The film saga of Harry Potterdrawn from the literary cycle born under the pen of JK Rowling, is undoubtedly one of the most beloved and profitable franchises of all time, having generated eight films – followed by three spin-offs – which marked the imagination of almost two generations of fans.
The world imagined by Rowling is vast and complex, however, and inevitably over the years speculation and conjecture have arisen from enthusiasts who have attempted to shed light on certain dark spots in history which have not been fully investigated. One of them recalls the life of Harry Potter before he received the coveted letter from Hogwarts, when he was still living in the basement of his infamous uncles, the Dursleys.
Over the years of his stay with his uncles, Harry had to endure what was truly toxic behavior perpetrated on him by Vernon Dursley, his wife Petunia and their only son, and his cousin, Dudley. Although he was entrusted to them at the request of Albus Dumbledore, Harry was never really welcomed by his uncles, who raised him. unwillingly also relegating him to the room under the stairs.
But where does all this resentment come from? Is it their complete lack of empathy and trust towards wizards, or could there be something bigger behind it? According to a rather macabre theory, the reason could be that Harry, as we know, when Voldemort tried to kill him when he was still a baby, he accidentally became the eighth Horcrux. An event that the Dark Lord would have liked to avoid, and of which we only learn in the final stages of the saga.
As you will remember, Horcruxes are very powerful dark objects in which wizards enclose a part of their soul for various purposes. They have one very negative impact on the surrounding environment and due to their evil aura, they end up influencing the behavior of people who – consciously or not – live there in close contact.
It can be seen in the first part of the final novel of the saga and in its film adaptation, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, where we see Harry, Ron, and Hermione taking turns carrying the medallion of Salazar Slytherin, one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, waiting to find a way to destroy it. Despite their best efforts, at this particular moment, the object will end up having a decidedly negative influence on Ron.
What do you think of this theory? Does it seem plausible to you that the Dursleys’ prolonged proximity to Harry as Horcruxes made them even more malevolent towards the wizard? Let us know in the comments!
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