Early info about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald reveals that our hero Newt Scamander is going to be dealing with a whole new set of ”beasts”.
His brother Theseus Scamander and his brother’s fiancé Lea Lestrange, who was once Newt’s girlfriend, are set to appear. Hopefully, the backstory between Newt and his brother Theseus is explored in the next film. Many wizard families are followers of Dark Magic, so Newt could possibly be the outcast of his family since he’s one of the good guys.
It’ll be interesting to see the backstory of how Theseus ended up dating his brother’s ex-girlfriend. That will be a story unto itself. And we’ll see how deep the chasm is between the two brothers and if they’re willing to hurt each other if the situation called for it. We must trust that the filmmakers will answer some of these questions in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
As the countdown to the November 2018 premiere continues, slowly, here’s a list of some of the other sibling and family relationships that have played a crucial part of the Harry Potter Universe; the good and the bad. It seems that many of the Sibling relationships in the HPU fall into either the best friends or mortal enemies category.
The Weasley Siblings
There are a lot of them and we see Ron experience the problems with entering a school that two of his brothers have graduated from and three others are currently attending. Graduate brothers Bill and Charlie were prefects and in Charlie’s case a Quidditch Captain. Gee, could Ron have a bit more to live up too?
His brother Percy is a less than creative thinker who always does what an authority figure tells him to do until he comes around at the end of the series. Ron has the stigma of greatness to try to live up to from his two eldest brothers plus the burden of having Percy be a by the book leader at his school and later a denier of what Ron knows to be true. You Know Who is coming back… Then there are the school clowns, twin brother George and Fred. Ron doesn’t have as many issues with the twins as they are of a similar easy going nature.
The biggest issues in the Weasley Family stem not just from inner conflict as from the fact that they go into battle together. Fighting the forces of darkness with your friends is one thing, but fighting alongside family members. That’s something no one wants to do, but it happens. And the Weasley’s experience the loss of one of their own in the Battle of Hogwarts. R.I.P. Fred Weasley.
Harry and Dudley
Cousins not brothers but they grew up in the same house for a while so they’re practically brothers. This is an extreme case of one child being treated differently than the other. Harry was never seen as a child but as a burden to the family. They made him feel apart from them so it was a great day when Harry learned he could get away from them, and that he’d no longer have to live in the cupboard under the stairs when he returned during school breaks.
Dudley had been conditioned by his parents to think that Harry was a freak so he went with what he was raised with. He was also spoiled so rotten that it’s hard to fathom what kind of adult Dudley would be now. After their history of anger, hurt and just plain bullying it would have been easy for Harry to tell Dudley that he hated him when they say goodbye in the last novel. That’s not what happens though.
Harry says goodbye to his cousin with a handshake and for the first time, there’s a level of mature understanding between them, if only for a moment. It would be easy for Harry to say he hated him but for a moment he sees a boy that has been conditioned to be a jerk by his parents. What could have been?
The Black Sisters
Here’s an example of two sisters who are completely on the same page about life. If only that page didn’t involve loyalty to Voldemort, an evil wizard. The three of them were all raised by parents who taught them that they were superior to most other wizards and far, far above Muggles.
Bellatrix and Narcissa really took to the teachings of their parents as many of us do when we’re young. Hopefully though with time, teenage rebellion and our own life experiences we form our own opinions and go beyond a mindless regurgitation of what our parents think. Good and bad. Bellatrix and Narcissa went down the mindless regurgitation route, while their other sister Andromeda broke with the family and married a man the family didn’t approve of, Ted Tonks. Some sibling stories have to end with cutting all ties to the people you grew up with.
There could be more tragic elements to the story of Newt and his older brother Theseus. We already know of the big romantic complication but with siblings, there are always many layers to the story. Love, envy, betrayal; who knows what secrets the Scamander brothers have yet to reveal to us.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is scheduled to premiere on November 16, 2018