3 Most Convincing ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Theories + One JK Rowling Officially Likes!


JK Rowling is well known for being an active participant when it comes to interacting with fans – and we’re grateful for that. It means that when fans come up with… *exuberant* theories, she’s often there to give her own opinion on what’s what. And finally, we know what fan theory she approves! Also, Nexter.org found very popular among fans but denied by the author theories.

Dumbledore is Death

It’s now a surprise that iconic story has lots of fan theories created and posted by Internet users. However, one theory has managed to make it full circle and reach the attention of the franchise creator, JK Rowling who officially approved it. When asked about which of the madcap theories she actually likes, this is the one.

The theory is based on ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ story, as detailed in  and the Deathly Hallows.

There were three brothers back in the day who were wizards, they were trying to cross a dangerous river and conjured up a bridge to help them out. This angered Death, because he thought he was about to claim three juicy souls all for himself.

However, being the clever (and slightly smarmy) character that he is, Death actually went to congratulate the lads on their river crossing abilities. He offered them each a reward for their deeds.

One asked for a powerful wand – the Elder wand, obviously – another got the Philosopher’s Stone – which comes replete with the ability to resurrect the dead – and the final brother (the smart one) asked for Death’s own cloak of invisibility.

These three items make up the titular ‘Deathly Hallows’ and, if in possession of all three, allow the holder to be master of death. There was a catch though – Death isn’t dumb, let’s not forget.

The first brother was killed for the wand, silly. The second brother killed himself when he resurrected a dead lover and found that it could never be the same as when she was first alive.

The third brother hid, and then after a long and happy life, removed the cloak, gave it to his son, and ‘greeted Death like an old friend’ – remember that bit.

So, the theory goes, Voldemort is the first brother. He loves power, he wants to most powerful wand to kill his enemies. He ends up being killed by it. Simple.

The second brother is Severus Snape. He really loved ’s mam, Lily, and that led to his death. So far, so obvious.

The third brother is Harry. He has the invisibility cloak, he takes it off to greet his death during the final book, you get the drill.

So, the bit where it becomes interesting is Death. The only person in the books, based upon that analysis, that could be Death, is Dumbledore.

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Ron Is Dumbledore

Strange but still cool theory says that Ron Weasley has travelled in time and is in fact a young Dumbledore.

Bizarre, yes, but it’s based on a number of things. The first is the uncanny resemblances in the descriptions of them both – each is depicted as being tall and thin, with a long nose, red hair (or auburn hair in the young Dumbledore’s case) and long hands or fingers.


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Dumbledore also claims to have eaten a vomit-flavored Bertie Bott’s Bean in his youth, but (dun dun duuuun!) Bertie Bott was only born when Dumbledore was already about 90 years old, which is frankly no one’s idea of youth, not even Dumbledore’s.

Furthermore, Dumbledore knows what Ron saw in the Mirror of Erised… Oh, and there is a running theme about socks for both characters. There are various other freaky coincidences mentioned to support the Ron-Is-Dumbledore theory, concerning Draco Malfoy’s ‘Weasley Is Our King’ song, the colour maroon, and a set of purple robes.

The Horcrux In Harry Made The Dursleys Hate Him


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This fan theory posits that the reason the Dursleys treated Harry so badly is not because they were mean people – after all, they did take him in, when they could have sent him to an orphanage – but because the horcrux inside Harry corrupted them, rather like that locket did Ron Weasley in The Deathly Hallows.

Unfortunately, there are at least two problems with this theory, neat as it is. Firstly, apparently Harry wasn’t exactly a horcrux, he just had a soul fragment of Voldemort inside him. According to JKR, “by definition, a horcrux has to be made deliberately”, which wasn’t the case with Voldemort and Harry, so “it’s very close to being a horcrux but Harry did not become an evil object”.

Secondly, on Pottermore, she says that Petunia hated Harry because she was jealous of Lily and her magic, while Vernon hated him because (rather like Snape) he had loathed James Potter. So, no. The Dursleys were just nasty people. Sorry!

Neville and Luna End Up As A Couple


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Aww, we’re a bit sad that this one isn’t true. Gentle, bumbling Neville Longbottom – who goes on to kill one of Voldemort’s horcruxes – and weird, intelligent Luna Lovegood make a strangely sweet couple.

But it is not to be. JKR said (in the same interview where she told us that Dumbledore was gay, incidentally) that Neville went on to marry the Hufflepuff Hannah Abbott. She later told us, in the documentary JK Rowling, A Year in the Life, that Luna married Newt Scamander’s grandson Rolf and had twin sons.


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JK Rowling is well known for being an active participant when it comes to interacting with fans – and we're grateful for that. It means that when fans come up with… *exuberant* theories, she's often there to give her own opinion on what's what. And finally, we know what fan theory she approves! Also, Nexter.org found very popular among fans but denied by the author theories.

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