What Is Leta Lestrange Afraid of in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

In the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter series, a Boggart is a shape-shifting creature that will take the form of whatever most frightens the person who encounters it. 

In the film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, when Leta Lestrange faces the boggart, it takes the shape of some white cloth floating. The film then moves to another scene without explaining anything about the white cloth floating shape and why Leta is afraid of it. 

So, go nowhere because this article will discuss what the shape was that Leta encountered in the movie and why she was terrified by it.

What Is the Shape Leta Lestrange Afraid of in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Near the film’s conclusion, the shape of which Leta Lestrange is scared is made clear. Boggart took the shape of Leta’s baby brother (Corvus Lestrange, wrapped in a white cloth) sinking in the ocean. Leta saw her newborn half-brother, who died drowning in the sea with the sinking ship. 

Towards the film’s end, a flashback shows that Corvus Lestrange IV (Leta’s father) sends Leta, her baby half-brother (Corvus Lestrange V), and half-elf family servant to America on a ship after learning that Kama family had made an unbreakable vow to kill one of the most beloved Corvus IV as an act of vengeance. 

On the ship, her newborn brother was constantly crying and screaming. So, Leta swapped her brother with another baby who was sleeping peacefully. The babies were both wrapped in white cloth.

Later, when the ship starts to sink, Leta, the half-elf servant, and the swapped baby eventually flee the drowning ship. Unfortunately, Leta’s brother, who was with another woman, could not escape the sinking ship and died in a white cloth due to drowning in the ocean.

Leta knew that the baby that was sinking with the ship was her brother and saw him dying with her own eyes and became traumatized by his death. 

She still feels guilty for her brother’s death, and due to this incident, her brother and his death became her biggest fear and her boggart in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It is why the boggart took the shape of a white cloth floating in the air or ocean. The boggart’s shape was her brother (wrapped in a white cloth) drowning in the sea.

Some fans believe that Leta was afraid that somebody would find out what she did on that ship. It is why she saw her brother in the shape of a boggart. It might be possible that Dumbledore might have sensed it or knew about it because he ended her stint with the boggart for a short duration only.

Leta Lestrange fears that her past mistakes and secrets may get exposed in public, which she kept hidden for so long. She fears that if people come to know about her past, they may judge her and ostracize her for her mistake of exchanging her brother (Corvus Lestrange) and unintentionally killing him.