“SpeakBeasty” Episode 141: “More Dumbledores, More Secrets”
In this episode of SpeakBeasty, hosts Amy, Ann, and Shannen discuss their unexpected love for Aberforth Dumbledore. In addition to that uncomfortable revelation, our hosts discuss what Aberforth’s role may be in the next Fantastic Beasts film and the possibility of him being part of the prophecy by Tycho Dodonus.
There’s no question about it: All of the Dumbledores have got style, Aberforth included. We know that there is tension between the two Dumbledore brothers, but we also know from the Harry Potter books that Aberforth has been known to inform Albus of things he overhears or observes at the Hog’s Head bar. Is Aberforth acting as an informant to Albus in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore?
Discussing Aberforth’s name origins prompt our hosts to realize a possibility they haven’t before: Is Aberforth the subject of Tycho Dodonus’s prophecy? The prophecy mentions the return of a “great avenger.” Aberforth could be wanting to avenge Ariana due to her death and what the Muggle boys did to her. The avenger returning “with wings from the water” also makes sense when applied to Aberforth because he is a Dumbledore, and they have a connection to phoenixes, and his name literally means “from the river” in Welsh.
In this episode’s “Newtcase,” we discuss the snallygaster, a legend originating in Frederick County, Maryland. We may get a glimpse of the snallygaster in the trailer for Secrets of Dumbledore. At around the 2:08 mark, we see a creature that looks like a mix between a bird and a dinosaur flying over a mountain range. Frederick County is a mountainous area, and we know that parts of the film take place in the United States.
This week’s podcast question is “Why do you think the squad is meeting at the Hog’s Head?” Send us your thoughts and theories at SpeakBeasty@gmail.com, or reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
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