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    Updated on Sep 19, 2018. Posted on Sep 16, 2017

    You Guys, This "Harry Potter" Fan Theory Is So Much Scarier Than The Book

    Thank god this didn't happen. H/T to Tumblr user Miraniel.

    Lemme take you back to the year 2000 or the year 2005, depending on whether you're more of a ~book~ or ~movie~ person.

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    Because we have a seriously intense Harry Potter headcanon to talk about.

    As we all know, at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry is transported into a graveyard via Portkey, where he watches Voldemort return to his full strength.

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    Poor Cedric.

    But Tumblr user Miraniel noticed something interesting: Namely, the Portkey (aka the Triwizard Cup) acts kinda strangely.

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    Here's a summary of Miraniel's theory: Portkeys usually only go one way, but the cup goes two ways. Not only that, but it returns to the front of the maze, not the center where it originally was.

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    If Barty Crouch Jr. was the one who enchanted the cup and knew that it was going to be used to trap Harry in the graveyard, why allow a return trip at all?

    The theory is that a Death Eater — or even Voldemort himself — was going to travel back to Hogwarts using the Portkey after Harry was dead, and join Barty Crouch Jr. as an undercover agent.

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    How, you ask? Well, with Harry dead, Voldemort has a full head of hair that he can use to make plenty of Polyjuice Potion, so he could return disguised as Harry, the triumphant victor of the Triwizard Tournament.

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    Voldemort would just have to pose as Harry long enough to get close to Dumbledore, when he could easily assassinate him and eliminate his one true remaining threat...and accidentally become master of the Elder Wand in the process.

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    Miraniel goes even further, suggesting that Voldemort could remain disguised as Harry, causing the public to think that the Boy Who Lived had turned into a Dark Lord himself.

    But — thank goodness — none of that happened, thanks in large part to Harry's thick plot armor and his love of Expelliarmus.

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    Miraniel goes into much more detail in the full theory, which you can read here.

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