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All The Contradictions Of Harry Potter Canon In 'Crimes Of Grindelwald'

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a sore subject amongst Harry Potter fans. The film suffers from a glut of characters, the story is bloated, and it messes with Harry Potter universe canon. 

Crimes of Grindelwald issues range from fandom-shattering inaccuracies like the age of Professor McGonagall to smaller things like what specific spells actually do. Unfortunately, there’s no one to blame for the Fantastic Beasts retconning issues other than JK Rowling. 

The author’s held a tight grip on her content, which has lead her to smooth out and “fix” problems with her original story. Unfortunately, there’s decades of established lore, which makes the changes in Fantastic Beasts feel akin to George Lucas’s attempt to change the Star Wars universe with his prequel trilogy. 

Some of Crimes of Grindelwald’s retcons really do muddy up the narrative of the Harry Potter films, but a few of the odd plot holes could turn out to be red herrings by the end of the Fantastic Beasts series. Unfortunately, we only have two movies to judge in 2018. And as it stands, canon-breaking retcons are a huge problem.