In Praise of Tina Goldstein of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’

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Allow me to share a few thoughts on one of my favorite characters in the Fantastic Beasts film; Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein.  Tina is a character that grew on me upon reflection of the film as a whole.

We learn that Tina is an Auror who was investigating Mary Lou Barebone, a Second Salemer, who preaches that witches and wizards exist and must be destroyed.  She was told not to, but she went with her gut and continued her investigation.  Tina was right to be worried about Mary Lou but for different reasons than originally thought.

She witnesses Mary Lou beating her adopted son Credence and intervenes.  This intervention results in Tina being bused down from the exalted job of Auror to sorting paperwork in the Wand Permit Office at MCUSA.

She gets dressed down in the film by people she respects which is never easy to watch or personally go through.

After this does she stop investigating Mary Lou?  That’s a NO.  In her bones she knows she has a duty to keep her eye on Mary Lou.

Her story line serves as a reminder about the tough transition from childhood to adulthood.  When we’re told ‘no’ by an authority figure as a child it’s seen as an absolute, no questions asked, do as you’re told.  It’s a mind set that as we grow into adults is difficult to break away from, even though we’ve acquired more life experience to keep ourselves from doing the obviously hurtful things… like putting your hand on a hot stove.

Defiance of authority is sometimes needed to do the right thing.  Defiance of people your respect, even harder, but still has to be done when your gut tells you to.  You might be yelled at but that’s not the end of the world.

Listen to your gut, especially when you know a wrong is being done, and do something.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is scheduled to premiere November 16, 2018


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