J.K. Rowling just personally shut down this disturbing Harry Potter fan theory about Dumbledore
It’s easy to get lost down a rabbit hole searching for a Harry Potter fan theory — there’s only about a billion out there on the interwebs. But a recent and very disturbing theory, caused J.K. Rowling herself to weigh in.
In a 17-minute video released by YouTube user, SuperCarlinBrothers, Dumbledore is being accused of making one of the Horcruxes himself. While this alone might not be a huge deal to the Harry Potter-novice, those of us well versed in the mythology of the book series know that making a Horcrux is a pretty evil and malicious process.
Rowling herself has been coy about revealing the details of said process, but she did say in a Harry Potter podcast that the details, “made her editor throw up when she told her the full process of what making a Horcrux actually entails.”
Reddit user, sirlionel13, theorizes that making a Horcrux involves a bit of cannibalism, but it’s pretty widely accepted that it at LEAST takes a little murder. You can understand why Rowling had to take such a strong stand against Dumbledore’s involvement in the matter. After reading the theory about Dumbledore and the Horcrux, she took to Twitter to say, “The idea that anybody believes this is strangely upsetting to me.”
Rowling, along with many, many other Harry Potter purists, is probably reacting to the idea that Dumbledore, the beacon of good and light in the HP universe, could participate in any such evil as this.
The video references the fight between Dumbledore, his brother Aberforth, and his then-friend, Gellert Grindelwald, which resulted in the death of Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana. Because Dumbledore himself admits that no one really knows who cast the spell that actually killed her, it is possible, at least in theory, that Dumbledore has the darkness required to create such an evil object as the Horcrux.
The awesome thing about the Harry Potter mythology, is that it’s left open for us to interpret however we like. But when the creator and queen of all things Potter shuts a theory down, it’s probably safe to say it’s not true.
We’re skeptical too, but the YouTube video below makes a strong case. You decide.