The Incredible Beasts movies are set a long time earlier than Harry Potter was even a twinkle in his mom’s eye, not to mention earlier than he walked by way of the doorways of Hogwarts for the primary time. On the identical time, although, they’re more and more seeming to be targeted on the backstories of main characters within the Harry Potter books and movies. Incredible Beasts 2 options Jude Regulation as Dumbledore, quite a lot of characters who’re usually related to the Death Eaters, the alchemist Nicolas Flamel, and even Nagini, the cursed lady destined to turn out to be Voldemort’s snake. Sadly, the straightforward fact is that the extra J.Ok. Rowling makes an attempt to attach the Incredible Beasts story to Harry’s, the extra danger there may be of damaging – or, even worse, breaking – continuity.
That second appears to have lastly arrived. The newest reviews recommend that Fiona Glascott will play Professor McGonagall in Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Given the actress is in her ’30s, it is affordable to imagine McGonagall can be working at Hogwarts alongside Albus Dumbledore. This causes an enormous continuity downside for the franchise; Incredible Beasts 2 is about in 1927 – eight years earlier than McGonagall is even purported to be born.
The Harry Potter books themselves solely supplied hints as to Minerva McGonagall’s previous. Essentially the most attention-grabbing was in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; in a single scene, McGonagall was requested how lengthy she’d taught at Hogwarts. “Thirty-nine years,” McGonagall replied. Given the Harry Potter tales are set within the ’90s, meaning she started educating at Hogwarts in 1956.
However J.Ok. Rowling has spent the previous few years fleshing out the Harry Potter universe on her Pottermore web site. There is a sizable entry for McGonagall, revealing her Scottish “half-blood” heritage, an early heartbreak when she fell in love with a Muggle, and even how she started her educating profession. In keeping with Pottermore, McGonagall graduated from Hogwarts with high marks and briefly labored for the Ministry of Magic. Disgusted by the anti-Muggle prejudice she encountered within the Ministry, she rapidly determined she’d had sufficient after 2 years and utilized for a educating job at Hogwarts. Between Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the Pottermore web site, then, it is doable to work out that McGonagall was born in 1935. She should not even be alive in 1927, not to mention already in her ’30s.
McGonagall’s backstory on the Pottermore website is remarkably detailed, which suggests Rowling by no means actually anticipated to revisit the character. And that, essentially, is the issue with your entire Incredible Beasts movie collection; these are motion pictures Rowling by no means anticipated to script. Had she been coping with fully unique characters, she’d would have prevented these sorts of contradictions, however each time she decides it is time to use a well-recognized identify, she’s pressured to transform a personality into the story of Newt Scamander, Gellert Grindelwald, and Albus Dumbledore. Generally that can inevitably imply that their historical past adjustments. Within the case of Professor McGonagall, it seems to imply she’s considerably older than Rowling initially meant.
No one but is aware of what McGonagall’s position can be in Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. All that is written assuming that she’s a instructor at Hogwarts; it is a affordable assumption, however there is only one different various. It is nearly inside the bounds of risk that, in some unspecified time in the future within the movie, Albus Dumbledore will expertise of his private future – and maybe glimpse Minerva McGonagall, a lady who’s but to even be born, at his aspect. That might conceivably occur, particularly given dialogue within the Incredible Beasts 2 trailers has already advised Dumbledore’s outdated flame Grindelwald has been having visions of the longer term; however it does appear slightly unlikely. There is no proof in any way that Dumbledore has ever been a Seer, a topic that might absolutely have come up at a while within the Harry Potter collection. So, sadly, it is extra seemingly that J.Ok. Rowling has simply made a big continuity error.
- Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Incredible Beasts 2 (2018) launch date: Nov 16, 2018