Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming out mid way through November and though people haven’t actually seen it, the internet is already chock full of fan theories regarding every single aspect of its potential plot.
A lot of people think this one’s going to feature some aspect of Voldemort’s birth, as the film takes place in the same year he was born – 1926.
Naturally, this ties into the revelation that Nagini appears in the film as a woman with a blood curse who is shown to transform into the snake.
However one person on Reddit – going by the name u/soupycutie – took this one step further and thinks that Nagini is in fact Tom Riddle’s mother.
The theory gets weird, trust me, but it’s pretty damn detailed…
People have speculated that Fantastic Beasts will tie in to Voldemort’s birth, due to the fact first movie takes place in 1926. Voldemort (Tom Riddle) is born of Merope Gaunt on December 31st 1926. A poster seen in the first Fantastic Beasts movie speaks of a circus called the Circus Arcanus moving from New York to Europe on December 13th 1926. The last trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts movie confirms that the “snake girl” who is part of the circus is Nagini, a maledictus who will go on to become Voldemort’s pet snake. This is a secret Rowling says she has carried for 20 years. So we have Nagini in the right location and the right time, but that is no confirmation that Nagini is Merope Gaunt.
In Half-Blood Prince, we find out from Mrs Cole that Merope arrived at Wool’s orphanage, gave birth to Tom Riddle, and died soon after, though I believe Merope faked her own death. Cole says:
“I remember she said to me ‘I hope he looks like his papa’, and I won’t lie she was right to hope it, because she was no beauty — and then she told me he was to be named Tom, for his father, and Marvolo, for her father — yes, I know, funny name, isn’t it? We wondered whether she came from a circus“
So this could be a coincidence, but it seems Rowling may already have had the idea that Merope/Nagini was part of the Circus Arcanus. Perhaps Merope was looking ugly due to her upcoming permanent transformation into a snake. Perhaps Merope gave her child to an orphanage before faking her own death and running away so she would not harm her child after her snake transformation. The Gaunts after all are desceneded from Salazar Slytherin – what better family to carry a snake curse?
If this were true, and Voldemort was the child of the maledictus Nagini, it would explain Nagini’s maternal relationship with Voldemort in the books. If the two were able to communicate via parseltongue, this theory would explain why Voldemort is so fond of Nagini, entrusting her to become a Horcrux. Voldemort drinks Nagini’s venom to regain strength in his baby-form in Goblet of Fire, an obvious parallel to mother’s milk. It may even explain why Voldemort develops snake-like characteristics. But craziest of all is how this might explain how Voldemort was able to recover to a baby-form at all. Rowling once discussed the things that were too dark to describe in the Harry Potter series:
“There are two things that I think are too horrible, actually, to go into detail about. One of them is how Pettigrew brought Voldemort back into a rudimentary body. Because I told my editor what I thought happened there, and she looked as though she was going to vomit.” [The other was how a horcrux is made]
In Goblet of Fire, Voldemort describes how:
“Wormtail was able to follow the instructions I gave him, which would return me to a rudimentary, weak body of my own…with a little help from my dear Nagini“
Maybe the reason Voldemort was able to regain a baby-form was that his own mother, Nagini, gave birth to him again. As Nagini contained a piece of Voldemort’s soul, maybe Voldemort’s soul joined with Nagini’s piece of soul, which would later be given a body through childbirth. Perhaps the image that made Rowling’s editor vomit was that of a snake having sex with Wormtail in rat-form to conceive Voldemort for a second time.
I mean, wow.
That really took a very strange turn towards the end.
Wormtail had sex with a snake? Really?!
I don’t want that. No-one wants that. No one wants to see anything like that happen… ever.
It can’t be a coincidence that the film takes part in 1926 though. I think there might be something in that – I’m just not sure that it’s Nagini. That would be very odd.
But hey, I could be wrong…
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