Now that it has been a sufficient amount of time we can talk about that crazy betrayal! As the title states, there will be major spoilers following for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Leading up to the movie, I was sure Leta was going to be the one to betray everyone. She was a Lestrange, if anyone could get behind the whole, “wizards are better than muggles” thing, it would have been the Lestrange family. However, after leading up to Leta being the betrayer, it was Queenie that betrayed everyone.
There has been a lot of outcry by the fandom over this betrayal, because it seems out of character. The entire movie shows a new side of Queenie. Is it a Queenie that we just haven’t seen before, or is it a poor turn for the character? Let’s break down her behavior.
Our first introduction to Queenie in The Crimes of Grindlewald is that she has enchanted Jacob into a dopey, lovesick puppy. Jacob refused to marry her because he was worried about her safety, and so she enchanted him to marry her. Ignoring how problematic that is (enchanting people to do things is always a big no-no), Queenie puts their relationship in jeopardy.
Let’s talk about how crazy it is that Queenie so obsessed with getting married, that she enchanted someone. This seems like a far-cry from the independent Queenie we met in the first Fantastic Beasts film. This is a Queenie willing to do anything to marry Jacob—even enchant him into a pale copy of himself. The question is, does this version of Queenie match up with her character from the first movie? Is this just a crazy in-love Queenie, or as Jacob said at the end of the movie, just plain crazy?
Tina and Queenie’s parents died of dragon pox when they were young, they have been each other’s sole family. Yet, it is a man that tears them apart. Tina and Queenie have had a falling out over Queenie’s relationship with Jacob, so much so, that Queenie and Tina aren’t even talking at the beginning of the movie. Real-life sisterhoods have been destroyed over men before, so that’s nothing new. The question is, does it really seem like something Queenie would do?
The Ultimate Betrayal
When asked to make her final decision whether or not to follow Grindlewald, Queenie doesn’t hesitate to join. She is held back by Jacob, who doesn’t share her same conviction in Grindlewald. Despite her pleads that this is for both of them, Jacob doesn’t go with her. Queenie leaves Jacob, the one she’s been obsessed with, the one she supposedly was doing all of this for. Now, she’s on the opposite side of the war against both Jacob and her sister, the only people she’s ever loved.
What do you think? Does that sound like Queenie?
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