Saturday, January 7, 2017

Is Madam Picquery Credence Barebone's Birth Mom in #FantasticBeasts?


I recently uploaded a new video to my Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts Video Series on YouTube. While I was working on a series of theories based on Credence Barebone from my book Fantastic Secrets, a new one occurred to me. Scroll below the spoiler alert and Doxy for more!

SPOILER ALERT!
Doxy by Kayla Perkinson

Is Seraphina Picquery the Birth Mom of Credence Barebone?


Click on the video for the clues I've found. I've also listed the transcript below it.


While the evidence isn't conclusive, there are several clues that give credence to the theory that Seraphina is Credence’s mother. The first is the parallel imagery in the way they are both introduced.

Notice their
  • Position in screen, both left off-center
  • both Facing to the right
  • Surrounded by 4-5 others
  • and Looking at a paper – examining wizarding newspapers in Seraphina’s case.

Second, both Seraphina and Credence are noted for remarkable magical power.

Seraphina was a rare individual offered a place in all four of Ilvermorny's houses. Credence is the first known Obscurial to live past age 10.

While her power is applauded, his is feared.

Speaking of Madam Picquery’s alma mater home, the Horned Serpent—the only time a snake is mentioned in the script book is in relation to Credence’s belt:
Suddenly— the belt is whipped out of Mary Lou’s hands by supernatural means and falls like a dead snake in a far corner.

Perhaps the most intriguing hint of a relationship between Credence and the president is the meaning behind their names.

Besides religious connotations, with Seraphim being angels and Credence meaning belief, Seraphina hints toward the Obscurius in other ways.
  • Seraph means the burning one.
  • The Seraphim are angels of high order with a faith of burning passion.
  • Pico della Mirandolla (15th cent philosopher) says:
  • “They burn with the fire of charity.”
All of this leads to the combustible imagery of the Obscurus. It looks like smoke and leaves a residue like ashes. It seems to be consumed by its raging passion.

Can you imagine the trauma and conflict if it is discovered that Madam Picquery ordered the killing of her own child?

It’s hard to imagine a more personally darker act than the death of a child by its mother. However, we’re in the first film of a series set around WWII that includes the horror of the Holocaust and ends with the devastation of the Atomic Bomb. This is an adult series, and I don’t think Rowling is afraid to get dark.


What are your thoughts? Could Madam Picquery be Credence's birth mother? What could have caused their separation? Or, do you think his mother is someone else?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowpocalypse #Giveaway and Fantastic Beasts Theories Videos

To keep you entertained if you become snowbound over the next few days (and even if you don't), my publisher, Deep River Press, is offering a FREE giveaway for two days on A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter for Kindle.

Free for Two Days!

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A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter

Improve Your Writing with Harry Potter as Your Text!
The Harry Potter magic lives on as J.K. Rowling expands her wizarding world into new stories and formats. For five years, writers and fans from all continents have used A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter to delve beneath her pages' surface to discover the skill and artistry which created a story that enchanted audiences across generations. In this newly revised and expanded edition, S.P. Sipal takes you even deeper than before, exploring new techniques, and even peering into the artistic and marketing vision behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

No matter your genre, this guide will help you strengthen your writing by virtually apprenticing under a bestselling mentor. Through fifteen lessons, discover the expert techniques Ms. Rowling employs which makes her series such a phenomenal success and which will help improve your own craft and style.


Spoiler Warning! Videos Below Contain Spoilers!!

Clues and Fan Theories to Fantastic Beasts Videos

And if you'd like to just kick back and watch some videos, I have a new series on YouTube exploring the clues and secrets of Rowling's newest film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. These theories are based on my newest release: Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts.

Did Newt or Tina Win the Allegiance of The Elder Wand?



Is Tina Goldstein an Animagus?



I hope you enjoy the reading and the videos! I shall continue the video series with more coming on Credence. Please suggest any topics you'd like to see in the comments here or on Youtube!

Are you getting snow? How are you keeping warm?


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Did Tina or Newt Win the Allegiance of the Elder Wand? Day 12 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the twelfth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... A twist in Elder Wand lore!

Welcome to day 12 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Forgive me for being a day late in this post, but below I present my highly speculative theory on the Elder Wand in Fantastic Beasts.

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!


Crossed Wands by Kayla Perkinson

On The Elder Wand from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts


We know the Elder Wand will figure into Fantastic Beasts somehow, some way. We’re just not sure of the timing.

Per canon, somewhere between 1899 – 1945, Grindelwald stole it from the wandmaker Gregorovitch, stunning him in the process to claim the allegiance of this most powerful wand. In 1945, Dumbledore won the wand off Grindelwald when they dueled. However, for the exact timing of Grindelwald’s claim, we only know that it was as he rose to power.

Two key questions present themselves:
  • Does Grindelwald already possess the Elder Wand during this first movie?
  • If the wand owes its allegiance to Grindelwald at the movie’s beginning, does it still by the movie’s end?
I believe that Grindelwald is in possession of the wand at the beginning set in Europe. The previously unknown powerful spell that he casts, which kills five Aurors at once with a white flash of light, is meant to hint at this.

We do not see Graves using the Elder Wand throughout the course of the movie, because to do so would make Graves’ friends and co-workers question why he suddenly has a new wand. However, from established canon, the wand does not need to physically change hands for its loyalty to switch to the witch or wizard who disarms its owner.

The truly murky question comes about the ending, the scene in the subway. Newt shoots out a spell which lashes around Grindelwald like a whip, making him lose balance and drop his wand. Graves’ wand. Tina immediately Accios it.

Did Newt disarm Grindelwald? Or did Tina?

Fandom is already debating the nuances of this bit of wand lore. But I believe: Why not both?

Teamwork, and not going it alone, has always been a crucial theme for Rowling. She will be eager to explore a new depth to the elements of power and corruption that the Elder Wand represents. She will not wish to merely repeat what we have seen before through Draco’s disarming of Dumbledore in Harry Potter.

So why not add the dimension of a team disarmament? It would be quite fitting with the WWII theme as well.

Except there is the complication that we know Grindelwald has possession of the wand when Dumbledore disarms him in 1945. However, we also know Dumbledore to be the master of manipulation.

Here’s my best guess of what Rowling is doing with the Elder Wand. She’s adding nuance to its lore. If the wand owner is defeated in a team effort, then the wand splits its loyalty. Both Newt and Tina have a claim to the Elder Wand, but neither can claim it as their own without the other.

Because the wand no longer responds to him, though he is still in physical possession, Grindelwald goes on a mad rampage throughout the series to find and kill Newt, totally discounting Tina’s contribution…just as he has all along.

Dumbledore, however, understands. Knowing that the odds of Tina and Newt being able to claim the wand and defeat Grindelwald are low due to its split loyalty, Dumbledore offers up a plan. If Grindelwald overpowers Newt, perhaps a pretend death, and wins back the part that was loyal to Newt, would the wand then be ineffective in a battle that included Tina, still part owner, unbeknownst to Grindelwald?

If Newt can use elements from his Beasts to wipe out a city full of memories, I’m sure he can come up with something to brew a version of the Draught of Living Death.

Thus would explain Grindelwald’s:
Will we die, just a little? (p. 257)
He knows one of them must die to secure the loyalty of the Elder Wand.

What's your theory on the Elder Wand? Do you think Grindelwald had already claimed it before this story began? And if so, did Newt or Tina win its loyalty?

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! And Merry Christmas to all celebrating!!

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Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Is Credence Barebone the New Snape? Day 11 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the eleventh day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... Another darkly disturbed ambiguous antihero!

Welcome to day 11 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Below I present one section of one of the most intriguing characters from the film: Credence Barebone.

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Crossed Wands by Kayla Perkinson

On Credence Barebone from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts


Although the “faith” part of Credence's name is mentioned in an earlier section, there is another meaning for Credence that I believe pertains. In the Church’s Eucharist (Mass), the credence is the table which holds the bread and wine before they are consecrated and served.

In this sense, Credence holds the elements that can be come Divine…if lovingly nurtured. With the power Credence possesses, he could be quite the force for good.

In the script book, he is described as an adult. In the film, he comes off as an older teen, at least to me.

All we know about his heritage before he was adopted by Mary Lou is that his mother was a “wicked, unnatural woman” (p. 204). A witch.

Based on his interactions with Graves, Credence longs for a connection to his magical heritage, which he has been taught to fear and loathe. Self-loathing is perhaps the most destructive form of hatred.

Graves/Grindelwald decreases Credence’s self-worth even more when he betrays his blossoming romantic feelings by telling him:
You’re a Squib, Credence. I could smell it off you the minute I met you. (p. 226).
He then tells Credence that the death of his mother is his reward. (We assume he is referring to Mary Lou and that Grindelwald has not searched out Credence’s birth mother).

It’s quite a bleak beginning for this young man. However, Rowling loves to take a dark character with a kernel of good and redeem them (Snape, anyone?). We must have faith in Credence!

Note: Credence and the Obscurus are big topics that I cover in more than one section of the book. I've only presented one section here.

Just like Snape, Credence is a darkly disturbed ambiguous character with a hint of the antihero. From the deleted scene of Credence on the ship, we know he will be in future movies. What do you think we can expect from him?!

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

About the Book:

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Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Can Grindelwald Transfigure into Anyone He Wants at Any Time?! Day 10 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the tenth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... A return to the fabulous JKRowling.com!

Welcome to day 10 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Newt's Trunk by Kayla Perkinson

Yesterday, JK Rowling revealed the new, and very much improved, JKRowling.com. It was a revamped return to the fabulous website she offered during the heights of the Harry Potter days. I'd said several months ago that I believed, I hoped, with the return to the wizarding world through Newt and Fantastic Beasts, that she'd also go back to the fun of her former website. And it looks like she has!

The site is designed, as in the old days, like a view into her office. There are not yet as many rooms or clues to explore...yet. But there are a couple, with hints of more to come. One of the biggest hints that she plans to play again is the day of the reveal: December 20. Solstice eve. She always tied big reveals with a significant date such as the solstice or Halloween.

She also gave us some new clues to obsess over. In her opening news article, she concludes with 7 questions answered about Fantastic Beasts (1 on Chamber of Secrets). The one that fascinates me the most is:
5. Why did ‘revelio’ undo the effects of Polyjuice Potion?
It didn’t. Grindelwald’s Transfiguration surpasses that of most wizards, so he used a spell, not a potion, to take on the appearance of Percival Graves.

I'd speculated in Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts that Percival Graves must be somewhere hidden about if Grindelwald had used the Polyjuice, as we suspected. However, if he used a spell, then that leaves the nature of Graves completely up in the air. Is he, as his name hints at, now a ghost? Did Grindelwald kill him in order to assume his identity? Talk about identity theft!

Whether Graves is alive or dead, however, that Grindelwald has this power to present himself as any person he chooses, without the need for constantly taking the Polyjuice, is frightening. He could be anyone at any time. We will have to be constantly vigilant! 

I suspect that there may be a clue or two in the text giving us a hint as to whether Graves is dead or alive, and with the coming days I hope to research it. If you have any theories, please share them below.

What other hints did you find in JKRowling.com? Do you think she'll return to the games of yore with special days of opening a door to reveal massive clues?!

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

About the Book:

https://deepriver.press/products/fantastic-secrets-behind-fantastic-beasts
Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Did Rowling Provide a Flashback to Ron and Hermione's First Meeting? Day 9 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the ninth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... Easter Eggs!

Welcome to day 9 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Who doesn't love Easter Eggs for Christmas? Scroll below for three of the dozen+ we found from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts.


SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Ashwinder Egg by Kayla Perkinson

Flashback to Ron and Hermione’s First Meeting

Newt—(pointing at hot dog mustard still on Tina’s lips)
(p. 31).

Remember the smudge of dirt Hermione pointed out on Ron’s nose when first meeting him on board the Hogwarts Express? We know these new two are going to get on famously.

Mrs. Weasley’s Clock


I’m sure many Potter fans thought, just like I did, when seeing the MACUSA threat-level clock—Mrs. Weasley! This new (old) clock that points to the danger of the American wizarding community’s exposure to the No-Maj world looks remarkably similar in form and function to the one Mrs. Weasley used to track the safety of her family members. More on the MACUSA clock in the Plot chapter.

Credence’s hand wounds—Provide an unhappy flashback to Harry’s wounds from Umbridge’s lines.

What Easter Eggs did you find in Fantastic Beasts? Please share them in the comments below.

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

About the Book:

https://deepriver.press/products/fantastic-secrets-behind-fantastic-beasts
Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Tale of Two Bingleys: Was JK Rowling Hinting at Pride and Prejudice? Day 8 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the eighth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love said to me... Are we all fools in love?

Welcome to day 8 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! When Charlotte questioned Lizzie in Pride and Prejudice (the film), Are we all fools in love? she was foretelling the actions of at least two sets of couples: Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, and Jane and Mr. Bingley. But could she have perhaps seen even further into the future to another set of parallel couples? Scroll below for another section from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts.

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Runespoor by Kayla Perkinson

In a section from my newly released book, Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts, I examine how Rowling hints at one of her favorite authors, Jane Austen, through teasingly naming the banker Mr. Bingley:

A Tale of Two Bingleys

The most intriguing aspect about Bingley at this point is his name, and the fact that he is important enough to name in the script. If he is a link to the Mr. Bingley of Pride and Prejudice knowing Rowling is a huge Austen fan, what does his name signify? Is it a nod to Austen’s well-loved character, or to a theme of her classic novel?

One possible link I see between Fantastic Beasts and Pride and Prejudice is the development of two parallel love stories: Newt with Tina and Queenie with Jacob. Could Mr. Bingley's meeting with Jacob be a tip of the hat from one secondary lead to his counterpart?

Jacob is a good-hearted fellow, like Bingley, and Queenie is “…the most beautiful girl ever to don witches’ robes” (p. 79). Austen's character Jane, Mr. Bingley's love interest, is considered a great beauty, her mother remarking, “I was sure you could not be so beautiful for nothing!” Indeed, when Jacob says “Mr. Bingley!” in the vault scene, you can almost hear Mrs. Bennett’s shrill cry. (I cover more of this parallel relationship later in the book.)


Finally, as if to make sure we noticed Mr. Bingley and remember him going forward, he appears at the end of Fantastic Beasts among the No-Maj having their memories washed clean. Mr. Bingley is in his shower, his wife nearby brushing her teeth. Clearly we are meant to remember the Bingleys.


Do you think that Rowling hinted at Pride and Prejudice merely as a tease? Or is she going for something more? What other elements of P&P do you see in Fantastic Beasts?

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

About the Book:

https://deepriver.press/products/fantastic-secrets-behind-fantastic-beasts
Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rowling's Death Chamber of Memories: Day 7 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the seventh day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love said to me... Did Rowling import bottled water from the river Lethe?

Welcome to day 7 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Memory is an important theme running through Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Today, we examine an important myth behind a crucial memory scenes.

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Swooping Evil by Kayla Perkinson

In my newly released book, Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts, I examine how memory is used throughout the movie. Here is a sample from how it is used in the death chamber scene:

Waters of Memory

In ancient Greece, the river Lethe was one of the five rivers of the Underworld. As the dead passed through or drank its waters, their memories were erased. This cleansing was the only way they could pass on to the afterlife in the Elysium Fields. Virgil further clarified that the dead must erase all memories of the former life to be reincarnated.

MACUSA must have imported some bottled water from the river Lethe, because the waters of “rippling potion” in their death chamber acts like a memory siphon and giant Pensieve to lull those about to be executed to death.

The executioner extracts Tina’s happy memories to taunt her onto the death chair floating above the waters. She gazes down upon:
  1. Her mother calling her pumpkin, calling her to bed
  2. Tina in Second Salem Church, stopping Mary Lou’s abuse with a spell and comforting Credence.
At this point, Pickett releases Newt. In his struggle to overpower the executioner, her wand drops into the pool. The waters transform into “vicious black bubbles” (p. 170), and Tina’s memories turn dark.
3) Mary Lou threatens Tina and calls her a witch.
As we are shown by what happens when the wand falls into the pool, the intended are executed by the rising flames-like waves of the black waters of death. Their final memories their worst.
Death by a brutal form of baptism.


Through her death chamber scene, Rowling twists the old expression "his life passed before his eyes." By using memories to lull the condemned to death, are the executioners being kind or cruel? What do you think?

Be sure to check out all 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

About the Book:

https://deepriver.press/products/fantastic-secrets-behind-fantastic-beasts
Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

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