|“||You're a squib, Credence. I could smell it off you the minute I met you. You have magical ancestry but no power. You're not teachable. Your mother's dead - that's your reward. I'm done with you...||„|
|~ Grindelwald coldly dismissing Credence before discovering his power.|
Credence Barebone, born Aurelius Dumbledore, is a major antagonist in the Fantastic Beasts series, serving as the secondary antagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an anti-villain in The Crimes of Grindelwald and will return in some capacity in its upcoming sequel The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Credence was the adopted son of Mary Lou Barebone, leader of the anti-witch No-Maj group the New Salem Philanthropic Society. Shy and withdrawn, this caused Credence to be susceptible to her abuse. He's soon revealed to supposedly be the long-lost brother of Aberforth and Albus Dumbledore.
Aurelius Dumbledore was born at around 1901 to the Dumbledore family, during a voyage to America in 1901, Aurelius was switched in the crib by Leta Lestrange with her half-brother Corvus V, while Corvus V drowned along with the ship, Aurelius arrived in America and was put up for adoption. He was then taken by Mary Lou Barebone, the fanatical leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, and renamed Credence Barebone.
Whilst under her care, Credence was physically abused by the deranged woman as to suppress his magical abilities. Her frequent abuse of her adopted son would cause him to become arguably the most powerful Obscurial in the Harry Potter universe.
By 1926, Credence had been losing control of his Obscurus, which was running amok in New York, during that time, Credence had gotten into contact with Gellert Grindelwald, who had been masquerading as Percival Graves, the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (MACUSA) Gellert requests that Credence help him search for the obscured child in the Second Salem Church, stating that he'd help Credence realize his potential in return. After the Second Salmers fail to garner support from Henry Shaw Senior, as well as being insulted by Mary, Credence's Obscurial breaks lose, and wreaks havoc on the City Hall fund-raising dinner, killing the senator as a result. This act unwittingly exposes the wizarding world.
The next day, Mary discovers a wand, and immediately includes that it belonged to Credence. As she was preparing to beat him yet again, Modesty speaks up, insisting that it was hers. She pries the belt from her adopted mother's hand, which causes Credence's Obscurus to manifest. The Obscurus mauls the fanatical leader of the NSPS to death, but it also ends up killing Chastity, and heavily damaging the house. Grindelwald arrives, demanding that Credence lead him to Modesty, who had escaped the destruction of her home. Once there, Grindelwald betrays him, saying that he no longer needed him. Angered, Credence reveals his Obscurial form, much to the astonishment of the infamous wizard. Despite insisting that he'd train him, it was too late for Credence, and he goes on a mindless rampage.
Pursuing him to the subway station, Newt attempts to comfort Credence only to engage in a battle with the treacherous dark wizard. Seraphina Picquery and Aurors are reported by the attack, and they cast destructive spells at Credence leading to his presumed death, however a tiny piece of the Obscurial escapes into the open, which Newt notices and smiles.
It was later revealed that Credence survived and departed New York City on a rowboat (as shown in a deleted scene). Eventually, Credence found himself working for the Circus Arcanus, owned by the wizard Skender. There he befriended Nagini, a Maledictus, and formed a close bond with her. Unknown to him, he was also hunted by Grindelwald, who sought to use him to defeat Albus Dumbledore, and Yusuf Kama, who believed Credence to be Corvus V and swore to kill him.
Tired of their mistreatment, Credence and Nagini escape the Circus Arcanus and set off to seek Credence's identity. Their first stop is to find Irma Dugard, a woman who supposedly knew Credence, but Irma reveals that she was merely a servant of the Lestranges. Credence is then found by Gunnar Grimmson, who is under Grindelwald's orders, but while Credence unleashes the Obscurus, he fails to destroy Grimmson.
Grindelwald later confronts Credence and offers him a map to the Lestrange Family Tomb to find out his true heritage. There, Credence and Nagini encounter Newt, Tina, Jacob, and Leta. Kama tries to kill Credence, but Leta reveals how she swapped Credence with the real Corvus V. Eventually Credence attends Grindelwald's rally. Desparate to find out the truth, Credence chooses to join Grindelwald despite Nagini's protests. At Grindelwald's base, Grindelwald reveals Credence's real identity; Aurelius Dumbledore.
Powers and Abilities
|“||It's an unstable, uncontrollable dark force that busts out and attacks, and then vanishes.||„|
|~ The powers of a Obscurus, that Credence possessed.|
As an Obscurial, Credence was prone to transforming due to being abused for years. Significantly, Credence was unique in comparison to other cases, as most Obscurials don't tend to last long without a host, never making it past ten years of age, and he was noted to be dramatically more powerful than any other Obscurial. The fact that he survived for so long and the power his Obscurus form possessed was proof of his immense latent magical potential despite not being trained at all. Grindelwald even claimed that Credence was the only being apart from himself capable of killing Albus Dumbledore, although it remains unknown whether Credence could actually overpower Dumbledore alone and it is possible Grindelwald may have meant that together they would be capable of doing so.
Over the six months he spent hiding, Credence has acquired complete control over his Obscurus and can now manifest its immense magical energies and fire it accurately without needing to transform. Indeed, Gunnar Grimmson, a veteran Bounty Hunter, was barely able to block the attacks long enough to Apparate. In addition, Credence somehow managed to apparate out of Grindelwald's rally, implying he had begun to develop skills in magic. After being given a wand by Grindelwald, Credence fired such a tremendously powerful spell that it demolished a mountainside.
- Despite his revealed status as a member of the Dumbledore family, it's currently unknown if Credence is really Albus Dumbledore's long-lost brother or even if his real name is Aurelius Dumbledore. Though his status as an Obscurial could make him too similar to Ariana Dumbledore, Dumbledore's traumatized younger sister whose illness fits the description of an Obscurial, it should be noted that Percival and Kendra Dumbledore didn't have any more children before Percival attacked the Muggle boys who traumatized Ariana and was locked up in Azkaban for the rest of his life. If Percival was immediately send to Azkaban after the Muggle boys' attack, it's unlikely he could have had time to conceive another child. This will be most likely answered in the upcoming sequels.
- However, as we still don't know how Percival's life in Azkaban was before his eventual death, maybe it's possible that Percival could have conceived another child during this time. Thus, in this way, Credence would actually be Albus's long-lost half-brother.
- Another possibility, however, is that Gellert Grindelwald is just lying to Credence yet again, as he did in the first film. Given that Grindelwald and Dumbledore will fight against each other during the Global wizarding war, it's possible that Grindelwald wants to manipulate Credence into joining his cause to exploit his Obscurial abilities.
- Many believed that his name was Kredan due to initial reports pertaining to the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. However, J.K. Rowling cleared the confusion on her Twitter account, affirming that the character's name is Credence.
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