Fantastic Beasts 3’s Timeline Hints At Jacob’s Dark Muggle Future

Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) has become a beloved character in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, but the series timeline points to a dangerous future for the Muggle. After finding himself pulled into the Wizarding World by Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), he helps the wizards in their struggles against wizard-supremacist Gellert Grindelwald (initially played by Johnny Deep before Mads Mikkelsen stepped into the role) over the course of the franchise’s three films. The cozy ending of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore saw the character getting married to Fantastic Beasts‘ Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), the witch with whom he had fallen in love.,In contrast to the Harry Potter franchise which appears to be set in the present day (despite the ’90s setting of the books), the Fantastic Beasts movies span from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s. Rowling’s history of the Wizarding World often has major events occurring concurrently with historic Muggle events. The franchise appears to be building to the duel between Grindelwald and Dumbledore (Jude Law) mentioned in the Potter series, an event which occurs in 1945 and places the event near to the end of World War II in Muggle history.,Related: Secrets Of Dumbledore Fixes 6 Big Fantastic Beasts Franchise Problems,With The Secrets of Dumbledore taking place and ending in 1932, the franchise is still roughly nine years away from the point at which the US joined the war effort against Germany. Although the low-box office earnings of the most recent film puts the future of the Fantastic Beasts franchise in question, the initial plan was to have a total of five films. If the story is indeed heading to the climactic showdown between Grindelwald and Dumbledore, the movies will have to make a couple of significant time jumps to get there. In doing so, the films will also have to address the whereabouts and stories of its side characters, including Jacob.,If the Fantastic Beasts franchise is indeed leading up to the famous duel between the two most powerful wizards of the day (Voldemort wouldn’t rise to power until roughly 40 years later), it’s not likely that Jacob will be able to remain peacefully in marital bliss. World War II saw many men called to the battlefield to fight against Hitler’s army. As an American Muggle, Jacob could be drafted. The Fantastic Beasts movies have also shown Jacob to be a courageous (if sometimes useless) ally, so it’s also possible that he will feel a duty to enlist and fight alongside his fellow countrymen to aid England where a lot of his wizard friends live.,However, while this would be a possible route in which to take Jacob’s story, it’s also possible the character would be too old based on the timeline. Fantastic Beasts has never really addressed the ages of its characters (and has also made some errors regarding pre-established items of canon, such as the too early presence of Professor McGonagal at Hogwarts), but with the first film beginning in 1926, Jacob will have aged approximately 15 years by the beginning of WWII. Even if he was in his early ’20s in the beginning of the franchise, this time span would make him far older than the average soldier of the time period.,Whether or not Jacob will be actively involved in WWII should the franchise go there, it seems fairly certain that he will be very entangled in the Wizarding side of things, especially after his foreshadowed marriage to Queenie. Jacob is someone who fights for his friends and won’t back down from a fight, even when his enemies have magic on their side. If his Fantastic Beasts future as Muggle leads him into WWII, his wizarding friends will do all in their power to see him safely through.,Next: Fantastic Beasts 3’s Ending Breaks Harry Potter’s Sacrosanct Timeline