Ezra Miller’s Credence, a meek wizard who’s repressed his power so much he’s an immensely dangerous Obscurus, was courted by Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald (under the guise of Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves) and escaped New York in a deleted ending scene from Fantastic Beasts. Before the film’s release his part in the narrative was unknown, but it’s now evident Credence and his powers are an essential part of the larger story being told here.
This news is a bit of a shame for Newt fans though. The character was a strong, non-Potter lead and while some found his lack of backstory a bit weak, that lack of exploration was palatable with the promise of later movies exploring it. With this development, it’s now unclear what the point of having him so essential to begin with was: when all’s said and done on Fantastic Beasts, the first movie could feel like the odd-one-out for being so tangential to the epic conflict the series is ultimately about.
On the flip-side, it’s great to hear that we’ve not seen the last of Tina, Queenie and Jacob. It was presumed Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler would all make a return (as they signed three-movie contracts), but Fantastic Beasts rounded off each of their stories in such a way they could be relegated to only having further expansion in Pottermore. It’s good to hear that won’t be the case after all.