There was one important thing about Grindewald’s you-know-what that went unanswered in Fantastic Beasts. Super obvious spoiler warning!
How did Grindelwald transform into Graves, and how did he do it for an extended period of time? The twist was never answered in Fantastic Beasts, which was penned by J.K. Rowling and opened in theaters last Friday.
How did Grindelwald turn into Graves?
The answer is a form of magic we’re all familiar with: Polyjuice Potion, according to David Heyman.
In a new interview with Snitch Seeker, the longtime Wizarding World producer explained how Grindelwald turned into Graves to get closer to an Obscurus.
“Yes, there was a real Graves,” Heyman said. “Yes, someone used some Polyjuice Potion and took their place. I don’t know where they are at the story’s end, but yes, there was a real Graves. We didn’t film him. We didn’t film the Polyjuice. We just dived into the story midway through.”
So Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) used the same magic employed by Barty Crouch Jr. and Hermione Granger to transform into other wizards. Some of you may be saying “Duh, that was obvious,” but given Grindlewald’s strong command of magic, and the fact that he was Graves for a long period of time, you may’ve thought he had transformed in a different way.
This means that Graves is still alive, so question #2: Will we see the real Graves in Fantastic Beasts 2 or beyond? Will Colin Farrell return? Answer: “I doubt it,” Heyman told Snitch Seeker. “There’s no plans to bring Colin back for the sequel.”
It’s a shame Farrell/Graves won’t be back. Both the actor and character had a strong hold on conjuring magic, and it was a joy to watch.
One reason he may not be back: Fantastic Beasts 2 will be set in Paris and the U.K. An employee of the Magical Congress of the USA would arguably have no good reason to appear abroad.
We’ll still buy the Graves Funko Pop! Vinyl in honor of one of our favorite Fantastic Beasts characters, pre-OMGHeIsGrindelwald.