Harry Potter, the boy who lived, has been one of the most popular and iconic literature and movie characters in the fictional world. For those who haven’t heard him yet, well, these seven series with the titular name are about the struggles, victory, and magical journey of a young wizard named Harry and his friends. Although this series was wonderfully and magically crafted a decade ago, most Potterhead bookworms and movie enthusiasts are still obsessing about it. Along with that, they also come up with Harry Potter conspiracy theories that drove almost the whole fandom thinking!
Without further ado, here are more of the fandom’s fair share of theories that would give you either weird or plausible alternative stories about the Wizarding World.
1. Crookshanks was once Lily Potter’s Cat
In the current Harry Potter canon, Hermione is the owner of this ginger cat named Crookshanks. She had purchased it in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban at a store in Diagon Alley called ‘Magical Menagerie.’ In the same book, when the trio – Harry, Ron, and Hermione, was in Grimmauld’s Place, Harry Potter had discovered a letter from his mother, Lily. In the letter, Lily mentioned that their family once owned a cat, which the younger Harry had almost stepped on while playing with a toy broomstick. However, no one really knows where the cat had been after ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’ attacked the family.
Now, the proof of the conspiracy lies in the Harry Potter book itself, too. Back to the time where Hermione purchased the cat, the store owner told her that he had the cat for about “quite some time,” since no one wanted the cat. If we are to count or re-tract the timeline of Voldemort’s attack, we will deduct that almost twelve years had already passed. Twelve years surely qualifies as ‘quite some time,’ though.
The second proof is that Crookshanks is pretty comfortable with Sirius animagus animal and Sirius’ human form. Fans speculated that this must be because the cat visited Sirius with Lily and James before Voldy’s attack.
2. Mrs. Norris, the cat, is Argus Filch’s Wife
Things are getting weirder inside the Potterhead’s world, but such theory also comes with an explanation so, here it out. In this conspiracy, our subject is Mr. Argus Filch, a grumpy and lonesome caretaker of the wizarding school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although he appears rancorous in the students’ eyes (and readers!), Mr. Filch is definitely kind-hearted to his cat, Mrs. Norris.
According to the theory, Mrs. Norris the cat is Filch’s wife’s animagus animal, and that the transformation has gone wrong. With that, after this mistake, Mrs. Norris became a cat, as we know her. More so, since Mr. Filch is a squib, he probably couldn’t make a solution for this. Additionally, Argus’ reaction when the cat was petrified by the Basilisk was quite exaggerated for a pet. So, fans deduced that the cat was more than just a companion, at least to Mr. Filch.
Furthermore, there’s no evidence that the map shows animals. If so, students’ pets would also be detected on the map. Suspiciously, the Marauder’s Map had detected Mrs. Norris prowling the school’s second floor.
3. Hogwarts is an Asylum
Hogwarts is a magical school where even paintings talk, stairs are repositioning, and ghosts can sometimes be funny. Apart from these magical things we get to see in Hogwarts, fans had also spotted clues as to why they think that Hogwarts is an insane asylum. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry had come across a magical mirror – The Mirror of Erised (the mirror of desire). Now, this mirror allegedly shows your innermost desire if you look through its pristine surface. Being obsessed with the mirror, Harry was described as sitting in front of it every night.
Consequently, on one of those nights, Dumbledore had warned Harry about men who have wasted away before it after being enthralled by what they have seen in the mirror. These men were implied to have gone mad, blurring the line between desire and the possibility that what they’re seeing is real. Also, the books portray kids as being aggressively murderous; take Malfoy, for instance, which according to them, is a characteristic of a person with an intense disorder.
With these clues at hand, some fans had this theory about Hogwarts being an asylum.
4. Professor Trelawney Once Predicted Dumbledore’s Death
Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t watched or read any Harry Potter series, this is your gentle warning to brace yourself on the following information you are about to read.
Dumbledore died in the sixth book – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. However, according to fans, there are clues or foreshadowing of what was about to happen to Dumbledore in book six.
In this theory, Potterheads pointed out that in The Prisoner of Azkaban, Trelawny, a Divination professor, explained how one would die if thirteen people dined together. The stated scenario was why she was hesitant to dine with the twelve people enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner once.
According to her, when thirteen people dine together, the first to rise will also be the first to die. Interestingly, since Peter Pettigrew was disguised as an animagus animal – a rat, in Ron’s pocket, nobody noticed that there were already thirteen people on the table. Then, Dumbledore stood up to welcome Trelawney.