Part of the fun of the Fantastic Beasts series is that it’s been able to confirm some fan theories that audiences have developed over the years since Harry Potter ended. An example is the confirmation in Dumbledore’s Secrets that Albus and Aberforth’s sister, Ariana, was an Obscurial.
Unfortunately, not all fan theories will ever be proven right or wrong, so audiences are forced to scour the books and movies for evidence to back them up. This can be done for even the most outlandish ideas. Fans on Reddit might not be able to prove their theories are canon, but they can always use the Harry Potter books and movies to prove they might just be possible.
Snape wasn’t really in love with Lily.
The Deathly Hallows revealed that Severus Snape loved Harry’s mother and therefore wished to protect Harry. He did it until the very end, despite the hatred he felt for the boy who looked so much like James Potter.
However, Redditor Yxsterday-nxght has a “dumb theory” that there was more to the story. “Snape wasn’t jealous of James,” they said, “he was in love with him. They gave evidence that Snape’s and Lily’s Patronuses were the same because they both complimented James’ stag. Although too wild to be likely, Snape’s hatred for James in Harry Potter was very complicated. A story of enemies to lovers would not be out of place.
George Weasly is Willy Wonka
There was never a connection between Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Redditor Neighbor102 noticed some similarities between Fred Weasly and Willy Wonka. “The Chocolate Factory really isn’t far from the Joke Shop,” they said, explaining that they thought George could have brought his talents to the Muggle world.
Sure, Willy Wonka held his famous contest decades before Harry entered Hogwarts, but anything is possible with magic. Wonka once said that he was deaf in one ear and every item in his office was missing his other half, just like George was missing his twin. Rowling may have taken a few subtle breaths.
The resurrection stone is just a death lure
In Deathly Hallows, much to the chagrin of Harry Potter fans, Hermione is adamant that the Resurrection Stone can’t be real. Dumbledore himself says that no power can bring back the dead. But when Harry finally uses the stone, he proves them wrong. Or does he?
“The Resurrection Stone doesn’t actually recall the dead,” said Redditor Chlorinecrown, “it simply invokes images of the wielder’s deceased loved one.” They go on to say that the purpose is to lure victims to death. If that’s true, Dumbledore might have left it to Harry to sacrifice himself more easily.
Ron is actually a talented clairvoyant
In Prisoner of Azkaban, the art of divination is described as a rare skill. Even Professor Trelawney seemed like a fraud, though the audience knows she had at least two legitimate premonitions. Other than that, the class didn’t seem to serve anyone’s talents.
But fans have noticed that while Ron never took it seriously, he might have had a knack for the subject. ” [Ron] always predicts things accurately without anyone noticing,” said Redditor KiraStrife. It may have been coincidence, but his prediction that Harry would be stabbed in the back by a friend and fare worse in a fight came true. So maybe it was more than just guesswork.
Hogwarts teachers are cursed to be single
Harry and his friends never paid much attention to their professors’ love lives, but Redditor Someday_wonderful noticed that none of the known professors at Hogwarts had a spouse, “not even Madam Pomfrey or Madam Pince.”
Die-hard Harry Potter fans know that Professor McGonagall was once married, but the relationship ended in tragedy. She and her husband lived together in Hogsmeade Village, but when he was suddenly killed by a sting from the Venomous Tentacula, she moved into the castle alone and never remarried. Like the comings and goings of DADA teachers, this was perhaps all the result of a curse.
Mad-Eye Moody can see death with his eye
After years of battling dark wizards, Mad-Eye Moody developed a paranoia that he was adamant about keeping him and others alive. It might have seemed that surviving battle after battle would make him feel more secure, but those who knew him said his caution had only become more extreme over the years.
Redditor Not-Lost-Wanderer wonders if Moody is so scared because he can “see death with his magic eye.” Given that the swirling orb is the only known thing that can see through the Sacred Invisibility Cloak, it might make sense that it could also see its alleged creator when in hiding.
Voldemort planned to impersonate Harry
Goblet of Fire had one of the most complex storylines in the Harry Potter series. Voldemort sent Barty Crouch Jr to Hogwarts in disguise, all to ensure that Harry was entered into the Triwizard Tournament and was the first to win the Portkey Triwizard Cup. It seemed like a lot of work when Crouch could have kidnapped Harry at any time during the school year.
Redditor Mitchsix guesses that Voldemort wanted to take Harry while he was in the maze for a specific reason: so he could put himself back in Harry’s shoes. “He could go on to make Polyjuice Potion and strike fear into the hearts of the Order as they watch their chosen one become a dark wizard,” they said. The only problem with this is that the Polyjuice potion may require hair from a living head to work, but it’s definitely a terrifying idea.
Fred and George gave Harry the Marauder’s Map to protect him
When Fred and George gave Harry the Marauder’s Map, they said his need was greater than theirs. It was surprising considering all the mischief the twins would do, and there would never be a time when a card like this wasn’t useful.
Because of this, Redditor OreoDrinker wonders if they may have been dishonest about their motivation. They think Fred and George are giving Harry the card “so he can watch his back” against Sirius Black. Sure, they used Hogsmeade as an excuse, but they might not have wanted to admit that they cared about his well-being and not just his misdeeds.
The wizarding world was in Harry’s head
The ‘Harry Dreams’ theory has been around since the first Harry Potter book was released, but Redditor Hambeesly has discovered that Deathly Hallows contains a clue that may just confirm that this is precisely the case. In King’s Cross Purgatory, Harry asks if his surroundings are real or all in his head. Dumbledore replies that they are in his head, but that doesn’t stop them from being real.
This Redditor claims this line “adds to the theory” that Harry imagined his trip as a way to cope with the abusive home he was raised in after his parents died. Believing that he had magical powers and that he could defeat the “bad guy” who kidnapped his parents would certainly have been a comfort.
Dumbledore traveled back in time several times
Albus Dumbledore was so wise in Harry Potter that there were times when he seemed to be all-knowing. He might have been a genius, but sometimes it seemed outrageous that he could guess something would happen long before all the pieces of the puzzle were put together.
“A popular theory is that Dumbledore traveled for a while,” says Redditor Kelly06. It ranges from “Dumbledore is an old Ron Weasley” to the Director repeatedly using a time turner to do and redo events. That would explain why he was so quick to give Hermione permission to use his and knew exactly how many turns were needed.
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