[*This article contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them*]
Eagerly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them may have only been released in cinemas on Friday 18 November, but fans are already looking forward to the four sequels writer JK Rowling has planned and contemplating what their storylines might be. Their desperation is understandable though, given that for the first time ever, hardcore lovers of the Wizarding World face being presented with movies that they don't already know the plot to.
It's safe to say, it's both an exciting, and an infuriating prospect. But fortunately, thanks to certain threads having been set up in the first instalment and tidbits revealed by Rowling, producer David Heyman and director David Yates during promotion, IBTimes UK have conjured up a list of themes Potterheads should expect to see in future movies... Starting with...
Credence Barebone's return
For those who have seen Fantastic Beasts, this might seem like a huge surprise considering that Credence (Ezra Miller) seemingly died in the film's final scenes. However, Heyman recently revealed to CinemaBlend that Credence actually survived and was even seen "getting] on a boat somewhere else" in a deleted scene. The producer also went on to suggest that Credence would become a main player in the follow-ups.
Newt Scamander's old flame, Leta Lestrange
The character of Leta was glimpsed briefly in Fantastic Beasts as a moving photograph and mentioned a couple of times. While it wasn't explained explicitly, it seemed obvious that she and Newt had a close, personal relationship and now, Yates has divulged that she'll physically show-up in the follow-up.
The British filmmaker explained that Leta will be "quite [a] complicated, damaged and confused" character" and that "Newt is absolutely still in love with her" in the second movie. He also went on to describe her as a tragic figure, which will likely tie into her own backstory and how her descendant family are infamously known as a bunch of Dark wizards and Death Eaters.
Newt and Tina's romance
Despite Yates recently admitting that in the second instalment in the franchise, Newt will still be "absolutely in love" with Leta, it's been known for quite some time that Newt and Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston) have canonically been married since the former was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. With that in mind, it's no secret that the pair will end up together romantically but it will no doubt be a treat to see them go from fond friends to lovers, especially if there's some form of love triangle.
Even if there is a bit of drama along the way though, everything is sure to work out fine, as in Potter folklore the twosome moved to Dorset, England, had one child together and two grandchildren; one of whom went on marry Harry Potter's close friend Luna Lovegood!
The Werewolf Register, Order Of Merlin and more of Newt's achievements
After the events depicted in Fantastic Beasts, Newt went back to work for the Ministry Of Magic. In 1947, he was responsible for the inception of the Werewolf Register and later, in 1965, created the Ban on Experimental Breeding, which "he considered his proudest moment". In 1971, he was awarded the Order of Merlin for services to Magizoology.
As they happen just after the franchise will end, they're unlikely to be depicted in the sequels. None-the-less, nods to Newt's future and involvement in such movements might be mentioned.
Fantastic Beasts was entirely set in New York City, but at least, for movie number two, the plan is bring things back across the Atlantic. "We do go back to the UK in the second film, so it's kind of UK and Paris," Yates recently told Screen Rant. "I'm not quite sure where Jo is setting the rest of the movies. I think they'll be European centric but I'm not sure yet because it's still bubbling away in her head... I think it will be difficult to ignore America, but the next one is predominantly Europe."
The Deathly Hallows
Eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) placing the symbol of the Deathly Hallows around Credence's neck towards the middle of the film, which now, knowing that he was Grindelwald all along makes perfect sense. Grindelwald was obsessed with the idea of obtaining the Deathly Hallows; which consist of the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility. According to legend, they make the owner the Master of Death, so where there's more Grindelwald, there's likely to be mention of these objects too...
Grindelwald obtaining the Elder Wand
In his pursuit of the Deathly Hallows, Grindelwald learned that it was in the possession of renowned wandsmith Mykew Gregorovitch, who was trying to duplicate its properties. Desperate, Grindelwald broke into Gregorovitch's workshop, stunned him, and stole the wand, thereby becoming its new master.
It's unclear whether this would have happened before or after the events of Fantastic Beasts but it will surely play a part in future story lines regardless.
Dumbledore and Grindelwald's legendary duel
Already, it seems safe to assume that the final fight between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) will act as somewhat of a crescendo for the entire franchise and boy, it's likely to be one epic showdown. Having been friends in their youth, Dumbledore and Grindelwald's shared history is certainly rich, especially due to the fact that the professor had romantic feelings for Grindelwald when he was much younger but was "horribly, terribly let down" when the latter was consumed by the Dark Arts and killed Dumbledore's sister Ariana.
However, in 1945 (which is the year Rowling has already revealed the franchise will conclude in), Grindelwald was overcome by Dumbledore and imprisoned, only to spend the rest of his life imprisoned until he was murdered by Voldemort.
Tom 'Voldemort' Riddle's graduation
Looking at Rowling's chosen timeline when it comes to the sequels again, it can't be mere coincidence that Voldemort was born in 1926 (the year in which Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set) and graduated from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1945 (when the series will end). Knowing Rowling's dedication to detail, it doesn't seem too farfetched that fans might see the beginnings of He Who Must Be Named towards the fifth and final movie.