Harry Potter Fans Should Stop Passing These 5 Headcanons as Facts

Harry Potter Fans Should Stop Passing These 5 Headcanons as Facts
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Enjoy these ideas as much as you like – it doesn't mean they're in the books.

In a universe as sprawling as Harry Potter, it makes sense that some people might have mixed up the 'real' story with the fan theories. But now some of the popular HP headcanons have started to be referred to as factual, and y'all… they just aren't.

Here are 5 'facts' that aren't in the books or the movies:

  1. Remus and Sirius were in love.

This idea is very popular with the shippers, the fanfic-ers, and the head canon-ers. And at the end of the day, if the idea of the werewolf and the dog being in love makes you happy, then have fun with it! Just don't try to pass it off as canon, because you can't. It's not in the books. Remus loves Tonks and if Sirius was in love with anyone it was James Potter.

  1. Draco Malfoy is misunderstood / 'just' a kid with a bad parent / was redeemed.

It's understandable that you'd imagine the rehabilitation of Draco Malfoy to be canonical. But that's most likely because of the reams of fan fiction out there, as well as Tom Felton's terrific and nuanced performance in the films.

Don't forget Draco's relentless bullying, his hatred of anyone who's poorer than himself, his racism against 'Mudbloods', and his enthusiastic work for Dolores Umbridge. He doesn't work for her because he's under pressure, but because it's fun for him to have the power to torture people. Draco Malfoy sucks. It doesn't matter how handsome the actor is, guys!

  1. Voldemort was incapable of love because he was conceived when his dad was on love potion.

This one probably gained popularity because it sounds logical, but JK Rowling has directly denied this. It also undermines the books to suggest that Voldemort was incapable of love, rather than actively choosing to deny the thing that would make him 'weak'.

  1. The snake Harry released from the zoo was Nagini.

…What? No. Please stop acting like this is canonical. It makes absolutely no sense. What, did she crawl from London to Albania? How did she get there? Did she swim across the English Channel, or was it a 'Snakes on a Plane' situation?

  1. Lily Potter was pregnant when she died.

Nobody's quite sure where this one started, but often people claim that this fact was confirmed by JK Rowling, which it definitely wasn't. Probably this idea came out of fanfictions trying to wring extra tragedy out of Lily's death, to which we can only say: stop it.