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  • worthlessgalaxy
    +9

    Interesting theory, but it is really over interpretation. But that's what makes it fun to read.

    • spaceghoti
      +3

      Interesting theory, but it is really over interpretation. But that's what makes it fun to read.

      I agree. The part that fascinated me the most is that viewed from that perspective the story makes just as much sense.

      • Wenjarich
        +5

        Except the endin where they are all adults with kids and happy doesn't really fit into the theory as far as I can see.

        • septimine
          +4

          Unless he's cured at the end. That could work. They electroshock Voldemort out of Harry and he can go on with life.

        • Bastou
          +4

          I think it's not the ending J.K Rowling intended either, but she gave in to fan expectations.

        • spaceghoti
          +4

          Why not? It's an escape into fantasy, and who wants to live a fantasy that doesn't have a happy ending?

          • Wenjarich
            +5

            Well as far as I understand in the explanation, hogwarts represents the mental institute/ special school harry goes to. The death of voldemort suggests his alter ego no longer haunts him (would that be why he is allowed to leave/stop attending?) Or does his departure from the hospital imply that he has completely seperated from reality and everything he perceives is imaginary which allows for his happy ending?

            It's actually interesting to think about this sort of thing because I attempted to write a similar concept in the writing prompt tribe. It's how I interpreted the prompt given. I kept trying to ask myself, how would it look to him, which given I'm not insane, or at least don't think I am :P, was rather challenging.

            • spaceghoti
              +3

              That's the joy of fantasy, it could mean any number of things. The ending of the book could represent Harry's eventual rehabilitation and return to normal life, or it could represent his final descent into madness. It could represent relationships he's formed with his fellow patients and their caretakers. It could mean he's not cured but he's worked out a way to reconcile his fantasy with the real world so he's at least functional. Or he could be completely comatose and this is all just a dream he never wakes from.

              Part of the fun is that it becomes a Rorschach test. What you think it means says more about you than the story itself.

  • ttubravesrock
    +6

    1. if this was true, JK Rowling is actually a great author.

    2. an article like this could be written about any fantasy/horror/monster book/movie.

  • Dernhelm
    +6

    It is different way of looking at things for sure.

  • Bastou
    +4

    That's fascinating, whether it was intended or not as J.K. Rowling wrote it.

  • Wenjarich
    +3

    That is an interesting way to look at it. Considering, as far as I remember, she started the story by telling her kids a story, I highly doubt that's what it's about but it would be an interesting way of looking at it. Also not sure how the ending ties into the theory.

  • fanficmistress
    +3

    Interesting theory. A few fantasy TV shows have played this theory in an interesting way (Buffy and Charmed come to mind). The character wakes up in an institution and is being convinced they made up the delusions of fighting demons. Although this is not the correct reality and they are really fighting demons in the real world so a little different than this theory.

    • Qukatt
      +3

      They did it in Stargate a few times I think to different characters.

    • spaceghoti
      +2

      Star Trek: Deep Space 9 is another one. They did this to Sisko later on in the series as a vision from the Prophets.

  • babymeta1
    +2

    I might get hate for this, and I might be the only one who truly thinks this way, are you ready? I've never liked Harry Potter at all. I tried watching the movie and it bored me to tears, didn't even pick the first book up when it came out 'cause I was busy not caring about the constant hype it was getting. I'll probably get downvoted to hell for saying this lmao.

  • FatTony
    +2

    That kind of reminds me of this quote from the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince, featuring Dumbledore talking to an 11 year-old Tom Riddle (Voldemort):

    "Hogwarts is not a place for mad people. Hogwarts is a school. A school of magic. You can do things can't you, Tom? That other children can't. "

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