Fans think they’ve spotted a glaring problem with the new Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer – but is there an explanation?

Harry Potter fans are very concerned that three wizards appear to be apparating within the grounds of Hogwarts in the new trailer

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There has been much excitement surrounding the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but some Harry Potter fans have noticed a very concerning detail.


It’s all to do with apparition: the trailer opens with three wizards appearing out of nowhere and landing on a bridge leading into Hogwarts.

This scene has sparked confusion on Twitter, with many fans questioning how on earth they were able to apparate within Hogwarts grounds, when it is well-known Harry Potter lore that you cannot…

However, some are responding to this by suggesting that perhaps what happens in this movie – a prequel to the Harry Potter books and films – is what brought about the apparition rule in the first place…

JK Rowling says specifically in Harry Potter website Pottermore that “the castle and grounds have always been protected with Anti-Apparition Charms”.

That said, the movies have frequently taken a slightly different attitude to the books when it comes to Apparition. In the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for example, Harry and Dumbledore apparate direct to Hogwarts, presumably because Dumbledore has the power – or “privilege” – to do so. In the books, however, they only apparate to Hogsmeade.

Perhaps the bridge in the trailer doesn’t even technically count as Castle ‘grounds’ however? Fans have, of course, been asking Rowling herself on Twitter, so perhaps she can enlighten the discussion?


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in UK cinemas on 16th November 2018