16 Fan Theories About Wizards That'll Leave You Feeling Jinxed

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Boil boil toil and trouble - these wizards are more dangerous and crafty than you'd think!

Below are theories that fans on Reddit have created to help explain certain aspects of wizarding movies that might be otherwise confusing or vague. Vote up your favorites!


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    112 VOTES

    Newt Scamander Advocated For Buckbeak To Live

    Newt Scamander Advocated For Buckbeak To Live
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/TLeah22:

    So... Newt Scamander shows up on the Marauders Map in the 3rd movie of the Harry Potter series. 

    In the textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it states that Newt retired in Dorset with his wife. The book also states that: "Newton (Newt) Artemis Fido Scamander was born in 1897. His interest in fabulous beasts was encouraged by his mother, who was an enthusiastic breeder of fancy hippogriffs." When Newt's mother died, it's likely she left those hippogriffs to her son Newt, who wanted to travel and left them in turn with Dumbledore at Hogwarts so they'd be protected by the barrier surrounding the school. He then returned to Hogwarts when Buckbeak was sentenced to execution because he was intent on saving him. 

    112 votes
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    30 VOTES

    Howl Had Been Looking For Sophie For Years

    Howl Had Been Looking For Sophie For Years
    Photo: Howl's Moving Castle / Toho

    From former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    In Howl's Moving Castle, Sophie goes back in time and witnesses Howl making his original deal with Calcifer - that's how she finds out how to break Howl's curse. 

    Before she leaves she tells Howl to find her in the future. In the beginning of the movie, when Sophie first meets Howl, he saves her from some questionable soldiers and says, "There you are sweetheart, sorry I'm late, I've been looking everywhere for you."

    Sure, he could've been playing the part to get her out of an uncomfortable situation, but maybe it's because he took what Sophie said to him as a child to heart and he's actually been looking for her ever since. 

    30 votes
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    47 VOTES

    Dr. Facilier Is Part Of A Long Line Of Voodoo Royalty

    Dr. Facilier Is Part Of A Long Line Of Voodoo Royalty
    Photo: The Princess and the Frog / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/SailorSaturn:

    In The Princess and the Frog when Dr. Facilier tells Prince Naveen he's royal on his mother's side, he's referring to Marie Laveau, the New Orleans Voodoo Queen. 

    47 votes
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    45 VOTES

    Jafar Experimented On Iago

    Jafar Experimented On Iago
    Photo: Aladdin / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/richrashjr:

    Iago is not just able to speak, but also to think and scheme and is generally knowledgeable. He seems to have been expecting the disappointing results from the thief in regards to entering the Cave of Wonders. He has the foresight to try and eliminate Jasmine before she became a real threat. He can mimic voices and personalities better than the Genie. He sneaks in and steals the lamp in all of 5 minutes. Overall, he is far more capable than any of the other animals - Abu and Rajah are somewhat anthropomorphic, but are still much lower in mental capacity compared to humans. 

    Perhaps Jafar found a spell to summon a familiar or increase the intelligence of a pet he already had. We know he had a secret lab where he performed spells.

    Jafar must have realized that Iago would be a useful spy - an innocent looking bird with high intelligence. A parrot who can not just repeat words, but really understand and initiate conversation and mimic people perfectly and solve complex problems on his own. That's why the Sultan is never allowed to see Iago "break character" since spying on him is probably Iago's number one priority, and also why Iago is so sick of those damn crackers after spending so much time alone with the Sultan. 

    45 votes
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    41 VOTES

    Some Of Harry's Accidental Magic Was A Result Of The Horcux Inside Him Protecting Himself

    Some Of Harry's Accidental Magic Was A Result Of The Horcux Inside Him Protecting Himself
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    It's mentioned [in the books] when Harry was young that he accidentally did magic several times. Some of these were relatively minor, and seemed to be the usual underage magic - turning his teacher's wig blue, making his hair grow back, etc. However, there are a few that are... different.

    At one point Harry was being chased by Dudley's gang, then he suddenly found himself on top of a roof. This was explained away by the Dursleys as him jumping and being caught by the wind...but as we know, it was magic. What's the odd part? Only highly advanced dark wizards can fly unaided. It couldn't have been apparition, as there was no mention of a 'crack' sound, and without any training he probably would've splinched himself trying to do a magic spell that many adult wizards considered too dangerous.

    So, how could he have done a spell linked to dark magic? [Answer] - because of Voldemort's soul inside out him. We know from the locket that horcruxes can defend themselves if they are somehow put in danger - the locket first tried to choke Harry, then created an illusion to try and turn Ron against Harry.

    The horcrux part of Harry was likely also responsible for making the pane of glass disappear on Dudley. The horcrux recognized the tormentor that had attempted to harm its host, and decided to try and remove it, by dropping Dudley into the enclosure of a deadly snake. Even if it failed (as it did), it meant that Dudley would likely be terrified of Harry's power (which he later was, until he found out that Harry couldn't go magic outside of school).

    41 votes
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    36 VOTES

    Grindelwald Helped The Nazis Rise To Power

    Grindelwald Helped The Nazis Rise To Power
    Photo: The Crimes of Grindelwald / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:


    Grindelwald is meant to be a Nazi allegory. He spends all his time talking about the "superior race" of wizards, and believes that all Muggles must live in servitude, or just be wiped out. Grindelwald was even an Austrian who later moved to Germany and set up his base there.

    In The Crimes of Grindelwald he shows visions of massive armies of tanks, the Blitz on London, the bombing of Hiroshima, etc. All good evidence that humanity is evil... except for the fact that none of it happened yet. The movie takes place in the 1920s, decades before any of those things were even dreamed of. Either he could see the future with incredible accuracy (something even the most talented seers couldn't), or he knew what would happen because he was planning for it. 

    There's some pretty clear details connecting Grindelwald to WWII Germany. He was defeated by Dumbledore in 1945, the same year the war ended. He was then imprisoned in Nuremgard (similar to Nuremberg). Additionally, who was he fighting? Where are the biggest wizarding schools located? England, the US, France, and Russia - aka, where Germany went to war against. MACUSA was even sympathetic to his anti-muggle ideas, which may have been why the US took so long to get involved. 

    Grindelwald lacked the resources and numbers he needed for his plan. However, by influencing a muggle government and helping the Nazis rise to power, he could start a brutal, bloody war that would exhaust both wizard and muggle governments, leaving them ripe for takeover. 

    There's also the fact that wizards have no protection against muggle weapons. The bombing of civilian areas was relatively new in WWII, and wizards would be even more unprepared than muggles. Attacks like the Blitz could wipe out hundreds of wizards. In the Harry Potter books, almost every pureblood/halfblood wizard we see doesn't live in a city. [Meaning, those "types"] Wizarding families were the ones who would survive. 

    36 votes