Are these true, or just 'Riddikulus'?
As the best-selling book series in history and the second highest-grossing film series of all time, it’s no surprise that people simply can’t get enough Harry Potter.
But like any popular book, movie, or work of art, once the original material has been consumed time and time again, what’s there left to do? Improvise and theorize, of course.
Aside from the original works’ immense popularity, “Pottermania” has produced millions in merchandising, endless amounts of fanfiction, and, of course, a plethora of fan theories. As with any popular work, fans can’t help but theorize or develop their own takes on the source material, so if you set off looking for Harry Potter fan theories on the internet, you’ll find just about as much content as there was in the original series!
And how we love these fan theories. Equally dark, observant, clever, and ridiculous, at the very least, fan theories give us a new chance to delve back into our beloved Harry Potter in brand new ways, helping us to relive some of that magic once more.
What Potter theories have you come across in the past? Well if you wanted to know the truth about Draco Malfoy, the future of Ron Weasley, or Minerva McGonagall’s deepest, darkest secret, look no further!
I Was a Teenage Horcrux
Maybe you’ve heard this one before as it’s pretty popular.
We saw what happened to Harry and his friends after just hours of wearing Slytherin’s locket, so imagine having to endure years of that type of evil power.
Seregunda explains, “Horcruxes are capable of twisting even the most loyal of people into bitter ones after mere hours, weeks. The Dursleys had ten years of it. The Dursleys were just minding their own business when a horcrux was dumped on their doorstep. For the next decade it proceeded to warp their minds, turning them from your garden variety insufferable human beings into horrible, heartless monsters. The fact that they survived such prolonged horcrux exposure without delving into insanity or abandoning a helpless child only solidifies their place among the pantheon of noble and virtuous heroes in the Harry Potter universe.”
The Symbolism Behind the Battle of Hogwarts
At the end of Deathly Hallows, Ron and Hermione are left to fight off Voldemort’s army during the Battle of Hogwarts, but their challenges are perhaps more significant than they first appear.
“In the final fight scene in the Deathly Hallows, Ron and Hermione are chased by an ugly creature and then hide behind a bike (like in the first book behind a sink), then attacked by spiders (like in the second book), then a werewolf appears (like in the third book), and then dementors appear (like the fourth book), then the Order of the Phoenix appears, as happens in book five, and then they reach Snape who is the half-blood prince.”
Ron Weasley Is a Time-Traveling Dumbledore
Yep, you read that right. Though Rowling might not approve of this fan theory, many people subscribe to it.
“The idea was inspired by the Wizard’s Chess scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone in which Ron plays as both a knight and the king—the symbolic roles that Ron and Dumbledore, respectively, play in the greater wizarding war to come. While these seeds of a theory seem rational enough, the follow-through is less than convincing, relying on such superficial similarities as Ron/Dumbledore’s red hair, long nose, and fondness for sweets to build a case. The full theory is much more meticulous than I am going to say here, but if you’re interested it is listed” right here.
Whaaaa? Do you buy this theory? They get even more wild ahead. Keep reading!