Is Credence’s Phoenix Fawkes? Wizarding World Social Media Accounts Say It Is

One of the many questions surrounding the plot of Fantastic Beasts is regarding the phoenix that appears to Credence at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It appears again in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, following Credence and protecting him. Fans have been wondering, is this Fawkes?

Now, the @harrypotterfilm and @fantasticbeastsmovie social media accounts appear to be confirming that it is indeed Fawkes, the phoenix who goes on to become Albus Dumbledore’s. Back in April, @harrypotterfilm posted a GIF showing three images of Fawkes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and a fourth image of what appeared to be Credence’s phoenix from Secrets of Dumbledore. The caption read, “Comment your Fawkes mood below,” implying they were all images of Fawkes. In the comments of the Instagram post, @fantasticbeastsmovie replied, “4 all the way,” further implying that the fourth image is of Fawkes in Fantastic Beasts.



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And yesterday, @fantasticbeastsmovie posted a video pointing out what it calls “Easter eggs” in Secrets of Dumbledore, one of which is Fawkes the phoenix.



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If true, this would be a big revelation to fans! However, we do take this information with a grain of salt – the social media managers may not be completely aware of the script writers’ intentions.

Furthermore, in a 2005 interview, J.K. Rowling stated that Fawkes “has never been owned by anyone but Dumbledore.”

Of course, the Fantastic Beasts series has already been known to alter previously established canon, with the inclusion of Minerva McGonagall as a professor in a time period when, according to combined information from Harry Potter and Pottermore, she should not have been born yet.

We can only hope that the upcoming screenplay for Secrets of Dumbledore will confirm the answer to this mystery when it is published on July 19. You can preorder your copy at the buttons below.

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Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.