Fantastic Beasts 3: How Jacob can become a wizard

According to JK Rowling, many Muggles have recessive wizarding genes. Considering the wand Newt gives him, Jacob Kowalski might be one of them.

Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) can learn to harness his magical skills buried in Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets. the Fantastic Beasts 3 the trailer shows Newt (Eddie Redmayne) handing Jacob a wand as a gift from Dumbledore (Jude Law), even though Jacob is knowingly a Muggle, and the Harry Potter The series has often explained how non-wizards cannot practice magic. But according to JK Rowling, magic is like any other talent, so one can be born with it, or one can discover and develop it later in life. This leaves a door open for fantastic beasts‘ No-Maj Jacob.

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt joins forces with Jacob entirely by accident, as the two suitcases swap in New York. This brings Newt to MACUSA by Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Jacob being bitten by a Murtlap. Eventually, Newt and Tina find Jacob, and Newt invites him into his magic suitcase, where he offers him treatment for Murtlap’s bite. Newt also comments that Jacob seems to have a more severe reaction to the bite, as the Muggle DNA is slightly different from the wizard’s. This ties in with something JK Rowling said about wizarding genes.

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JK Rowling said about her website: “Squibs are rare; magic is a dominant and resilient gene.” This confirms that wizarding DNA is slightly different from muggle, but also that there must be recessive wizarding genes in many muggles (which explains why muggle parents can have wizarding children and vice versa). Jacob might have recessive wizarding genes further up the family tree, unbeknownst to him or his parents. If magic is like a talent (and therefore can be discovered and perfected later in life), it’s likely that there is some latent magical power in Jacob – Dumbledore wouldn’t give him a wand for no reason. Although he’s known for frequently putting people in danger, Dumbledore is equally famous for his detailed and complex plans, and Jacob fighting alongside wizards in the war against Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is surely not just a happy accident.



Newt Scamander offering his wand to Jacob in Fantastic Beasts 3

Many Muggle-born wizards and witches only discover they have magical powers when they receive the letter of invitation to Hogwarts. Maybe some notice they can do inexplicable things (like Harry knew he could talk to snakes or Tom Riddle knew he could “make bad things happen to people who are mean to him”), but they don’t know they are wizards until they are told. Similarly, Jacob could find the wizarding gene buried after being given a wand and asked to fight alongside Newt and Dumbledore. Also, since not all wizards are equally powerful (with genes such as Dumbledore’s being exceptionally powerful), it’s very likely that Jacob’s powers can never be brought up to the level of an ordinary wizard. However, Jacob’s wand in Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets proves that there is magical power waiting to be discovered within him.


There is another possible (though less likely) explanation for Jacob becoming magical in Fantastic Beasts 3: just as part of Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) soul latched onto Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and gave him special magical powers (like Parseltongue), an external force could give Jacob the amount of magic needed to wield a wand. But for that to happen, Dumbledore would have to know about (or even cause) this event, which just isn’t as likely as Jacob having recessive wizarding genes. Whatever the case, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets is bound to explain Jacob wielding a wand.


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  • Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (2022)Release date: April 15, 2022

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