Harry Potter Fans Unhappy With Huge Fantastic Beasts 3 Plot Hole

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is out in two days and apparently it has a major plot hole that fans aren’t very happy about it. While the new Harry Potter movie isn’t completely out yet, reviews have started to pour in for the third entry in the Harry Potter spin-off series. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie currently boasts a 58, a very middling score. That said, Harry Potter fans will be hopeful the movie continues the growing trend of critic scores and consumer scores being miles off each other, however, if predecessor Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is an indicator, this won’t be the case, as that move received lousy scores from both critics and consumers alike.

Before the wider audience gets the opportunity to see the movie, however, there’s already displeasure swirling around parts of the Harry Potter fandom over a major plot hole in the movie. The plot hole involves Professor Minerva McGonagall, a fairly major support character in the Harry Potter films, where she’s played by Maggie Smith. Because Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore takes place before the events of the Harry Potter films, the character can’t be played by Maggie Smith. Rather, the character is played by the younger Fiona Glascott. None of this is a problem, but the character is at the center of the plot hole.

In real life, Fiona Glascott is 39, and in The Secrets of Dumbledore, she’s of similar age. The problem is Minerva McGonagall was born in 1935, so she should only be a child in the movie.

If this plot hole sounds familiar, it’s because it was an issue in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the movie’s predecessor, which takes place in 1927. Minerva McGonagall isn’t even born yet when that movie takes place yet she’s in it. The same movie has flashback scenes to the 1910s showing the character teaching at Hogwarts. None of it makes sense, and unfortunately, it has not been addressed in the new movie.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts and hot-takes in the comments section or, alternatively, hit me up on Twitter @Tyler_Fischer_ and let me know over there. What do you think of this plot hole in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore? Does it ruin the movie for you?


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