Who Is the Mysterious New Malfoy in “Fantastic Beasts” 3?

MuggleNet has received an exclusive report from Warner Bros. revealing the name of a new character who will be introduced in Fantastic Beasts 3. Wizards’ names often contain clues about their identity, but this one really has a lot to unpack. The Fantastic Beasts films have had fun dropping recognizable names already, like Rosier and Travers as well as Nagini, and it looks like we’re going to get another.

Newt, Jacob, Tina, Queenie, Credence, Dumbledore, and Grindelwald will be joined by a new character named Polaris N.D. Malfoy. Yes, that’s right, Malfoy! As a pure-blood wizarding family, the Malfoys have been prominent in magical society for generations. We were told that Polaris is a cousin of Lucius, but we can’t be sure how close or distant a relation that might be or where exactly they’re connected on the Malfoy family tree. Based on the time period, this could be a cousin of Lucius’s parents or even grandparents. Will we get to see some platinum blonde hair?

As the name for the North Star, Polaris continues a tradition of astronomical names in Harry Potter, following in the footsteps of Sirius, Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Draco. Interestingly, it is mostly pure-blood characters who are named after stars and constellations, and we know that Polaris is also a pure-blood as a member of the Malfoy family, whether by birth or through marriage. No gender was specified for this character, and the name Polaris could really go either way. There is a female member of the X-Men named Polaris in Marvel Comics, as well as a male villain named Doctor Polaris in the DC comic universe.

We could have just been given a first and last name, but Warner Bros. chose to reveal not just one but two middle initials, and we can’t help but think that they must be significant. Could the D stand for Draco and be his namesake? Or might it be a maiden name before Polaris married a Malfoy? If the N is a maiden name, the Nott family is one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight.

What part can we expect Polaris to play in the upcoming film? Our source was somewhat tantalizingly evasive on this point. We were told that we’ll find a “gray morality” and unclear allegiance. Polaris likes having influence and exerts it through a position with the royal family and also subscribes to a certain amount of prejudice in believing that some wands can only be wielded by pure-bloods. As a Malfoy, perhaps we should expect a villain intent on wizarding supremacy who will support Grindelwald, like Lucius served Voldemort, but the hints we’ve received seem to imply something more complicated.

It’s just as possible that Polaris serves as an ally to the heroes, especially considering time spent at Ilvermorny and a past – albeit tragic – friendship with Leta Lestrange. Based on the information we were given, perhaps Polaris has complex feelings on wizarding politics or an independent agenda and is playing both sides. The Malfoys value wealth and power, in addition to pure blood, so Polaris could be interested in selling information to the highest bidder, whether they offer money or status. Only time will tell.

What do you hope to see from Polaris N.D. Malfoy in Fantastic Beasts 3?

 

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Laurie Beckoff

My Harry Potter journey began in 2000 when I was six and continued through a bachelor's thesis and master's dissertation on medievalism in the series. I'm a Gryffindor from New York City with a passion for theatre, fantasy, Arthurian legend, and science fiction.

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