In the first Harry Potter book and film, Hagrid picked up the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone to US readers) from a vault in Gringotts with Harry. The gamekeeper then returned the gem to Dumbledore at Hogwarts for safekeeping, since Voldemort was targeting it to create a new body for his soul which was currently latched onto human host Quirinus Quirrell. But what if Dumbledore actually requested the Philosopher’s Stone so he could use it himself? That’s what a new fan theory claims.

Reddit user Silirt writes: “There’s a common objection among fans that by putting the Stone in Hogwarts, [Dumbledore] endangered the children.

“But it’s pretty obvious that keeping it from Voldemort is most important, and moving it to Hogwarts did protect it, if only temporarily. 

“Moving the Stone reveals some kind of idea that Voldemort is active, and since we only see the events of the series through Harry’s perspective, perhaps there was some sign of it, like a string of murders of people who claimed to know something about the Stone. 

“I propose, though, that he suspected Voldemort was still out there in some sense before anything specifically prompted him to move the Stone, and we see in the beginning that Hagrid shares the belief.”

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The theorist continued: “Basically, Voldemort died under highly suspicious circumstances. 

“Both he and Dumbledore knew about the prophecy, so Dumbledore knew why he went after the Potter family but assumed that they were perfectly well-protected at the time by the Fidelius Charm.

“And to the average person, it would seem especially unusual that Voldemort died while Harry survived. 

“There were too many unanswered questions to assume the matter was over, and he needed to be alive to answer them, so he took moderate doses of the Elixir of Life that the stone produces in order to preserve his [llfe] longer than normal life, health, and mental fitness (he was born in 1881).”

And in one summary of it, that resurfaced a couple of years ago, are some pretty intriguing arguments.

Posted on Tumblr, a fan wrote: “The theory goes like this: Ron and Dumbledore are both described as tall, thin, and possessing a long nose that has been broken a few times. 

“Dumbledore has long fingers, Ron has large hands. 

“Dumbledore had red hair, we know this from the memory Tom Riddle had.”

They added: “Dumbledore has a scar above his left knee, Ron injured his left leg.

“Dumbledore seems to know everything Harry and Ron did/are about to do.”

Presumably, an older Ron would have used a time-turner to go back and be Dumbledore. 

Sadly for advocates of the theory, JK Rowling debunked it as false in a tweet back in 2015 – but it’s still a fun one nonetheless.



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