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Credence Barebone[2] was an American wizard who lived during the 20th century.[3][4] He was the adopted son of Mary Lou Barebone, the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, a No-Maj anti-witchcraft group.[3][4]

Credence had two adoptive sisters, Chastity and Modesty, and lived with them and his adoptive mother. Chastity is stated to be the middle of the three children and since Modesty is clearly younger than her siblings, this would mean that Credence is the eldest of the three.[5]

Credence was an Obscurial. He was far older than any other Obscurial known to wizardkind - the previous record being only ten years. This is a testament to his incredible power as a wizard.

Biography

Early life

Credence was born to an unnamed witch who died when he was young. He was adopted by Mary Lou Barebone, an anti-witchcraft preacher who physically abused him, causing him to suppress his magic.

Obscurus manifestation

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Credence with Gellert Grindelwald

By 1926, Credence was losing control of his Obscurus, and it manifested in outbursts that were wreaking havoc in New York. During this time, he was contacted by Gellert Grindelwald, in the disguise of Percival Graves, who asked him to help find the obscurial child in the Second Salem Church; in return Credence was promised to be made free and taught magic.

On 6 December, after a failed attempt by the Second Salemers to garnish the support of Henry Shaw Senior and being insulted by his son the senator, Credence's Obscurus manifested and attacked a fund-raising dinner at City Hall, killing the senator.

The next day, Credence found a wand in Modesty's bedroom, but their foster mother assumed it was his.[6] As Mary-Lou prepared to punish Credence, Modesty admitted it was hers, and the belt was torn from Mary Lou's hand. An Obscurus burst free at that moment and killed both Mary Lou and Chastity.[7]

Still in the form of Graves, Grindelwald came for him and demanded Credence take him to Modesty, who had fled the destruction to her home before she was adopted. Once there, Grindelwald told Credence that he had no further use for him. This betrayal caused Credence to reveal his Obscurus, to the surprise of Grindelwald. Although Grindelwald attempted to apologise and offered to train him, Credence lost control and transformed completely into an Obscurus, going on a rampage. Grindelwald pursued him and the pair were found by Newton Scamander. Newt managed to calm Credence down in a subway tunnel, only for him to start attacking the Dark Wizard before the Magizoologist could gain his attention, though Tina managed to get him to stop once more. Soon after, Seraphina Picquery and Aurors from MACUSA arrived and proceeded to attack him, only stopping when they believed he was destroyed, though a single shred of his Obscurus form fled the scene, unseen to anyone but Newt.

Personality and Traits

He was described as "troubled" and "mysterious."[3][4] Shy and withdrawn, this made him far more vulnerable to the abuse that came in response to the slightest infraction of his adoptive mother's strict rules. His timid personality also made him susceptible to manipulation by Gellert Grindelwald, who took a personal interest in him.[2]

However, when he was insulted or threatened, his Obscurus form was unleashed, which was triggered by his negative emotions and experiences and acted violently because of it, causing wide-spread destruction and death to those who provoked him. Namely, he attacked Mary Lou Barebone because of the abuse the latter inflicted on him for so long, and Henry Shaw Junior for the way he mocked him, even though Credence, Mary Lou and Modesty had come to him for help.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Obscurus Transformation: Credence was an Obscurial, prone to unleashing or embodying an Obscurus due to years of being forced to suppress his magic. He was notably more powerful than other known obscurials, living longer than any previously known.
  • High Magic Capability: While Credence never developed his magical abilities, his ability to survive for so long despite being an Obscurial indicated he had an immense amount of latent magical talent.

Relationships

Mary Lou Barebone

Credence feared his foster mother due to her constant abuse. When she was about to attack his younger foster sister, he transformed into his Obscurus form and killed her.

Modesty Barebone

Modesty was kind to her older foster brother and he was close to her as a result. She defended him when he was about to be whipped by their foster mother. However, once he killed their foster mother and foster sister, she became fearful of him.

Gellert Grindelwald

Grindelwald used Credence to try and locate the Obscurial and tossed him aside when he thought he had obtained his goal. When it was revealed that Credence was the Obscurial, he offered to train him, but Credence declined. He continued to attempt to recruit Credence until the latter seemingly vanished after being attacked by MACUSA's Aurors.

Etymology

Credence is derived from the Latin credere meaning to trust and to believe, and from credentia, meaning belief.[8] Barebone is an Anglo-Saxon surname, thought to be taken from the name of an English village, Barbon or Barbourne.[9]

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Appearances

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