WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in theaters now.
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald does its best to rewrite certain parts of Harry Potter canon while still moving towards the inevitable confrontation between the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and the greatest threat to his rule, Dumbledore (Jude Law).
Unfortunately, the movie makes a number of mistakes along the way. This includes problems with the depiction of Potter canon, poor decisions on the part of the characters, and plot contrivances that just don’t make any sense at all. Here, we gather the worst plot holes in the newest entry of the Harry Potter franchise.
How Can Anyone Apparate On School Grounds?
One of the laws of Hogwarts is that it’s supposedly impossible to apparate on the school grounds. It’s consistently brought up as a safety measure for the students, and derails many of the wilder theories that the heroes try to suggest during the original series.
The films have always been lax with this rule (Dumbledore apparates from the school in Half-Blood Prince, and the final Battle of Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows features a lot of teleporting wizards), but there was always at least a plausible, if unspoken, explanation for why they could get away with it in those moments; Dumbledore being in charge of the school could create an exception for himself and generally all the school protections falling to the Voldemort invasion, respectively. But in Crimes of Grindelwald, there’s no recognition of why the Ministry could just teleport over. They just do, and it’s weird.
Why Didn’t Nicolas Flamel Just Teleport To Save The Day?
Speaking of teleportation, why didn’t Nicolas Flamel do more to save the lives of the Aurors at the gathering of Grindelwald supporters?
The old wizard is revealed to be Dumbledore’s contact in Paris, and provides safe haven to Newt and his allies when they escape Yusuf’s cage. But gazing into a crystal ball, he sees all the death that will befall the people at Grindelwald’s rally. He eventually comes to their aid, too late to save many lives but in time to help stop the fires unleashed by Grindelwald at the conclusion of the rally. So why didn’t Flamel just apparate to the cemetery in the first place? He could have gotten there sooner, and possibly saved some more lives.