A Potterhead has recently sparked a new theory stating that Harry Potter could be immortal. The adventures of the “boy who lived” made history through the imagination of J.K. Rowling. Even to date, we Potter fans seek comfort in the Harry Potter books and movies for the thousandth time. And now, the latest theory has again compelled us to turn our heads at the wizarding world. This fan claims that Professor Trelawney’s prophecy could have a whole new meaning.
In 1980, Sybill Trelawney made an appointment to meet Albus Dumbledore at Hog’s Head to apply for the post of Divination Professor at Hogwarts. That’s when she made her first prophecy, also known as The Lost Prophecy or The Prophecy. It stated that a wizard would take birth by the end of July 1980 and would be capable of defeating Voldemort. It further added that the boy’s parents must have defied Voldemort three times to satisfy the prophecy. The most significant part of it was “either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives”In the twisted turn of events, both Harry and Neville Longbottom were born one day apart in July. Additionally, both of their parents were members of the Order of Phoenix and had defied the Dark Lord thrice. Harry ultimately became the Chosen One after Voldemort decided to attack him and his parents that night.
All this while, we assumed that the prophecy meant either Voldemort or Harry had to kill each other. But this fan has decoded a different interpretation. It states that these two wizards can ONLY die at the hands of each other. If true, then the one who survives could remain immortal forever. Perhaps, that’s why Voldemort was hellbent on killing Harry.
Though startling and twisted, this theory cannot be avoided. But could this mean that by defeating Voldemort, Harry punished himself with immortal life and became the boy who lived forever? In the end, Harry did sacrifice his chance to reunite with his loved ones and family after death.
What do you think about this theory? True or not, this does lead to an interesting and mind-boggling open ending.