16 Fan Theories About The Women In 'Harry Potter' That Actually Make A Magical Point

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Although the world of Harry Potter is mainly male-dominated, true fans know that the women of the wizarding world are the ones who really pull the strings. These witches, good and evil, set the wheels of the story rolling and keep fans on their toes. 

Below, fans have shared a few theories about the women of Harry Potter that actually make a good point. Vote up your favorites!


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    605 VOTES

    Luna Is A Legilimens, Or Something Adjacent 

    Luna Is A Legilimens, Or Something Adjacent 
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/inigomontoyaaaas:

    I'm beginning to think Luna Lovegood is a Legilimens. I started thinking that Queenie in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them talks a lot like her. Then I followed it for a bit and noticed that Luna always seemed to be able to know how people felt and what they wanted to say. Maybe she has a downgraded version of the skill? Or has it in full and doesn't use it out of politeness?

    605 votes
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    Luna Saved Ginny's Life, But Nobody Knew

    Luna Saved Ginny's Life, But Nobody Knew
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/LucyCarmicheal:

    Ginny at 11 years old was manipulated and possessed by Voldemort and he forced her to hurt other people and then almost kill herself. How do you on your own become the strong, kind, witch she became by yourself after that? How do you move on? I think Ginny had a really bad summer with no one to talk to and no professional help and at 11-12 years old was suffering in silence and having terrible nightmares. Her parents want to help her move on, but she still hasn’t processed what really happened. Now cut to her 2nd year and she’s having a hard time making friends with rumors about her involvement in last year's trouble spreading about (probably by Malfoy) and she’s crying in an empty stairwell and a 2nd year Ravenclaw with radish earrings appears, it’s Luna, and she talks to her so plainly and straight forward and listens to Ginny and Luna give her strange but kind encouraging words. Luna becomes someone who Ginny trusts and helps her cope with such a terrible thing and Ginny then defends her anytime anyone calls her “Loony” because she knows Luna is a better witch than any of them, but is too kind to defend herself not that she can’t. And that is how a lost Gryffindor and a loony Ravenclaw became best friends.

    636 votes
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    Lavender Gave Ron A Love Potion

    Lavender Gave Ron A Love Potion
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    Ron's behavior and views towards Lavender match up almost exactly with a love potion:

    • Obsession: Potions can't produce true love, only infatuation. Ron and Lavender are constantly engaged in PDAs, and show no real personal connection.
    • Dosage: The potion only lasts for 24 hours at a time. That's easy enough to do when they eat together. However, Ron first begins to dislike Lavender over the winter holidays, a time when she isn't there to give him his next dose.
    • Antidote: Ron finally breaks up with Lavender after Slughorn gives him an antidote for Romilda's love potion (inadvertently removing Lavender's), and when he is then forced to spend days in the infirmary without her. She becomes upset when she can't visit him, and when he is "asleep" every time she visits, because she can't give him the daily potion.

    Then, there's the fact that Lavender's behavior follows a pretty clear path:

    • Means: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes sold love potions, which became incredibly popular at Hogwarts, and were smuggled into the school. She could easily acquire one.
    • Motive: Despite Lavender flirting repeatedly with Ron, he showed a bit of interest, but never responded. A love potion would give her the chance she wanted.
    • Opportunity: When Ron first got together with Lavender, it was at the Quidditch party, which specifically had a large table full of drinks for all the players, allowing Lavender to spike Ron's pumpkin juice/butterbeer. Considering that Ron missed Harry holding the Felix Felicis over his cup, how much more distracted would he be with an adoring crowd?

    Responding to some of the obvious criticisms:

    But the person subject to the love potion knows about it after it wears off.

    Untrue. In Merope Gaunt's case, Dumbledore suggests that she admitted everything to Tom Riddle Sr. Even if she didn't, Tom could realize something was wrong because he acted completely out of character. In Ron's case, he was a horny teen, he had self esteem issues, and a hot girl threw herself at him. He might regret it in a "what was I thinking?" kind of way, but never suspect foul play.

    But Ron knew that Romilda tried to give him a love potion.

    Because that one was expired, giving it extra strength, and because Harry specifically told him. We don't see Ron recognize that Romilda drugged him on his own.

    529 votes
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    Bathilda Bagshot Helped Tom Riddle Trace His Lineage And Track Down The Artifacts Of The Hogwarts Founders

    Bathilda Bagshot Helped Tom Riddle Trace His Lineage And Track Down The Artifacts Of The Hogwarts Founders
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/Obversa:

    Due to the enormous difficulty of tracing and documenting one's ancestry, especially to a medieval ancestor like Salazar Slytherin (c. 990 AD), a 16-year-old Tom Riddle must've obviously had some help in doing so. Who would know more about wizarding history than the author of A History of Magic and Hogwarts, a History herself, Bathilda Bagshot?

    My theory suggests that not only did Riddle approach Bagshot for help, but she did so willingly, if albeit completely ignorant to Riddle's true intent and nature.

    Ergo, Bagshot likely not only helped Riddle prove his descent from Slytherin, and locate the Chamber of Secrets, but also likely even unwittingly helped Riddle track down historical Founders' items - Hufflepuff's Cup, Slytherin's Locket, and Ravenclaw's Diadem. Bathilda, of course, never knew that the handsome, "brilliant" young man she was helping ultimately had dark, evil intentions.

    Years pass, and events as we know them come and go. Dumbledore, discovering Bathilda's connection to Tom, persuades her to give her memories to him (or attempts to - assuming they're still intact, and Tom didn't obliviate her). This ultimately helps Dumbledore to confirm his long-held suspicions about Tom, and to deduct that Tom went after the Founders' items - and likely turned them into Horcruxes.

    The Second Wizarding War begins, and the timeline of Deathly Hallows comes to be. At some point, Tom decides to pay "his old friend" Bathilda Bagshot - now an old, senile witch, who is "of no more use to him" - a final visit. Upon realizing Bathilda cannot help him any more - including with his search for the Elder Wand, given Bathilda is Gellert Grindelwald's great-aunt - Voldemort murders the elderly woman, leaving "traces of dark magic" on her body.

    He then uses magic to manipulate Bathilda's corpse, allowing Nagini to manipulate it from the inside as a "skin"...and setting a trap for Harry Potter.

    334 votes
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    Narcissa's True Intentions Could've Never Been Discovered

    Narcissa's True Intentions Could've Never Been Discovered
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/Riddlers_Razor:

    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 and Narcissa lied to Voldemort about Harry being dead in the forest so she could find her son alive. 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.

    Firstly let us imagine that the act of mind-reading as walking through a series of corridors in a person's mind where there are doors that open to all the memories and desires within the person's mind. It has been stated many times before that both characters, Snape and Narcissa, acted out of love. Snape was motivated by his love for Lily Potter, and Narcissa was motivated by the love for her son Draco. (Let us not forget that the magic power of a mother's love was the start of the whole saga between Harry and Voldemort). It has been stated many times that because Tom Riddle was conceived out of a loveless union between Tom Riddle Sr. and Merope Gaunt and he never experienced love and does not understand love at all.

    So going back to the image of reading a person's mind and walking through the corridors of the mind, imagine looking at the doorways that lead to memories and intentions. Imagine a trip through Snape's mind. We might see a door with a carving of a young Severus Snape crying as he sees his father beating his mother. Voldemort would see that. We see a door with a young Snape shaking hands with a young Lucius Malfoy after being sorted into Slytherin. Voldemort would see that as well. We see a large elaborate door with golden handles and intricate carvings featuring the image of Lily Potter. Just like the Muggles on that London street, Voldemort would not even be able to perceive it. He would walk right past. Likewise for Narcissa, if Voldemort took a walk through her mind he would walk past the door with a carving of Narcissa cradling a newborn baby Draco, and not perceive it.


    416 votes
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    Ginny Was The First Member Of Dumbledore's Army To Kill A Death Eater

    Ginny Was The First Member Of Dumbledore's Army To Kill A Death Eater
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/LaGrangianMethod:

    In the Department of Mysteries, we see Ginny hit a Death Eater who is flying toward her with a spell - that spell was seen to completely disintegrate a mannequin [earlier in the movie]. I'm pretty sure this is the first Death Eater kill made by one of the kids (excluding Quirrell). 

    308 votes