EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Photos Confirm Scenes Filmed with Ariana Dumbledore

MuggleNet has received exclusive behind-the-scenes images of Ariana Dumbledore from the set of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. These images of Ariana were taken during the filming of the second Fantastic Beasts movie, but since Ariana didn’t appear on-screen, does this mean she might instead make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore?


Ariana Dumbledore from "Crimes of Grindelwald"

Ariana Dumbledore from “Crimes of Grindelwald”


The end of Crimes of Grindelwald left us with a big cliffhanger, with Grindelwald telling Credence that his real name is Aurelius Dumbledore. Fans have long suspected that Ariana may have been an Obscurus host, and given we know Credence is also a host and (apparently) a Dumbledore, many theorize that Ariana’s Obscurus left her body when she died and entered Credence’s body.

Since the title of Fantastic Beasts‘ third installment was announced, fans have been speculating about what secrets we will discover and wondering which Dumbledore the title refers to. These images of Ariana suggest a scene or scenes have been filmed, indicating that there must be a relevant connection between what happened to her, the events of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and the link between Credence and the Dumbledore family.


Possible Scenes

The photos of Ariana show her in two different Victorian-looking costumes. A couple of the images show her wearing a full-length deep-blue dress, perhaps a nod toward the Ariana we see in Aberforth’s painting in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. In the background of one image are other old-fashioned dresses, jackets, shoes, and hats, all fitting into the late 19th-century era that the Dumbledores were born into.



The other outfit is high-necked and maroon, and while difficult to see, there appears to be a wooden staircase in the background; perhaps the scene is being shot inside the Dumbledores’ house.


Close up of Ariana Dumbledore

Close-up of Ariana Dumbledore


These two outfits suggest there were at least two scenes filmed with Ariana. As we know, there are several important moments involving Ariana that are revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and it is possible that these could be featured in Secrets of Dumbledore.

Might we witness the Muggle boys attacking Ariana after seeing her doing magic in her back garden? This could mean we might get a glimpse of Albus’s parents, Kendra and Percival. Or perhaps we’ll see the tragic death of Kendra Dumbledore, who was accidentally killed during one of Ariana’s rages?

Another likely possibility is that we’ll see the fight between Albus, Aberforth, and Grindelwald that ends in Ariana’s death. Some speculate that perhaps discovering Ariana’s powerful rage led to Grindelwald seeking out an Obscurial in the events of Fantastic Beasts, so might Ariana’s death scene reveal to us more about Grindelwald’s intentions?


Possible Flashback or Memory Scenes

Since Ariana died several years before the events of Secrets of Dumbledore, it’s likely that any scenes containing Ariana will be shown in the form of a flashback or memory, but whose flashbacks or memories might they be? And how would this affect how the memories are presented to us?

The scenes might come from Albus’s point of view if perhaps he opens up to Newt about his past relationship with Grindelwald. However, given Grindelwald’s future intentions and his close relationship with Credence, a flashback from Grindelwald’s perspective might present Ariana as a powerful yet dangerous character.

We’re also set to meet a young Aberforth in Secrets of Dumbledore, and given the fraught relationship between him and Albus after Ariana’s death, being reunited with Albus in Secrets of Dumbledore might bring up painful memories for both brothers.

The only other person who might have met Ariana and is alive during the events of Secrets of Dumbledore is Bathilda Bagshot. Being the great-aunt of Grindelwald, will she have a role to play in the franchise, and might her memories of Ariana shed new light on what we already know?


What are your thoughts on these images of Ariana Dumbledore? Do you think she will appear in Secrets of Dumbledore, and if so, which scenes are you hoping to see?


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Grace Hurley

I'm an animal-loving Ravenclaw with a Masters Degree in Writing and a passion for the Harry Potter universe since the age of five.