Warning: This article contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
The Harry Potter series frequently used themes of bravery and sacrifice, and the Fantastic Beasts movies have continued this. The characters are frequently facing trials and tribulations that give them opportunities to prove their worth.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore followed the main characters as they decided what side of the war they were going to fall on. They had to make choices about the stands that they were willing to take, and who they were willing to stand up for. All of these decisions required bravery, whether they chose the side of good or evil, but some characters displayed more bravery than others.
Credence was dealt an unfair hand. He was raised as an orphan and received such abuse that he began to try to conceal his magical ability, which resulted in him becoming an Obscurial. In the previous Fantastic Beasts movies, Credence is informed that he is a Dumbledore, a revelation that left fans wondering how this would connect to the Harry Potter series. But, in Secrets of Dumbledore, all the answers became clear.
Credence is neither a coward nor particularly brave. He is such a chaotic and confused character that most of what he does is simply desperate impulse, which can still make him a force to be reconned with. In the end, he attempts to stand up to Grindelwald, which truly was a brave act, but his deliberation could not compare to the movie’s other characters.
Bunty is Newt’s assistant who has proven herself to be nearly as passionate about magical creatures as Newt himself. She is honest, trustworthy, and reliable, so much that she may be the only person that Newt would ever fully trust with the creatures he so loves. She is slightly awkward and soft-spoken, but she has proven herself to be a very capable witch.
Bunty is not a warrior by any means, but when it came down to it, she was still willing to play her part in the fight against Grindelwald. She put herself directly in the thick of the action so that she could deliver the trunk to Newt just in time, and then helped to keep Grindelwald at bay, proving that she could be nearly as brave as the rest.
Queenie is an extremely capable witch and a skilled legilimens. However, she can sometimes lack confidence. She tends to make decisions without fully thinking them through, such as her decision to enchant Jacob to get him to marry her. Then in Crimes of Grindelwald, she decided to join Grindelwald’s cause.
None of these decisions were out of cowardice, but instead, a desperate attempt to take control of her life. In the end, she made dangerous attempts to withhold information from Grindelwald, knowing that if she was caught, she would be murdered. This took bravery, but perhaps not as much as some of the other characters’ actions.
In Fantastic Beasts 3, Grindelwald is portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen. He is powerful, intelligent, and extremely capable, and therefore sees himself as the best possible option to lead the Wizarding World. While his actions are self-serving, he also genuinely believes that his ideas are what is best for the world.
Grindelwald has had to risk everything to get where he is. All of his actions in The Secrets of Dumbledore could have resulted in his death or incarceration. But his arrogance and solid belief in his power frequently propelled him through dangerous situations and brought him out the other side. However, he is currently incapable of self-sacrifice, which greatly diminishes his potential for bravery.
Yusuf often existed in the grey area between good and evil. He is first introduced to audiences as a minor antagonist, whose mission for vengeance preceded any other moral obligation. However, by the start of Secrets of Dumbledore, he had switched over to the good side.
Yusuf was part of the plot to keep Grindelwald confused. His role was to infiltrate Grindelwald’s inner circle, a task he completed so convincingly even audiences were unsure of his allegiance. However, in the end, he proved that he had loyalty to his friends. His willingness to put himself in danger to take down his sister’s killer was very brave, but his general disregard for his well-being shows that he has very little to lose.
Theseus is Newt’s brother, but very different from him in most ways. He is the head Auror for the British Ministry of Magic and has proven himself to be brave time and time again throughout the Global Wizarding War, and all of his confrontations with Gellert Grindelwald.
In the end, Theseus is a seasoned veteran and has no problem confronting the darkest and most dangerous wizards. The series has never seen his bravery falter, but it has also never seen him need to pull through any fears to prove his courage.
Lally is new to the group of main characters in Fantastic Beasts and she immediately proves herself to be a very talented witch. She is an American charms teacher, and while she may not have the experience of an Auror, she seemed simply delighted at the idea of trying to interrupt an assassination attempt.
During the stately dinner that she and Jacob crashed, she handled the whole situation with an impressively cool head. She rolled with the punches, took advantage of Jacob’s actions, and as it turns out, assured that everything went exactly to Dumbledore’s plans. She may be new to the Fantastic Beasts gang, but she proved very quickly that she is among their bravest.
Jacob is the first muggle that the Wizarding World franchise has made the main character. He ended up a part of the conflict within the Wizarding World simply by mistake, but he has proven himself time and time again to be an individual with a purely good heart, a characteristic that still sums him up in Fantastic Beasts 3.
In Secrets of Dumbledore, Jacob proved himself to be even braver than a majority of the wizards he is surrounded by. It is one thing to face dangers when you know you at least have a fighting chance, but Jacob stands up to Grindelwald and demands Queenie back, even though he knows that he could never even harm the powerful wizard. With only a fake wand in tow, Jacob’s actions were among the bravest in the series.
Dumbledore has been a greatly flawed character throughout both the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts. He has the same natural skill and ability as Grindelwald and has faced the same temptation to take power. He even once held the same values as his old friend. However, he learned the hard way what cost those ambitions come with, and learned that he could not be trusted with power.
In the future, Dumbledore would teach his students that it takes a great deal more bravery to stand up to their friends, and he has demonstrated this by standing up to Grindelwald, despite the fears from his past that he would have to face.
Newt’s line of work sees him face off against beasts that would terrify the average wizard. What is even more, Newt does this, not with a want to conquer, but instead with a desire to love and care for the creature. However, this is only the beginning of Newt’s bravery.
Newt has very genuine goodness. He never has to put his wants and desires aside to be there for the people that he cares about because that is all he genuinely wants to begin with. He puts himself in harm’s way countless times throughout Fantastic Beasts and he does it without any hesitation or thought for his well-being. This is similar to the other Wizarding World hero, Harry Potter. Dumbledore would tell Harry in the future that his pure heart was why he was a better man than Dumbledore would ever be, and Newt had proven that he shares that same kind of heart.
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