The ending of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sets audiences up for the next film in the franchise, but it could’ve gone down very differently if a certain scene hadn’t been cut from the end of the film.
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“We actually had a scene, which we cut, which was Credence going to a boat, to get on a boat somewhere else,” said Heyman. “But we cut that, because we didn’t want to have it be such an, ‘Ahhh, here we go.’”
The original ending scene for the film showed Credence very much alive and high-tailing out of America on a boat bound for Europe, thereby setting up the sequel. And in the original ending scene, Credence may or may not have been on the same boat as Newt Scamander when he left New York.
We know that Grindelwald is going to be a big part of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, but it turns out that Credence will be too. The way Heyman tells it, the original ending scene was cut so that the final moments of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them didn’t telegraph the move to the sequel quite so obviously. But, the Obscurus is out of the bag now.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now.