For Millennials. By Millennials.
Most people on this planet have definitely read or watched Harry Potter and fallen in love with it. The obsession has gotten to the point that we have been gifted with several amusing fan theories about the franchise that really make you go, “Hmm, interesting,” and sometimes, “Holy Shit, WTF.”
So, prepare to satisfy your inner fan girl by the following list of the craziest fan theories.
Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter is J. K. Rowling
Yes, Rita Skeeter, a notoriously annoying witch journalist, is actually none other than J. K. Rowling. Far-fetched? Maybe. Interesting? Definitely! It states that she was fired after the Wizarding World found out Rita was an unregistered Amimagus. To get revenge on everyone, she wrote the Harry Potter books under the pseudonym, J. K. Rowling. If that’s true, I need to find some fans to discover our favorite world of fiction.
The Three Brothers & Death
So, some fans theorize that Harry Potter, Snape, and Voldemort are actually the three brothers, Ignotus, Cadmus, and Antioch Peverell, respectively, with Dumbledore being Death. Just like the three brothers being rewarded in the story, Dumbledore awards them. Like Voldemort, the first brother got The Elder Wand and died for power. The second brother got the Resurrection Stone, so he could see his recently deceased fiancé and died for love—as Snape did for Lilly Potter. The third brother got the Cloak of Invisibility and met Death as an old friend—like Harry.
Why Snape Hated Neville
According to Prophecy, Dumbledore explains that there could have been two boys that could be the chosen ones. Only Harry and Neville fit the criteria. This theory tells us why Snape mistreated Neville. Neville represents a ‘what if’ for him. If Neville had been the one, Lily wouldn’t have died. So, the sight of Neville triggers guilt, hate, and blame for Snape, making him treat Neville the way he did.
Foreshadowing: Lupin’s and Dumbledore’s Death
Remember the tie Dumbledore invited Trelawney to join them at their table of 12, and she freaks and refuses, saying, “Never forget, when 13 people dine together, the first to rise is the first to die!” Ron quite possibly had Scabbers—a.k.a. The vile Peter Pettigrew—was in his pocket at the time, making it actually 13 people. In Deathly Hallows, after Mad-Eye Moody’s death, Bill Weasley proposes a toast, sending “twelve full glasses soaring through the room to each of them, holding the thirteenth aloft.”
More Foreshadowing: Fred’s Death and George Becoming His Holyself
It seems that a significant majority of the Weasleys seem to be named after the royal family— Arthur, William, Percival, George, etc. At first glance, it just seems like a funny coincidence. But is it? In 1760, King George III ascended the throne after his brother, Prince Frederick, the heir apparent, died. The kicker? King George was deaf in one ear! Now excuse me while I cry until I forget that Fred ever died.
Was Kreacher Really Just Evil, Or Was There Something More at Play?
When we meet Kreacher in Order of the Phoenix, he’s a crazy, rude, round unlikeable character. But we later find out the necklace Regulus gives to Kreacher for safekeeping actually had a Horcrux inside. Since Kreacher had it for a long time, some say it was the cause of him turning into the horrible creature he is.
It seems like Harry Potter could have been a dragon charmer apart from his day job of saving the world and being a badass quidditch player. Remember Harry facing Horntail and immediately becoming buddies? Well, the book clearly said, “Like a snake before its charmer.” Could it be that Harry unknowingly spoke in Parseltongue and was a Dragon Charmer, perhaps?
Crookshanks Is Part Kneazle
We meet Crookshanks in Prisoner of Azkaban, who Hermione adopts. We all remember Kneazle, a cat-like creature able to sense suspicious people. Not only is Crookshanks described as being like a cat, but not entirely, Crookshanks also behaves really aggressively towards Scabbers—who, as we know, turns out to be Peter Pettigrew. But the most telling is that J. K. Rowling has pretty much confirmed it.
You Can Ask to Be in Gryffindor
This theory is pretty compelling, as you have to choose to be brave. Also, the fact Ron and Hermione both end up in Gryffindor, even though Ron’s main trait seems to be his loyalty and Hermione her brains. Also, Peter Pettigrew ended up in Gryffindor, and we all know he wasn’t brave. Furthermore, Harry Potter chose Gryffindor in Philosopher’s Stone.
More Foreshadowing: Snape and Lily
The very first words Snape to Harry were ‘Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel into an infusion of wormwood?’ Well, according to Victorian Flower Language, Asphodel is a type of lily that means ‘my regrets follow you to the grave’, and wormwood means ‘absence.’ So, put together, his first words to Harry were, “I bitterly regret Lily’s death’.