As we all know, or as pretty much anyone on the Internet these days knows, the website Tumblr has a community that’s pretty much a universe in and of itself. One of the things that Tumblr specifically likes to focus on is fandoms (meaning, folks who are really...REALLY into specific movies, books, musicians, actors, TV shows, you name it). One of the biggest and perhaps most OG Tumblr fandom chronologically is the Harry Potter fandom, which cover the expansive seven original Harry Potter books, all eight of the original Harry Potter movies, and in-universe books and movies like the recently released Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Harry Potter Tumblr fandom is specifically adept at asking the hard hitting questions about the HP universe and its many colorful characters, and then finding inventive answers for those questions. Here are 15 such examples of the Harry Potter fandom talking about the really important stuff on their Tumblr pages.
15 The Time They Questioned Adult Hogwarts Logic
This oddity, presented by Tumblr user, pottergems, actually hits on an issue that we’ve been thinking about for a long time when it comes to how stuff works in the Potterverse. Like, seriously the parameters of what is and is not allowed for children to do unsupervised seems a little weird. Hogsmeade is maybe the safest place in the entire book (including the inside of the actual castle at Hogwarts, which has all sorts of weird shifting stairs, three headed dogs, death eaters, enormous snakes, actual Voldemort appearances, you name it). So that’s where they’re going to draw the line — at a quaint little village where you can get your hands on weird candy and butter beer? But not at, for instance, a sport played on broomsticks super high in the air, or a deadly athletic competition that other literal children compete in with you like a version of The Hunger Games that’s just played for funsies?
Okay then, adults of the Wizarding World. It looks like you’ve got your priorities straight.
14 The Time They Realized That Dumbledore Was Probably Like, 'LOL'
There have been a whole slew of questions raised about the iconic “letter barrage” scene (where the Dursleys keep attempting to hide the acceptance letters Harry had delivered to him, which we all know were acknowledging the fact that he was a wizard, and therefore more and more letters kept arriving until the whole house is flooded with them).
Why didn’t Harry just pick a letter up off the floor? Why didn’t he stuff a letter in his pants and run into the street and yell that he was being “bad-touch”-ed if Uncle Vernon tried to grab it? But this question is actually hilarious and brightens our souls. Tumblr user, suicidallyreckless, reminds us of who’s in charge of sending those letters, and we can’t help but think that cheeky old Dumbledore was sitting there, pleased as punch that he was driving such a horrible, odious family crazy with Harry’s literal ticket out of their home. Yay Dumbledore!
13 The Time They Realized The Limitations Of The Scar Alarm
For the uninitiated, a major plot point in the Harry Potter universe is that Harry Potter’s scar burned whenever Voldemort was around, as Voldemort gave him the scar and was constantly plotting to kill him. While it was definitely a traumatic reminder of the encounter that killed his parents and defined the rest of his life, the whole 'scar burning thing' was actually pretty useful, because it serves as basically a dual Voldemort GPS/alarm system. And Voldemort being close by is definitely something useful to know. But it definitely sets up a dangerous precedent. If Harry's scar only hurt when Voldemort was nearby, what happens if it ends up hurting now that Voldemort is caput? At that point, the usefulness of an alert system scar starts to run its course. Here’s hoping older Harry Potter didn’t become susceptible to sinus infections!
12 The Time They Pointed Out That Even In The Wizarding World, 'Murica Will Be 'Murica
When the last Harry Potter book (and the ensuing movies) were finally completed, the Harry Potter fandom obviously felt a sense of loss. The story had been completed, but now what was there to do about wanting more good old Harry Potter universe action? That’s when J.K. Rowling—everyone’s benevolent Harry Potter universe creator and sustainer—decided to gift the fandom a continuation of the Wizarding universe with the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
However, some fans definitely noticed differences between how the Wizarding World worked in the previous Harry Potter books and movies and how it works in Fantastic Beasts...and not just because one is set in relatively modern day and one is set in the 1920s.
As Tumblr user jttbcmfandoms pointed out, it seems like spells are pretty specific and well-ordered, whereas in FBAWTFT, it’s more just, “point and shoot.” The answer? ‘Murica, obviously.
11 The Time They Made Us Very Concerned For Slytherin Girls
Some of the more interesting questions to think about when it comes to the Harry Potter universe are also some of the most mundane. Like, what does daily life look like at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Not the standard, “What are witchcraft classes like?”, or “What does an enchanted dining hall look like?”, but more like, “When do they brush their teeth?”...and, in this case, what happens when they get their periods?
Remember, these are all kids who will likely reach period-having age while they are at school (as it is a boarding school they attend more of the year than not). So who is there to tell them about the facts of becoming a woman? When I saw this post and saw one of the proposed answers, I was sitting here like, “OH NO!”. If the head of your house is responsible for all the kids in the house, it makes sense that they’d take care of something as important as this. But that, of course, means Snape is on tampon duty...which is not a reality we hope the ladies of Slytherin had to deal with.
10 The Time They Realized Voldemort Needed More Creative Horcrux Thinking
Once again for the uninitiated, I shall offer an explainer. In the Harry Potter universe, a Horcrux is an object in which a dark wizard hides a fragment of their soul. The reason they put that part of their soul into an object is to achieve immortality. The one catch (hence why only dark wizards/witches do this) is, in order to create a Horcrux, you have to commit a murder. Voldemort had six Horcruxes: Tom Riddle’s diary, Marvolo Gaunt’s ring, Salazar Slytherin’s locket, Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem, and Voldemort’s pet snake, Nagini.
Each of these Horcruxes was eventually found and destroyed. But Tumblr user downwithdumbledore makes a good point here: if you could make a Horcrux out of any object in the entire world, why not pick something that was a little less ridiculously obvious then, like, any of the ones he picked? Seriously, I agree with the-angels-have-strexcorp on this one: when it comes to this specific thing, Voldemort was effing dumb.
9 That Time They Made You Feel For Drunken Ravenclaws
There are a whole lot of really amazing details about enchanted life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that definitely made us envy the kids who got to go there. From the unlimited, endless, and immediately appearing buffet that is the Great Hall, to a whole cast of weird, fun, interesting ghosts to hang out with, to an entire stable full of magical beasts — there’s a lot to dream about when it comes to life in the big castle.
Some features, however, inevitably had their drawbacks. This is what Tumblr user crystellinedemons pointed out when she asked what would happen to a Ravenclaw who was getting into some underage drinking and had to try to remember the riddle that let them back into their dorm. Imagine having that “a few too many” fight with your keys in order to open your door after a night of partying, only it’s with a painting who’s trying to get you to remember something complicated. This sounds less than optimal.
8 The Time They Solved The Teen Pregnancy Issue At Hogwarts
Pretty much anyone who’s gone to high school realizes that this is kind of part of the deal. But, mysteriously, this does not seem to be the case at Hogwarts. So, what was the deal in that case? Because you know that the Wizarding teens were definitely getting freaky at some point. Then you remember that if muggles can figure out condoms and birth control, obviously wizards have figured something out in the way of magic to keep the whole teen pregnancy thing a non-issue. I’d imagine that it came with it’s own quirky spell (as Tumblr user cumber-b*tches suggests, LOL).
7 The Time They Hit Us Right In The Feels
If you’re not ready to get deep, I suggest skipping this post, because if you don’t find yourself basically bawling on the floor at the end of this, you have a heart of cold, dead stone.
Tumblr fandoms are just as good at getting silly as they are at getting sad, and this is absolutely no exception to that rule. If anything, it’s the definition of it. Harry’s story for the first 11 years of his life, before he realized he was a wizard and got taken to Hogwarts, was absolutely devastating. The Dursleys, his aunt, uncle, and cousin, were totally abusive to him, and, before he went to Hogwarts and left their home, it was the only world he had ever known. So imagine, as Tumblr user harryjamesheadcannons did here, what that must have been like when he spent time with his surrogate family, the Weasleys? Imagine how much it would have hurt him to realize that regular families love and joke and care for each other? Sorry, but I'm straight up tearing up right now.
6 The Time They Realized Disney Would Take Some Explaining
Another fascinating thing about the Harry Potter universe, a thing that the Harry Potter Tumblr fandom is especially keen on exploring, is the way the muggle world and the Wizarding World interact. Particularly, the fact that there were mixed families: families where one member may have been born into the Muggle world, but now exists in the Wizarding World. There are also people who live with one foot in and one foot out of the Wizarding World, interacting with the Muggle world while knowing full well about the world of wizards and magic.
It’s especially fun to imagine what would happen when someone who grew up in the Muggle world tries to explain what the norm is to people who grew up in the Wizarding World, specifically in the ways the Muggle world tries (and fails) to represent magic. Imagine: what would Cinderella, or The Little Mermaid, or Sleeping Beauty, or really any of the Disney suite, be like if you knew how magic actually worked?
5 The Time They Imagined A Ridiculous Song Rehearsal
Again for the uninitiated (don’t worry, folks, I have your backs), “Weasley is Our King” is a song that Slytherin students, specifically Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson, made up in order to mock Ron Weasley, the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Basically, every time the Slytherins would sing “Weasley is Our King”, Ron would get super embarrassed, lose his confidence, and let in goals (though it was later turned around by the Gryffindor team to boost Ron’s confidence). But Tumblr user wingardiumlivihosa is kind of on point when she asks how exactly they all knew the lyrics to the song... Just imagining what a total tyrant Malfoy would be while teaching others how to sing is a nightmare in itself. The Slytherins would definitely be that petty, and that mean...not only to the supposed object of their taunting (you know, Ron, on the opposite team), but to each other.
4 The Time They Realized McGonagall Has No Time For Your Nonsense
Professor Minerva McGonagall is pretty much one of our favorite Harry Potter characters of all time, a status she shares with many others in the Harry Potter Tumblr fandom. Her absolute 'take no nonsense' attitude and her ability to really come through when it’s necessary make her the darling of HP fans. But there's another reason why she’s popular on the internet. As a registered Animagus, McGonagall can turn into a cat pretty much on command. While we watched her turn into a cat for strategic and practical reasons in both the books and the movie, this Tumblr user wonders if maybe she used it during other times, as well. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to be able to get out of stupid tasks and avoid annoying colleagues by just magically transforming into a cat and getting to do cat things instead? I would if I could, that's for sure.
3 The Time They Realized Harry Had A Surprising Secret Admirer
Once again, as an explainer for those in the back: Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley’s little sister, has a massive crush on Harry Potter from pretty much the moment she is introduced into the book. She is absolutely into him...and also, happens to be confiding in a secret diary that is possessed a la Horcrux by the soul of Voldemort. Anyway, Ginny, in order to express her super huge ginormous crush on the legendary Harry Potter, writes him a Valentine’s Day poem. But the Harry Potter Tumblr fandom had something to say about who might have actually been the author of that poem.
If you see above, it kind of seems like she had some help...from none other but her BFF Tom Riddle, who, as we mentioned, is secretly Voldemort. So Voldemort kind of wound up writing Harry Potter love letters...which eventually worked, because, SPOILER ALERT, Ginny and Harry wind up getting married in the end. So THAT’S why Voldemort was so obsessed with him!
2 The Time The Weasley Twins Were The Best (Slash Worst) Surprise
The Weasley twins definitely have a special place in our hearts, and DEFINITELY have a special place in the hearts of the Harry Potter Tumblr fandom. From casual playful jokes about the dynamic duo, to really...really...REALLY weird fiction about them, the rambunctious twins seemed to have captured the hearts of the Harry Potter fanverse in a unique way. This is especially true when we talk about how one of them winds up, which…I'm not even going to talk about, because I'm going to cry, and then make all of you cry. Instead, let’s just focus on this hilarious question and theory. So, we know that Fred and George were total troublemakers, and were enormous pains in the butt to the school administration at Hogwarts. But what we forget is that their older brothers were totally goody two shoes. Can you imagine these two just ambling in, all innocent looking, with the Hogwarts staff expecting an easy ride? Lol, NOPE.
1 The Time They Realized Stuff Could Have Easily Gotten Weirder For Peter Pettigrew
My last example of the Harry Potter fandom asking and answering some in depth questions about the franchise will require a short explanation.
So, basically, Peter Pettigrew, who was an ex-member of the Marauders and then became a spy for Voldemort during the First Wizarding War, was basically responsible for betraying Harry’s parents and causing their deaths, which he then framed Sirius for (as well as a number of other things). He then lived for 12 years in Animagus form as Scabbers, the pet rat of the Weasleys. Things don’t turn out well for Peter Pettigrew in the end, and he ends up causing quite a bit of trouble in bringing Voldemort back for the Second Wizarding War, but let’s focus on this question, which deals with Peter while he was still in rat form. It’s actually really amazing to think that these novice kids were dealing with transfiguration and the whole time managed not to mis-zap something and turn Peter Pettigrew into his human form. A whole lot could have been avoided if a simple mistake had been made...