It's an exciting time for Harry Potter fans out there. In addition to the upcoming Broadway plays Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling is also hard at work with the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The first movie was very well received, with fans of the Wizarding World eager for any glimpses into its highly anticipated sequel. While the wait has been hard, the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald had recently arrived, and essentially broke the internet. The rabid fans were happy to finally see some footage, although the opening scene at Hogwarts raised some questions. When members of the Ministry arrived at Hogwarts to speak with Dumbledore (Jude Law), they were able to apparate into the castle. This goes against what Rowling had written in the books and the original film series, so fans quickly took to Twitter to voice their concern. Check it out.
This is just one of the many tweets which popped up in anger due to the use of apparition within Hogwarts' walls. And given the precedent set by the Harry Potter novels, the fans do have legs to stand on. It's public knowledge that no one can apparate within Hogwarts, including Albus Dumbledore. This helped keep the school safe, especially during the final battle for Hogwarts in The Deathly Hollows. Given how closely the fandom reads each page of the novels, the possible change in rules made the community very passionate.
Since this is just the first glimpse at The Crimes of Grindelwald, it's unclear if the use of apparition will end up becoming a plot point. It's plausible that some danger might enter the school, inspiring Dumbledore to attempt at making Hogwarts a bit safer. That's what one fan angrily tweeted out, while also taking jabs at comic book purists.
While tension may be high on both sides of the argument, the real important thing is that Harry Potter fans are going to be treated to yet another silver screen blockbuster. Some fans of the Wizarding World seem to understand that, and therefore tweeted responses to the trailer (and the use of apparition) with a bit more tongue and cheek. Perhaps the best of these comes from "Ron Weasley" himself.
That last tweet should be enough to get even the most hardcore Harry Potter purists out there chuckling. This line is a reference to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, where Uncle Vernon Dursley was attempting to keep Harry from finding his Hogwarts letter. It's a line uttered to perfection in the first film, and is a great way to keep things in perspective for the fandom.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will arrive in theaters November 16, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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