Draco Malfoy is a werewolf
This is one of those theories that becomes more believable the more you think about it. Remember in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Draco is described as looking “ill” and misses an important Quidditch match against Gryffindor? He even hands his homework in two days late and is said to have “dark shadows beneath his eyes”. This theorist suggests that Draco shows all the signs of being a werewolf, like those used to describe Professor Lupin in the Prisoner of Azkaban. Draco also describes Fenrir Greyback as a family friend, but Greyback is a particularly savage werewolf with a taste for children. There’s even a motive: we know that Voldemort promised Greyback prey in return for his services, and that he was angry at Lucius Malfoy for failing to get the prophecy in the Department of Mysteries. So what if he ordered Greyback to bite Draco as punishment to the Malfoys? Pretty convincing, don’t you think?
Ginny Weasley slipped Harry some love potion
Doesn’t it seem a little sudden when Harry falls in love with Ginny Weasley in the Half-Blood Prince, after having had strong feelings for Cho Chang? You could almost say it was like… magic? Or a potion, perhaps? Potions are one of the main themes of the Half-Blood Prince, as this Reddit user points out – Romelda Vane hits Ron with a love potion, Slughorn talks about them in his lessons, and the Weasley twins sell them in their shop (so it wouldn’t have been difficult for Ginny to get her hands on a bottle). Perhaps Rowling was trying to hint at something? We personally don’t want to believe this one, because it’s love that ultimately wins in the end and it would be awful to think that one of the most loving relationships in the book turned out to be false! What do you think?
The Dursleys were under the influence of a Horcrux
Being exposed to a Horcrux has a horrible effect on the individual – remember how Ginny behaved when she had Tom Riddle’s diary, or Ron when he was wearing Salazar Slytherin’s locket? Having neglected their nephew and made a pretty awful job of raising their own son, we can all agree that the Dursleys aren’t very nice; but what if they aren’t simply ‘evil’? What if their behaviour was the result of living with a Horcrux for all those years? By the time of the first book, they have been living with Harry – who is one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes – for ten years!
J.K Rowling is actually… Rita Skeeter
We love this one, mostly because it gives us the faintest bit of hope that the Harry Potter world could actually exist! The theory goes that Rita was caught out for writing lie after lie in her articles, and was banished from the wizarding community. Forced to live among Muggles, she fell on hard times – until she decided to write a story about a young wizard so fantastical that no-one would believe it was true. The story would go on to make her millions, and because people accepted it as only that – a story – the Ministry of Magic left her to it. This would make Harry Potter 100% true, and it also makes us look at J.K Rowling in a slightly different light…!
Voldemort was a cannibal
Now Voldemort was a lot of bad things, but a cannibal? We wouldn’t have guessed so! As this inquisitive fan rightly points out, the process of creating a Horcrux is “one of the biggest secrets J.K has kept hidden from fans.” We know that it involves murder and some very dark magic, and Rowling has divulged that the only other person who knows the entire process is her editor, who felt physically sick when she explained it to her. It also made Professor Slughorn and Hermione sick to even think about it, suggesting it has to be something repulsive – but we don’t know exactly what. Could it be that the final stage of creating a Horcrux is to eat the flesh and blood of the victim? After all, cannibalism has long been associated with gaining strength and power from the dead, and what are Voldemort’s followers called? DEATH EATERS. Case closed.
Dumbledore is actually Death
OK, stay with us on this one, it’s not that easy to accept. Fans have long supposed that the Peverell brothers in the Tale of the Three Brothers fairytale, told to Harry in the Deathly Hallows, represent Voldemort, Snape and Harry. The first brother who asks for power but dies for it is Voldemort; the second, who asks for a way to bring back his dead lover but dies for his lost love, is Snape; and the third, who asks not be followed by Death and receives the Invisibility Cloak, before later greeting Death like an old friend, is Harry. This all ties up quite nicely, and then this crazy person goes and suggests that Death is none other than Dumbledore himself! He is the only person (until Harry) to possess all of the Deathly Hallows, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths of Voldemort and Snape. And who is there waiting at King’s Cross when Harry dies? His old friend, Dumbledore. J.K Rowling has actually called this her favourite fan theory, writing on Twitter: “Dumbledore as death. It’s a beautiful theory and it fits.”
Crookshanks was Lily Potter’s cat!
This Quora member provides some convincing evidence for the idea that Hermione’s cat Crookshanks once belonged to Lily and James Potter. Firstly, when Harry, Ron and Hermione visit Grimmauld Place in The Deathly Hallows, Harry reads a letter from Lily that mentions the young family had a cat – Harry wonders what happened to it and whether it had survived the night Voldemort attacked. Secondly, the owner of Magical Menagerie – the shop where Hermione buys Crookshanks – says that nobody had wanted Crookshanks, and he had been there for “quite some time” – could he have been waiting for Harry or somebody who was close to him? Finally, there’s the fact that Crookshanks seems to recognise Scabbers as Peter Pettigrew and the shaggy black dog as Sirius Black – both would have been regular visitors to the Potters’ home at Godric’s Hollow…
Dumbledore is actually Ron Weasley from the future
This probably wins the prize for most ludicrous fan theory! This fan suggests that Ron has been sent back in time to live out his days as Albus Dumbledore (or Ronbledore!) Now that’s not to say there aren’t a lot of similarities between the two characters, particularly in terms of their physical appearance: they’re both described as being tall and thin, with red hair, long noses and large hands (Ron) or long fingers (Dumbledore). Dumbledore is said to have a scar on his left knee and Ron seriously injures his leg in the Prisoner of Azkaban; when Sirius attaches Peter to Ron and Lupin in the same book, he shackles Peter to Ron’s injured side – his left! Both have a sweet tooth, and Ron suggests to Hermione in the Prisoner of Azkaban that they bring Harry back some Cockroach Clusters from Honeydukes. Fast forward to The Goblet of Fire, and what is the password to Dumbledore’s office? Cockroach Clusters! Perhaps the most convincing evidence of all is that when Dumbledore looks into the Mirror of Erised, he sees himself holding a pair of woollen socks. Ron regularly receives hand-knitted socks from his mother, Mrs Weasley, but tosses them aside; could it be that the older Ron (aka Dumbledore) is wistful for his mother’s socks and regrets never appreciating the effort that she went to? The only problem is that this theory was written in 2004, before Rowling revealed more to us about Dumbledore’s family and past in The Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows books.
There was a Muggle vs Wizards war (and Muggles won)
Think about the term ‘Ministry of Magic’? Doesn’t it sound like a governmental department rather than a government itself? This clever fan suggests that there had been a war between Wizards and Muggles sometime in the past, and that Muggles won – killing the most powerful wizards, destroying certain magical knowledge and creating the Ministry of Magic to keep tabs on wizarding activity. Some examples of this include the Minister of Magic having to inform the Muggle Prime Minister that a dangerous magical creature (dragon) is being brought into the country; that wizards must register as anamagi; and that wizards don’t seem interested in advancing their magic, living in an “antiquated culture” under a lot of bureaucracy.
Harry is immortal by the end of the books
The prophecy made about Harry and Voldemort states that: “Either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives.” This has always been accepted to mean that, eventually, either Harry or Voldemort would have to kill the other. But this Imgur user explores the prophecy in more depth, suggesting it could also mean that the only way either of them could die would be at the hand of the other. So by killing Voldemort, Harry sacrifices his own death and becomes unintentionally immortal – which wouldn’t be so bad, except it means he’ll never be reunited with his parents and loved ones in death, forever being The Boy Who Lived… *sobs*
What are the most outrageous Harry Potter fan theories you’ve heard?