There’s nothing like a batch of Harry Potter fan theories straight out of the piping hot cauldron of the Internet to make the day seem brighter. The Potter books and films are seemingly made for fan theories, with new ones popping up daily. Rowling’s (or should we call her Rita?) vibrant world is dissected all the time despite the fact that the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in 1997. Even Rowling enjoys Harry Potter universe theories. She particularly likes the one about Dumbledore being Death in the Deathly Hallows story of the Peverell brothers. She said, “It fits.”
But does the fan theory that Ginny slipped Harry a magical love roofie fit? Because for the longest time, it seemed like she was the only one carrying a torch, and Harry couldn’t have cared less. How about this one: Dumbledore is actually Ron? And George Weasley is Willy Wonka? Yep, there are some pretty wild, yet fun, Harry Potter theories out there.
There are quite a few strongly-held Harry Potter fan theories that make sense. Like how Draco Malfoy is a werewolf. He’s got that tortured thing going on. Is this the Dark Lord’s doing? Did Voldy have Fenrir take a chunk out of Malfoy because he failed to deliver the prophecy, and this was something that happened to Death Eater’s children when they messed up?
And with the addition of the new Fantastic Beasts series, new theories have popped up. Is Credence Barebone Voldemort’s dad? Is Percival Graves actually Gellert Grindelwald? Did Newt Scamander give Hagrid Aragog? So many theories sprouting up and will only grow as the five-film series rolls on.
Neville Longbottom Uses The Wrong Wand
Read more about Blogspot user Soggy Old Coot’s theory here.
Did Hagrid Get Aragog From Newt Scamander?
Scamander ended up at Hogwarts after his travels across five continents to study, collect, and protect fantastic beasts. So it’s altogether possible that a younger Hagrid met a middle-aged Scamander at Hogwarts in the ‘40s.
There’s another connection (besides caring for misunderstood beasts of the world) between the two. Hagrid and Scamander were both expelled from Hogwarts, only to return as professors later.
Trelawney Was Right About Harry’s Birth Date
Voldemort, Harry, And Snape Are The Three Brothers And Dumbledore Is Death
Rowling loves the Dumbledore theory, tweeting, “Dumbledore as death. It’s a beautiful theory and it fits.”
Further, Dumbledore represents all three brothers. When he was young, he sought power. He lost his sister and might have longed to see her again. And he wasn’t afraid to die, greeting it “like an old friend.”
Crookshanks Used To Belong To Lily Potter
So when Crookshanks recognizes Scabbers/Wormtail and Sirius in their animagus forms, it’s a strong clue that Crookshanks was Harry’s family cat.
The Dursleys Strengthened Harry By Being Awful
Almost every single character trait exhibited by Harry can be linked back to his time at the Dursleys: He’s a good seeker because he was malnourished enough to be small and fast, and had gained excellent reflexes from constantly dodging their swings at him. He wants to protect and help others, because no-one helped him. He hates bullies, like Malfoy, because he was bullied. He doesn’t try at school, because he was never encouraged at home, and in fact, was probably punished if he did better than Dudley.
Even Harry’s lack of curiosity about his family, his past, leading to Hermione or Ron to explain everything is linked back to the number one rule at the Dursley’s, ‘Don’t ask questions.’
Hermione, Harry, And Ron Chose To Be In Gryffindor
Was Hagrid Incapable Of Fathering Children?
The Dursleys Treated Harry Like Garbage Because He’s A Horcrux
Maybe they sucked as people from the start, but Harry as the horcrux made them so much worse. The leaving scene in Deathly Hallows: Part 1 does show that at least there’s hope for Dudley.
Neville Was The Second Chosen One
J. K. Rowling Is Actually Rita Skeeter And Harry Potter Is True
Tessela-te expands upon that idea, writing on Tumblr, “What if J.K Rowling was nothing but a half-blood sellout who betrayed the international statute of secrecy just to make money? The wizarding world could do nothing because us Muggles only know the story as fiction. And if they pursued legal action, it would only result in completely destroying the fragile nature of their secrecy.” The First Book Foreshadows The Next Six Books
What if the first book is a foreshadowing of the following 6 books? Here’s what I mean, after Harry, Ron, and Hermione get past Fluffy there’s a number of tasks ahead of them to get to the Sorcerer’s Stone. First they fall into the plant Devil’s Snare, in the second book Harry and Ron have a run in with the Whomping Willow in the second book. Second is the broom and the winged keys, which could represent the Quidditch match where Harry is attacked by all of those Dementors in PoA (Prisoner of Azkaban).Third is the chess match set up by McGonagall, which is referred to as a graveyard before they realize what is happening. Very similar to the literal graveyard Harry finds himself in after being transported there after touching the Tri Wizard cup in the fourth book. Then they run until a troll, who was already knocked out but could loosely foreshadow Gwarp, Hagrid’s half-brother, in the fifth book.
After that they run into Snape’s contribution to the protection of the stone, a collection of potions and logic. In the sixth book, we have a new Potions Master, Professor Slughorn, and Professor Snape moves on to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts. The sixth book focuses heavily on Slughorn and the Potions book Harry finds, which used to belong to the Half-Blood Prince, the real Potion Master himself.
And finally Harry finds himself face to face with Voldemort, and the final book is all about Harry’s final battle where he faces Voldemort for the very last time.
George Weasley Is Willy Wonka
Also, Wonka says he’s hard of hearing and George lost his hearing in battle. Plus, they’re both gingers. It’s airtight.
Is Mrs. Norris Filch’s Wife?
What if she was Mrs. Filch?! And what if that is what makes Filch so cranky and twisted?
Hufflepuff Is The Stoner House Of Hogwarts
effyeahchampomix also thinks Slytherins do cocaine, which… makes a lot of sense, actually.
Muggles Fought The Wizards And The Muggles Won
Reddit user celeritas365 expounds upon this theory here.
Arthur Weasley Was Under The Imperius Curse
Skelkins expounds on their Arthur and the Imperius Curse theory here.
The American Wizarding School Stole Its House Names From Native Americans
According to Hypable, a computer programmer was looking around in the code of the official Harry Potter website when they came across an unpublished quiz. Within it, the names of the four houses were (allegedly) revealed. They were: Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird, and Pukwudgie.
Ridiculous-sounding, to be sure. But many speculate that they are rooted in Native American tradition. According to io9, ” Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, and Pukwudgie are all from various Native American myth, culture, and folklore.” Plus, the “Wampus” is often compared to the “Ewah” from Cherokee mythology. Many fans were not happy with the blatant cultural appropriation, especially since the Harry Potter series has been called out for being insensitive to Native American culture in the past.
Celestina Warbeck’s Father Knew Newt Scamander
Warbeck met his future wife when he rescued her from a Lethifold attack on stage. Celestina’s mother was also a performer. The glowing amoeba-like Lethifold (Living Shroud) as described by Flavius Belby, “resembled nothing so much as a rippling black cape” that eats its victims.
A Lethifold disguised as a stage curtain attacked the future Mrs. Warbeck, and Warbeck just happened to be present when. He probably knew that there was only one way to kill the Lethifold: a Patronus.
How would a person working in the Muggle Liaison Office know how to fend off a Lethifold? Maybe he learned a lot from his buddy and fellow beast enthusiast, Newt Scamander. Or, Warbeck gave that knowledge to Scamander, who would certainly need it in his future work.
Ginny Weasley Slipped Harry A Love Potion, Explaining Sudden Romance
Harry Is King Arthur
– Merlin has his own Chocolate Frog card.
– Phrases like “the Order of Merlin” and “Merlin’s beard” are used throughout.
– Infant Harry was laid on the Dursley’s doorstep; infant Arthur was brought to Sir Ector to be raised.
– Both Harry and Arthur weren’t aware of their heritage.
– Harry pulls the sword of Godric Gryffindor from the hat, resembling Arthur pulling the sword from the stone; both acts sealed their fate as the true king/leader.
Check out even more clues here.
Draco Malfoy Is A Werewolf
There is an entire site dedicated to this theory and makes for quite the interesting read.
Horcruxes Were Created By Cannibalism
She has a pretty elaborate and convincing theory that’s well worth a read.
Harry Will Live Forever, Will Never See His Parents Again
Credence Barebone Is Voldemort’s Dad
Barebone was born in 1905 and is listed as dying in December of 1926. Tom Riddle was born in December 1926. Rowling has said that Barebone will play an important role in the series. So could Credence be Tom’s papa, complete with muggle-hating baggage and a first hand field course in treachery from Graves?
Did Dumbledore Fake The Prophecy Of The Potters’ Death To Lure Voldemort?
Of course, there are all kinds of reasons why this theory may not be solid, but that’s part of why Harry Potter theories are so interesting.
Ron Weasley Is Dumbledore Because Of Time Travel
However, Rowling shot this one down on Twitter, saying, “False theory.”