'Harry Potter' Fans Are Revealing Their Favorite Theories About Fathers

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Vote up the most interesting fan theories about the dads of Harry Potter.

There is much speculation about many of the fathers throughout the Harry Potter series – mostly because many of them aren't long for the world. These readers and viewers are pointing out some of their favorite theories about fathers in the series that feel like canon.


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    86 VOTES

    Arthur Made The Family Status Clock For Molly

    Arthur Made The Family Status Clock For Molly
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/80nz1:

    As stated in the title, I believe that in Harry Potter, Arthur Weasley made the clock for Molly.

    The books mention that it looks like an ordinary clock except it has the Weasley faces on the hands, and it points to locations instead of times. We know that Arthur has a history of (very successfully) tinkering with Muggle "artifacts" in order to give them magical properties, and even creating loopholes in the laws to allow himself to do this.

    We also find out that Molly "doesn't know anyone else who has a clock like that," and when Dumbledore comments on it in The Order of the Phoenix he says something like "...Although I'm sure she already knows thanks to that wonderful little clock of hers," which seems to infer a bit that it's not completely commonplace.

    I think that Molly was freaking out when Bill was leaving to become a curse-breaker in Egypt, and so Arthur made the clock for her to help her find some piece of mind. I think that he had created a loophole in the law that infers that if you alter the appearance enough of a Muggle artefact then it can no longer be considered illegal. Not wanting Molly to know he'd been tinkering, he infers that he got it off someone else/purchased it, hence why she considers that she's never seen anyone else with one, she doesn't know that it's one of a kind.

    I couldn't be bothered to go back and read the relevant passages to confirm this stuff, but I also think this theory is low enough stakes that it's more of a fun addition to the world than a huge shift in the thinking.

    86 votes
  • 2
    133 VOTES

    Harry's Grandfather Was Hunted And Killed By Voldemort

    Harry's Grandfather Was Hunted And Killed By Voldemort
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/PopsicleIncorporated:

    I've always wondered why Harry wasn't sent to his maternal grandparents'. James's parents were already dead by the time Harry was orphaned, but I don't think there was ever any definitive fate given to Mr. and Mrs. Evans. And it's not like he wouldn't have been welcome; Petunia describes her parents as being overjoyed that Lily was a witch. Harry's maternal grandparents would've probably accepted him with open arms.

    So why didn't they? Only reason I can think of is that they were dead.

    But that's really crazy - I mean, Lily and James were only 21 when they died. I know James' parents were older when they had him, but presuming Lily's parents were average-aged, they'd be in their early 50s at most by the time of their daughter's death. Why would they both be dead?

    Furthermore, why does Petunia hate Lily so much even after her death? Usually people would become remorseful with survivor's guilt.

    Well, my theory is that they Death Eaters came for Lily and Petunia's parents, and probably killed them looking for information on Lily's whereabouts. This is why Harry never went to them, and it's why Petunia remained spiteful toward Lily even after her death - she blames her sister for the loss of her parents.

    133 votes
  • 3
    94 VOTES

    Hermione Modified Her Father And Mother's Memories Much Earlier Than She Said

    Hermione Modified Her Father And Mother's Memories Much Earlier Than She Said
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/Meear:

    The saddest one I've heard is that Hermione modified her parents' memories over Christmas in Order of the Phoenix (rather than just before DH starts, as is commonly assumed), which is why she broke off her skiiing holiday to come to Grimmauld Place instead. Hermione never does go home after this (that we know of), spending every holiday after that point with Harry and Ron.

    I quite like this theory, as it goes some way to tying up the 'how would the neighbours react to Mr. and Mrs. Granger forgetting their daughter' type plot holes if the whole family just never came back from their holiday. Still very sad for Hermione though, if she had to live with what she'd done for two years before she felt she could tell Harry and Ron.

    94 votes
  • 4
    72 VOTES

    Lucius Wanted To Kill Dobby, Not Harry, At The End Of 'Chamber of Secrets'

    Lucius Wanted To Kill Dobby, Not Harry, At The End Of 'Chamber of Secrets'
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/V1C3TH13F:

    At the end of Chamber of Secrets, Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into giving Dobby a sock and releasing the elf from servitude. Enraged, Lucius pulls out his wand and begins casting Avada Kedavra before being stopped by Dobby who proclaims "You shall not harm Harry Potter!" Many people have noticed that it makes no sense for Lucius to attempt to kill Harry for a multitude of reasons, but especially because they are at Hogwarts just outside Dumbledore's office.

    Despite Dobby's protective quote, I don't think Lucius intended to kill Harry at all, he intended to kill Dobby. Lucius is intelligent enough to understand how killing Harry would end poorly for him. Lucius also showed his disdain for Dobby numerous times throughout the film and it is made abundantly clear that he only ever saw Dobby as the Malfoy's servant, rather than a creature deserving of respect. Once Dobby had been freed, he had no use to Lucius. Enraged at losing his servant, Lucius planned to kill Dobby to tear away Dobby's newfound freedom as well as revenge/punishment to make Harry feel guilty for being the one "responsible" for Dobby's death.

    Also, I'm aware that Lucius Malfoy's actor has said that the scene called for Lucius to begin casting a curse and that Avada Kedavra was the first curse he thought of in the moment.

    72 votes
  • 5
    55 VOTES

    James's Parents Died Of Dragon Pox

    James's Parents Died Of Dragon Pox
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/Obversa:

    I posted this fan theory on r/harrypotter that James Potter I's parents had originally died from dragon pox.

    This theory was based on previous J.K. Rowling interviews, Pottermore, and the books:

    Q: What about Harry's family - his grandparents - were they killed?

    J.K. Rowling: No. This takes us into more mundane territory. As a writer, it was more interesting, plot-wise, if Harry was completely alone. So I rather ruthlessly disposed of his entire family apart from Aunt Petunia. I mean, James and Lily are massively important to the plot, of course, but the grandparents? No. And, because I do like my backstory: Petunia and Lily's parents, normal Muggle death. James's parents were elderly, were getting on a little when he was born, which explains the only child, very pampered, had-him-late-in-life-so-he's-an-extra-treasure, as often happens, I think. They [James's parents] were old in wizarding terms, and they died. They succumbed to a wizarding illness. That's as far as it goes. There's nothing serious or sinister about those deaths. I just needed them out of the way, so I killed them. (Source)

    "Sir, I think you knew my grandfather, Abraxas Malfoy?" Harry looked up; Slughorn was just passing the Slytherin table. "Yes," said Slughorn, without looking at Malfoy, "I was sorry to hear he had died, although of course it wasn't unexpected, dragon pox at his age..."Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ch. 9

    Elderly patients are apparently more susceptible to dragon pox than younger ones. Eldritch Diggory died of it in 1747, as did Abraxas Malfoy, as recently as the second half of the 20th century. (HP Wiki, cited from Pottermore)

    u/Obversa, six days ago:

    As Draco Malfoy's grandfather, Abraxas, died of dragon pox, I'm guessing that James's parents also died from it as well. (Source)

    J.K. Rowling, today:

    Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry. Dragon pox carried them off within days of each other, due to their advanced age, and James Potter then inherited Ignotus Peverell’s Invisibility Cloak. (Source)

    55 votes
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    66 VOTES

    Vernon Dursley Was Just Doing What Was Best For His Family

    Vernon Dursley Was Just Doing What Was Best For His Family
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/Captain_Jake_K:

    We find out in The Deathly Hallows that Aunt Petunia really wanted to go to Hogwarts, but couldn't, and Dumbledore wrote to her to explain this personally. Growing up with a witch in the family, she must have known that Harry would not be allowed to do magic outside of school (this law dates back to the 18th century after all) yet she doesn't tell Vernon this and thus Harry gets better treatment and a bigger bedroom; she was protecting him.

    Uncle Dursley, meanwhile, is only aware of how much wizards have upset his wife, that they murdered his step-brother and step-sister, and that he doesn't want his child to have anything to do with it. He goes so far to protect his family that he stands up to a twelve-foot-tall giant (also note that he doesn't shoot on sight, he gives Hagrid a chance to escape.)

    Dudley, as Dumbledore says, is a victim of bad parenting. By the end of the final book, he seems to have become more mellow, and confesses that he likes Harry; in his simple mind, it was all boyish fun.

    66 votes