As I thought a lot about Theseus recently, I figured I will just go on and make a list of reasons why I think he is (not!) going to die. Maybe I’m a tiny bit biased by my wishful thinking here but... here we go!
Reasons Theseus might die in one of the next films:
He was introduced to us in FBAWTFT as “Theseus Scamander? The war hero?”. This might already indicate his role during the whole series, being a hero – probably this includes dying as one. [I think this is something @thenewt-case said to me.]
He is close to Newt – his death might motivate Newt to take higher risks and give him another strong personal reason to fight if he feels like his family and friends are threatened.
I get the impression that he is a rather popular character, so there would be a strong emotional response from the audience for sure. I'm not sure if you could call it a shock as people certainly already partly anticipate his death.
JKR likes tearing apart families – especially siblings. (The Dumbledores, the Lestranges, the Goldsteins if you count Queenie's change of loyalties... the Potters, the Weasleys, the Prewetts, the Blacks (x2 if you count Sirius and Regulus and Andromeda, Bellatrix and Narcissa twice), the Evans, the Creevies, … I didn’t even really think this through, I’m sure there are more to add.)
Somebody might need to sacrifice themselves for Newt at some point of the story because he’s the protagonist. [This might be a weak reason.] Theseus definitely loves his brother and might be ready to accept death for him (although he much rather would prefer not to die).
Reasons Theseus is definitely not going to die, don’t even think of it! (I will begin with counter-arguments to some of the points mentioned above):
Theseus is not stupid and very capable in his job. He is one of the few people that survived Grindelwald’s attack in Paris (although this was partly due to Newt apparating him away, but still he’s clearly a very powerful wizard and a brilliant fighter). Being a hero doesn’t necessarily involve dying, right?
As @occamyeggshells pointed out in my post about Pickett, at this point after CoG Newt has already decided he will fight and doesn’t need another motivation to move against Grindelwald. Leta’s death was enough for him to make up his mind. In fact, it might have been seeing Theseus alive and miserable that led to Newt's decision to join his side. There is no "necessity" for him to lose Theseus.
Him being a popular character might also spare him (although I’m not sure if JKR cares a lot about this). I’m not sure if popularity with the audience is any kind of argument at all to predict if a character is going to die if I'm honest.
We have already seen families torn apart in CoG – not only the Lestranges but, maybe even more important, the Goldsteins. Although Queenie didn’t die, there is a lot of heartbreak, mistrust and disappointment between the sisters. So there's lots of potential room to explore this.
Even if somebody might sacrifice themselves for Newt, Theseus isn’t the only option. (Bunty, I’m looking at you! ...but please don't die either, thanks.)
Okay, now some original arguments:
As I already mentioned before, Newt is (supposed to be) the protagonist and I feel like Theseus’ death would hit him too hard. There is no use in showing a protagonist who is grief-stricken over a long time because it's just no fun. And although Newt and Theseus might not have the warmest of relationships, it's clear that there is a lot of love between them regardless.
If they want to show how the loss of a loved persons influences those who fight in the war, Theseus himself (alive!) is the best example. What will the loss of Leta do to him? I feel like he will get even more determined, maybe bitter. Leta was very important to Newt as well, so her death can show us how both brothers handle the loss - in quite different ways I suppose.
Regarding Newt’s character development, in my opinion it would be much more interesting to show how Newt and Theseus finally start to get along, how what happened in Paris makes them bond and finally look out for each other. It is clear that Newt and Theseus didn’t get along perfectly in the past and they most likely won’t in the future, and it’s not too easy for Newt to connect with other people – that’s why I think that him and Theseus getting closer would be more valuable a development than just taking Theseus away.
Theseus is a high-ranked ministry official. He has inside information and could therefore be very valuable for the plot. Also, the corruption and political change of the society could be pointed out through his eyes. These are things Newt is not so much interested in.
I see a lot of reasons Theseus could get along with Tina and Jacob very well. It has been pointed out several times that there seem to be lots of parallels between Tina and Theseus, so I will concentrate on Jacob: They both have lost their fiancée, plus Jacob lost a brother in the war, so maybe he can understand that Theseus often behaves patronizing, out of concern for Newt. (But I’m not sure if this can be counted as an argument to let Theseus live. It rather shows how he could come in regarding the group's dynamic from my pov.)
Through his eyes, we learn to see Newt from a different perspective: He can be rather annoying and stubborn, something that didn’t become so clear in the first film when we didn’t see his behavior towards Theseus. I feel like Theseus' perspective adds depth to Newts character (and Newt should be the protagonist!!) and I love it.
I'm sure there is a loooot more to say about this, but that's what came to my mind this afternoon. Also, some of these points are influenced by conversations I had with several people, and I can’t remember who said what (but I think in general points were made by @thenewt-case, @occamyeggshells, @scamanderishredmayniac and @raztberry – so please feel free to complain if you feel like I should credit you or if I forgot sb.!).
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In celebration of ace week, have a list of my personal aspec headcanons that absolutely no one asked for:
Charlie Weasley (Harry Potter) = Aromantic Asexual
Merida (Brave) = Aromantic Asexual
Milo (Atlantis) = Heteromantic Demisexual
Holly Munro (Lockwood & Co) = Grey Asexual Homoromantic
Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus) = Asexual Biromantic
Bakugou Katsuki (BNHA) = Demisexual Panromantic
Thalia Grace (Percy Jackson) = Asexual Homoromantic
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes) = Asexual Aromantic OR Homoromantic (depends on version)
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) = Asexual Heteromantic
Oliver Wood (Harry Potter) = Grey Asexual Omniromantic
Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games) = Demisexual Panromantic
Agatha Wellbelove (Carry On) = Asexual Homoromantic
Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts) = Asexual Panromantic
Peter Parker (Marvel) = Demisexual Biromantic
Thor (Marvel) = Heterosexual Aromantic
Damian Wayne (DC) = Demisexual Biromantic
Tim Drake (DC) = Asexual Biromantic
Moana (Moana) = Aromantic Asexual
Elsa (Frozen) = Asexual Homoromantic
Kozume Kenma (Haikyuu) = Asexual Demiromantic/Homoromantic
Entrapta (Shera) = Asexual Greyromantic
Jessica Rabbit (WFRR) = Asexual Biromantic
Levi Ackerman (AOT) = Asexual Greyromantic
Edmund Pervensie (Narnia) = Asexual Panromantic
Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds) = Grey Asexual Biromantic
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) = Aromantic Asexual
Regulus Black (Harry Potter) = Asexual Panromantic
Zuko (ATLA) = Asexual Biromantic
Castiel (Supernatural) = Asexual Homoromantic
Loki (Marvel) = Demisexual (no romantic labels, but loves regardless of gender)
Hiro Hamada (Big Hero Six) = Asexual Heteromantic
Hiccup (HTTYD) = Demisexual Biromantic
Kageyama Tobio (Haikyuu) = Asexual Homoromantic
Iida Tenya (BNHA) = Asexual Biromantic
Max (Camp Camp) = Demisexual Biromantic
These are just my personal headcanons, if you have different ideas or different characters, feel free to share!!!
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calling all eddie redmayne fans out there:
fantastic beasts and where to find them read by eddie redmayne [on youtube]
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"What they tried to do with you..." Minerva was sitting on their bed. She was looking at Dumbledore, alarm growing in her gaze.
"It doesn't matter anymore, Minerva."
"No, it does! The Ministry has no right to..."
"It's all over now. Like this senseless war," he said, sitting down next to her.
"Everything will be fine, my dear. I promise."
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This is your unfriendly reminder that you cannot ethically participate in the Harry Potter, fantastic beasts, or any other fandom based on the works of jkr.
You can’t “Miku wrote this” out of this one, and I am going to start blocking people for having hufflepuff or whatever in their bio when I see it or having any icon related to the works of jkr.
She’s a horrible excuse for a human being and I hope she rots soon from all the hate in her heart.
You cannot ethically partake in fandom of works by an author who uses her popularity and money earned from said work to lobby against trans rights to the point the UK has disproportionately high rates of transphobia in both social and legal standing because of her. Her influence has also reached American legislature as lawmakers have cited her and groups she is a part of.
You cannot ethically consume media where the bankers are one of the most disgusting caricatures of Jewish people I have ever seen in my life.
You cannot ethically consume media that appropriates and twists Native American culture.
You cannot ethically consume media made by a woman who believes “biological sex” determines your worth as a human being and character as a person in terms of trustworthiness as kindness. This line of thinking is distressingly parallel to white supremacy doctrine and pseudoscience touted by eugenicists, and even on its own it’s highly intersexist, transphobic, and if I may be so bold, misogynistic.
You cannot ethically consume media from a woman who uses her social media following as a weapon against anyone who speaks against her and threatens legal action for someone highlighting a troubling implication of one of her statements instead of addressing it like an adult. Not to mention the fact she posts pictures of any threats/hate she gets and posts it as “proof” that trans activists are inherently evil, deranged, and a danger to women.
And if we want to tie this back to my blog theme, you cannot ethically consume media that has caused an unimaginable spike in the exotic pet trade of owls on a global scale, which is objectively harmful and dangerous to both the animal and moron who bought it. You cannot imagine the amount of snowy owls, one of the most difficult to keep owl species due to their high-stress nature, that are kept as pets, or suffered traumatic injury and rushed into educational programs without consideration of their suitability as an ambassador animal explicitly because Harry Potter events are profitable and owls grab public attention better than hawks primarily because of Harry Potter.
She is a terrible, miserable person, and since this is tumblr and not Twitter, I can happily say I hope she gets hit by the down with cis bus.
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Me: *joins a fandom*
Also me: *proceeds to not watch the show and live off of fanon content and compilation videos instead*
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Is there anything that makes me happier than the Harry Potter cast basically saying "fuck you JKR" and speaking up against transphobia? The answer is no
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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released in theaters on April 15, 2022.
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The new Harry Potter movie is called Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. I don't want anyone to spend money falling for this nonsense or getting hyped for it thinking it's finally happening, that Dumbledore is going to have a gay romance.
The Warner Brothers marketing department are excellent at their jobs and knew exactly what they're doing when they named this movie. There is a tremendous amount of money to be made from queerbaiting. They know because they've done it before in other movies, and they've made bank doing it in this very franchise. Don't fool yourself; WB and JK Rowling will never let actual gay people into canon Harry Potter, no matter how much we want them to.
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Third Fantastic Beasts movie is called the secrets of Dumbledore
I’d bet money that it will have one (1) heavily weighted line implying his relationship with Grindelwald in which various characters in the scene will pause and give him a look only for the moment to never be brought up again.
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Interesting how you guys conveniently forget how awful JK Rowling is right when she puts out content for fantastic beasts
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ZOË KRAVITZ as LETA LESTRANGE in FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD | 2018
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my favourite hobby is spending the free time i do not have
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The amount of queer straight people on Twitter making jokes about Dumbledores sexuality in response to the new Fantastic Beasts title is disgusting.
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WHAT. THE ACTUAL. FUCK?!?
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Should be Johnny’s name there man
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The Fantastic Beasts saga + titles
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The New Title
What I read: The Secrets of Dumbledore
What I processed: ALBUS FLASHBACKS! DUMBLEDORE FAMILY FLASHBACKS! GRINDELDORE FLASHBACKS! FLASHBACKS! FLASHBACKS! FLASHBACKS!
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