It was not long after Potterheads got their magical fix with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that they are already screaming for more. But while movie going muggles are definitely going to get a sequel, it’s already the end of the line for actor Colin Farrell.
Farrell plays the role of Percival Graves a high-ranking Auror and Director of Magical Security for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). After his fate was never mentioned at the end of the film, it has been very unlikely that Graves will be returning in the sequel.
Fantastic Beasts Ending Explained
In classic Potter fashion, the film’s ending revealed that Graves was in fact, a dark wizard in disguise. Using Polyjuice potion, Grindelwald, one of the most dangerous dark wizards in history, has been masquerading as the Director of Magical Security.
After being subdued by Newt Scamander with the help from one of his Fantastic Beasts, the trick was discovered. However, despite one high-ranking member of the MACUSA missing, the film didn’t bother to reveal what became of Percival Graves.
With Grindelwald possibly being the focal point of the next sequel, it is highly unlikely that the Auror’s fate will be revealed. Actor Colin Farrell probably knows this as well and revealed in an interview with MTV that he’s unlikely to return.
“It was always written that was it,” said Farrell. When asked for the reason why the 40-year old actor has a very interesting and macabre theory.
Farrell revealed his proficiency in Potter lore with his theory that revolves around how the Polyjuice potion works. Given that the person you are changing into needs to be alive, it is possible that Grindelwald knows the whereabouts of the real Graves.
However, the dark wizard has been silent about his location after his capture. Unless he is possession of Mad-eye Moody’s magical trunk or a similar object, it is like that he is keeping Graves in a location where escape is nearly impossible.
Colin Farrell Explains Reason Of His Absence In Sequel
Farrell said in the interview, “Maybe he’s buried in a shallow grave and he’s going to die of starvation 17 hours after the film ends.” His theory could very well be true and perfectly explains the reason why he won’t appear in the next film.
Not that Graves dying will affect the sequel in any way, some questions perhaps but nothing more. After all, the series has been building up to a confrontation between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore. So expect to see less magical beasts and more magic spells, the sort of thing that made use love the world of Harry Potter in the first place.
And that is exactly what fans of the series want. With the war between Dumbledore and Grindelwald taking center stage and Newt Scamander’s beasts taking a back seat, J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. could slowly take the focus away from Scamander, his beasts, and his personality.
Scamander Willing To Lie And Kill
Despite being set in the same universe, Scamander is far from being Harry Potter. CNET revealed that unlike Harry, who is a shining beacon of everything good, Scamander was willing to lie and even let other people die in order to hide and protect the beasts that escaped from his suitcase.
The YouTube channel Honest Trailers’ parody emphasized this by showing us a montage of the beasts rampaging in New York. Additionally, the trailer poked fun at the film’s lead role Eddie Redmayne tendency to play “whisper mumblers” in films.
This apparently made the film more like a standalone spin-off rather than an introduction to new series of films. Still, with the introduction of Johhny Depp’s Grindelwald at the end of the film, Rowling and company can very well build up another well-loved series from the rampage of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts.
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