You know how Harry Potter fans are aggressively normal people who don’t over-relate with the popular book and film franchise? No? Well, huge surprise — Potterheads are just heckin’ furious about an admittedly bizarre continuity error in the new film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
The cast list for the second film, The Crimes Of Grindelwald, has been released, and there’s a character included in it that just doesn’t make canonical sense. Is this a classic case of J.K.Rowling meddling with the beloved franchise from beyond the grave? Or is this just an accidental goof, noticed only by the thousands of online wizard-nerds.
So, the unexpected character included in the cast list is beloved bad-ass Transfiguration teacher/ cat-witch, Professor McGonagall. This is concerning for people because apparently, fans have worked out that Minerva McGonagall was born in 1935, yet the film is set in 1927.
While it’s not explicitly stated in the books, some maths nerds have worked backwards, citing evidence from The Order Of The Phoenix which reveals that Professor McGonagall started working at Hogwarts in December 1956, after working for the Ministry of Magic for two years after graduation.
This would mean she graduated in 1954 and would have been a first-year student in 1947. I dunno, maths! People are angry about maths! This is not the first or most significant controversy the film has courted, such as the casting of trash-being Johnny Depp, or the weird, potentially insensitive casting of Voldemort’s snake.
Warner Bros. has confirmed the casting of McGonagall in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, and also revealed that she’s being played by actor Fiona Glascott. Let’s take a look at how angry people are:
Although Professor McGonagall was born in October of 1935, a younger depiction of her character is set to feature in ’Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ which takes place in 1927 pic.twitter.com/1bGIkUWdy0
— Harry Potter Facts (@Muggle_Facts) November 6, 2018
Trying to figure out Minerva McGonagall’s birth year like: pic.twitter.com/sEg6ZDgBa8
— LD Nolan (@LD_Nolan) November 3, 2018
How is McGonagall going to be in the next fantastic beasts? As an adult… Shouldn’t she not even be born?
— Charl-iz Navidad (@jellyfishlemon) November 6, 2018
Apparently Minevra McGonagall will be featured in the new movie “Crimes of Grindelwald”, which is set in 1927. But according to the book “Order of the Phoenix” and the @pottermore website, she should have been born in 1935. What are you playing at @jk_rowling ??
— K (@Kaumadi_J) November 4, 2018
Warner Bros. confirmed that Minerva McGonagall would be appearing in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald and also revealed that she’s being played by actor Fiona Glascott.
I know JKR is bad at math but this is ridiculous. How is the biography she wrote 4 years ago about McGonagall and how she was a student under Dumbledore fits with mcgonagall being a professor in 1927?!?
— Melina Bianchi (@Meliachipics) November 2, 2018
so minerva mcgonagall was born on 1935 but the younger version of her will be appeared in fantastic beasts 2???? pic.twitter.com/ZVta8XePOR
— jammy (@aryastarkin) November 6, 2018