– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

After years of there being no Harry Potter or Wizarding World on the big screen, 2016 brought with it a brand new entry into this magical world. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, audiences once again ventured into J.K. Rowling’s imagination, only this time, decades in the past in New York City. The story follows Newt Scamander, and the problem of his escaped beasts — which happens to coincide with a very tumultuous times between the muggle folk and the wizards. 

At the forefront of the entire movement, you have the likes of Gellert Grindelwald, who is of the opinion that wizards are superior to muggles in every way, and as such, believes they should no longer hide. In his eyes, hiding only benefits the muggles, and leaves no room for wizards to grow. We didn’t see much of Grindelwald throughout the film, and the reason for that has to do with his disguise. 

His disguise came in the form of Auror Percival Graves, played by Colin Farrell in the flick. Throughout the movie, Grindelwald had apparently been utilizing Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Graves and infiltrate the MACUSA (American Ministry of Magic). The end of the film saw Grindelwald’s disguise melt away, and him being carried off by the law enforcement.

But this left one big question: What in the world happened to the real Percival Graves? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire saw Mad-Eye Moody being impersonated by Barty Crouch Jr, and after that ordeal, we got to see plenty more of the real character in later films. So does that mean we’ll be able to see more of Colin Farrell in the franchise as the real Graves?

Speaking with MTV, Farrell himself seemed to imply that that was all we could expect from him in the franchise, stating that, “It was always written that that was it.”

He then went on to speculate where the original Graves is, which includes some extra insight regarding Polyjuice Potion that I don’t believe was ever directly confirmed in the books. 

“For Polyjuice to work, the person who’s being replicated has to be alive and somewhere. So that would tell me that, you know, Graves is alive somewhere, but maybe he’s buried in a shallow grave and he’s going to die of starvation 17 hours after the film ends.”

Well he’s certainly one for melancholy, isn’t he? But regarding the potion deal, is it an actual rule in the Wizarding World lore that the person being replicated needs to be alive? Back when Moody was taken, Crouch said he wanted him for questioning, so it was never clear. However, if Grindelwald was expecting to keep up his charade indefinitely, it would make sense for Graves to be kept alive so that his DNA could be freshly-plucked as needed.

Honestly, I can see this question going unanswered for the foreseeable future, but if there’s one person who we know knows it’s screenwriter J.K. Rowling. She’s known to be a walking encyclopedia for her own world, and I certainly would love to know what became of poor Graves. If we know Rowling, he’ll pop up briefly somewhere in around movies four or five for about five seconds before we move on to more important matters.

What do you think happened to Percival Graves? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.