Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald has too many Easter Eggs hidden in it to count, each more fantastic than the last! And quite a few references came with our return to Hogwarts in this epic sequel. From some of our favourite professors to some familiar and long-missed sights, it truly was a magical reunion. But you might have missed this name-drop, a reference to a character we know from Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince! Let us refresh your memory.
When we revisited Hogwarts in The Crimes Of Grindelwald, we were able to see a young Professor Dumbledore teach Defense Against The Dark Arts, and it’s clear just how much his students adore and look up to him. So much so that when officials from the Ministry of Magic interrupt the class, ordering all of the students to leave, none of them take a step. They all, instead, look to Dumbledore, who tells them it’s alright, and that they may leave. But one student in particular tells the officials that they can’t take Dumbledore away, he’s the best professor they have. Dumbledore smiles and tells him it’s okay, calling the student by a familiar name: McLaggen.
You may remember the name from the Half-Blood Prince. Cormac McLaggen was a…shall we say confident seventh year at the same time Harry, Ron, and Hermione were sixth years. He tried out for Keeper, a position which Ron ended up getting, and had a massive crush on Hermione. Sure, he was handsome, but he definitely was no match for the brightest witch of her age. The young student in The Crimes Of Grindelwald carries the same confidence, with less arrogance and more loyalty. He may even be Cormac’s Uncle Tiberius, who Horace Slughorn showed so much interest in during a dinner party in the Half-Blood Prince. Tiberius went on to befriend many Ministry officials and even Rufus Scrimgeour, one of the Ministers of Magic.
Who exactly this McLaggen is, we’re not sure. But Rowling doesn’t name drop randomly, so our bet would be on a young Tiberius McLaggen, or perhaps even Cormac’s grandfather. Either way, we may see more of him in the coming films, so keep your eyes peeled!
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