How many times does Hermione have to say it?
The first trailer for "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" was released Tuesday. When fans weren't busy drooling over young Dumbledore (Jude Law) and checking out Grindelwald's (Johnny Depp) new look, they took a moment to fire off some "canon" blasts.
The problem is the shot toward the very start of the trailer, showing several people apparating onto Hogwarts grounds.
We've been told time and again that you can't apparate on Hogwarts grounds. That area qualifies as the Hogwarts grounds. The rule is apparently not new, circa the 20th Century timeline of these movies. We've been told it's always been the case.
So now there's a debate about it -- was it a plot hole? J.K. Rowling herself wrote the "Fantastic Beasts" scripts, so you'd think she'd know. Unless the shot was added in by director David Yates, but he too would also know.
It's probably well-thought-out, and the running theory seems to be that they lifted the rule for a visit from the Minister for Magic. We have seen that the enchantments can be lifted on certain occasions, like Apparition lessons. Dumbledore was not Headmaster in this era, he was still Professor of Transfiguration, but the Headmaster could lift the enchantment.
Fans lashed out on Twitter, debating what happened:
This isn't nitpicking. The inability to apparate within hogwarts is an important plot device in nearly every book!— Kyleen Breslin (@kbreslin624) March 13, 2018
Okay Potter fans I know some of you are Mad Online™ but what if events in this movie ARE the reason you can't Apparate onto the Hogwarts grounds HMMM— Proma (@promawhatup) March 13, 2018
Honestly, David Yates, if you would only read Hogwarts: A History, you would know that you can't apparate onto school grounds... pic.twitter.com/xcJ3yHzi78— Benjamin Light (@benjamin_light) March 13, 2018
I thought so too but apparently it says on pottermore that it has ALWAYS been impossible to apparate into Hogwarts grounds. I do hope we get some sort of explanation.— Abbie ƎE (@xAbbieCx) March 14, 2018
The current headmaster can suspend the anti-apparition charms, but you're right, they've been in place longer that the 20s. "It was cast on Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry long ago and can only be lifted by the Headmaster of the time."— Linds ☃️ (@loveliestlinds) March 14, 2018
Has it always been a rule one cannot apparate within Hogwarts grounds? Maybe we find out why the rule exists. But you could also be right that it wasn't really on the grounds. I think the former. It was put in the trailer for a reason.— Amanda Blanchard (@weblore1) March 13, 2018
I bet @jk_rowling is already so fed up of people (cant call them fans) saying that you can't apparate within Hogwarts, when if they'd read the books, they'd know it's just a charm that is lifted regularly for apparition lessons.— Charlotte (@NeonWheelchair) March 14, 2018
READ THE BOOKS.#FantasticBeasts
There must've been a good reason for the shot to be included so prominently in the trailer. Or maybe Rowling and Yates just assumed fans would understand the rule was lifted for an important visit from the Minister. "Fantastic Beasts 2" opens in theaters November 16th.
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