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So far Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has done a good job of explaining what role the movie's main characters play, from Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander to Alison Sudol's Queenie Goldstein. However, the one major player we've barely learned anything about is Credence, played by The Flash actor Ezra Miller. Other than him being the adoptive son of Mary Lou (played by Samantha Morton), the magic-hating No-Maj, the movie has been silent on what his role in the narrative is, but new details have finally come to light that explain he'll be thrust into the main story.
A new Fantastic Beasts piece from EW has revealed that Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone comes from an abusive household, where any bending of his mother's rules results in punishment. Unlike his two sisters, Credence is described as "withdrawn, extremely shy and vulnerable." Unfortunately, his loneliness means that he can be easily manipulated, and that's precisely what we'll happen when the American Director of Magical Security, Percival Graves (played by Colin Farrell), finds and "takes a personal interest" in him. The article didn't include any other details, but considering that Credence's mother is the head of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, a group of Mo-Majs set on killing witches and wizards, it would make sense if Percival wants to use her son to get to the heart of the organization. If that's the case, we can presume that Percival has either convinced Credence helping him is the right thing or the young man is unable to refuse the Auror's demands.
Along with the new information, the article also released the first full image of Credence Barebone, having only previously been seen on a Fantastic Beasts poster released at San Diego Comic-Con last month. He and Percival are standing in an alleyway covered with posters made by the "Second Salemers." Might I say, they are rocking some good-looking period haircuts, though they're not quite as fashionable nowadays, 90 years after the movie takes place.
While this new information definitely sheds some light on how Credence will be involved in Fantastic Beasts, we'll have to keep waiting to see what's in store for him, including whether he'll directly cross paths with Newt Scamander and the other protagonists. The only other key detail worth mentioning is that it was previously said that Credence could become someone "notable" in he Harry Potter universe. That's vague, but it could that he'll either an integral role in the Fantastic Beasts sequels or end up being someone mentioned or seen in the Harry Potter movies. Who knows, because he's adopted, there's always a chance that during the course of the new movie, he'll learn that he's a wizard.
We'll learn more about Credence Barebone when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released on November 18.