Harry Potter has become a worldwide phenomenon over the past two decades. The series recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of the release of the first book, entitled Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Or Sorcerer’s Stone in America), back in 1997.
As well as the initial seven Harry Potter books becoming popular with many children around the world, the first of many spin-off films was released last year entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The film is a prequel to Harry Potter and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander in America as he travels to secure many magical creatures.
Fantastic Beasts was once a book that was part of the Hogwarts Library and one that many Hogwarts students studied, but JK Rowling‘s brilliant mind has managed to create a screenplay based on this idea and it is now reported that the film will also have a series of sequels.
Harry Potter has easily captured the imagination of an entire generation and JK Rowling continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats with regular updates on the Pottermore website, but even though the books that follow Harry, Ron, and Hermione have come to an end, it seems that some fans still have some incredible theories about some of the characters.
The following is a list of 15 of the strangest fan theories that have been published online over the past few years. Some have already been ruled out by JK Rowling herself, while others still remain there for the Harry Potter Universe to continue to dwell on.
15. Professor McGonagall Is A Death Eater
One of the craziest theories that Harry Potter fans have managed to come up with stems around Minerva McGonagall and the fact that she could have hidden her true identity from everyone around her for a number of years and is actually a follower of the Dark Lord himself.
It seems that the speculation began when McGonagall made a dismissive comment about Muggles in the first book, calling them “not completely stupid.” It seems that her love of Quidditch and the fact that she seemingly has no regard for the safety of Harry and his friends, instead taking the tough love approach and allowing them to make their own mistakes and in turn learn their own lessons in life. It seems that many fans have taken this as McGonagall actually hoping that Harry injured himself or got killed as a result so that she could then please the Dark Lord.
14. Is There A Reason Harry’s Gryffindor Class Is So Small?
It was thought that it could have just been an oversight by JK Rowling when she stated that there were about a 1000 students at Hogwarts at any given time. This would then mean that there has to be around 35 students in any class in any year, but it seems that Harry’s class is much smaller than this throughout the films and books.
A fan has come up with a theory that seems to state why his class is so small, it seems that the Hogwarts class of 1998 would have been a little on the small side because the children would have had to have been conceived in 1979-1981 which was when Voldemort’s reign of power was at its peak. It seems that all the adults were busy joining the order, may have been killed by Death Eater Raids, and many more who perhaps didn’t want to bring a child into the world. This could all lead to the fact that there may well have been a baby drought in the wizarding world at that time which would, in turn, lead to a much smaller class a decade later.
13. The Whole Book Was A Hallucination
One of the more depressing theories about the whole story was that maybe the entire tale wasn’t actually real to begin with. Maybe Harry was so upset with his own life in the Dursley’s cupboard under the stairs that he made up the whole world in his head and then woke up at the end of Deathly Hallows and realized that it has all been a dream.
JK Rowling herself has addressed the theory on many different occasions and even pointed out that perhaps Harry did go mad at some point while he was in that cupboard under the stairs. Rowling has also refused to rule out the fact that Harry did actually hallucinate the entire experience in the wizarding world, which means that this is one of the theories on this list that still actually holds some weight. After all, you never quite know what is real and what is true when it comes to Harry Potter.
12. Mary Poppins And Harry Are In The Same Universe
This theory is actually quite a cool one and suggests that Mary Poppins was actually a graduate of Hogwarts long before Harry and his friends made the school as famous as it now is. It seems that after she graduated, Mary decided that she wanted to spend her life in the muggle world but she didn’t want to give up her magic so instead she decided to hide her magic in her umbrella and her magical bag.
Hermione has a bag just like Poppins in The Deathly Hallows and Hagrid also has a magical umbrella, which helps to hide the fact that it’s some form of wand. Mary is able to hide her magic quite well and talks her way out of using it when it comes to everyone she is in contact with in the story, except for Bert who many have decided is actually a Squib or a wizard himself who is unable to use his magic in the muggle world.
11. Neville Wasn’t Actually Bad At Magic
Neville Longbottom became the butt of many jokes while he was at Hogwarts because he was unable to grasp the simplest of spells and was always the student who ended up standing out for all the wrong reasons. Despite coming from two of the most powerful wizarding parents, he was always considered to be “almost a Squib.”
Later in the books, Neville was able to master a Shield Charm, which is considered to be one of the most difficult charms, as well as holding his own in battles with Death Eaters and at the final battle in Hogwarts Castle. It is thought that the new Neville came from one pivotal change, his wand. For the first few years at Hogwarts, it seems that Neville was using the wrong wand for him and that is why he was unable to perform to the best of his ability. Neville chose to take on his father’s wand rather than allowing a wand to choose him, so when his wand was destroyed Neville was then forced to go through the wand choosing process and finally secure a wand that was meant for him.
10. Draco Malfoy Is A Werewolf
Draco Malfoy has had many things said about him over the past few years when it comes to Harry Potter fans, but the theory that he’s a werewolf is a new one. It seems that Draco’s father Lucius and the Dark Lord haven’t always been close so, at one point, when Lucius got on Voldemort’s bad side, he could have sent his lackey Fenrir Grayback, who was a werewolf, to infect Lucius’ son with the werewolf curse as punishment for crossing him.
This would explain why Draco struggled so much throughout the books and why Snape was forced to be so close to him because he was obviously brewing up potions to help Draco so that he was never forced to actually turn on a full moon. While this theory is relatively self-explanatory it is circumstantial at best and there was never really a hint that Draco was anything more than a wizard from a family that worshipped the Dark Lord.
9. Crookshanks Is Lily Potter?
Crookshanks is the pet cat of Hermione and has to be one of the most talked about cats in the world. It seems that the Potter Universe thinks there is something off about the cat and has even gone as far as to claim that he is a reincarnation of Lily Potter, because of their matching red hair, eyes, and their shared hate of Scabbers the rat, who was really Peter Pettigrew, who Lily hated when she was a human.
There is another theory that states that Crookshanks isn’t Lily but he did belong to her at one point because it was revealed in The Deathly Hallows that Harry’s mother did have a pet cat. Many fans believe that the cat disappeared after Voldemort’s attack on the Potter house and he then managed to make his way to Hermione where he still managed to stay in close contact with Harry while he was at Hogwarts.
8. Muggles And Wizards Have Already Fought Each Other And Muggles Won
One of the biggest plot holes in the entire season asks the question of why wizards have to hide in the muggle world anyway, and it seems that there is a simple theory that seems to have this solved.
It seems that muggles and wizards once went to war in the Middle Ages and Muggles were actually able to defeat the most powerful wizards at that time, which forced them to create the Ministry of Magic and go underground away from the watching muggles. It seems that the Minister for Magic still answers to the British Prime Minister, but some rules were put into place a number of years ago that prevent any use of magic in the presence of Muggles. The Minister himself made a comment in The Goblet Of Fire where he said he had to talk to the British Prime Minister about bringing a dragon into the country, which shows that he does still answer to Muggle authority.
7. JK Rowling Is Rita Skeeter
Another fun theory that avid fans have come up with is that JK Rowling could actually be Rita Skeeter. It seems that Rita was angry at the wizarding world after she was fired from her job at The Daily Prophet for being a sleazy journalist so she decides to move into the Muggle world and expose the wizarding world once and for all.
Her plan sadly backfired though since the story was seen as one of complete fiction by the muggles and now Rita has been banned from entering back into the wizard world because of the secrets she has revealed. It seems that there is nothing more the wizarding world can do about the fact that the secrets are out without further exposing themselves, so they have decided to go deeper underground instead. Another theory is that Rowling is half-blood and that she is telling Harry’s story to make some money, which is another theory that holds no water.
6. Ron Weasley Is A Time Travelling Dumbledore
This theory is entirely built upon the fact that Ron was able to play as both a knight and a king as part of the chess game that Ron and Harry were forced to play in the first book. The chess match is seemingly a symbol of the much bigger fight between good and evil in which Ron is seen as a knight backing up his friend Harry while Dumbledore is the king.
It seems that the similarities between the characters also back up this theory since both men are red heads who are described as having large hands and an obsession with candy, as seen from Dumbledore’s obsession with Sherbet Lemons and Ron’s addiction to most of the candy in the wizarding world. It is thought that Dumbledore’s trait of buying socks as presents for his friends comes from Ron’s mother Molly always sending him a sweater as a Christmas present.
5. Harry Is Immortal
This theory looks into the prophecy that Sybil Trelawney showed about Harry Potter and Voldemort and the fact that Harry has now managed to kill The Dark Lord could have some huge consequences on his life as a whole.
The prophecy stated that “either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives.” This has been seen as the fact that either Harry or Voldemort has to die at the hands of the other, but it can also be interpreted to mean that whoever survives the battle cannot die in any other way. This means that since Harry came out on top, it means that he is no longer able to die, which means that he made the ultimate sacrifice when he decided to live because now he will now no longer be able to see any of his loved ones, not even in death.
4. Harry And Sirius Are Actually Blood-Related
Harry was so excited to see Sirius Black in Prisoner of Azkaban when it was revealed that he was Harry’s godfather and finally it meant that Harry had some version of a family in the wizarding world.
That being said, it seems that Sirius and Harry could actually have been blood-related. The Black family have an ancient family tree that links them to The Weasleys, The Malfoys and The Prewetts as well as many other pure blood families by marriage. It also sees the link between Dorea Black and Charlus Potter who are believed to be James Potter’s grandparents. This would mean that Dorea Black was Harry’s great-grandmother which means that Sirius Black and Harry were actually cousins and related by blood. But there is nothing set in stone that makes this theory completely valid.
3. Harry’s Horcrux Made The Dursleys Hate Him
Harry Potter fans finally realized in The Deathly Hallows that Harry Potter himself was a Horcrux that was connected to Voldemort. Given that Horcrux’s give off negative energy and can actually alter someone’s personality after a prolonged amount of time around them, it seems that The Dursleys actually had a legitimate reason for disliking Harry for all those years.
Ron turned into a completely different person after he was in the presence of the Horcrux for a short amount of time in Deathly Hallows, which means that it is entirely possible that The Dursleys had no control over how they were feeling when it came to Harry and they could have been hated for reasons beyond their control. This theory will probably make a few fans feel bad about hating them now, although many of Harry’s friends had been around him for a long time too and they didn’t end up hating him as much as the Dursleys did.
2. Ginny Gave Harry A Love Potion
Many fans of Harry Potter never saw Harry and Ginny’s romance coming, and it could just be a coincidence that the couple finally ended up together when love potions became an integral part of the book. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince saw Ron as the victim of a love potion intended for Harry, but it is thought that Ginny may well have actually been able to pull it off.
Harry and Ginny’s romance came from out of nowhere and many fans now think that Ginny could have easily cooked up a love potion and given it to The Chosen One. JK Rowling actually had to comment on this theory as it was about to gain speed stating that Harry actually loved Ginny and that their love wasn’t to do with any magical force. So it seems that despite how great this theory is, it isn’t one that holds much water.
1. Dumbledore Is Death
Every Harry Potter fan knows the story of the three brothers from The Tales of Beedle The Bard. It states that the three siblings come face to face with the personification of Death who then offers them a choice of gifts. The first brother chooses the Elder Wand, the second chooses the Resurrection Stone, and the third is humbly given the Invisibility Cloak.
It seems that these three brothers have been seen as Voldemort, who is the first brother because he only pursues power and dies because of it, the second brother is Severus Snape who was always driven by the desires of his lost love, and Harry who is ready to face death and even accepts it as an old friend. Dumbledore would be the figure known as Death in this theory since he was the man who gave Harry the Invisibility Cloak and the Resurrection Stone, and he was disarmed by Draco Malfoy when he was using the Elder Wand. Dumbledore played his part in the deaths of all three characters and when Harry did die, before he was brought back to life, it was Dumbledore who was there to greet him like an old friend.
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