‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Made A Huge Error That Has ‘Harry Potter’ Purists Miffed

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the first official prequel to the Harry Potter story, was released this weekend. While the first Fantastic Beasts film came out last year and covered events decades prior to Harry’s birth, this is the first in the planned five-film franchise that deals directly with characters and story threads that are important in the Potter saga.

Critics have dinged the film for packing itself full of Harry Potter references so densely that only the most devoted fans of the series will be able to tease them apart. But while the allusions to the beloved original franchise may be exciting for many fans, they are calling out the movie for one major discrepancy.

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Minerva McGonagall — Transfiguration Professor, head of Gryffindor House, and eventually headmistress of Hogwarts — appears briefly. In the new prequel, she appears as a young adult. But fans point out that according to Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s website that features detailed information about everything related to the Wizarding World, McGonagall is turning up where she shouldn’t.

Writer Rohita was quick to point out a little issue.

Soon after Rohita tweeted this, Pottermore removed Professor McGonagall’s birth year from the website. However, the 1935 birth year can still be surmised from the text of the Harry Potter books, specifically Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It is said that Professor McGonagall began working at Hogwarts in December 1956 only two years after she graduated. That would mean she graduated in 1954. Since Hogwarts has a September enrollment cutoff, this would mean that she started school in 1947 when she was nearly 12.

Some tried to justify her inclusion by speculating she may have been appearing as a student and not a teacher.

Others became fixated on other continuity issues.

Some put forth a Time-Turner theory.

And Noah summed it all up by saying…

Truthfully, we don’t think anyone truly minds seeing Professor McGonagall again.

H/T: Mashable, Twitter