Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published in the United States in 1998. The movie adaptation took audiences to the wizarding world for the first time three years later. Finished after seven books and eight movies, the series is still incredibly popular, even resulting in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. With such rampant fandom, it’s only natural that new fan theories are still being created today. Some are ridiculous and reach for stars that just aren’t there. Others are more interesting, causing a person to stop and think, “could this be right?” Here are some of those fan theories.
You’ll never believe where one theorist believes Mary Poppins went to school!
There Was A War Between Wizards And Muggles
One of the biggest unanswered questions in the Harry Potter universe is why the wizarding world is hidden from the muggle (human) world. The series plothole has led fans to speculate about the answer for years, but J.K. Rowling has never revealed the truth.
The most logical fan theory is that in the dark ages there was a war between the two worlds. At the end of the war, the two worlds decided to separate, realizing they could never live in harmony together.
Or were the wizards banished? Find out on the next slide!
The Wizard World Lost The War
This particular theory was thrown around on Reddit, and there seems to be plenty of evidence to support it. The Redditor responsible for the theory claims the wizards lost the war, otherwise the muggle world would be the ones in hiding.
One of the best clues to support this theory is from The Goblet of Fire, when it’s revealed that the Ministry of Magic must get permission from Britain’s Prime Minister to bring a dragon into the muggle realm. The Redditor believes this is proof that the wizarding world reports directly to the muggle world.
J.K. Rowling Is A Wizard In Disguise
There are two sides to this theory. The first one we’ll talk about is the fantastical side. One conspiracy theorist has proposed that Rita Skeeter is a real wizard. They also claim, that because Skeeter is shapeshifter, she is more than likely J.K Rowling in disguise.
The idea behind the theory is that no character in the franchise matches up with J.K. Rowling’s real-life persona as well as Skeeter. Because she was shunned from the wizarding world, she simply changed into a human so that she could tell all the wizarding secrets and get revenge.
The other side of the story, as you’ll learn next, is a little more believable.
J.K. Rowling Wrote Herself Into The Books As Rita Skeeter
The more logical version of the theory is that J.K. Rowling wanted to find a way to put herself into the novels, so she created Rita Skeeter. After all, both the made-up character and the real-world person are writers who deal with detailed accounts of the wizarding world.
Those who believe this theory, which has never been confirmed by Rowling, see the comparisons as uncanny. It would be hard to blame Rowling for finding a way to write herself into the world she created. (Assuming Harry Potter isn’t based on true events.)
Horcruxes Come At A Gross Loss Of Life
J.K. Rowling has never spilled the beans about how, exactly, horcruxes are made. All she has said it that it’s as complicated as splitting an atom and would come at a great loss of life. This has led some theorists to assume the worst.
The idea is this: Voldemort stopped making horcruxes because he ran out of souls. After he started terrorizing the wizarding world again, he never made a new one because of how hard the process is. Essentially, Voldemort would cannibalize other wizards in order to steal their souls and make them his pets.
Harry Potter Is Immortal
Here’s our first theory about the boy wizard himself! Do you remember when Professor Trelawney makes this prophecy, “Either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives?” According to some fans, it mean Harry Potter is an immortal.
The big clue here is the first part of the prophecy. Some interpret to mean that Harry and Voldemort were supposed to kill each other. Because Voldemort died and Harry only “died,” he is now bound to live forever.
Mary Poppins Graduated From Hogwarts
Mary Poppins’ name is never mentioned in any of the Harry Potter books, but that hasn’t stopped some fans from claiming she graduated from Hogwarts. Because her story takes place long before the events of the books, there would be no reason to mention her.
If she is a witch, then her magical umbrella is really her wand and Uncle Albert is likely a wizard, too (since he sees her use magic). As for the kids in the story, they’re muggles, but Poppins isn’t worried about them seeing her do tricks because no one would believe them, anyway.
Harry, Snape, And Voldemort Are The “Three Brothers”
In Deathly Hollows, J.K. Rowling tells the “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” The story is about the Peverell brothers and their attempts to cheat death. The way their individual journeys unfold has made fans believe that Snape, Harry, and Voldemort are actually the brothers.
Voldemort is represented by the oldest brother, who plans to use magic to cheat death, but is brought down by his ego. Snape, as with the middle brother, can never get over the loss of his great love. And Harry, the youngest brother, successfully hides from death for as long as he can.
If you know your Harry Potter, then you know what that means about Dumbledore!
Dumbledore Is Death
If “The Tale of the Three Brothers” is really about Harry, Snape, and Voldemort, then that means that Dumbledore is death. The giveaway for that is that the youngest brother willingly follows death and welcomes his demise.
Harry Potter definitely follows Dumbledore, and when he “dies” and visits King’s Cross, he is welcomed by Dumbledore. The headmaster also gives Harry the cloak of invisibility, which supposedly belonged to the youngest Peverell. Rowling has refused to confirm this theory, but had said it is one of her favorites.
Voldemort Affected The Dursleys
It would not be wrong to describe the Dursleys’ children as troubled in Harry Potter. But what if it’s not their fault? It’s common knowledge that being in the presence of horcruxes can have negative impacts on people, so maybe Harry living with the Dursleys for a decade brought out the worst in the kids.
The theory isn’t that far-fetched either. If you look at other characters interactions with Harry, there are uncharacteristic outbursts throughout the franchise. He fights constantly with Hermione while she has the locket (a horcrux), and Ron tends to turn into a jealous buffoon around him more often than not.
Neville Was Supposed To Be Harry
Neville Longbottom is notably clumsy in Harry Potter, which makes it hard to believe the books could have been about him. Well get ready to have your mind blown! When Professor Trelawney makes her “Chosen One” prophecy, Neville is one of the candidates.
When Voldemort decided to mark someone as his equal, he apparently had a choice, and went to Harry’s home first. If he had chosen to go to Longbottom’s home first, then we might be reading a comedy instead of a fantasy!
The again, is Neville really as clumsy as he appears? Find out next!
Neville Isn’t Clumsy After All
Going along with the last theory, perhaps if the first novel was called Neville Longbottom and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we’d learn that he isn’t so clumsy after all. There are hints throughout the books that forces outside of Neville’s control are affecting him.
The first is that he uses his father’s wand. They say “the wand picks the wizard” and Neville got a doozy. His dad, if you don’t remember, went crazy, making his wand extremely difficult to handle. Neville’s first flight is also suspect, as his movements are eerily similar to Harry’s when Quirrell bewitches his broom.
Hermione Tells The Reader How To Say Her Name
Here’s one fan theory that we can officially confirm! In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione Granger takes a moment to school her triwizard champion about to properly say her name. It’s pronounced, “her-my-oh-nee,” in case you missed that passage.
Rowling admitted that she didn’t add the passage because it was important to the story. She added it because it was important to the audience. Harry, Ron and other names are more common and easy to pronounce. At the time, Hermione was not.
Hermione Chose Her Own House
In the first Harry Potter book, it’s made explicitly clear that Harry chose Gryffindor. The Sorting Hat believed he was best suited for Slytherin, but Potter was adamantly against it. Because Harry got his way, perhaps Hermione did, too.
Don’t you think Hermione might be better suited for Ravenclaw? The reason, it’s believed, Hermione pushed for Gryffindor over Ravenclaw was because she admired the house’s bravery, and wanted to prove she could be brave herself. We do know her decision had nothing to do with Harry or Ron, because she was sorted before them.
Ron Chose His House, Too
Just like Hermione and Harry, the trio wouldn’t be complete unless Ron Weasley forced his way into Gryffindor, too. On paper, he’s a terrible fit for the house and probably better suited for Hufflepuff. By the end of the journey, however, he proves that he belongs.
And that’s really why Ron pushed to be a Gryffindor. He just wanted to belong. All his older brothers had been Gryffindors, so he felt he needed to be one to be accepted.
The Centaurs Gave Away The Ending
The first encounter between Voldemort and Harry that the audience gets to see is when the boy wizard comes across a cloaked figure drinking unicorn blood. A centaur named Firenze scares the figure away. Later, another centaur scolds Firenze, “we are not sworn to set ourselves against the heavens. Have we not read what is to come in the movements of the planets?”
Without making it clear, the conversation appears to be about Voldemort killing Harry, which was supposed to happen that night. The scene repeats itself in The Deathly Hollows, proving that fate in unavoidable.
Snape Should Have Been The Dark Arts Professor From The Start
It is not until The Half Blood Prince that Severus Snape is awarded the position as the professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts. Before being placed there, the position was held by Professor Quirrell, Gilderoy Lockhart, Remus Lupin, Mad Eye Moody, and Dolores Umbridge.
That’s a long list, and there’s a theory for why. The position was cursed. Snape was too important to the school to be allowed to teach a class with such a high turnover rate. There’s another reason, too.
Find out on the next slide!
Dumbledore Was Protecting Snape
The Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom wasn’t cursed by just anyone. It was cursed by Dumbledore. That’s what one theorist believes. Even though Dumbledore knew Snape was the most qualified professor to teach the students, he refused to let him fall under the curse.
The reason Dumbledore cursed the classroom was to make sure no one would hold the position for longer than a year at a time. He finally gives in to Snape after he makes an unbreakable vow to kill Voldemort. The theory, unfortunately, does not fully explain why it’s important to have a new teacher every year.
Professor Trelawney Predicted Dumbledore’s Death
Is it possible that Professor Trelawney predicted Dumbledore’s death in The Prisoner of Azkaban? In one scene she refuses a seat at Dumbledore’s table, saying “If I join the table, we shall be thirteen! Nothing could be more unlucky! Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die!”
As it happened, there were thirteen people at the table without Trelawney taking a seat. Peter Pettigrew was there in the form of Ron’s rat, Scabbers. And then, at the end of dinner, Dumbledore stood up first.
Trelawney Wasn’t Wrong About Harry’s Birthday
Another prediction that sounded crazy at the time but might be true happened in The Goblet of Fire. Trelawney senses that Harry was born “mid-winter,” which is wrong on the surface, but not underneath it. Harry Potter was born in July, but Tom Riddle was born in December.
According to the theory, it’s possible Trelawney was sensing Tom Riddle instead of Harry. At the time, Riddle was still embedded in Potter. It looks like she shouldn’t have been such a joke to her colleagues after all!