Fan Theories About Adventure Movies That We Can't Stop Thinking About

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Adventure has always been such a fun and exciting genre for film. With character driven stories, fascinating landscapes, and blood-pumping quests, adventure movies always keep people invested. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding a few of the most well known adventure films.

Check out these adventure movie fan theories below, and don't forget to vote!


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    Wands In 'Harry Potter' Are Mandated In Order To Provide An Easy Method Of Enforcing The Law

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    Wands are mandated in England (and many other wizarding nations) by their respective governments in order to provide an easy method of enforcing the law.

    From some of Rowling's assorted lore (I know, I know, but this was an actual thought out, written lore books, so it's not quite as awful), many wizarding societies (like pre-colonial Native Americans or Africans) never used wands. In fact, Uagadou (African Hogwarts) taught students primarily without wands. Since Uagadou was known for having some of the best Transfigurers in the world, we can assume that this had no effect on their power of their magic. We can also see wandless magic in a number of cases where underage witches and wizards pull off impressive magical feats with no wands at all.

    However, in the few rare cases when Hogwarts students try wandless magic, it always fails miserably. The school doesn't teach it, not even as an optional course. Why?

    Forcing reliance on wands makes it easier for Wizarding governments to keep the peace. Most of their serious (or even minor) crimes are punished by having your wand broken. This provides an easy way for the Ministry and others to prevent repeat offenders, as well as stopping prison escapes.

    Imagine how easy it would be to get out of Azkaban if anyone could just cast the Patronus charm with their bare hands. Imagine how absolutely useless "Expelliarmus" would be if your opponent had no weapon to disarm. Imagine how dangerous it would be to have that expelled Hogwarts student go rogue and start blasting up muggles with their bare hands. Hell, even Prior Incantato, the spell that the ministry used to get most of its evidence in magic cases is based on the suspect having a wand. Obviously, the Ministry can't allow any of that to happen, as it would undermine their entire government.

    The Ministry of Magic does have the power to impact curriculum at Hogwarts. We see them do this more obviously with Umbridge, but it's shown repeatedly that they set examination standards, skill requirements, etc., and likely have a great deal of influence over textbooks. Wands are required for every Hogwarts student, likely at the Ministry's command.

    From what we can tell, there are very few quality wandmakers. Ollivander was the best, and it's mentioned that there are a few others, but it requires a high degree of skill, time, and materials. That means that the Ministry can very easily keep an eye on who gets one, and block any criminals, or the "undesirables" of their choice.

    We see mentions of wizards and witches using wands from a long, long time ago, so this likely wasn't some ministry scheme that came out of nowhere. However, once the tradition was in place, the Ministry would have enthusiastically supported it, and made sure that it stayed as the norm.

    Additional evidence for this comes from the fact that the two areas that didn't take part in wand usage (Africa and the Native Americans) were the two areas that weren't originally part of the Statute of Secrecy. If you're gonna try to move your society underground, of course controlling who gets magic would be more important.

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    Troy's Dad Knew About One-Eyed Willy's Treasure In 'The Goonies'

    From Redditor u/87StickUpKid:

    Troy's rich dad knew about the treasure, and could be related to One Eyed Willy's killers.

    This theory is based around the plot holes revolving the tunnels. I always thought it was weird that the wishing well with all the money in it was such an easy way in and out of the tunnels, which means whoever built the well had to have known about the treasure or at least the tunnels. It's also weird that there's an exposed and modern plumbing system in the tunnels under the school, which also means whoever laid that pipe knew about the existence of the tunnels. Lastly, whoever built the restaurant had to have known about the tunnels since the foundation is riddled with pirate stuff. So, the town of Astoria, or at least certain people, knew about the tunnels, the treasure, the traps, and probably even the whereabouts of Chester Copperpot's body. Since the Goonies lived in the Goon Docks, or the poor part of town, my theory is that at least the city's wealthy elite knew about the treasure and kept that secret from the citizens of Astoria. With all these factors in mind, you could argue that the town was founded by rich pirates, who probably killed One Eyed Willy. Mikey's family (especially the dad who was a historian and his grandpa) was close to discovering this secret, the closer he got, the closer Troy's rich dad attempted to get rid of the family, which would explain why he wanted to build condos and a golf course over the Goonie's neighborhood. Troy's dad also doesn't look too surprised at the end, when everyone sees the pirate ship. So basically, Troy and Troy's dad are the descendants of the Pirates who killed One Eyed Willy.

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    'Jumanji' Is Actually An Ancient Trickster God

    From Redditor u/tamsui_tosspot:

    tldr: Jumanji is an ancient trickster god and playing its game is a form of worship.

    In both the original movie and Welcome to the Jungle, though, I've noticed some elements that seem to align with stories of worshiping and making pacts with ancient gods.

    The only way to finish the game and exit its spell is to complete a quest and call its name. In both movies, this is presented as the critical step -- and by implication the whole point of the exercise. The game wants its named to be called out by one who has proven himself worthy.

    The process of proving oneself worthy involves personal sacrifice, beyond simply following a set of instructions. In Alan's case, this was indirect in the form of losing his youth and his parents, while the second gang saw a more direct sacrifice as Bethany willingly gave up one of her lives for helicopter guy. The game wants to be sacrificed to in some manner.

    Beyond this, the game appears to entice each player to willingly embark on a quest in its name, and offers boons of various sorts in return for game play (worship) -- Alan Parrish repairs his relationship with his father and marries Sarah, Judy and Peter get their parents back, helicopter guy appears to have a good life, and the 2017 gang seem better off.

    Drawing on this and a bit of the mythology of American Gods, my conjecture is that an ancient trickster god like Anansi has found a way to survive through worship into the present day by appearing as a game to unwitting players.

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    'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Told By An Unreliable Narrator

    From Redditor u/Granite-M:

    Theory explaining the grab bag of accents and other anachronisms in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Grand Budapest Hotel takes place at the far-eastern edge of Europe, and yet every character has American or the occasional British accent, none of which are consistently applied from place to place. The reason for this is twofold: First, the story has been filtered through a series of retelling filters, altering the reality of it all, and second, Mr. Moustafa, who told the original story has subtly altered details out of a lifelong sense of discretion.

    The movie itself is framed as a story within a story within a story; the girl at the beginning is reading a book. We see what she imagines to be in the book. The book itself is a story told by the author (Jude Law / Tom Wilkinson). And that story was itself related to the author by Mr. Moustafa, who would have himself colored the story in his own way.

    In effect, you've got Mr. Moustafa's recollection of an event decades earlier, described to an author, then translated into the mind of a young reader. The reason everyone has wildly inappropriate accents for their locations is because at each stage of translating the story, the details get ever more personally interpreted.

    Beyond that, Mr. Moustafa is himself a consummate Lobby Boy and later Concierge. As such, although he might tell a story that is correct in all of its basic outline, he would slightly fudge the exact details so as to protect the privacy of those involved. He makes a point of telling the new Lobby Boy "You should never give out details like that. You are a Lobby Boy; you should be a stone wall." So, although he is pleased to tell a fantastic story from his youth, his highly-trained sense of discretion would force him to subtly alter the particulars, so as to avoid revealing anything that would be truly embarassing.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story told by a semi-but-not-entirely-reliable narrator, filtered through the voice of another author, and then played out in the brain of a young reader. The details would necessarily get a bit muddled.

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    Inigo Should Have Won The Fight With The Man In Black In 'The Princess Bride'

    From Redditor u/QuietCelery

    Inigo is actually a much better swordfighter than The Man In Black and should have won that fight.

    Let's go back to the famous sword fight between Inigo Montoya and The Man in Black (TMIB) by the Cliffs of Insanity. They start fighting with their left hands, Inigo says TMIB is better than him but then switches to his right hand and almost beats TMIB. But TMIB is not left handed either, and with his right hand defeats Inigo.

    The book goes into a lot more detail about Inigo's training and how he defeated all these other swordfighters and became a master. During the fight, Inigo purposely starts with his left hand to try to make it more challenging for himself.

    In the movie, before the fight, Inigo explains to TMIB that a six-fingered nobleman commissioned the sword from his father, and he shows that sword to TMIB.

    The book goes into a lot more detail about making the sword Inigo uses. When taking the commission, his father Domingo takes measurements of the six-fingered man's hand. He shows that he understands that he needs a sword made especially for him to make him the best fighter he can be. He says specifically that for just an ordinary fighter, it wouldn't make a difference. But if he were a very talented swordfighter, he would need a special sword. Domingo works himself nearly to death on this sword. He gets the grip right but not the balance. Then he gets the balance right but the sword is too dull. This goes on for a while until he creates a weapon for a sword master with six fingers.

    But this is the sword that Inigo uses, designed for someone with an extra finger with an explanation that using any old sword wouldn't make a difference for a person of ordinary talent, but for a master it would. Inigo is limited himself by using this sword designed for someone with an extra finger and would have beat TMIB if he were using a sword designed to be used with five fingers.

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    Dorothy Already Knew The Wicked Witch Of The East In 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    From Redditor u/DistressedDude33333:

    tldr: Miss Gulch is the Wicked Witch of the East

    The reason she looks like the Wicked Witch of the West is because they are sisters. Miss Gulch would use the Ruby Slippers to travel back and forth from Kansas and Oz, and also transform from human to witch, using tornados. It just so happens that Dorothy, Toto, and their house got caught up in the magic, this time. It landed on her and killed her. She would only travel to Kansas to cause problems when she was bored torturing the munchkins.