Like all long-running franchises, Harry Potter has its plot holes. Still, few are as obvious as this latest f*ck up in the wizarding world.
It’s been leaked that a young Minerva McGonagall will star in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, titled The Crimes of Grindelwald. And despite the character’s popularity, fans aren’t impressed.
According to the cast list released by SnitchSeeker, she is “Minerva McGonagall”.
— James Swann (@JamesSwann2) November 6, 2018
You see, the film is set in 1927, but according to canon Professor McGonagall – made iconic by Dame Maggie Smith in the original HP films – wasn’t born until 1935.
So, why is everyone’s favourite animagous running around New York City, when she wouldn’t exist for another eight years?
Many fans have accused JK Rowling of “breaking the [HP] universe”
@jk_rowling If McGonagall started Hogwarts in 1947, she would’ve been born in 1935, but she makes an appearance as a young adult in Fantastic Beasts 2 which is set in 1927?
— Tom Featherstone (@tomfev) November 6, 2018
@jk_rowling There are reports that Mcgonagall is in CoG. If these are true will it be explained how she is in the film despite supposedly being born in 1935?
— Samuel Falkingham (@samfalkingham) November 6, 2018
@jk_rowling why is McGonagall casted in #FantasticBeasts #CrimesOfGrindelwald, which takes place in 1927, when she wasn’t born until 1935, which is established cannon?? This, also, affects McGonagall’s timeline of teaching at #Hogwarts. Why break the continuity of the universe??
— Kate Magee (@KateMagoo95) November 6, 2018
@jk_rowling please tell me the rumors about McGonagall breaking continuity are false!!! I can’t wait 11 days! ????????????????
— Cesar Carreon (@CarryOnSUD) November 5, 2018
While others have come up with their own theories as to explain McGonagall’s appearance in the prequel
Is there any way to tell without any spoilers if the Minerva McGonagall character is in the film due to a continuity mistake or there is more behind it? I have still 10 days to wait until the premiere and it’s seriously bothering me…
— Fregoli Cotard (@hachispiracle) November 6, 2018
I saw a Rumor that Minerva McGonagall will be in @FantasticBeasts and while that doesn’t fit the timeline currently set in stone… there are several options and I doubt @jk_rowling will tell us ???? option A: it’s actually Professor M’s Mom before she is pregnant.
— William Michau (@WilliamCMichau) November 6, 2018
Dumbledore refers to a “Professor McGonagall”, but given that the film takes place before Minerva McGonagall was born, it couldn’t have been the one from the Harry Potter series.
— Jonathan Sim (@TheJonathanSim) November 3, 2018
As annoying as a continuity error is, we’re still excited to see the badass that is Minerva McGonagall on the big screen once again. The role of young McGonagall has gone to Irish actress Fiona Glascott, best known for playing Rose in Brooklyn (2015) alongside Sairose Ronan and Julie Walters.