Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now in theaters and we're taking a look at all the biggest Easter Eggs and references to not only this franchise but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter...

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By JoshWilding - Nov 19, 2018 04:11 AM EST
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released back in 2016 and received a mostly positive response from fans and critics alike. Many questioned the necessity of the series of prequels and things appear to already be going wrong for it as The Crimes of Grindelwald hasn't had a particularly warm reception. It's also hard to believe this story needs three more movies to conclude!

Regardless, with a script from J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter director David Yates back at the helm, you'd best believe that this sequel is crammed full of references and Easter Eggs for Potterheads. 

The Crimes of Grindelwald may be light on its titular Fantastic Beasts but there's still lots to enjoy here and we think you'll be surprised by the ways it ties into some familiar characters and locations. So, to take a look at this breakdown, all you guys have to do is click on the "View List" button below.

The Young Grindelwald

Meeting a young Grindelwald isn't exactly an Easter Egg but seeing who plays him is! Jamie Campbell Bower returns here as the villain and you may recognise him from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 as he could be seen in that movie stealing the Elder Wand (before it ultimately winds up in the hands of Voldemort).

He's now the only cast member to appear in both the original series and prequels but there's another apparent continuity error as this version has two differently coloured eyes just like Johnny Depp.


The Whomping Willow

We get to "meet" a young version of the Whomping Willow in The Crimes of Grindelwald when Newt introduces classmate Leta to his pet Bowtruckle. Surprisingly, it's rather chilled out at this point in time but this cameo leads to yet another major continuity error because Remus Lupin told Harry and his friends that it was planted the year he first arrived in Hogwarts.

Polyjuice Potion And Portkeys

Two fan-favourite elements from Harry Potter return in this movie as we see Newt using some Polyjuice potion to imitate his brother and an illegal Portkey to help him and Jacob travel from Britain to Paris.

While they're not used in particularly new or original ways, it's great to see them return and used as 
standard by the sequel's adult wizards, especially when Harry was introduced to them along with us. 

Phineas Nigellus Black

When Leta Lestrange returns to Hogwarts as an adult, the witch heads straight to her old desk to look at a carving she and Newt obviously put there when they were students. 

Look closely, though, and you'll notice that the name "Nigellus" can also be seen!

Phineas Nigellus Black was Sirius Black's great great grandfather and reportedly the least popular Headmaster that Hogwarts ever had. Despite that, he appears frequently in 12 Grimmauld Place to pass messages to Dumbledore (as his portrait hands both there and in Albus' office). 


Albus Dumbledore's Secret Brother

Grindelwald clearly wants Credence because of the powerful Obscurus within him and in the closing moments of the sequel, we learn that he's survived an affliction which normally kills people before they can reach adulthood because he's actually the long lost (half?) brother of Albus Dumbledore!

It's a plot twist which makes very little sense and doesn't add up in terms of the timeline but Credence learns that his true name is Aurelius Dumbledore and he now appears to be ready, willing, and able to not only kill Albus but help Grindelwald enact his vision to create a new world where humans are no longer able to lay waste to it (he receives a vision of World War II earlier in the movie).


The Philosopher's Stone

When we pay an ultimately pointless visit to Nicolas Flamel in the movie, we see the ageing and immortal wizard rooting through his cupboards and it's there that the Philosopher's Stone (or the Sorcerer's Stone if you live in the states) can be spotted. 

Dumbledore clearly trusted him enough to send Newt to his home/shop, so it's now kind of odd to think how okay he was with the fact that destroying the stone would bring a swift end to his old friend's life during Harry Potter's first adventure. 


Owls In The Ministry Of Magic

When Harry and his friends are wowed by the letters which fly through the Ministry of Magic, they learn that it's because owls were once used before being replaced due to the mess they ended up making.

Well, in The Crimes of Grindelwald, we see a poor House Elf having to clean up those droppings which
lends some backstory to what led to officials deciding that owls may not be the best of ideas!


The Crimes of Grindelwald is somewhat light on "Fantastic Beasts" but we do get to see more of the Thestrals, creatures you may recall being introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Harry learned that he could see them leading the carriages in Hogwarts because he had witnessed death firsthand when Cedric Diggory was killed by Voldemort the year before.

The McLaggen Family

During a Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson in the present day, Dumbledore is confronted by a number of Ministry of Magic officials. One student decides to point out to them just how great a teacher the future headmaster is and when Dumbledore tells him to leave, he refers to his student as "McLaggen." Sounds familiar, right?

Well, in Harry Potter and the
Half Blood Prince, Cormac McLaggen attempts to woo Hermoine Granger and steal Ron Weasley's place on the Quidditch team, while we also learn that is family is quite a big deal in the Ministry (something which could explain his ancestor's cocky attitude).

Using A Boggart To Teach Students

Before becoming the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore was the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and it appears as if Remus Lupin borrowed one teaching method, in particular, from him.

During a flashback sequence, we get to see Dumbledore using a Boggard to teach his students and learn what Newt and Leta are most frightened of in the process. The question is, is this part of the curriculum or simply a pretty lazy storytelling device? 


The Mirror of Erised

Another magical artefact introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, it makes a return in The Crimes of Grindelwald for exposition purposes when Dumbledore stands in front of it and sees a flashback to his youth and apparent romance with the movie's titular villain. 

His advice to Harry about how dangerous it is to stand in front of the mirror is clearly based on past experience!


The Kappa

Remus Lupin taught Harry Potter and his friends about the Kappa in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but we finally get to "meet" one in this movie. It's part of the Circus Arcanus and while it doesn't get much to do, it is exactly as he described it to his students all those years ago.

The Return Of Fawkes

Following that weird twist with Credence, a tiny bird that he's been trying to nurse back to health suddenly transforms into a Phoenix, a creature which only shows up when the Dumbledore family is in need. This is obviously Fawkes, Albus' prized pet that helped Harry defeat the Basilisk and showed up to assist his master when he went to war with Voldemort in the Ministry of Magic.


We meet Nagini as a prisoner of the Circus Arcanus and learn that she's from Indonesia and the victim of a blood curse that will one day leave her permanently trapped in the form of a snake. 

If the name sounds familiar, it's because Nagini ultimately becomes the beloved ally of Voldemort (so much so he entrusts a piece of his soul within her). What we don't know is what led to her aligning herself with the villain; does what happen to Credence push her over the edge or is it as simple as him manipulating and controlling her? That's something we'll probably learn in a future movie. 

Hello, Minerva McGonagall!

A flashback to Newt and Leta's time in Hogwarts brings with it an unexpected cameo as we get to see a much younger version of Professor McGonagall chasing the latter through the school grounds.

She certainly has the same attitude as her future self but there's actually a major continuity error here; as fans have noted, she said in 1995 that she had been teaching in Hogwarts for 39 years which means she would have started in 1956 and not been anywhere near the school way back in 1927!

How many Easter Eggs in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald did you spot? As always, let us know your thoughts on that and our favourites in the comments section below.

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StormXmen123 - 11/19/2018, 4:12 AM
This is the FILM canon not BOOK canon.

Mcgonigal only states her time at hogwarts in the book not the films. Plus, Maggie Smiths Mcgonigal (even putting aside exteneded witch lifespans) was much older than it implied she was in the books. I think it perfectly resonable to assume she been teaching since 1927 in the fills.

Now I still believe the overall major aspects of the story (newts, Credance, Jacob, Nagini etc) will be canon to the book, but since Mcgonigal is a glorified cameo (that doesn't affected the main plot against grinderwald) I don't think it bring any problems.

It only a problem is Mcgonigal plays a major role later that affects the story.
MyCoolYoung - 11/19/2018, 7:46 AM
@StormXmen123 - what are you some kind of Harry Potter nerd? We don't 'cern ourselves with facts around here. So don't you go around posting comments of substance Especially not first comment.

Now delete this comment and post an amended version with "first" like the rest of us, mudblood
Pantherpool - 11/19/2018, 4:42 AM
Poor Queenie.

aflynn - 11/19/2018, 4:50 AM
Fantastic continuity errors and how to find them.
bkmeijer2 - 11/19/2018, 5:13 AM
So it creates continuity errors and sets up sequels. If these are the bigger easter eggs, I might not watch it after all. Maybe only for Jude Law, but we’ll see
thewanderer - 11/19/2018, 5:16 AM
I can see why Josh didn't like this movie. He clearly didn't understand it, and this article is littered with lies and false statements.
Redking77 - 11/19/2018, 5:18 AM
Alright, I normally don’t post but the supposed continuity issues with this movie are mostly (if not all) based on assumptions. A whomping willow can be seen in the flashback to the early 1900s, but who is to say that tree is the same one that was supposedly planted in the 1950s. Also, yes there is a Professor McGonagall in 1927, which would make her the right age to be the mother of another Professor McGonagall who started teaching in 1956. As far as Nicholas Flamel being a pointless inclusion...isn’t it he who has one of the 3 Deathly Hallows in his possession. That alone would make him incredibly necessary to this overall story arc. Just sayin..
Ravenous - 11/19/2018, 9:41 AM
@Redking77 - No Flamel never had a Hallow as far as we know. Grindlewald has one. The Potters have one. And Voldemorts Grandfather has one at the time in these films.

Redking77 - 11/19/2018, 1:20 PM
@Ravenous - What about the Philosopher's Stone? That's one of the 3 Deathly Hallows along with the Invisibility Cloak and the Wand.
StupidFatHobbit - 11/19/2018, 1:48 PM
@Redking77 - The resurrection stone is a deathly Hallow.
Redking77 - 11/19/2018, 2:46 PM
@StupidFatHobbit - The Philosopher’s Stone is the Resurrection Stone. It’s in the books as well as the Tales of Beetle Bard. In Beasts 2, it can be seen in Flamel’s home.
KingJoffrey - 11/19/2018, 5:17 PM
@Redking77 -
The Philosopher's Stone and the Resurrection Stone are ABSOLUTELY NOT the same thing.

The Philosopher's Stone was destroyed at the end of the first book. Furthermore, it's origins like in alchemy (also stated in the first book), while the Resurrection Stone was fashioned by Death himself.

Also, they clearly differ in shapes and sizes and have entirely different purposes. The Philosopher's Stone is large and shiny red, and helps prolongs one's own life. The Resurrection Stone is black and much smaller, and simply resurrects one's loved ones to the mortal realm - nowhere in the books nor in the movie does it say anything about extending one's life.
IronGenesis - 11/19/2018, 5:20 AM
The movie is very Mixed Bag, but where is this narrative coming from that the film is light on Fantastic Beasts.

There were plenty of Fantastical Beasts throughout the film.
MyCoolYoung - 11/19/2018, 7:41 AM
@IronGenesis - so... Where do I find them?
CoulsonNeverDies - 11/19/2018, 5:33 AM
1. That isn't the whomping willow.
2. Dumbledore was never a DatDA teacher. Ever.
3. You forgot Travers, the head of the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement. His son (or grandson) becomes a Death Eater. Technically he could be the same Travers in the HP books but he would likely be too old as he is already around 40 years old in the film in 1927.
bobevanz - 11/19/2018, 5:53 AM
Josh, half of this shit is incorrect. Maybe that's why your review was hot garbage lol 😏 Asterisks everywhere *******
Supercat6376 - 11/19/2018, 8:13 AM
It was a little bit of a let down. But I’d see it again and I could honestly care less about some of those Continutiy errors. They’re not as good the the original movies but they’re fine.
Scarilian - 11/19/2018, 8:23 AM
Honestly, this sounds like a cringeworthy fan fiction of a film that weakens the story of the series as a whole.
YoloSwaggins812 - 11/19/2018, 11:12 AM
@Scarilian - Pretty much. Don't know how JK signed off on it 😂😂
seakhan - 11/19/2018, 9:20 AM
Could easily have been McGonagall's mother or aunt, right?
Ravenous - 11/19/2018, 9:42 AM
@seakhan - That sounds and acts pretty much like her? Even if it is, that's pretty poor writing.
seakhan - 11/19/2018, 9:21 AM
And could have easily been another tree, not THE whomping willow, right?
DanJack - 11/19/2018, 11:14 AM
The movie was fantastic! It was well directed, had nice plot twists, and was fun. That twist ending was great too. It's honestly the first time I've had that "end of a Star Wars movie" feel in over a decade. It actually makes me want to see the next one, unlike TLJ which made me want to vomit and then stop watching the franchise (which I did). I want to see more of these Fantastic Beast movies.

Also, is it just me or is Grindelwald already way more interesting than Voldy ever was? He's more nuanced and feels more dangerous somehow.
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