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15 Harry Potter Villain Fan Theories That We Want To Believe

Updated February 9, 2021 3k votes 571 voters 59.9k views16 items

List RulesVote up the most interesting fan theories about 'Harry Potter' villains.

The Harry Potter series will always be one of our favorites. With so much magic and heart, it's no surprise that the saga still lives on even after all these years. But what would a good story be without the villains that our heroes take on? Harry Potter certainly had its slew of bad guys, some of which we still can't out of our minds. Have you even wondered "what if" about certain characters or storylines? We managed to round up a few interesting fan theories surrounding the wizards and muggles that we just love to hate. Which Harry Potter villain fan theories do you think could be true?

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    Lucius Malfoy Intended To Kill Dobby In 'Chamber Of Secrets,' Not Harry

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

    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.

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    Draco's Wand Reflected His Own Unstable Ideology

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/JohannesSchnee:

    Draco’s wand is hawthorn wood and unicorn hair core. Unicorn hair cores can die if used for too much dark magic. Hawthorn wood wands are extremely loyal, even if taken and regardless of the original wielder’s magical accomplishments. Draco is (if I recall) the only character KNOWN to have a a hawthorn wand.

    Basically a wand is sort of an extension of its owner's will. Draco becomes disillusioned with his ideology in the last books, and I think this arguably probable given his actions/inactions. It's subtle. He's not going to make some big grand heroic stand, but given how he acts and his wand’s bending to Harry, I think it's sort of a subtle symbolism for where he's at in his arc. He doesn't want Voldemort to win, but he's not brave enough to do anything himself. The wand bending to Harry is basically Draco's inner life, his will, "switching sides" where he himself can't/won’t himself.

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    Voldemort Never Could Have Discovered Snape And Narcissa's True Allegiance

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/Riddlers_Razor:

    TLDR: For Narcissa and Snape to hide their true motives from other witches and wizards, they would have had to have been great Occlumens, which could be true, at least for Snape. However, with respect to Voldemort using Legilmency to discover their intentions, because of his inability to comprehend love, the secrets in their minds were never in any real danger of being discovered.

    It has been stated that Lord Voldemort is possibly the most skilled Legilmens in the wizarding world. In the books, both Professor Snape and Narcissa Malfoy were able to hide their lies from Voldemort. Snape did so as part of his history as a triple agent who was really working for Dumbledore and The Order of The Phoenix, as well as when Narcissa lied to Voldemort about Harry being dead in the forest. There are some people who said that because of this Snape and Narcissa are perhaps the most accomplished Occlumens in the wizarding world since they were both able to hide their true intentions from Voldemort. I have a theory however that differs.

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    Snape Resented James Potter For More Than Just His Love Of Lily Evans

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

    From Redditor u/Obversa:

    TLDR: I think it’s entirely possible that Severus Snape was resentful of James not just because James bullied him for years, but because James was everything Severus wanted to be: loved by his parents, the heir to a Potions business empire, a Pureblood, handsome, talented, popular, etc…as stated above, James Potter was "the boy born with everything".

    While the books make it clear that one of the reasons that Snape resented James Potter so much - and, in turn, his son, Harry Potter - was because James and his friends bullied Snape while they were at Hogwarts, I think a lot of people don't realize that Snape's bitterness and resentment towards James goes far deeper than just that aspect. For example, from the above sources, which cite Rowling's books and other writings, James had the following, which Snape did not:

    • "Loving, doting parents" who cared about their son, contrasted with Snape's neglectful parents.
    • Pureblood blood status and heritage, contrasted with Snape's half-blood blood status and Muggle father.
    • An ancient potioneer bloodline and surname going back centuries, contrasted with Snape's Muggle surname.
    • A famous potioneer, or potions master, for a father, and likely mentor, contrasted with Snape's abusive father.
    • A vast amount of wealth, riches, and a lavish lifestyle, contrasted with Snape's poverty and working-class one.

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