When the reveals do come, they are mostly delivered in exposition. Kravitz is tasked with explaining how Credence is not her brother because she -- on a sea journey to America -- swapped her actual baby sibling out with another baby, Credence. Her true kin then drowned. So ultimately, all of the Lestrange lore was just another information pit, largely irrelevant to Credence's actual journey.
Instead, Credence's true identity is revealed at the last minute after he aligns himself with Grindelwald. The bleach blonde dark wizard tells Credence that his family is associated with the Phoenix and deems him Aurelius Dumbledore. It's a namedrop that's both shocking and confusing because this is not a Dumbledore even the most intense of Potter-fans should know. The soon-to-be Hogwarts headmaster Albus has two siblings that Rowling has documented: Aberforth and Ariana. The former loves goats and the latter was accidentally killed during a battle between Albus, Aberforth, and Grindelwald, essentially a fight over Albus' soul. So who the hell is Aurelius? And is Grindelwald even telling the truth?
After over two hours, The Crimes of Grindelwald ends with more questions than answers. It does, however, inch the franchise along to a showdown between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The good wizard is sidelined here because he had made a blood pact with the fascist villain. Newt's trusty niffler snags the bauble containing that, meaning that now it can be destroyed. There are five whole films planned under the Fantastic Beasts name, and now that we're two down, it feels like there's been an awful lot of wheel spinning. Meanwhile, the original premise -- Newt and his furry, slimy, and twiggy pals -- has started to recede into the background. The Aurelius drop is a tempting tease, but at this point it's quite unclear what we should be expecting out of these stories.