Here at RetroEnt, we love a fan theory. Especially when they’re about Harry Potter. We’re complete Potterheads.
Crookshanks was quite possibly one of the most underrated characters throughout the Harry Potter movies – especially in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Without Crookshanks’ hatred for Ron’s rat, Scabbers, they might never have revealed the true traitor in their midst. He’s the best, right? Even if he is a bit grumpy. But one Harry Potter fan has gone even further and linked the whole story together… and come to the conclusion that Crookshanks was once owned by the Potters.
And we have to admit; it makes sense. Let’s look at the facts:
Crookshanks really didn’t like Scabbers/Peter Pettigrew
None of us really liked Scabbers or Peter Pettigrew, but Crookshanks REALLY didn’t like him. As soon as we’re introduced to Crookshanks, we see him chasing after Scabbers. Every time he sees him, he attacks and tries to catch him. Now, this could be a simple Cat-and-Mouse game, or it could be something more. He could have known that this animagus was the one who sold out his previous owners to Voldemort.
Crookshanks took to Sirius
Did you ever find it weird that Crookshanks was so quick to help out a random dog? Normally, cats and dogs don’t have the best relationship, but Crookshanks had no qualms about helping out Sirius. He also protected Sirius when he first revealed himself to Harry by sitting on his chest, stopping Harry from cursing him. This makes us think that they already knew each other from when Sirius used to visit the Potters at their house.
He was waiting a while
When Hermione first purchases Crookshanks, she tells Ron that he’s been waiting in the Pet Shop for years to be bought. Perhaps…12 years? Crookshanks is half-Kneazle – a magical cat-like creature that breeds with other muggle cats. This means that he would stay alive for longer than the average house-cat.
This biggest piece of evidence for this fan theory is the letter that Harry finds in Grimmauld Place. The letter was sent to Sirius just months before she was murdered.
Thank you, thank you, for Harry’s birthday present! It was his favourite by far. One year old and already zooming along on a toy broomstick, he looked so pleased with himself, I’m enclosing a picture so you can see. You know it only rises about two feet off the ground, but he nearly killed the cat and smashed a horrible vase Petunia sent me for Christmas (no complaints there). Of course, James thought it was funny, says he’s going to be a great Quidditch player, but we’ve had to pack away all of the ornaments and make sure we don’t take our eyes off him when he gets going.
Does this make sense, or does this make sense?! Crookshanks was the cat.
Mind = Blown.