In a commercial for Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of of Grindelwald prior to the release of the Comic-Con trailer, fans were teased with an image of the Elder Wand illuminating a skull. Could this be the skull of a famous witch or wizard in history, perhaps a dark one, who may have inspired Gellert Grindelwald? In this video, I analyze several clues pointing to a 16th century alchemist, Seer, and dark sorcerer who was an advisor to Queen Catherine de'Medici: Cosimo Ruggieri. Could various gruesome legends behind this man have inspired JK Rowling's skull? And what does it mean for the story to come?
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LINKS TO SOURCES CITED:
For excerpt from Isis Unveiled: http://www.sacred-texts.com/the/iu/iu101.htm
On the Death Spell: http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/jms/jms11.htm
Thank you to Romney David Smith for the use of his artwork of the ceremony. His blog here: http://drawingsdaily.blogspot.com/
LINKS TO VIDEOS MENTIONED:
Does the Pentagram Hide Secrets of Why There will be Five Fantastic Beasts Movies? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifYdFJ6KTjs
Comic-Con Trailer Breakdown and Clues for Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald + Niffler Giveaway! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2duhz5sR7-Y
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, All the Clues from the First Teaser Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGOmoDz3epA
Does the Magical Zodiac Hint at War with Grindelwald VS Credence and Maledictus in Fantastic Beasts? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCfZ-wtgt4w
What Did Dumbledore Mean by "It Has to Be You" in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqTX4UH_iIo
PART OF TRANSCRIPT:
I want to read to you a passage from Isis Unveiled, a book on esoteric philosophy written in the 19th century by Helena Blavatsky, who’s considered the inspiration for the name Cassandra Vablatsky, Professor Trelawney’s Seer ancestor. The story’s a bit gory, so, if you’re squeamish, you might want to click off now. It retells a passage from Jean Bodin, a French philosopher and demonologist, who’s writing was influenced by the conflicts of both the Inquisition and Protestant Reformation. He’s recounting an event concerning Catherine de’Medici, who was Queen of France in the mid-sixteenth century, and her son, King Charles, who became king after the passing of his father and elder brother.
Blavatsky first gives an intro: “Catherine, the pious Christian--who has so well deserved in the eyes of the Church of Christ for the atrocious and never-to-be-forgotten massacre of St. Bartholomew--the Queen Catherine, kept in her service an apostate Jacobin priest. Well versed in the "black art," so fully patronized by the Medici family, he had won the gratitude and protection of his pious mistress, by his unparalleled skill in killing people at a distance, by torturing with various incantations their wax simulacra. The process has been described over and over again, and we scarcely need repeat it.”
Then she tells the story: “Charles was lying sick of an incurable disease. The queen-mother, had everything to lose in case of his death, resorted to necromancy, consulted the oracle of the "bleeding head."
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More to come! Future posts will include hints and clues as to the nature of the Obscurus and what to make of that weird Death Chamber. Please make suggestions for future theories in the comments below.
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