While the proper Harry Potter franchise ended back in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2, the Wizarding World is in the midst of a renaissance, as the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise will bring another 5 film series to the silver screen. The first film introduced plenty of exciting new characters, and one of them was Ezra Miller's tragically villainous Credence Barebone. While the character appeared to perish during the events of the movie, it soon became clear that he would be back for a future installment, and now it looks like he'll be a bigger part than we originally anticipated.
In addition to his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Ezra Miller is also the DC Extended Universe's Flash. Justice League is currently in the midst of some expensive reshoots, and Variety had indicated that this schedule has been challenging for the Wizarding World, given Credence's "growing" role in the franchise. That one little word is key here, because if Credence's role is growing, we can likely expect him to return for more than one film in the future.
Credence was an interesting character in Fantastic Beasts. The shy young man was repeatedly physically abused by his adopted anti-magic mother, leading him to manifest his powers through an Obscurus. This apparition is violent and uncontrollable, leading Credence to become the big villain of Fantastic Beasts during the film's third act. He was seemingly destroyed to stop the monster, but one sliver of the Obscurus fled the scene, teasing the character's eventual return.
It should be interesting to see how Ezra Miller's Credence develops in the Fantastic Beasts sequels. While Credence remained shy and anxious during the first film, he'll presumably be able to embrace his magical roots now that he's free of his abusive mother. Obscurus usually kill their host in the process of their inception, so the character is already a bit of a game changer for the Wizarding World. It's unclear whether he'll become a full fledged villain in the sequel, or if he'll be conflicted by the destructive force of his Obscurus. One thing is clear: he'll likely continue distrusting people, after he was attacked by the various Wizards when his Obscurus was in the midst of its rampage across New York.
As a reminder, check out Credence's final scene in Fantastic Beats.
Poor guy. Let's hope there's still hope for Credence's redemption, as he's really already suffered enough by the hands of both muggles and wizards.
You can catch Ezra Miller in Justice League on November 16th, and the Fantastic Beasts sequel is set to arrive on the same day, one year later. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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