Five Fan Theories Gen Z Fans Won’t Have Heard Of

As most members of the Harry Potter community know, there are quite a few fans whose creativity, intelligence, and attention to detail are beyond comprehension. Subsequently, the rest of us are able to reap the benefits of their talents when they decide to share their wizarding world thoughts via social media.

Over the last 25 years, we have been provided with thousands of such fascinating thoughts, opinions, and — most importantly — theories. With the latter, we have recently become interested in revisiting hypotheses from early on in the fandom, seeing as Gen Z readers missed out on the golden era of fan postulations. In turn, we have decided to share with you the most shocking theories we have come across thus far as well as our opinions on them.


Harry and Ron are seers.


We want to preface this one by saying that we are a little ashamed of not picking up on this sooner. Though altogether we have read the entire Harry Potter series a total of a bajillion times, none of us noticed this. An outline of the entire plot was right there in front of us, and we were completely blind to it.

While it is comical to think that it was all a coincidence or a mistake, the fact that every “vision” Harry and Ron had ended up coming to fruition is a very serious development to consider. Are Harry and Ron blessed with the power of the inner eye? Are there other instances of their prophetic abilities throughout the books? We think an in-depth research assignment must be completed before a formal statement is released. For another look at an unsuspecting character who could secretly be a prophet, check out  “Petunia the Seer.”


Neville and Peter Pettigrew are one and the same.


Though we are a little unwilling to admit that precious Neville is anything like Peter, there is no denying their similarities. But although Neville had every reason to turn to Voldemort in search of a powerful protector, the torture of his parents by members of the dark side swayed him away from such treachery.

While we are not glad that Neville grew up without the active presence of his parents, we are happy that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was unable to exploit yet another innocent and weak child. Yes, Peter made the choice to join Voldemort out of his own free will, but the decision was rooted in his feelings of inferiority. Therefore, though he and Neville ended up taking very different paths, they were both just boys who wanted to be appreciated. If this theory interests you, “Neville Longbottom and Peter Pettigrew: An Experiment in Sorting” is a wonderful article that expands upon this idea.


The Killing Curse is more complex than previously thought.


If anyone else is a little skeptical about the simplicity of the Killing Curse — how could such a powerful incantation be so straightforward? — then this theory is for you. The moment we read this post, a sort of switch flipped in our brains; we had one of those “a-ha” moments and a light bulb turned on above our heads. IT JUST MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.


The Horcrux in Harry was destroyed long before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


While this is not technically a theory, it does bring up a good question: Why did the venom from the Basilisk’s fang not kill the Horcrux in Harry? Though this could just be a simple, shortsighted mistake, it is interesting to wonder if Fawkes’s tears had anything to do with it. Maybe, as suggested in “MYTHTERY: The Basilisk Bite Should Have Destroyed Voldemort’s Soul in Harry,” the poison would have killed the Horcrux if Harry had died, but Fawkes’s magical teardrops reversed the procedure. Either way, we are thankful that the aforementioned phoenix saved Harry’s life, and in the end, Voldemort’s Horcrux was eventually destroyed anyway.


Regulus Black was the Heir of Slytherin.


BOOM. Mind blown. It is posts like these that make us regret taking Spanish in high school rather than Latin. This makes perfect sense, since we know that many spells and character names are rooted in Latin origin. We feel as though we have more to say, but nothing we could write would top this Tumblr post; our socks were knocked off when we initially read it.


What do you think? Are these fan theories worth another look by Gen Z? If you have any theories of your own, let us know in the comments below.