Fantastic Beasts sneakily killed off a character, script reveals
Fantastic Beasts had a higher body count than fans probably realized.
The Harry Potter spinoff tried mightily to balance its light and dark elements, so perhaps that’s why filmmakers decided to not show that a young character was murdered by Credence Barebone’s (Ezra Miller) obscurus-rage.
Remember when Credence blew up at his adoptive mother Mary Lou (Samantha Morton), and later Graves (Colin Farrell) finds her body? Well, there was another body in that wreckage, or there was supposed to be — Chastity Barebone (Jenn Murray), the other girl who joined Mary Lou, Credence, and creepy young Modesty (Faith Wood-Blagrove) during their visit to the senator’s office.
As detailed in J.K. Rowling’s script for the film:;
The place is destroyed — moonlight filters through gaps in the roof, and Chastity lies dead amid debris from the attack. Graves slowly enters the church, wand still drawn. Eerie sobbing can be heard from somewhere in the building. Mary Lou’s body lies on the floor in front of him, the marks on her face visible in the moonlight. Graves considers the corpse: A realization dawning on his face — no horror, merely wariness and intense interest.
It’s unclear if Chastity was a blood relative to Credence. Presumably all of Mary Lou’s tormented kids were adopted separately. Either way, rest in peace Chastity, we just barely knew ye.