Fans of any world, universe, or franchise aren’t known for being the nitpicky type. Okay, that’s a lie. Anyone who’s been the fan of any specific fan community knows that fans are the ones that are hardest to please. Give them something engrossing, fine, and polished, and they’ll find a deep cut issue with it. But that’s part of the joy, right?
One such fervent fandom is that of the Wizarding World, which stared off with the Harry Potter books, and has since extended to the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Yesterday, we saw the trailer for the upcoming fantasy flick, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and while many agreed it was a solid introduction to the new film, there was one specific gripe fans had.
Looks great – just…can you not show people apparating on Hogwarts grounds? Like, it's very clear in the book that you can't, no one can, NOT EVEN DUMBLEDORE. They messed with that in the original series and they're doing it again. It really bothers me! https://t.co/qAKzqob1WY
— Sara Mueller (@biblio_saurus) March 13, 2018
Oh, boy. Here we go. While I see where they’re coming from, it can’t be assumed that just because no one was allowed to apparate into Hogwarts in the 1990s, doesn’t mean we should assume that no one has been allowed to apparate there since before the 1920s. Eagle-eyed fans will note that Dumbledore has the ability to remove and place the enchantment whenever he damn well pleases, and even allowed 6th years to apparate within the Great Hall for learning purposes. But even if you don’t buy that, it’s easy to assume that the restriction hasn’t been around since the beginning of time.
If fans’ next question is why Dumbledore would put a restriction on apparation in the 1990s, then we need only look at the war that took place amongst the wizards a decade-plus prior. Clearly, there was a reason to be concerned about unwanted parties entering. While this may not be a correct assumption, it’s easy enough to find a reason around this problem without stretching.
Lastly, we can’t forget one thing: J.K. Rowling wrote the script for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and if there’s one thing we know about her, it’s that she’s very detail-oriented, meaning that she wouldn’t overlook something like that.
What do you think of this whole thing? Do you think it was a plot hole, or just fans being fans? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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