For years there have been theories circulating about Harry Potter. As you may know, we love a fan theory, mainly because it shows fans’ dedication to the source material. Also, the thing with Harry Potter is that the universe it’s set in continues to grow. J.K. Rowling is constantly adding to it through the hub that is Pottermore, and there are new stories like The Cursed Child and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film.
Basically, we can never, ever get enough of Harry Potter.
While most fan theories surrounding Potter usually focus on the titular character, Voldemort, or one of the more prominent cast of characters, we’ve just seen a fan theory about Aunt Petunia that has officially blown our minds.
According to one Tumblr user, Aunt Petunia might have been a witch all along.
Basically, the theory stems from a comment that J.K. Rowling made in 2004 about Petunia, way before the books were finished.
Of course, we later learned later in the series that Petunia had been cripplingly jealous of her sister, Lily, when she found out that she was headed to Hogwarts. In fact, it’s revealed the Petunia even wrote a letter to Professor Dumbledore asking to see if there had been a mistake or not. Relatable, tbh.
When Dumbledore explained that there hadn’t been a mistake, Petunia turned her back on her sister and her magical abilities, dubbing the Potters “freaks.”
Well, what if Petunia did have magical ability, but it wasn’t really enough to warrant a place at Hogwarts? There are loads of hints dropped through out the books that there’s more to Petunia Dursley than meets the eye, but we’re only really offered brief glimpses as to what that may be.
That’s why Tumblr user sulietsexual decided to imagine what it would’ve been like if Harry and Petunia had met after The Second Wizarding War and our minds are officially BLOWN.
The theory suggests that all along Petunia had magical powers and that she hid them from Harry his entire life. For example, it argues that it was, in fact, Petunia that had smashed Aunt Marge’s glass in The Prisoner of Azkaban, and that it was because she couldn’t stand the way that her sister was being talked about.
As Bustle pointed out, Petunia’s goodbye to Harry in The Deathly Hallows is rather peculiar, and perhaps this could explain why. Yes we know that Dumbledore turned down her request to come to Hogwarts, but as we’re learning there’s so much about the Wizarding World that we don’t actually know about.
It’s not out of the question, right?