‘Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore’ is riddled with plot holes and errors that Harry Potter fans can’t help but notice!
‘Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore’ is set ten years after ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the first instalment in this spinoff series to the hugely popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, debuted in 1926. It has now progressed to 1937. There’s a big reason for this time jump, but saying anything else would ruin things too soon. ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ has received mixed reviews. But this is the ‘Harry Potter’ series. Whether it gets bad reviews or not, there will almost certainly be the fourth film to wrap things up. Here are some spoiler-filled questions that this film leaves unanswered in the hopes of a sequel.
Why did Credence abandon Newt Scamander?
Credence and his fellow Grindelwald zealots steal the Qilin calf from Newt and murder the mother in the opening scene of ‘The Secrets of Dumbledore’ to set up Grindelwald’s plan to steal the International Confederation of Wizards election. Credence accomplished the difficult task of overpowering Newt despite his access to his Swiss Army Bowtruckle and magical plot-armour-wearing Niffler, leaving him injured and returning to Grindelwald. Despite being thoroughly evil Dark Wizards, his cohorts also flee without casting a killing curse, which would have ruined Dumbledore’s entire plan to stop Grindelwald. There is the incompetence to consider, but morally, it does not fit with their previous actions.
Where is Nagini?
The inclusion of Lord Voldemort’s pet snake Nagini in the previous film, ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’, was one of the biggest surprises. Nagini began as a human with the ability to transform into a snake, but she was cursed because she would eventually be unable to return to her human form. Just because of that, she never got portrayed as a human woman in other films or books. In ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’, she supports the good guys, but she is never seen again. What transpired?
Professor McGonagall’s cameo does not make sense
Minerva McGonagall’s subsequent appearance in the sequel, like her appearance in ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’, makes no sense. McGonagall took birth on October 4, 1935, eight years after her debut in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. Somehow seven years after the sequel’s events, according to her original Pottermore biography. That got removed from Pottermore after some housekeeping. Nonetheless, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ confirms McGonagall taught at Hogwarts for 39 years in the 1990s. So how did she end up teaching at Hogwarts two decades before?
Deleting Yusuf’s memory
Yusuf is a wasted character in Dumbledore’s Secrets. He is assigned the task of infiltrating Grindelwald’s camp, which he sees right through. Grindelwald casts a spell to erase Leta Lestrange’s memories in an attempt to appease Yusuf’s memories. Grindelwald is the one who killed her in the previous film. If Grindelwald could do it so easily, why didn’t he erase Dumbledore from Yusuf’s mind? Better he could have enchanted him with a charm spell, transforming him into a robot-like minion. There were so many possibilities for Grindelwald right there.
Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s blood pact is completely irrelevant
For a while, the magic that prevented Grindelwald and Dumbledore from fighting was a clever narrative device, but ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ demonstrated the problem with writing in such rigid rules. Because to undo the blood pact in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ 2, ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ had to completely break its narrative. Dumbledore’s blood oath was supposed to prevent him from even considering taking action against Grindelwald, but planning an elaborate heist is acceptable? And the blood oath is unbreakable, but is simply attempting to save someone Grindelwald was attempting to murder enough to break it?
Secret of Dumbledore timeline is illogical
According to the Fantastic Beasts timeline, ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ is set in the late 1920s, and there is confirmation that the events take place just a year after the first ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film when Jacob says he has only known Newt for a year. It contradicts the idea that ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ is set in 1932. Even with that in mind, the end of ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ would be no later than 1933, leaving 12 years between Dumbledore breaking the blood oath and finally defeating Grindelwald. What did he do for over a decade knowing his former lover got bent on mass murder and Dark wizard supremacy? Shouldn’t he be held partially responsible for Grindelwald’s rise?
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