At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
In 1926, he served as a supervisor to both Tina and Queenie Goldstein in the Wand Permit Office and was responsible for overseeing their activities and whereabouts. He was unhappy when he found out that Tina had interrupted a meeting held by the Investigative Team again and admonished her. He asked her whether she was investigating the Second Salmers again, but when Percival Graves showed up, he immediately brightened up and politely said hello.
Later, he questioned Queenie where she was going and what she had in her suitcase, while she was attempting to transport Tina, Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski from the MACUSA building unnoticed. Queenie replied that she was ill and that the luggage contained women's things. When asked if he wanted to take a look, Abernathy immediately and uncomfortably replied that he wouldn’t, and wished her to get well.
A few months later, early in 1927, Abernathy assisted with the escape of Gellert Grindelwald. He helped Grindelwald escape by temporarily switching appearances with the Dark Wizard, and boarding the Incarceration Carriage together with a team of Aurors and Rudolph Spielman. Grindelwald (still bearing Abernathy's appearance) then Apparated onto the carriage, killed the Aurors, sent Spielman flying down from the carriage, and conjured Abernathy (now restored to his true appearance) a new tongue, while Abernathy gave Grindelwald the salvaged Blood pact vial. The two wizards then flew away to Europe, probably to Nurmengard.
Three months later, Abernathy travelled with Grindelwald and other acolytes to Paris, intending to find Credence Barebone. He took on the appearance of an elderly lady to take a Lestrange family box from Records Room in the French Ministry of Magic. He later left box in the Lestrange tomb for Credence to find. Abernathy attended the subsequent rally of Grindelwald's at the Lestrange Mausoleum as one of his acolytes. When Grindelwald conjured a circle of protective fire around himself to test the loyalty of his followers, he stepped into the flames also disapparated away.
Personality and traits
Abernathy was originally a noble and responsible MACUSA employee, as he was entrusted with overseeing the activities of several subordinates, including the Goldstein sisters. Abernathy was also compassionate and understanding towards those subordinates, since when Queenie left work while feigning illness, he promptly wished her to get well soon.
However, Abernathy was ultimately persuaded by Gellert Grindelwald to join the latter's cause, which implies that Abernathy had always had some ambitions to end the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, but had simply been too hesitant to act on them. Abernathy quickly became a loyal follower of the Dark Wizard, helping Grindelwald escape by switching places with him, and engaging in other illegal activities with him, along with his other followers. This implies he developed a highly cunning, resourceful and possibly malevolent personality following his decision to join Grindelwald's mission.
Magical abilities and skills
- Transfiguration: Abernathy had considerable skill in human transfiguration, a highly difficult branch of this magic. He was able to switch appearances with Gellert Grindelwald to help him escape imprisonment, and later disguised himself as an old woman while visiting the French Ministry of Magic with Vinda Rosier.
- Apparition: Abernathy was able to successfully apparate away from the Lestrange Mausoleum.
- Care of Magical Creatures: Abernathy had some skill and knowledge of how to handle certain magical creatures. He was capable of handling the Chupacabra Antonio, which was guarding Grindelwald in his cell, to help Grindelwald escape confinement, being able to hold the creature on a leash.
- Wand: Abernathy's wand was of unknown length, wood, and core material.
Behind the scenes
- Abernathy was portrayed by Kevin Guthrie in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- LEGO Dimensions
- The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Notes and references
- ↑ As he worked as a supervisor at MACUSA in 1926, he was most likely of adult age.
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 10
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 24
- ↑ "‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Full Character Profiles Reveal Trouble in Paris!" at The Leaky Cauldron
|Magical Congress of the United States of America|
|Gellert Grindelwald's army|
|Acolytes||Carrow | MacDuff | Nagel | Krafft | Krall (deceased) | Abernathy | Vinda Rosier|
|Followers||Aurelius Dumbledore | Queenie Goldstein | Gunnar Grimmson|
|Headquarters||Unidentified home | Nurmengard|