We love fan theories. We love Harry Potter. So when these two come together, we’re a happy RetroEnt. We won’t spoil it for you, just take a look at the most jaw-dropping Harry Potter fan theories…
Dumbledore is Death
We all know the story of the Peverell Brothers, their encounter with Death, and their quest for the Deathly Hallows, and one fan theorist has gone even further to claim that we knew them in real life. And it kinda makes sense. If we take a look at the Three Brothers, Voldemort takes after the eldest brother who became obsessed with the idea of cheating death. So Voldemort. Snape takes after the middle brother, who spends his whole life and career pining over his lost love – Lily Potter. (“After all this time?” “Always”). And Harry resembles the last brother, who ‘greeted death like an old friend.’ But who did Harry first greet when he died (but not really died) in Kings Cross Station? Dumbledore. Death. Even J.K Rowling has supported this theory…
Why did Dumbledore award Neville house points?
After the first movie, we were all a bit confused as to why Dumbledore awarded Neville Longbottom 10 points to Gryffindor for standing up to his friends. Dumbledore says, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Sure, we love Neville, but did that really warrant some house points? Or was Dumbledore going a bit soft? But when you think about it – the reason is a lot deeper than you’d think. From the books, we know that Dumbledore knows exactly the kind of bravery it takes to stand up against your own friends – because he did so against his best friend, Grindelwald.
Why the Dursleys were so horrible to Harry
Throughout his time at Privet Drive, Harry had a pretty horrible time of it. His guardians, the Dursleys, treated him awfully, and we thought it was completely inexcusable. Until now. One Harry Potter fan theory states that the reason they are so horrible to him is because Harry is, in fact, a Horcrux. And we all know the effect a Horcrux can have on a person – remember Ron and the locket? When you think about it, spending ten years around a Horcrux might make you a bit miserable…
Why the Dementors were so attracted to Harry
Whenever Harry and Dementors were involved… there was never a happy ending. In fact, the soul-sucking Dementors seemed to be more attracted to Harry than anyone else. Why did they only go for him when they were looking for Sirius on the Hogwarts Express? Why didn’t they attack Ron, or Hermione, or Professor Lupin who were in the same carriage? Well, Dementors are attracted to the soul – and not in a romantic way. And Harry has more soul than anyone else… because he also had a part of Voldemort’s soul (the Horcrux) attached to him until the last book and movie. If they had performed the kiss, would it have been Harry’s or Voldemort’s soul they sucked out? Could that have been one Horcrux down?
Is Harry immortal?
When thinking about Professor Trelawney’s prophecy, it’s well-known that Harry got the wrong end of the wand. Her prophecy exclaims that “either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives.” Harry took this as… okay, so either I kill Voldy, or Voldy kills me. But you can also see this in a different way because it says the ‘only way’ one of them could die would be because of the other. Could this mean that after killing Voldemort, Harry is now immortal? This means he’ll never see his family again… *sobs*
The Centaurs knew all along
We all know that the books hold waaaaay more information than the movies, and the books focus more on the highly intelligent, divining centaurs than the movies do. In the first book and movie, we see Firenze save Harry from Lord Voldemort, after Quirrell was seen drinking the blood of the slain unicorn. But his fellow centaurs aren’t happy about it. “What have you been telling him? Remember, Firenze; we are sworn not to set ourselves against the heavens. Have we not read what is to come in the movements of the planets?”. They also stated that “Mars is bright tonight” when questioned by Hagrid; Mars is the Roman God of war. This theory states that the centaurs could see how the Harry/Voldemort situation would pan out, but as per their nature, they wouldn’t interfere.
Harry and Ron are pretty good at Divination
Divination has always been the joke subject at Hogwarts, and Harry and Ron never really got the hang of it. Or did they? In the Goblet of Fire, Ron and Harry look at each other’s tea leaves to see what was to come – and predicted the events throughout the rest of the book and movie. For one, Ron says that Harry will be put “in danger of burns” – which indeed he was during the first task. I mean, there were dragons. Secondly, he is told he will “lose a treasured possession” – which he does during the second task – his best friend, Ron. Thirdly, he is told he will be “stabbed in the back” by a friend – which he is through the character of Professor Moody/Barty Crouch Jr. And lastly, he is told that he will “come off worse in a fight” – and at the end of the book he is cut by Voldemort at the graveyard, weakening Harry and returning Voldemort to his body. Woooooooah.
It was all a dream
Okay, so this Harry Potter fan theory is pretty depressing for all of the Potterheads out there. This theory goes that all of the events throughout the books and the movies were a figment of Harry’s imagination. Starved, and bored in the cupboard under the stairs, it is said he made it all up in his head. J.K Rowling herself hasn’t even denied it, saying, “I’ve heard it suggested to me more than once that Harry actually did go mad in the cupboard, and that everything that happened subsequently was some sort of fantasy life he developed to save himself.” We’re not too sure how to feel about this.
That Ron is actually Dumbledore
This theory goes that Ron Weasley is actually the time-traveling version of Dumbledore – and weirdly, there’s some evidence to prove this is right. The main bulk of the evidence comes from the chess game Ron plays in the first movie and book. In this game, Ron plays as a Knight, to protect his friend, but he also plays as the King, controlling the game. This is said to show the war between good and evil that Dumbledore faced during his life. There are also similarities in their appearances. We know from the book that Dumbledore used to have auburn hair and large hands. Alongside this, both of the characters’ introductions into the story involve candy – Ron boasts about the candy they have in the Wizarding World, and Dumbledore offers Professor McGonagall a sherbet lemon candy. What do you think?
Mary Poppins graduated from Hogwarts
One fan theory states that Mary Poppins and Harry Potter come from the same universe – and we see their point. The theory is that everyone’s famous magical nanny was actually an alumnus from Hogwarts, but had moved to the muggle world to live out her life. But she still uses her magic – the kind of magic they used a lot at Hogwarts. Levitation spells, cleaning spells, and she even has the bottomless bag that Hermione has in the Deathly Hallows. It’s said that she hides her wand in her magical umbrella, just like someone else we know and love…
How you make a Horcrux
The process of making a Horcrux is still unknown – but we know it is one of the darkest acts of magic that you could possibly do or perform. Even J.K. Rowling herself refuses to explain how they are made, fearing the description is just too horrific. (It’s been said she once told her editor, who then proceeded to throw up). But one fan theory is that Horcruxes are made through cannibalism. From what we know about Horcruxes – this kinda makes sense. They are one of the darkest acts of magic and involves a spell, murder and another action which we’re not too sure on. This theory says that this unknown process actually involved Voldemort eating his Horcrux victims after he kills them, as this act is often associated with gaining power in the books – remember Voldemort/Quirrell and the unicorn blood?
Wizards and Muggles have already fought in a war – and the Wizards lost
Throughout the Harry Potter series, we have always wondered why the Wizarding World has to be so secretive. I mean, wouldn’t it be great to have a world full of magic? But the theory goes that at some point during the Middle Ages, wizards and muggles fought in a war against each other, and the Wizards lost. Fans believe that the Ministry of Magic is just that – a ministry. They are not a stand-alone government, but rather a section of the Muggle government. This is heightened even more when it seems the Ministry has to report to the British Prime Minister when Sirius Black escapes. Could the muggle world be keeping them on a leash?
J.K. Rowling is Rita Skeeter
We have a lot of love for this Harry Potter fan theory – and it goes way beyond the fact that both J.K. Rowling and Rita Skeeter are writers. The theory goes that Rita was once banished from the Wizarding World because she made up so much of her work, and fabricated everything she wrote. So, she came to live in the Muggle world and decided to write down everything that had happened in the Wizarding World to get by. THIS MEANS HARRY POTTER REALLY HAPPENED. And that makes us happy.
Draco becomes a werewolf
We do feel sorry for Draco. Sometimes. We all know that Lucius’ family was well connected with the Death Eaters and, in turn, Lord Voldemort himself. But one fan theory states that at some point during The Deathly Hallows, Voldemort called on his old pal, Fenrir Grayback, to turn Draco into a Werewolf. Throughout the last few books and movies, we saw Draco becoming increasingly pale, ill, and even missed Quidditch games. Sure, we know he was under pressure to kill Dumbledore, but could it have been something more?
Crookshanks belonged to the Potters
We’ve already posted about this one before on RetroEnt, but we love it so much we just had to write it again. The theory goes that Crookshanks, Hermione’s cat, once belonged to the Potters, as shown by her letter to Sirius. The one that says Harry nearly killed their cat while riding around on his toy broomstick..