Fans are falling hard for Disney鈥檚 new live-action Beauty and the Beast, and while there are quite a few ways that the remake may surprise you, there鈥檚 one part of the beloved story聽that has never made sense. But now, a bonkers theory may in fact fill a major plot hole and leave you saying, 鈥淥oooh, I get it!鈥

Beauty and the Beast surprise

First, we need to remember the curse bestowed upon the fictional prince, which not only results in his beastly form and transforms his household staff, but also means he doesn鈥檛 age and neither do those in his castle. While that makes sense (ya know, as long as fairy-tale magic goes), it didn鈥檛 explain why those outside of the castle apparently weren鈥檛 aging either.

A Reddit user by the name of Hainted has proposed that, 鈥淭he village of Villaneuve is caught in the Enchantress鈥 curse as well. It鈥檚 stated outright that she erased the memories of the Prince, his lands, and servants from the villagers鈥 minds, but if you pay attention she also locked the village in a time loop.鈥 Hainted and other users break down various clues that back up their theory, but beware! There are a few MAJOR spoilers present, though聽as Hainted points out, 鈥淚t鈥檚 hidden in plain sight, whether intentional or not, it makes so much sense.鈥

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