JK Rowling Spoiled Fantastic Beasts 2's Credence Twist Years Ago

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Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved.

After the success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, anticipation was high for the film's sequel, 2018's The Crimes of Grindelwald. Unfortunately, the final result ended up disappointing many Potterheads, with some fans complaining that the film's ending was both abrupt and slightly confusing. If you have not seen The Crimes of Grindelwald and plan to, beware of major spoilers ahead.

The ending of The Crimes of Grindelwald saw Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) find out, thanks to Grindelwald, that he was in fact Aurelius Dumbledore. Viewers were probably more shocked than Credence was, confused as to where that plot line even came from. Well, according to Hypable, JK Rowling had been planning that particular twist for some time.

The site points out how on Rowling’s “Answers” page from her official website, there is a banner which includes the Loeb Classical Library Marcus Aurelius—yes, like Aurelius Dumbledore. In other words: Rowling literally dropped a major spoiler right next to the word “Answers.” Of course, we never would’ve realized until after the sequel was released. Clever, very clever.

Hypable also did a little research to find out exactly when this spoiler was added to Rowling’s site, and discovered that it had been uploaded all the way back in October 2016—one month before we were then introduced to Credence in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This makes it almost obvious that the acclaimed author had this twist in mind before the first film was released, at the very least. But not all fans are buying it: some true Potter obsessives have pointed out how the timeline doesn't make sense—which means that either Rowling decided to break canon or Grindelwald is lying.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]