17 Fan Theories From Movies About Magic That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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Fans never seem to get enough of movies about magic. Whether it's wizards, witches, and magical realms, or magicians and illusionists commanding an audience, fans are always invested. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding films about magic.

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    Sarah Was Not The First To Go Through The Labyrinth In 'Labyrinth'

    Sarah Was Not The First To Go Through The Labyrinth In 'Labyrinth'
    Photo: Labyrinth / Tri-Star Pictures

    From Tumblr user glamdamnit:

    My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.

    So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?

    In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.

    Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.

    Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.

    Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.

    Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her.  It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…

    This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)

    This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.

    This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.

    This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”

    Because of course she’s Sarah.

    They were all Sarah.

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    The Partygoers In 'Labyrinth' Are Actually Goblins

    The Partygoers In 'Labyrinth' Are Actually Goblins
    Photo: Labyrinth / Tri-Star Pictures

    From Redditor u/net_traveller:

    In Labyrinth there is a dream scene where the main character is in a party surrounded by people in masks, I believe these people are the goblins as they would have been if they'd stayed human.

    Basically it's stated in the movie that Toby will be turned into a goblin by Jareth if Sarah does not recuse him in time. This hints that this is the origin of the rest of the goblins, they were once human babies/children who, for what ever reason found themselves taken to Jareth's kingdom and turned into goblins. In Sarah's dream she us at a masquerade party dance surrounded by a bunch of adults who are all wearing masks and there is a slightly sinister vibe to them. If one looks closely, the masks they are wearing very closely resemble the faces of various individual goblins seen throughout the film. I believe that these are these adults are basically who the stolen children would have grown up to be had they not been turned into goblins. More evidence, the whole dream scene is personally created for Sarah by Jareth whose power is close to omnipotent in his realm. So he could easily have magically pulled the goblins into Sarah's dream, using a glamour to make them appear to her as their human selves.

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    'Maleficent' Cursed Herself

    From Redditor u/TricksterPriestJace:

    Maleficent's curse on Aurora starts with "she will indeed grow in grace and beauty, loved by all who meet her." Maleficent meets her and falls in love with her. A maternal love instead of a romantic love, but still love. But the curse is self defeating. Meeting Aurora is to love her.

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    Bert Has Magical Abilities Of His Own In 'Mary Poppins'

    Bert Has Magical Abilities Of His Own In 'Mary Poppins'
    Photo: Mary Poppins / Buena Vista Distribution

    From Redditor u/greenwoodadam:

    Every time we see Bert in the movie he has a different occupation. Now it could be that he simply takes whatever job will pay for a meal each day but it seems more like he turns up wherever needed and blends in - he always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help the children in a plausible context and the other sweeps seem to consider him an old friend. As well as this, he has clearly known Mary for a very long time, accepts magic as a fact of life and has some degree of magical ability of his own.

    I believe that he isn't meant to be a regular guy who just happens to know Mary and serves as a narrator but rather another of Mary's kind, whatever that might be.

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    Wands Are Mandated In 'Harry Potter' In Order To Provide An Easy Method Of Enforcing The Law

    Wands Are Mandated In 'Harry Potter' In Order To Provide An Easy Method Of Enforcing The Law
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    TLDR: In Harry Potter, wands are mandated in England (and many other wizarding nations) by their respective governments in order to provide an easy method of enforcing the law.

    From some of Rowling's assorted lore, many wizarding societies (like pre-colonial Native Americans or Africans) never used wands. In fact, Uagadou (African Hogwarts) taught students primarily without wands. Since Uagadou was known for having some of the best Transfigurers in the world, we can assume that this had no effect on their power of their magic. We can also see wandless magic in a number of cases where underage witches and wizards pull off impressive magical feats with no wands at all.

    However, in the few rare cases when Hogwarts students try wandless magic, it always fails miserably. The school doesn't teach it, not even as an optional course. Why?

    Forcing reliance on wands makes it easier for Wizarding governments to keep the peace. Most of their serious (or even minor) crimes are punished by having your wand broken. This provides an easy way for the Ministry and others to prevent repeat offenders, as well as stopping prison escapes.

    Imagine how easy it would be to get out of Azkaban if anyone could just cast the Patronus charm with their bare hands. Imagine how absolutely useless "Expelliarmus" would be if your opponent had no weapon to disarm. Imagine how dangerous it would be to have that expelled Hogwarts student go rogue and start blasting up muggles with their bare hands. Hell, even Prior Incantato, the spell that the ministry used to get most of its evidence in magic cases is based on the suspect having a wand. Obviously, the Ministry can't allow any of that to happen, as it would undermine their entire government.

    The Ministry of Magic does have the power to impact curriculum at Hogwarts. We see them do this more obviously with Umbridge, but it's shown repeatedly that they set examination standards, skill requirements, etc., and likely have a great deal of influence over textbooks. Wands are required for every Hogwarts student, likely at the Ministry's command.

    From what we can tell, there are very few quality wandmakers. Ollivander was the best, and it's mentioned that there are a few others, but it requires a high degree of skill, time, and materials. That means that the Ministry can very easily keep an eye on who gets one, and block any criminals, or the "undesirables" of their choice.

    We see mentions of wizards and witches using wands from a long, long time ago, so this likely wasn't some ministry scheme that came out of nowhere. However, once the tradition was in place, the Ministry would have enthusiastically supported it, and made sure that it stayed as the norm.

    Additional evidence for this comes from the fact that the two areas that didn't take part in wand usage (Africa and the Native Americans) were the two areas that weren't originally part of the Statute of Secrecy. If you're gonna try to move your society underground, of course controlling who gets magic would be more important.

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    Tinkerbell Aided The Kidnapping Of Peter Pan's Kids In 'Hook' To Lure Him Back To Neverland

    Tinkerbell Aided The Kidnapping Of Peter Pan's Kids In 'Hook' To Lure Him Back To Neverland
    Photo: Hook / Tri-Star Pictures

    From Redditor u/feetarejustsh*thands:

    I don't know why, but it took me many years and many viewings of Hook for it to click that Tinkerbell is madly in love with Peter. There are many scenes to support this, such as the clock transformation scene, the scene in London when Peter kisses Moira, etc.

    So when Peter doesn't return to Neverland, Tinkerbell keeps tabs on Peter as he grows older. She in all likelihood saw him grow up under Wendy's wing, court Moira, have kids, and so on. Somewhere along the line, she becomes fed up with waiting around for him to grow tired of his life of success outside of Neverland, and decides to do something about it. When she discovers that Pan will return to London with his children, she hatches a plot to give Hook Pan's whereabouts and have his children kidnapped.

    The scene where Smee is proving Pan's identity to Hook is the scene where it all comes together. Smee says that he's got a "medical history provided by Ms. Bell" -- Tinkerbell. Meaning that Tinkerbell gave Smee and Hook everything she had learned about Peter over the years.

    Obviously she doesn't have a problem talking with Hook, as they seem comfortable in speaking when she negotiates the terms of their "war". She's as interested in the old Pan coming back as Hook is. Heck, she was the one that dragged his a** back to Neverland in the first place. She wants him to forget about his wife and children and stay with her in Neverland like old times.

    But, as the film progresses, and she sees him become the old Pan again, she has regrets. The penultimate scene is in her clock just after Peter has gotten his happy thought. When she asks the question, "Why are you in Neverland?", it could have several different meanings.

    1. It's an attempt to remind Peter that he's here to save his kids.
    2. She's trying to clue him in that she's the reason he's back, that she's in love with him.
    3. She's regretful of her decision, so she is asking herself the question, almost to say, "Why did I bring you back?"

    When she transforms, and gives Peter a kiss, it's a last ditch effort to express her feelings for him. But, the gesture flies right over his head and he is jolted back into remembering his wife and kids.

    In the end, Tinkerbell resolves to fade out of Peter's life when he returns to London. I also believe that she slipped fairy dust in with Toodles' marbles to give Peter a way to come back if he ever so desired. This is of course thwarted when Toodles decides to go for a fly around Big Ben.