Fantastic Beast 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald released it's first trailer this week. The film hasn't been without controversy, but the fight over the trailer came from a pretty unexpected place.
People are for sure extremely excited, especially to see more familiar ground, like Hogwarts:
But there is one detail they're focusing on that's not so great:
Looks great - just...can you not show people apparating on Hogwarts grounds? Like, it's very clear in the book that you can't, no one can, NOT EVEN DUMBLEDORE. They messed with that in the original series and they're doing it again. It really bothers me! https://t.co/qAKzqob1WY— Sara Mueller (@biblio_saurus) March 13, 2018
Yes, you can see wizards apparating into Hogwarts in this trailer, which is very expressly forbidden in the books. You have to take a horse or car or your own two feet. You can't just pop by.
And people are genuinely pretty upset about it.
This has led to some passionate arguments:
This isn’t nitpicking. The inability to apparate within hogwarts is an important plot device in nearly every book!— Kyleen Breslin (@kbreslin624) March 13, 2018
There are also a lot of people trying to come up for reasons why you would be able to apparate into Hogwarts during the time period of this film, which is several decades before the events of Harry Potter's time.
Okay Potter fans I know some of you are Mad Online™ but what if events in this movie ARE the reason you can't Apparate onto the Hogwarts grounds HMMM— Proma (@promawhatup) March 13, 2018
Has it always been a rule one cannot apparate within Hogwarts grounds? Maybe we find out why the rule exists. But you could also be right that it wasn’t really on the grounds. I think the former. It was put in the trailer for a reason.— Amanda Blanchard (@weblore1) March 13, 2018
It’s possible that the no apparition rule was not implemented until after this story takes place and before Harry got to Hogwarts 😝— Chris Davis (@Jcld1029) March 13, 2018
Is the bridge technically even Hogwarts grounds? Also they probably implemented that rule after all the shit Grindelwald did— Anthony 🎭 (@AdotHam97) March 13, 2018
Or like, maybe there's special rules? For special people?
Then again Dumbledore CAN Apparate too so maybe if you're a member of a very high governing body you have special permission ?— Livael, вы здесь?! (@Livael23) March 13, 2018
But the ultimate ruling is no, no one can, never ever, okay??
If only the director had checked in with the author of the series! But if there's nothing to be mad about, is it even fun for Harry Potter fans?