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Welcome to Harry Potter Theory! This podcast features Harry Potter Theories, Fantastic Beasts Theories, Explanations, Top Lists, News, Character Backstories, Fan Fictions & More!

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Welcome to Harry Potter Theory! This podcast features Harry Potter Theories, Fantastic Beasts Theories, Explanations, Top Lists, News, Character Backstories, Fan Fictions & More!

    MASSIVE Update on the Harry Potter TV Show (Release Date + My Thoughts)

    MASSIVE Update on the Harry Potter TV Show (Release Date + My Thoughts)

    Welcome to Harry Potter Theory. Today we’re discussing another exciting update regarding the much anticipated Harry Potter TV Show set to premiere on HBO.
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    • 15 min
    Why Didn't the Ministry Use TRUTH SERUM on Sirius Black? - Harry Potter Theory

    Why Didn't the Ministry Use TRUTH SERUM on Sirius Black? - Harry Potter Theory

    Welcome to Harry Potter Theory. Today we’re going to be discussing Veritaserum- an incredibly powerful (and I feel, underutilized) potion that forces individuals to reveal the truth.

    "It is Veritaserum — a Truth Potion so powerful that three drops would have you spilling your innermost secrets for this entire class to hear. Now, the use of this potion is controlled by very strict Ministry guidelines. But unless you watch your step, you might just find that my hand slips — right over your evening pumpkin juice. And then, Potter... then we'll find out whether you've been in my office or not."

    Besides maybe Felix Felicis, Polyjuice Potion and Amortentia- I feel as though Veritaserum AKA ‘Truth’ Serum is one of the most powerful potions in the entire Wizarding World. And given this fact, I can’t help but notice that it’s ludicrously underutilized (at least in the series).

    In fact, the list of times that it’s actually used in the story is exceedingly short. These moments include..


    Giving it to Barty Crouch Jr after discovering that he was disguised as DADA Professor Mad Eye Moody

    Rita Skeeter using it on Bathilda Bagshot while interviewing her for Albus Dumbledore's biography


    There were of course other times that it was mentioned, like when Dolores Umbridge used a ‘fake potion’ made by Snape on Harry Potter that he only pretended to drink.

    But on the whole, it’s not even talked about that much, and I feel like it could bring about a whole lot of clarity. ESPECIALLY in the context of convicting criminals. In the Death Eater trials, for example, Igor Karkaroff was pardoned by the Wizengamot after giving up the names of some of his co-conspirators. Why not just feed him Truth Serum?

    In today’s video we’ll be discussing WHY Veritaserum isn’t more actively used by the Ministry of Magic. We’ll also be discussing use-cases from the story in which Veritaserum could have proven to be extremely useful, potentially saving lives in the process.

    Let’s dive in.
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    • 16 min
    The Hidden Meaning of Every DEATH in Harry Potter

    The Hidden Meaning of Every DEATH in Harry Potter

    Welcome to Harry Potter Theory. Today we're discussing the meaning behind each of the more prominent deaths in the entire Harry Potter series.

    Although the first few instalments of Harry Potter were clearly written for a younger audience, it’s evident from the very beginning of The Philosopher’s Stone that this is not a series afraid to kill off characters. In fact, before we even get 50 pages into that very first novel, we learn—alongside a distraught 11-year-old Harry Potter—that his parents not only died but were MURDERED by one of the most evil and dark wizards of all time. And so, while many of us were indeed taken by surprise when some of our favourite characters were later killed off in the books/films that followed, it really should’ve been somewhat obvious that we were in for a dark and treacherous ride. 

    Which brings us to today’s topic—all those deaths. What did they mean? Did they stand for anything? Or were they simply meant to toy with our emotions? Well, in today’s video, we’ll be discussing these deaths and, in particular, what each of them meant in the larger context of the series.

    To start us off, let’s begin…at the beginning…
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    • 18 min
    The REAL Reason Dumbledore Knows Everything - DARK Harry Potter Theory

    The REAL Reason Dumbledore Knows Everything - DARK Harry Potter Theory

    Welcome to Harry Potter Theory. Today we’re going to be discussing ALBUS DUMBLEDORE and a theory about how he always seemed to maintain some level of control.

    First things first, Dumbledore is unquestionably one of the most powerful and INTELLIGENT wizards to have ever lived. While at school, Dumbledore’s magical abilities consistently turned heads, particularly his skills surrounding charms and transfiguration. He also did exceptionally well on his N.E.W.T.S and O.W.L’s. Griselda Marchbanks, a professor working for the Wizarding Examinations Authority, remarked that Albus was able to do things with a wand that ‘she had never seen before’ - remember that.
     
    He was remarkably wise, cunning, tactical and even emotionally intelligent. 

    But while Dumbledore may very well be all of these things, the series sometimes portrayed him to be practically omniscient. So much so, that it’s even remarked upon by other characters:

    “You are omniscient as ever, Dumbledore." "oh, no, merely friendly with the local barman”

    And while this may have been a somewhat playful comment on Dumbledore’s behalf, I think that there may actually be some pointers in the story that help to explain Dumbledore’s seemingly all-knowing perspective. 

    Dumbledore (throughout the books) just seems to give off an overwhelming ‘feeling’ that he KNOWS what’s going on around him at all times.

    What gives?
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    • 10 min
    20 POWERFUL Ancient Wizards in Harry Potter You've NEVER Heard Of

    20 POWERFUL Ancient Wizards in Harry Potter You've NEVER Heard Of

    Welcome to Harry Potter Theory. Today we’re going to be discussing 20 wizarding world pioneers- POWERFUL ancient witches and wizards with illustrious tales and significant contributions to the Wizarding World. From the founders of various wizarding organizations, to spell creators, all the way to darkest witches and wizards to have inhabited the magical world, this list has it all.

    Without further ado, let’s dive in to it.
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    • 19 min
    The Dark and TWISTED History of Horcruxes in Harry Potter

    The Dark and TWISTED History of Horcruxes in Harry Potter

    Welcome to Harry Potter Theory. Today we’re be discussing the darker side of the wizarding world- diving DEEP in to the subject of Horcruxes, and discussing a historical figure who created a Horcrux LONG before Voldemort ever did.
    JK Rowling once revealed that, over the course of history, many witches and wizards tried to create a horcrux, in spite of a severe lack of instruction from evil textbooks.
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    • 10 min

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