Plot Holes In Classic Fantasy Movies Fans Couldn't Help But Notice

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Vote up the most glaring plot holes.

From sweeping epics like The Lord of the Rings to charming one-offs such as The Neverending Story, classic fantasy movies will always have a special place in our hearts for their adventure, magic, and incredible storytelling. That said, they're not without their flaws. Fans online are quick to point out plot holes they've spotted, both minute and major. For example, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the treasure-hoarding dragon refers to Thorin as “Oakenshield” before the dwarf receives the surname. In Steven Spielberg's Hook, the infant Peter Pan gets taken to Neverland, where the children never grow up. "Why doesn't Peter remain a baby then?" some fans ask. Of course, loose ends can be a problem, too. In The Wizard of Oz, Miss Gulch (AKA The Wicked Witch of the West) kind of just forgets about how much she despises Toto, doesn't she?

Check out this list of plot holes fans spotted in classic fantasy movies, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


  • 1
    673 VOTES

    Baby Peter Ages In Neverland In 'Hook'

    From Redditor u/jaromadair:

    I just watched a clip of Tinkerbell taking Peter to Neverland after his stroller rolled down a hill and dumped him on the ground.

    Peter was a baby in that scene--how did he grow up to be a teenage boy while living in Neverland?

    673 votes
  • 2
    590 VOTES

    Dorothy Can't Simply Follow The Yellow Brick Road In 'The Wizard of Oz'

    From Redditor u/htallen:

    I looked for this one but didn't find it so I apologize if this is a repost. The movie is at least 50 now so I'd be shocked if I was the first person to think about this. The munchkins tell Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road. This would be fantastic advice if the road had no forks. However there are at least two that we see. The later is where the Wicked Witch sets the Scarecrow on fire for the first time, but my plot hole is more about the former. The first fork we see is where Dorothy gets all flustered. The Scarecrow points one direction, then another, then both. Clearly he has no idea where the f*ck the Emerald City is. How could he? He's never been anywhere else. Dorothy takes him down, he says he doesn't have a brain, they do a little song and dance, then take off down the road. Where the f*ck are they going? Clearly neither knows where they're going. The song and dance in no way solves Dorothy's problem with directions. It's simply by sheer luck they go the right way.

    590 votes
  • 3
    634 VOTES

    The White Witch Should Just Kill Edmund In 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'

    From Redditor u/chumjumper:

    Mrs. Beaver specifically states:

    "It has long been foretold, that two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve will defeat the White Witch and restore peace to Narnia."

    So, why doesn't the White Witch just kill Edmund? If there has to be four humans, then simply killing one of them should stop the prophecy from being fulfilled, shouldn't it?

    634 votes
  • 4
    859 VOTES

    Fred And George Miss Pettigrew On The Marauder's Map In 'Prisoner of Azkaban'

    From Redditor u/Cabeswater123:

    How did Fred and George not see Peter Pettigrew on the Marauder’s Map in Harry Potter?

    859 votes
  • 5
    403 VOTES

    Miss Gulch (The Wicked Witch) Forgets About Toto In 'The Wizard of Oz'

    From Redditor u/Qwerty_Asdfg_Zxcvb:

    The movie's entire first 20 minutes revolve around Margaret Hamilton's old woman character wanting Toto destroyed, and having the papers for it. At the end, this is just forgotten about.

    403 votes
  • 6
    467 VOTES

    Charlie Isn't Allowed To Have Free Candy In 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'

    From Redditor u/Impossible_Rabbit:

    This is in the opening of the movie. All the kids run to the candy store and the shop owner starts singing and throwing candy at everyone. Charlie is all sad and just staring. We are supposed to assume he cannot join them because he is too poor but it doesn't look like the shop keeper is keeping track of who is eating what. Candy is just being thrown everywhere. Is there like a membership fee for this shop? Watch the scene again... all these kids are just grabbing candy. You cannot expect children to keep track of it themselves and pay accordingly. There's a moment where a bunch of them are sharing a soda. Did they split the cost of this soda? Why can't Charlie go in and just grab candy like everyone else?

    467 votes