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Old 11-25-2016, 01:55 PM
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Question Mary Lou Barebone

so this thread is about the mother of the year-- Mary Lou Barebone.

im kidding of course. but yknow she and Petunia would be BFFs had they met each other

but theres something Mary Lou said to Credence that got me all curious...

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"Your mother was a wicked, unnatural woman!"

....so Mary Lou knew who Credence' mother was, he wasnt just some random street rat or orphan that she took in. and according to Tina Goldstein, of all the children she was cruel to, Credence got it the worst.

so do you think Mary Lou knew that Credence' mother was a witch? was she related to her? or did she have anything to do with her death?

also what do you think of Mary Lou? was she simply misguided with her bigotry? or did something happen to her that caused her to be this hateful to Wizarding kind?


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Old 11-28-2016, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmm. You have me thinking now that you've brought up Petunia Maybe she's got a similar backstory - her sister was a witch, she was not, and that jealousy caused her to form the modern witch hunt. Her sister dies and she takes in Credence, because he is FAMILY, even though she hates him and knows he is magical. So she tries to literally beat the magic out of him.
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i saw the similarities and i just had to wonder...

if Mary Lou is Credence' Aunt, i gotta wonder why she didnt say so in the first place, why pretend to be his adoptive mother?

also i gotta wonder just how did she come upon Credence? if she knew that Credence' mother was a Witch, why take on the child that could possibly be a Wizard? its like theres more to Credence and Mary Lou's relationship than what we saw onscreen
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"so this thread is about the mother of the year-- Mary Lou Barebone."

Ah, you got me.

I think she probably knew (or at least suspected) that his mother was a witch. She probably thought she could beat the magic out of him, like how the Dursleys thought their meanness could do to Harry.

Mary Lou was certainly an interesting villain, and I think I may have some answers about her history based on information from the Fantastic Beasts companion book. Have you read it yet? It's huge and kind of expensive but definitely worth it! In the chapter about the Second Salamers, there are close ups of the pamphlets the children were handing out. There is a picture of nude witches dancing around a fire, and on another side is a quote from the Bible. Mary Lou is described as an evangelist, something which is hinted at in the film but not actually said directly. Plus, their base is in a church. We can't be sure if Mary Lou ever had any traumatic experiences with magic, but from these snippets of information we CAN gather that she and her followers are using religion to justify their anti-witch bigotry.

All that being said, it does seem like Mary Lou is not ALL bad, not like Voldemort at any rate. She offered shelter to homeless children (even if she then abused them) and maybe she did have a nasty experience with wizards. Imagine if in the next film we learned that Grindleward had attacked her or killed her family? That wouldn't excuse her cruelty to Credence or her anti-witch bigotry, but it would add more dimensions to her character.

Speaking of which...I really hope Chastity will be back.
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Reviving this for a bit, because I'm currently watching Fantastic Beasts again and why not x)

Gosh, I do hope Mary Lou is NOT Credence's mother's sister because that would just be too repetitive and this is the Harry Potter world, not Star Wars (haters gonna hate, lol )

Surely there's definitely a backstory for Mary Lou, knowing JK and all. There was even an explanation as to why Voldemort was the way he is, so I'm sure no villain in this world would be bad just for the sake of being bad.

I must get my hands on that companion book now that you mention it!
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