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Fan Theories About Harry Potter That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

Updated February 9, 2021 7.6k votes 1.6k voters 157.2k views16 items

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Harry Potter is one of the biggest franchises in history. It's gifted us with so much magic and lore and incredible characters, of course it sparked the interest of so many. Of course, none of it would be possible without our titular hero - Harry Potter. One of fandoms' most favorite things to do is scour the internet for fan theories, and there are a lot of them. From Harry and Ron being secretly psychic, to Dumbledore attempting to make Harry an Obscurus, there's no shortage of interesting ideas floating about. 

Which Harry Potter fan theory do you think could be true? Vote up your favorites below!

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    The Dementors Are Interested In Harry Because He Has 1.125 Of A Soul

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros Pictures

    From Redditor u/ThereIsBear:

    The reason Dementors are so interested in Harry is because he has 1.125 of a soul. The 1/8th of Voldemort's soul that attached itself to Harry means he has more soul than everyone else around him. The Dementors go "hell yeah, 1.125 for the price of 1, gotta get me some of that." Dementors feed on the darkness and unhappiness in people. They bring forth the worst memories people have from deep within them and gorge themselves upon them. As Harry has a particularly painful past, they are attracted and are able to feed more from him.

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    Harry Potter Was Not Saved From The Killing Curse But Was Resurrected By The Hallows

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    From Redditor u/WippitGuud:

    Dumbledore lied: Harry Potter was not saved from the killing curse at the end of Deathly Hallows. He was resurrected by the Hallows. Everyone goes by the explanation in Deathly Hallows given by Dumbledore as to why Harry didn't die at the end of the book. He says: because Voldemort took Harry's blood to recreate his body, Lily's protection kept Harry from dying. This statement does not work with the evidence of the event.

    1. When Harry was hit by the killing curse as a baby, it rebounded and killed Voldemort, necessitating that he create a new body. This did not happen the second time.

    2. When Harry was hit by the killing curse as a baby, it left a visible mark. This did not happen the second time.

    3. To destroy a Horcrux, the container must be destroyed.

    Three is the important one here. Harry needed to be destroyed for the part of Voldemort's soul to be killed. Had Lily's protection been responsible for the survival, he would not have died. Hence that portion of soul would also not have died. So, Harry must have been killed.

    When Harry was in Kings Cross in his head, he could have chosen to move on. Which means he was dead. There was some other force at work which gave him the choice to return to life, without needing the methods Voldemort had to use to create a new body. And Harry had something of that level of power with him - master of the united Hallows: he had the stone and the cloak, and the curse was cast from the Elder Wand, which he was currently master of.

    Because Harry chose to not defend himself, the Wand was not defeating Harry, so its allegiance did not change. Dumbledore even comments on it, "And that, I think, will have made all the difference." Had he tried to duel, he would've lost allegiance to the wand when he lost, and simply died.

    Dumbledore lied to Harry. Probably to protect him - knowing you're the master of the Hallows could make anyone power hungry.

    Additional proof:

    Because Harry sacrificed himself to protect others, the people in Hogwarts had the same protection that Harry had when Lily sacrificed herself to protect Harry. From the book:

    "I've done what my mother did. Haven't you noticed how none of the spells you put on them are binding? You can't torture them. You can't touch them."

    For that to have actually affected everyone, Harry would've needed to truly die

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    Harry Could Have Controlled The Basilisk If He Had Tried

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros Pictures

    From Redditor u/sherbetholmes:

    Could Harry Potter have controlled the basilisk if he had tried?

    In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Tom Riddle sets the basilisk on Harry he tells him, "Parseltongue won't save you now, Potter! [The basilisk] only obeys me!" So naturally with this information, Harry doesn't even attempt to speak to it, even though he could. If I were Harry I'd still try to say stuff to the basilisk like hey bro I've got a family please stop. But then I realized that Tom saying the basilisk would only obey him may not mean Harry couldn't control it also. If the reason why Harry could speak parseltongue was because of the part of Voldemort's soul within him, maybe Harry would have been able to control the basilisk, if only he had tried. 

    From Redditor u/ezaudiostudio:

    This stands up pretty well if when you realize that Harry's got the same amount of Voldemort in him that the diary had. The difference being that Harry also had himself. The diary was only a fragment of a person's soul. Harry was a whole person with a little extra. Really, he probably could have but was too young and inexperienced to even attempt it at the time.

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    Harry And Ron Were Both Powerful Psychics Who Didn't Realize Their Power

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    From Redditor u/minisaladfresh:

    Throughout the Harry Potter books, Divination class is regarded as something of a joke, particularly by Harry and Ron, but it seems barely anybody takes it seriously. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor McGonagall scoffs at the prediction of Harry's imminent death, claiming that Professor Trelawney predicts a student's death every year and has never been right before. Even Professor Dumbledore himself states that Professor Trelawney's total number of genuine predictions is three.

    Harry and Ron make no secret of the fact that they don't have any interest (or even belief) in Divination, and Professor Trelawney tells them several times that they "do not possess the inner eye" - at least until they discover that the best way to get good marks in the subject is by appealing to Trelawney's love of doom and gloom by pretending to predict their own deaths and suffering.

    However, despite Harry and Ron not even believing in Divination, and Professor Trelawney's insistence that they do not possess "the gift" required to "gaze into the future" there is actually a surprising amount of evidence that they are two of the most gifted mystics in the wizarding world.

    By the start of their fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry and Ron have all but given up on actually trying to do Divination properly. When given the homework of using planets to predict their futures, they end up throwing aside their planetary charts and decide to just make stuff up. Together, they "make up" that Harry is in danger of suffering burns, drowning, losing a treasured possession, being stabbed in the back by someone he thought was a friend, and of course, dying.

    All of these things happen.

    Shortly after coming up with these "fake" predictions, Harry is entered into the Triwizard Tournament.

    The first task of the tournament? Facing a dragon. Danger of suffering burns? Check.

    Second task, Harry is faced with surviving an hour underwater in the Black Lake. Danger of drowning? Check.

    His objective in that task is to rescue the friends that were taken from him. Losing a treasured possession? Check.

    By the end of the year, Harry discovers that Mad-Eye Moody, the man who has helped Harry throughout the year, is actually a Death Eater in disguise and was helping him only to guide him into Voldemort's hands. Stabbed in the back by someone he thought was a friend? Check.

    Now obviously, Harry survives not only to the end of Goblet of Fire, but beyond the end of the series. The last time we saw Harry, he was alive and well, in his mid-thirties, married to Ginny and father to multiple children. At this point it seems like the theory falls apart, until you realise that for a little while when he was 17, Harry was temporarily dead. Until he decided to come back, Voldemort technically did successfully murder Harry in the Forbidden Forest. So not only did Harry and Ron manage to accurately predict Harry's death, they predicted it almost four years in advance. Accurately predicting events years in the future without even trying is an incredible achievement for a pair of 14 year old wizards.

    They may not realise it, or even believe in it, but Harry and Ron display a remarkable talent for Divination, dwarfing even the ability of Hogwarts' "expert" Professor Trelawney.

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