There's A Theory About The Battle Of Hogwarts That Makes Us So Proud To Be Potterheads

Diply 3 Apr 2018

At this point in your life, you have probably seen the Harry Potter films 1,000 times, and that's perfectly acceptable.

I, like you, was under the impression that there wasn't anything else left to learn about these classic flicks but, as it happens, I was very wrong.

You probably remember how epic the Battle of Hogwarts was in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.

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It was a very big deal at the time, and honestly, those scenes still get my heart racing despite the fact that I could probably act out every minute of it beat for beat.

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A Tumblr user recently pointed something out about that scene that has shaken me to my very core. 

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How. Did. I. Miss. This?

According to this theory, that scene is a lot less chaotic than you remember. In fact, one sequence of events might actually be a direct callback to all of the previous films.

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Let's break it down.

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During the Battle of Hogwarts, there's a tense moment when our three heroes are running around the school avoiding all manner of horrors.

"Until now, I thought it was rather pointless and that they just [put] it in the movie to add some action," wrote the user.

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However, it's the order in which our heroes are attacked that needs our immediate attention. 

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To recap: Harry, Ron, and Hermione dodge a giant with a large club, flee from spiders, face down a werewolf, and are confronted by an army of Dementors.

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Just take a quick second and think about that order. 

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It sounds sort of familiar, doesn't it?

That's because this scene is basically the world's quickest Harry Potter movie recap, but somehow, we never noticed it.

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Wait, what?

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Think about it.

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the golden trio took on their first big challenge: "A troll in the dungeon!" (Okay, it was in the bathroom, but you get it.)

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In second year, Harry and Ron confronted one of Ron's biggest fears: a boatload of spiders. 

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Acromantula are the next creatures to show up at the Battle of Hogwarts, and they are just as terrifying as they were the first time we saw them.

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Once the trio gets inside the castle, they discover Fenrir Greyback attacking Lavender Brown, and Hermione blasts him with a spell.

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Umm, remember when the gang faced Lupin in his werewolf form in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Hermione was instrumental in dealing with him?

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Then, the gang encounters an army of Dementors.

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Aberforth Dumbledore ultimately blasts them out of the sky, but it's hard not to notice the similarity to Harry's epic moment against the Dementors in Prisoner of Azkaban.

Dementors also play a huge role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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We should probably note that in this scene, Aberforth is shielding several members of Dumbledore's Army. 

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You know, the group of students that Harry teaches in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

You've figured out the pattern at this point, right?

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And finally, the scene ends when the gang reaches the Boathouse.

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Oh, and who is that in the Boathouse getting wrecked by Nagini? Severus Snape aka the freakin' Half-Blood Prince.

So, yeah, that's literally all the Harry Potter installments in under two minutes.

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I am blown away by this detail. 

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Now, please excuse me while I quietly sob over the fact that this tiny detail also shows how much our heroes have grown over the years.

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I mean, as a massive Potterhead, I feel like I should probably turn in my wand for missing this detail.


This detail has given me a new appreciation for the movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.And as if I didn't feel bad enough for missing out on this detail, it belongs to an even more complex theory about the Battle of Hogwarts.

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According to another theory about the Battle of Hogwarts, the entire thing is basically the last six HP books in reverse order.


Wait, what?According to this theory, every major event leading up to Voldemort's death reflects the previous books...but backwards.

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One of the first things that happens leading up to the Battle of Hogwarts is that Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive in Hogsmeade after destroying the locket. 

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The last time Harry was at Hogsmeade before then was with Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after retrieving the locket.

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Harry, Ron, and Hermione then go to the Room of Requirement, where they are met by many members of Dumbledore's Army. 

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The Room of Requirement, of course, was crucial for Harry and Dumbledore's Army in Order of the Phoenix.

The trio and their friends then battle the Death Eaters who have taken over Hogwarts, mirroring their previous battle against Umbridge and several Death Eaters.

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The golden trio later returns to the Room of Requirement to find and destroy Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem. 

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While inside, Crabbe screws up the Fiendfyre spell, causing our heroes to use brooms to escape the blaze while searching for the diadem.

This mirrors when Harry used his flying skills in Goblet of Fire to evade a fire-breathing dragon while also searching for a treasure.

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In the book, Harry then defeats a bunch of Dementors and uses the passage under the Whomping Willow to get to the Shrieking Shack, where Snape is.

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I probably don't have to remind you that Harry also defeats Dementors and uses this passage in Prisoner of Azkaban.

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During the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville Longbottom pulls the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat and uses it to kill Nagini.

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When was the last time a worthy Gryffindor pulled that sword out of that hat, you ask? Why, it was in The Chamber of Secrets when Harry uses the sword to kill another snake that was important to Voldemort.

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And finally, Voldemort is defeated by his own rebounding Killing Curse. 

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You know, exactly like when he tried to kill Harry as a baby.

Clearly, J.K. Rowling is a master when it comes to circular writing and symmetry because I never noticed this pattern!

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I hope we never stop finding new details in the Harry Potter books and movies.


I mean, at this rate, we probably never will.Did you notice any details that we missed? COMMENT and let us know and TAG a friend!

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