Sit back, relax, grab a bottle of butterbeer and some chocolate frogs, because we’re about to give you the most out there, topsy-turviest, roller coaster fan theories that are out there today.
Ginny’s love potion
We all know that Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter end up together, but some people wondered if this only happened because she spiked him with a love potion in the sixth book, Half-Blood Prince. He does seem to be unnaturally attracted to her in this book, when he never expressed interest previously. There is also the fact that Ginny shows interest in love potions, even asking her two older brothers, Fred and George, if they work.
Snape is a vampire
In a world that is filled with werewolves and goblins, it makes sense that there would be vampires as well. But while there aren’t that many that we get to meet in the book, there is a theory that Professor Severus Snape is actually a vampire. He was always known to have a batlike appearance, and in Prisoner of Azkaban, he is furious when Lupin teaches Harry’s class about vampires – almost as if he didn’t want to be discovered…
Mary Poppins went to Hogwarts
There is nothing like a good theory that blends magical worlds that we may have never suspected had any connection to each other – such as Harry Potter and Mary Poppins. Indeed, there is a theory that the umbrella-flying, no-hands room cleaning, lovely Mary Poppins is in fact an alumnus of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And there we were thinking that she was special, unlike any other housekeeper in the world – she was just showing off.
Ron is Dumbledore
This theory has popped up in so many places that we simply have to mention it. Forget about the fact that it has about a hundred holes – many fans are convinced that this theory is legitimate. Some theorists believe very strongly that Albus Dumbledore is in fact Ron Weasley from the future. The examples they provide include the fact that they both have red hair (Dumbledore when he was young), they both are obsessed with sweets, and Dumbledore always seems to be able to predict what’s about to happen.
Hufflepuffs like to chill
Here’s a fun little theory that it would hard for many to deny – the Hufflepuffs are actually known for doing just that – huffing and puffing, if you catch our drift. Think about it – they’re the ultimate “chiller” house – the head of their house, Professor Sprout, teaches “herbology” for crying out loud! They’re all about acceptance, and going with the flow – and it also doesn’t hurt that they’re house common room and dormitories are located right near the kitchens.
Draco Malfoy is a werewolf
There is a theory out there that Draco Malfoy is in fact a werewolf. Bear with us here – some fans believe that Voldemort unleashed werewolf Fenrir Greyback on Draco in order to punish Draco’s father, Lucius, for failing to retrieve the prophecy in the Department of Mysteries. Draco does seem to get very pale in the Half-Blood Prince – and then there’s that comment that Voldemort said to him once: “Maybe you can babysit the cubs.”
No hair don’t care
This is something that never gets talked about, and we think it’s an absolute shame. What’s the deal with Voldemort’s bald head? Was this a stylish choice? When did he become so bald? We know that he used to have a full head of hair, but we never see him with a receding hairline, so what gives? Well, a really neat theory is that Voldemort chose to go bald so that no one could impersonate him, by plucking one of his hairs for Polyjuice Potion.
Why Gilderoy Lockhart?
In Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, Gilderoy Lockhart, a plagiarist and fraud, is assigned as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and he turns out to be a complete disaster. People have often asked why Dumbledore employed him in the first place, but there is a theory out there that he did it just for fun. We like this theory, because it sheds light on the fact that while Albus Dumbledore may have been a powerful wizard, he enjoyed his own occasional private jokes as well.
In defense of the Dursleys
A running theme of Harry’s entire childhood is that he was mistreated by his aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But in their defense, there is a theory that holds a lot of water as to why they were absolutely horrible to him. We find out in the Deathly Hallows that Harry has a horcrux concealed within him, and they contain potent levels of dark magic. Perhaps the reason the Dursleys were obnoxious had nothing to do with Harry, but the piece of Voldemort’s soul that lived inside him.
J.K. Rowling is Rita Skeeter
This is a super wacked out theory that is fun to discuss, but also understand ridiculous. The idea is that J.K. Rowling, the author who penned the entire Harry Potter series, is in fact Rita Skeeter, the fictional journalist who spreads false rumors about Harry and his friends. The notion is that “Rita” was denounced from wizarding society and came to the “real world” to write all about the wizarding world, and pretended that it was fiction. We told you it was wacky.
It was all a dream
Here is one of the darker theories that have swirled around the internet, but interestingly enough it’s one that J.K. Rowling has supported. People have speculated that Harry’s experience of going to Hogwarts, finding out he was special, meeting friends, etc… It’s all happening inside his head, while he’s still in his broom closet. Basically, he hallucinated the entire thing. But wait, what about Ron, and Hermione, and Sirius? Yes, we said it was dark – we don’t throw that word around for nothing.
Past war between wizards and muggles
There is a popular Harry Potter theory that long ago, perhaps in the middle ages, an all out war broke out between the wizards and the muggles, and that the muggles won. This would explain why the wizards are in hiding, and why they have to let the muggle prime minister know when they are importing dangerous animals into the country. It’s believed that the wizards used to be a lot more powerful, but the muggles stamped a lot of it out of them.
Where the big trio could’ve ended up
We all know that Harry, Ron, and Hermione became Gryffindors, but there is a fun, popular theory that each of them belonged to a different house. Brainy Hermione could’ve been in Ravenclaw, loyal Ron could’ve been a Hufflepuff, and as we know – the sorting hat initially wanted to put Harry in Slytherin. But the reason they all ended up in Gryffindor was because they all made the choice that it was where they wanted to be – because bravery is a choice.
Rowling certainly loves her thematic metaphors, and that is why she loves this theory – the one that Voldemort, Harry, and Snape represent the three Deathly Hallows. Voldemort symbolizes the elder wand, Snape the resurrection stone, and Harry the invisibility cloak. To cap off this brilliant theory, people have said that Dumbledore represents death, a theme which, of course, ties all of the hallows together. And then of course, there’s the fact that Harry meets Dumbledore when he is in limbo between life and death.
Dumbledore created a horcrux
When this theory hit the web, J.K. Rowling wasn’t a fan, but hey – no one cared anyway. There was an idea brought up that Dumbledore in fact created his own horcrux – and the horcrux is none other than Fawkes, his pet phoenix. It is quite interesting when you think about it – the two are practically inseparable. Whenever Harry needs Dumbledore, Fawkes shows up, and when Dumbledore is emotional, Fawkes has been known to shed a tear. Perhaps it’s because a piece of Dumbledore’s soul lives inside her?
Harry heir of Gryffindor
This theory makes a whole lot of sense, but for some reason it never gets talked about in the books, or the movies. People have speculated that Harry Potter is in fact the descendant of Hogwarts founder Godric Gryffindor. During Harry’s second year in Hogwarts, fellow classmates thought that he might be the heir of Salazar Slytherin, but when he pulled Godric Gryffindor’s sword out of the sorting hat, it couldn’t have been plainer that this wasn’t true.
Crookshanks used to be the Potters’ cat
In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione buys herself a new cat by the name of Crookshanks. She’s a prominent pet throughout the entire series, but theorists have suggested that there is more to her than meets the eye. Some say that she’s the same cat that James and Lily Potter once owned, when Harry was only a baby. One piece of evidence is that Crookshanks recognizes Sirius when they first meet – another is that when Harry finds an old letter written by his mother, she references a mysterious cat.
Master of death
In the seventh book, the Deathly Hallows represent the elder wand, the resurrection stone, and the invisibility cloak. The belief was that anyone that possessed all three would become the “master of death.” When Voldemort attempts to kill Harry in the last book, Harry is given the opportunity to come back to life. Many theories have surrounded why he was able to return, but a very popular one is that he in fact did own all three hallows, and was therefore the “master of death.”
Harry is now immortal
In the highly anticipated prophecy that is revealed about Harry and Voldemort, we found out that “nearly can live while the other survives.” We originally took this to mean that one of them has to finish the other one off – but some theorists took it even further. Now that Voldemort is dead, they believe that the prophecy means that Harry literally can’t be killed by anyone, making him immortal – and giving his famous title, “The Boy Who Lived,” a whole new meaning.
George Weasley is Willy Wonka
Now, this might be our favorite theory out of all of them – it’s just too perfect. George Weasley is Willy Wonka. Think about it, Willy Wonka says that he is a little deaf out of his left ear – the same ear that George loses in Deathly Hallows. Wonka is a huge jokester, as is the notorious Weasley twin. They are both redheads. And wait – how about the fact that Wonka has a million unanswered “magical” questions about his chocolate factory? We think it’s because he’s a wizard.