see the Thestrals, which makes for one of the grimmest, but likely most relevant details given the mission and world in which these earlier wizards and witches exist.

9. Dumbledore's lesson with Boggart 

Sadly, there aren't as many fantastic beasts in the sequel as some fans would expect, but a return appearance from a famous Harry Potter character will make up for it. We are indeed talking about the Boggart, which is the magical creature who takes the form of whatever its prey most fears.

The creature made its first appearance back in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Professor Remus Lupin's Defense Against the Dark Arts class, and Dumbledore's lesson decades earlier mirrors the exact same structure. This is a subtle sign that later professors followed Dumbledore's lead. Since movie fans never got to see Albus teaching, it's the firmest connection we could hope for, considering the time differences.

8. Dumbledore teaching defense against the dark arts

Let's delve further into this topic. When exactly did Albus Dumbledore truly became a past teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts? In the previous canon, Dumbledore was a famed professor of the more lighthearted Transfiguration. And even more, the role of DADA Professor grew cursed after it was revoked to Tom Riddle. Hence followed the long line of "cursed" instructors, but J.K. Rowling is reverting to that idea by making Dumbledore a veteran instructor.

7. The Deathly Hallows movie logo 

You don't really need to see The Crimes of Grindelwald to acknowledge the detail that multiple generations of Harry Potter fan's workout into the world. That goes for marketing as well, since the logo for the Fantastic Beasts sequel combines three nods for the fans.

If you take a closer look at the I in “Crimes,” and the G and A in “Grindelwald", you'll see that the letters are actually the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility. These three are the prominent components of The Deathly Hallows. It seems rather fitting since we think Grindelwald may have heard the story before, even if it was just the Elder Wand he appeared especially engaged in it when his sad story was conveyed in the original novels.

6. What the mirror of Erised revealed to Dumbledore

The bewitched mirror is legendary for good reason, and is said to reflect not what a person sees, but what a person most deeply desires, whether they're willing to admit it or not. The Mirror of Erised was immortalized in the heartbreaking scene in Philosopher's Stone when Dumbledore found Harry gazing into it to see his mother and father beside him.

The Crimes of Grindelwald reveals that when Dumbledore looked, he didn't see thick woolen socks, but the face of Grindelwald. The precise context is their past oath, but for those wishing that the movie would reflect Dumbledore's established love for Grindelwald, seeing Albus envision the villain in “the mirror of desire” is a wink to fans who are already aware of this.

5. Not all cameos are called out 

If fans consume most of their time trying to hear the names of new or old characters and links to later Harry Potter era families, they may find a few. Some of the most impressive cameos have been placed in the film in ways that will go totally unnoticed by most of the audience. Take Vinda Rosier played by Poppy Corby-Tuech, who is a member of one of the less than theory true pure-blood families.

A character cast for the film, but whose performance can only be glimpsed. She will perhaps return for a more prominent role in the next chapter of the Fantastic Beasts series since J.K. Rowling has verified that Jessica Williams’ Ilvermorny professor, Eulalie “Lally” Hicks, will have a far more important plot in the next film.

4. New magical spells

Every Potter fan knows that spending free time uttering their favorite spells can become addictive, so it's a good thing that The Crimes of Grindelwald add a brand new batch of incantations (all of which relying on some creative latin to fit the universe). The use of "Papyrus Reparo" to return a postcard to its original state opens a new door to how many variations are actually possible.

"Nebulus" is used by Dumbledore to create a blanket of fog, "Osclausi" allows Leta to literally "close the mouth" of a student she dislikes, and the most useful, "Reverte" to restore the way objects in a room used to be. Throw in Ventus, Surgito, Appare Vestigium, and even more sure to be deciphered in the coming weeks, and it's Christmas come early for wizards and witches.

3. Dumbledore's dueling club 

If you ask Professor Slughorn, he'll tell you that great Wizarding families are hard to come by. So, when one member grows worthy of note, there's a good chance it might be passed down to their descendants. As evidence, just look to the scene unveiling that Albus Dumbledore trained Hogwarts students to duel one another long before Gilderoy Lockhart did the same in Chamber of Secrets.

During the combat, the future headmaster calls out one student by the name of "McLaggen." The student's first name isn't revealed, but it's an unmistakable nod to Cormac McLaggen, a student at Hogwarts during Harry Potter's years, significant as the original Gryffindor quidditch keeper, and one of the students invited to the notorious "Slug Club".

2. The Credence clue 

We certainly don't have to worry about the implication made by the final scenes of The Crimes of Grindelwald if you've made it this far, providing mysterious acumens into his family line, and the roles that Leta Lestrange, Nicolas Flamel, and who knows how many other wizards and witches may operate in the cover-up or search for truth.

Fans should certainly pay close attention to the book that Nicolas Flamel uses to contact and interact with the head of America's magic community. It's the very same book that can be made out belonging to the woman formerly entrusted with caring for Credence. A woman who many will consider was his mother, is credited as his aunt. Now, she may be in communication with Nicolas Flamel, the close friend of Albus Dumbledore.

1. The connection between Leta Lestrange and Voldemort

When audiences gather to see the latest Harry Potter adventure, they probably don't expect to deal with questions of forced love, marriage, pregnancy, or issues of consent. But in the story of Leta Lestrange, it is revealed to be the product not of love, but of her father seeking a child by putting her mother under the Imperius Curse.

It's a heart-wrenching storyline that will get a diversity of responses from moviegoers, but it also lines Leta up with another major "pure-blood", Lord Voldemort. Fans may have forgotten that Tom Riddle's mother used a love potion or spell to court Tom Riddle senior, and have their son. Counting how that child turned out,  well, the odds were never in Leta's favor.

We hope you enjoyed some of these little reveals we've shared with you. If you have anything theories of your own, be sure to comment below. Remember to show your friends and family and keep up-to-date with us for more exciting magical finds! 

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