Leta Lestrange’s you-know-what at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was a pretty big surprise. And maybe our shock is justified: That twist may not’ve always been the plan.
Leta Lestrange actress Zoe Kravitz appeared on Dan Fogler’s “4d Xperience” podcast this week, and the two Fantastic Beasts stars touched on the former’s apparent death at the end of the Grindelwald. Turns out Leta might not actually be dead — or at least, that wasn’t always the plan.
Kravitz seems to believe that getting “Blue Fire Toasted,” and seemingly being killed due to the flames engulfing her, was a “last minute change.” Here’s how the conversation on the podcast went:
Dan Fogler: Spoilers.. you get fuckin’ toasted by… you get Blue Fire Toasted.
Zoe Kravitz: Leta Go Bye Bye.
Fogler: Leta Go Bye Bye. Did they give you any idea you’d come back as a ghost or something?
Kravitz: It seems very unclear.
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Fogler: I want you to haunt Jacob or something. Like you’ve got something to tell from beyond the grave.
Kravitz: I’d love to do that. A little haunting action would be cool. I don’t know. It was, I think it was a kind of a last minute change that she gets toasted.
Fogler: They’re going to have to bring you back somehow. I think they’re gonna have to.
Kravitz: It’d be cool if they did, but if they don’t, that’s fine.
Fogler: They brought Credence back! The Obscurius helped him. Maybe some kind of Lestrange thing where you reincarnate, like Gandalf.
Kravitz: I’m open to all possibilities.
Fogler: I’m gonna… Well who knows what’s gonna happen, but I’m gonna float that out there. I really want you to come back.
So… Leta might not be dead. Kravitz doesn’t explain why she feels it was a “last minute change,” but it might suggest that Rowling has not officially killed off Leta. This is completely a guess on my part, but perhaps it was a filmmaking decision to only make it look like she died in order to raise the stakes.
The actress also made it clear that she’s in the dark on her future involvement, so our guess is as good as hers in terms of Leta Lestrange’s true fate.
Bringing Leta “back” might be a risky move, because pulling a fake out doesn’t always go over well with moviegoers. We also have to consider that there might be one other fake out going on in the series: We don’t know if Grindelwald is telling Credence the truth about his supposed identity. Two major fake outs spanning The Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts 3 would be pretty unforgivable, in this fan’s opinion.
Do you think Leta is dead? Tell us in the comments
Fantastic Beasts 3 is expected to debut in 2020. Thanks to Amanda for the tip!