拯救神奇动物的唯一方法就是追溯它最愚蠢的情节变化

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The Only Way To Save Fantastic Beasts Is To Retcon Its Stupidest Plot Twist

Fantastic Beasts 2 ends with a shocking revelation that disrupts canon timelines in the Potterverse. Here's how a retcon can save the franchise.

 

The Fantastic Beasts franchise still has time to retcon its most startling and problematic plot twist. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ends with the revelation, as presented by Gellert Grindelwald himself, that Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) is in fact Aurelius Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore’s long-lost brother.

This plot twist is shocking, to say the least, especially after it is revealed that Credence does not belong to the lineage of the Lestrange family. Instead, that plot point emerges as an elaborate red herring. However, the presence of Aurelius Dumbledore within the timeline of the Potterverse as a whole drastically disrupts our understanding of the canonical timeline, explored in great detail in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Parts I and II.

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Per Rita Skeeter’s The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, Dumbledore had two younger siblings, namely Aberforth and Ariana, at least as per public knowledge. After Ariana was severely traumatized at the age of 6 by a group of Muggle boys, Dumbledore’s father Percival was sent to Azkaban in 1890 for exacting revenge on the three boys. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is revealed that Albus’ mother, Kendra, was accidentally killed by Ariana in 1899, naturally placing Credence’s birth before that incident. This is especially problematic, considering that Credence’s official year of birth is listed as 1901, two years after Kendra’s death.

Moreover, if one were to entertain the fact these dates are indeed wrong, and that Kendra had given birth to Aurelius prior to her death in 1899, it would place Credence as 28 years of age (at the very least) during the events of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is set in 1926. This does not add up with Credence’s appearance or circumstances, as he's clearly someone who is in his late teens or early twenties.

There is an easy way to fix this glaring timeline error, though. Fantastic Beasts 3 needs to retcon it as one of Grindelwald’s many lies, as he is already known for his penchant for manipulative persuasion and deceptive charisma. Grindelwald’s revelation would make much more sense from a temporal and narrative perspective if it were to be revealed that he was simply lying to Credence to turn him against Dumbledore, while exploiting his innate need to belong and be accepted for who he is. Alternatively, Grindelwald’s revelation could also be a twisted half-truth, making Credence related to someone important in Dumbledore’s lineage, as he does not necessarily have to be born to Kendra in order to be deemed Albus’ brother.

Needless to say, Fantastic Beasts needs to re-evaluate its narrative on multiple fronts, especially now with its re-casting of Grindelwald, which is bound to bring about nuanced changes to the franchise as a whole. While it is also entirely possible that the series is yet to reveal a hidden detail or twist which validates Credence as Aurelius Dumbledore, it has to be something especially compelling, as it usurps everything we know about Harry Potter, if otherwise.

 

拯救神奇动物的唯一方法就是追溯它最愚蠢的情节变化

译者:段欣宇

 

《神奇动物2》的结尾伴随着一个令人震惊的发现,它打破了波特宇宙的正典时间线。接下来就是怎么样修订回溯才能拯救该系列。

“神奇动物”系列仍有时间去回溯它最令人震惊和最有问题的情节转折。“神奇动物:格林德沃的罪”影片结尾,盖勒特·格林德沃亲自透露,克雷登斯·巴雷本(埃兹拉·米勒饰)实际上是奥里利乌斯·邓布利多,阿不思·邓布利多失散多年的兄弟。

 

这情节的反转可以说是令人震惊的,至少尤其是在克雷登斯不属于莱斯特兰奇家族血统之后。相反,这一情节点的出现作为一个复杂的障眼法。然而,奥勒留·邓不利多在波特宇宙的时间线中的存在,作为一个整体,彻底颠覆了我们对经典时间线的理解,在《哈利波特与死圣》上篇和下篇中有详细的探讨。

根据丽塔·斯基特的阿不思·邓布利多的一生与谎言,邓布利多有两个弟弟妹妹,阿不福思和阿利安娜,至少根据公众的了解。阿丽亚娜在6岁时被一群麻瓜男孩严重伤害,邓布利多的父亲珀西瓦尔对三个男孩进行严厉的报复,于1890年被送往阿兹卡班。在哈利波特与死亡圣器,据透露,阿不思的母亲,肯德拉,在1899年意外被阿丽亚娜杀害,是在克雷登斯出生之前。这尤其成问题,因为克雷登斯在肯德拉去世两年后的1901年正式出生。

此外,如果其中一个人的日期是正确的,那么这些日期确实是错误的,肯德拉在1899年去世前生下了奥勒留,那么克雷登斯在28岁(至少)的时候出现在1926年的“神奇动物”事件期间。这并不符合克雷登斯的外貌和环境,因为他显然是一个青壮年或者二十出头。

 

不过,有一个简单的方法来修复这个明显的时间线错误。《神奇动物3》需要把它当作格林德沃的众多谎言之一,因为他因喜欢操纵他人的说服力和欺骗性的魅力而闻名。从时间和叙事的角度来看,格林德沃的揭露更有意义,如果揭露他只是在欺骗克雷登斯,让他反对邓布利多,同时利用他天生的归属感和被接纳的需要。另外,格林德沃的揭露也可能是一个扭曲的半真相,克雷登斯或许与邓布利多只是有个重要的血统关系,因为他不一定非要是肯德拉所生的。

不用说,“神奇动物”需要在多个方面重新评估其叙事,尤其是格林沃德需要被重新塑造,因为这必然会给整个球队带来微妙的变化。虽然这部剧完全有可能还没有揭示一个隐藏的细节或转折点来证实克雷登斯饰演的奥勒利乌斯·邓布利多,如果不是这样的话,但它必须是某种特别引人注目的东西,因为它霸占了我们所知道的一切哈利·波特。

 

译者:段欣宇

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