7 Weird Harry Potter Theories That Made Our Hair Stand on End

Some are simple, others very complex, but all of these Harry Potter alternative theories are plainly and bizarrely possible. From Ron being Dumbledore, to muggles winning a war against wizards, many Potterheads have come up with their own theories about the series, and we’d like to share them with you so you can make up your own mind.


The Boredpanda team is excited to publish some of the most credible and weird alternative stories of the Wizarding World.

1.The Ronbledore theory: Ron was actually a time-traveling Dumbledore.

This theory states that Ron lived his “first life” as the book suggests: He goes to Hogwarts with Harry and Hermione, and ends up marrying her. However, at some point later in his life, he’s sent back in time to live a “second life” as Albus Dumbledore. This way, he would be able to become Harry’s mentor once all the problems and adventures from the series started. Here are the arguments:

They look alike, in fact, Ron is and Dumbledore was, red-headed, both have long noses, and the 2 are tall and thin.

Dumbledore once said he had a scar above his left knee in the shape of the London Underground, and we also know that Ron injured his knee in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Dumbledore confessed that when he was young he started to dislike Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans after eating a vomit flavored one. But there’s a timeline problem here: Dumbledore is around 150, because wizards live way longer than muggles, but Bertie Bott was founded in 1935. He would have had to be born after 1935 and not in the middle of the 1800s, as he appears, to have tried a vomit favored bean in his youth.

Dumbledore seems to know everything. Sometimes he’s somehow aware of Harry’s, Ron’s, and Hermione’s secret plans.

He and Ron rarely meet face to face in the series. In fact, when Scrimgeour reveals Dumbledore’s will, Ron is remarkably puzzled that he got the Deluminator.

2. Crookshanks was Lily Potter’s cat.

When the 3 friends are in Grimmauld Place, Harry finds a letter written by Lily, his mom. There she mentions that the Potter family owned a cat and that baby Harry almost stepped on it while he was playing with his toy broomstick. No one knows if the kitty came out alive after Voldemort’s attack, but many are sure that Crookshanks is that same cat. Here’s proof:

Hermione purchases Crookshanks in The Prisoner of Azkaban, at a place in Diagon Alley called Magical MenagerieThe store owner says that he has had the kitten for “quite some time” because no one wanted him. According to our timeline, from the attack to the day Hermione bought the cat, 12 years had passed, and that definitely qualifies as “quite some time.”

Crookshanks feels at ease with Sirius as a dog and Sirius as a human. That must be because he used to visit James and Lily before the attack and was friendly with them.

Crookshanks recognizes Scabbers and despises him immediately. Peter Pettigrew was also an old friend of James and Lily, but he was the one who betrayed them. The cat may not know what betrayal is, but he sure recognized him as being next to Voldemort the night of the attack and saw him turn into a rat after his owners lost their lives.

3. Argus Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, is actually his wife.

Argus Filch appears as a lonesome, grumpy, and rancorous man, but he certainly doesn’t behave like that toward his cat, Mrs. Norris. Because of the following compelling evidence, many have started to believe that the cat was not exactly his pet, but his wife, an Animagus that stayed as a cat after a transformation went wrong.

When the Basilisk petrifies her cat, Filch loses his mind. He accuses Harry of murder and starts sobbing. It’s hard to imagine that such a cold and bitter individual could react by crying over the death of a cat, even it was his pet. It made it look as if Mrs. Norris was more to him than just an animal companion.

There is no evidence that the Marauder’s Map shows animals. Otherwise, with all the student pets and magical creatures inside and outside of Hogwarts, the map should’ve been filled up with names. There’s no mention of Hedwig, for example, or Neville’s toad. However, the map doesn’t have the same treatment with Animagi, and the first time Harry opens the map, J.K. Rowling describes what it shows:

“A labeled dot in the top left corner showed that Professor Dumbledore was pacing in his study; the caretaker’s cat, Mrs. Norris, was prowling the second floor.”

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