For those of you who need a bit of a refresher, an Obscurus is produced when a young witch or wizard’s magic is repressed. Over time, the repressed magic energy can manifest itself as a separate, uncontrollable energy that can in turn lash out when you least expect it.
In Fantastic Beasts, we see the effects Obscurials can have on a person firsthand in the form of Creedence (Ezra Miller), a young wizard who was forced to suppress his magic. While Creedence is a good example of how suppressing a child’s magic can be bad, the question on every fan’s mind seems to be why Harry Potter himself was never the victim of an Obscurus.
In a post that appeared on Rowling’s brand new website recently, the author explained that Obscurials only manifest under certain circumstances.
“An Obscurus is developed under very specific conditions: trauma associated with the use of magic, internalized hatred of one’s own magic, and a conscious attempt to suppress it,” wrote Rowing.
The Potter author then went on to explain why Harry himself never produced one despite the fact that his aunt and uncle hoped that living under their roof would squash the magic right out of him.
“Even when he was scolded for ‘making things happen,’ he didn’t make any attempt to suppress his true nature, nor did he ever imagine that he had the power to do so,” explained Rowling.
Rowling’s explanation is so obvious that we’re wondering how we could have missed it to begin with. Harry was always taught there was no such thing as magic, therefore, he wouldn’t have known there was anything to suppress in the first place.
At the end of the day, Rowling’s explanation of Obscurials and how they relate to Harry himself is just another reminder of what a brilliant storyteller she is, and we can’t wait to learn more about them in Fantastic Beasts 2!