[Caution: This article contains spoilers from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.]
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has finally arrived, and with it, a barrage of fresh, Pottery fan theories to be both celebrated and debunked. The most intriguing? That disturbed, abused, highly powerful Credence is actually Voldemort's father.
The movie takes place in 1926, the same year Voldemort was born. That's an interesting coincidence. It's also pretty much the only (quite loose) connection Credence has to Voldemort at all. As a matter of fact, there's really not much connecting Credence and Voldemort other than that they're both very powerful and are both very capable of mass destruction. Also maybe the hair.
But, as we know, stranger things have happened in the world of Harry Potter. So let's talk about what would need to be explained if Credence were eventually exposed as Voldemort's absentee daddy.
The biggest issue with this theory is that the woman we know to be Voldemort's mother, Merope Gaunt, lived in a rural English town. The suggestion that Credence left the United States, found Merope, and impregnated her all before his tragic death is highly questionable. We also know at least part of Voldemort's (Tom Riddle's) backstory involves one Tom Riddle Senior, who himself was not a very good guy, as the story goes. He was, however, established in his town, meaning Credence would have been leading a double life as both a messed up kid and a wealthy socialite in order to make Voldy happen. Unlikely, right? Unless, that is, Voldemort falsified his entire childhood to throw the good guys off his trail, that sneaky minx.
What's more is that anyone who's seen the flick knows to what significant extent Credence is struggling. He is completely obsessed with gaining some sort of mentor; becoming a part of the magical world he's been encouraged to hate by adoptive psycho mama Mary Lou Barebone for years. He knows he's losing himself to his Obscurus, hence an almost obsessive connection to Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) whom we later discover to be Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). As we see him in Fantastic Beasts, he really wouldn't have had the capacity — let alone the ability — to conceive a child.
So, while we can never say never, at the moment, this theory is fun at best. Perhaps with a little bit of development, it could be something. Why does Credence have to be Voldemort's dad? Couldn't he be another relative? A cousin, perhaps?
We still don't know who Credence's parents were, let alone if he's even actually gone for good. But capable of producing the magical world's nastiest wizard? Probably not.