We always equate Harry Potter to the lightning bolt scar that we see on his forehead. Now, a new theory emerges from a Twitter account saying the scar on his forehead may be something else, that it may be the hand motion when casting the Avada Kedavra spell.
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According to Her,this creates conversations amongst fans and debates about whether they agree or disagree with this theory, or whether they can come to terms, or conclusions, that it may be both a lightning bolt and the curse.After all, the Avada Kedavra spell does resemble lightening when cast.
J.K. Rowling shut down yet another popular fan theory and this time it happens to be related to Nagini.
If there’s one thing Harry Potter fans love more than re-reading the series or binge-watching the films, it’s discussing fan theories. One such fan theory theorizes that Nagini, Voldemort’s beloved pet and final Horcrux, is the very same snake that Harry freed from the zoo in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone.
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While there are some obvious discrepancies between the snake introduced in the first book and Nagini, the theory is certainly an interesting one to discuss because of its implications. If the two snakes were one and the same, then the notion that Harry released the animal that would later be used as a violent weapon, and a preserver of the darkest wizard of all time, is mind-blowing. In the end, as thrilling as the theory may sound, it’s nevertheless false according to J.K. Rowling.
When a Twitter follower asked Rowling about the theory, she was quick to shut it down. Rowling wrote:
Noooo… I thought I’d shot that one down! The escaped boa constrictor in Philosopher’s Stone wasn’t Nagini. It was never Nagini. That’s an incorrect but very persistent fan theory! https://t.co/QEy89kwloA
When it comes to crackpot theories, A Song of Ice and Fire created the perfect storm. The key ingredients are all there: a large and devoted fanbase, a sprawling and intricate plot, and, perhaps most importantly, long waiting periods between books. The results show up in online forums with some of the most tinfoil-hat, off-the-wall conspiracy theories I’ve ever seen.
No, I’m not talking about the ones with firm basis in canon; “R+L=J” (the theory that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark) has even been confirmed in the show at this point. I’m not even talking about theories like the one suggesting that Tyrion Lannister is actually the son of Aerys Targaryen – a theory of which I am very much not a fan, but it’s still based on plausible extrapolations from the text. I’m talking full-on conspiracy board, off-the-walls idea for which the only evidence is: “Well you can’t prove I’m wrong.”
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Bear in mind that I’m barely scratching the surface of most of these – click on the links to dive into the whole tinfoil-y mess yourself!
Here’s the claim: George R. R. Martin has filled the books with hints, effectively a “code”, that tell the reader… well, all sorts of things. For example you’ll know if a character is going to die, where and when a major battle will take place, if a presumed-dead character is actually alive…
The “key” to the “code” is the repetition of words, hence the name of the theory. Jeor Mormont’s raven is known for warbling out words, often “Corn! Corn! Corn!”. According to the theorist, the hints are interpreted based on variables like whether the words are in quotes, whether they are broken up by narration, and which punctuation separates them.
The theory is incredibly intricate and absolute bologna. There’s also the fact that someone actually asked Martin about it and instead of being vague about his answer, he just said “no”.
When I saw the name of this theory, I spent several minutes trying to figure out what it could possibly be, and came up empty. Here it is: Daenerys and Drogo are the parents of Tyrion Lannister, who is actually Rhaego, the Stallion who Mounts the World.
Confused? Me too. The theory goes like this: Mirri Maz Duur, when working to “save” Drogo, did some really wild time-travel magic that transported Dany’s fetus and caused it to swap places with Joanna Lannister’s, years in the past. Joanna gave birth to Rhaego, and he was named Tyrion. Meanwhile in the future, Dany gave birth to the dead Lannister fetus, which Mirri tells her “has been dead for years”.
Also, this whole theory is based on parallels they draw between Tyrion and Oedipus of ancient Greek tragedy. Click the link to read the whole thing – it’s absolutely wild.
Roose Bolton is one of the creepiest guys in fantasy. This theory seeks to make him even creepier.
The theory is that there has only ever been one Lord Bolton over thousands of years, stealing the skins of his sons and assuming their identities so as to avoid tipping the world off to the fact that he’s an immortal… something. After all, the Boltons are infamous for flaying their enemies, and their sigil is the flayed man. Is it so outlandish to suggest that its lord is a flayed man himself? Yes, it is, but that isn’t the point. The creator of the theory even offers this quote in evidence: “Roose Bolton’s own face was a pale grey mask, with two chips of dirty ice where his eyes should be.”
The name of the theory is a pun on the name Bolton – the idea being that the immortal creature would “bolt” the skin of the heir “on” to his body. I think this theory is a byproduct of reading too much into Martin’s poetic language, but it sure is fun.
Yeah. Rhaegar Targaryen, the prince who ran off with Lyanna Stark and set off the events that led to Robert’s Rebellion, and who was killed by Robert at the Battle of the Trident… is the same person as Mance Rayder, King-Beyond-the-Wall.
The main arguments for this theory?
They are both associated with music.
Rubies are frequently mentioned as having embedded in Rhaegar’s armor on the Trident, and rubies are also used by Melisandre to magically disguise one person as another – the suggestion here is that the Rhaegar on the Trident was an imposter.
Mance at one point uses the alias “Abel”, an anagram of the legendary bard Bael, who, according to myth, “stole” the daughter of a Lord of Winterfell long ago. Theorists say this connection means that this is in fact Rhaegar, who also ran off with a daughter of House Stark.
If this is starting to convince you, let me remind you that:
Mance Rayder was a wildling taken in as a child by the Night’s Watch. He grew up on the Wall and became a brother of the Watch until he turned his cloak and defected to the free folk.
There are brothers of the Watch who remember him, including Qhorin Halfhand.
King Aerys II Targaryen is almost universally known as the Mad King. This theory claims that his madness was actually caused by Bran Stark, decades in the future, using his powers of greenseeing to try to speak to him. This was to alert him of the coming threat of the White Walkers. This, according to the theory, is why all the king said in his final hours was “burn them all”, because fire would be an essential weapon against the army of the undead.
Theoretically, Bran’s attempts at communication throughout the years of Aerys’ reign only came through as whispers, which slowly drove him mad. Even though the descent into madness of the Mad King is well documented in The World of Ice and Fire. And even though the Targaryen line itself, thanks to centuries of inbreeding, has a well-known streak of madness… Oh, wait, some versions of this theory say that Bran’s whispers were actually responsible for all of the Targaryen tyrants!
Also, I have to ask: if Bran was going to try to change the past, wouldn’t he maybe start with something along the lines of “Hey Dad, don’t go south, that way you can stay here and build up the Night’s Watch for a war and also not get executed!”
As far as fictitious universes go, George R. R. Martin’s wonderful world of Thrones probably spawns the most fan theories. They fly like moths, and like moths to a flame, they conglomerate on the internet. With so many buzzing around, it’s hard to parse the legitimate predictions from bewildering fanfiction. Reddit does a good job of separating the two camps, and redditor thetripleb has shared his various predictions on how HBO’s adaptation will end. At least one of them seems pretty likely, and, if it comes to pass, it’ll be exhilarating.
Game of Thrones season seven spoilers below. You have been warned…
We last left King’s Landing with Jaime parting ways with Cersei, who revealed she had no plans on helping Jon Snow with his fight against the Night King. Jaime had other plans. According to reddit user thetripleb, Jaime will “convince at least a contingent, if not the entire Lannister Army to join him in going North.” Makes sense since he’s a war hero and a revered military leader. Jaime, then, will help Jon Snow and the North defend against the oncoming White Walker scourge. Likely, they’ll succeed combating the Night King’s wave of White Walkers who we last saw walking through the Wall.
Meanwhile, losing one of King’s Landing’s greatest military assets will leave Cersei relatively exposed. The Night King, on undead Viserion’s winged back, will use this vulnerability to his advantage and fly “south and destroy King’s Landing, trading his army of 100,000 for the 1,000,000 in King’s Landing including Cersei.” King’s Landing, then, will be under the Night King’s control. He will sit on the Iron Throne. Or, more likely, destroy it during his siege. Who will sit on the Iron Throne then? Nobody because the Night King will incinerate it.
If you remain unconvinced, the show has been hinting at a snow-covered King’s Landing for a while. In season two, while she was in the House of the Undying, Daenerys saw visions of a snowy Iron Throne. Bran had a similar winter-themed vision of King’s Landing in season four, and saw a dragon flying over King’s Landing simultaneously. Granted, we did see Daenerys fly Drogon into King’s Landing in the season seven finale, all evidence seems to suggest a snowy day for Cersei.
So it seems like this redditor’s predictions are, at least partially, very likely. However, he goes on to make some riskier guesses as to what the end will hold. For one, he thinks Dany will get pregnant with Jon’s child (or children), but die in childbirth, leaving Jon to raise Dany’s kids on his own. This seems a little too sentimental and bittersweet for the GoT writers, though. They generally avoid bittersweet feelings in favor of just bitter feelings. It seems more likely that Dany will indeed get pregnant with Jon’s children, but then the entire new family will, I don’t know, die in a house fire or something. Or actually Dany’s immune to fire damage, so maybe they drown.
In any case, let us know if you’re buying into thetripleb’s predictions. If not, let us know how you think HBO’s take on Game of Thrones will end!
Back in season six, Arya Stark had a bit of a run in with the Waif (Faye Marsay). You might remember the moment, the Waif stabbed our sweet heroine in the stomach, before she into the water. Later, we see her suspiciously fine. This caused some fans to believe that from that point onward, Arya wasn’t actually Arya.
Maisie Williams told Digital Spy just how ridiculous she finds the theory, saying
People thought Arya was the Waif, which was sad. It’s just me. I feel like now the show has been going for a while, they like to think of really crazy things, but that’s just what humans do. We’re just curious.
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With the upcoming final season on the (far) horizon, the cast has been given their final scripts. “It’s just strange as it’s everything I’ve ever known, but also any interview I ever do ends up talking about this show and where it’s going and what’s going to happen, and this is it: I know what’s going to happen,” teased the actress.
Williams has compared spoiling the final season to ruining Christmas, so don’t expect her to share any spoilers anytime soon.