After seven novels and seven movies, the Harry Potter series has developed a fervent fan base, most of whom love to devour every single facet of the series.
Of course, this can lead to some glorious interpretations of the series, as people work out their own conspiracy theories to the franchise’s characters and themes. Some of them are quite sensible and grounded, while there are others that have suggested the entire series actually revolves around insane children and that Hogwarts is an insane asylum.
One devoted Harry Potter fan has taken to both Free Domain Radio and Reddit to explain why he feels that the above is actually true. In fact, he has devised several points and reasons to prove his point.
The fan, who goes by Markus and Mr_Boomstick (I’ll stick with the former), has explained that this theory has its origins in the first Harry Potter installment.
After arriving at Hogwarts, Harry Potter finds himself obsessed with a mirror that he constantly sits in front of as he tries to imagine his parents. In fact, Harry becomes so obsessed that Dumbledore warns it has previously made people go crazy.
Speaking about the mirror, Dumbledore declares, “Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it show is real or even possible.”
Meanwhile, Markus also went on to try and back up his theory by explaining that Hogwarts possesses a variety of elements you would find in a mental asylum, as it has moving staircases, talking paintings, hidden dungeons, while Ginny Weasley even writes on the walls in her blood.
Plus, it’s also quite clear that Sirius Black is criminally insane, while The Goblet Of Fire also sees children fighting against each other, something that can occur amongst children with disorders.
Markus also explains that Harry Potter is closely associated with Remus Lupin, who transforms into a werewolf. Of course, these creatures are primarily associated with moons, and the satellite is also a symbol for insanity.
Meanwhile, Markus also suggests that rather than Robbert Pattinson’s Cedric Diggory being murdered by Voldermort, it was actually Harry Potter who killed him. Markus backs this up by suggesting that Harry was the only one who saw the death, and no one else actually believes him.
Markus makes numerous other points, including the final sequence where Harry Potter meets Dumbledore at Kings Cross. Harry says to his mentor, “Tell me one last thing. Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” To which Dumbledore responds, “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that is not real?”
So, what do you think? Could Harry Potter actually be set in an insane asylum?