Here’s a heartbreaking ‘Harry Potter’ theory you’ll need tissues to get through

It’s Friday, and I’ve got a serious (or should I say, Sirius) question for you, Harry Potter-loving reader: do you want to start your weekend crying? Because if not, turn around. Close this window, throw your laptop across the room, and run far, far away from this place.

Still reading? OK, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The latest Harry Potter fan theory comes from Tumblr user Prisonersirius (yep, definitely a Harry Potter fan), who believes she’s come up with a theory about Sirius and Remus that is rooted in the scene when Harry uses the Resurrection Stone before his last encounter with Voldemort. A quick refresher: Using the stone, Harry sees his parents, Lily and James, as well as Sirius and Remus, who (I hate to remind you) passed away. Sirius and Remus were, of course, very close to Harry, but before that, they were incredibly good friends with Lily and James.

Prisonersirius’s theory revolves around the descriptions of the four of these people when Harry sees them. James and Lily are described wearing the same clothes they died in, back on October 31st, 1981. Thus, the Resurrection Stone depicts what people look like when they died. But when Harry sees Remus and Sirius, they look “younger than he’s ever seen them.” Here are the direct passages used to describe them in the book:

Strange, huh? Why would Lily and James look the way they did on the day they died, while Sirius and Lupin looked much younger?

Prisonersirius thinks that it’s because the essence of what made them who they are, died on the same day as Lily and James.

Let us list ALL of the things that broke Sirius’s heart on that day:

1. Two of his best friends, James and Lily, were murdered

2. They were betrayed by one of his other best friends, Peter

3. Peter got away with it

4. Sirius had to go to Azkaban for a crime he did not commit

5. Sirius’s only remaining friend, Remus, thought for twelve years that he had murdered James and Lily.

THAT’S A LOT OF TERRIBLE STUFF, GUYS. It would definitely kill a piece of my spirit, if not all of it. As Prisonersirius notes, “by the end of that, he’s not really [S]irius anymore.” Yeesh.

Now, let’s get into Remus, who thought not just James and Lily, but Peter too, have all been murdered by his other best friend, Sirius. As Prisonersirius explains so eloquently:

Yep. So although they were alive, their essence died from a broken heart, and that’s why the Resurrection Stone doesn’t depict them how they looked on the actual day of their deaths, but rather how they looked on October 31, 1981.

Shattered? Yep, us too. RIP, Remus and Sirius. We’ll love and miss you forever.

(Image via Warner Bros.)

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