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There's A Convincing Theory About What Actually Happened To Dumbledore's Sister

There's A Convincing Theory About What Actually Happened To Dumbledore's Sister

If you're a massive fan of Harry Potter, then you'll definitely want to hear this fan theory.

Because let's face it, we aren't getting another ACTUAL Harry Potter book any time soon. So we may as well delve into the existing ones and find out more stuff that we didn't already know.


So Reddit user, shazzymcgee, has come up with a ridiculously convincing theory about what actually happened to Dumbledore's sister, Ariana.

They begin: "The reason Grindelwald is so interested in controlling an obscurus is because he was overpowered by Ariana. Ariana is an obscurus, and during the fight that ultimately lead to her death, she was able to overpower Grindelwald and take his wand from him, perhaps in her confused attempt to save Aberforth from the cruciatus curse."

Side note: From the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, we were faced with an Obscurus for the first time in the form of Credence Barebone. As described by Harry Potter Wiki: "An Obscurial is a young wizard or witch who developed a dark parasitical magical force, known as an Obscurus, as a result of their magic being suppressed through psychological or physical abuse."


Shazzymcgee continued with their explanation: "In the fight, it was Albus that killed her, which is why he was later able to defeat Grindelwald. This timeline means that Grindelwald had the elder wand before going to Godric's Hollow and meeting Albus. There would have been time because Aberforth says that he was "about to go back to school" after they had "known each other a few weeks."

"This means that Grindelwald was doing something else at the beginning of the summer after leaving Durmstrang, researching and stealing the wand. He was already aware of the Hallows before meeting Albus so this is possible. During the fight the elder wand's allegiance shifted to Ariana, and then to Albus. This is why Albus took so long to fight Grindelwald, he knew that it would confirm that it was he who had killed Ariana. It did, and he lived with that for the rest of his life."

I know, right?!

One Reddit user commented: "I think this is a pretty solid theory. Considering how important the obscurus was to the first Fantastic Beasts movie, I imagine the sequels will flesh out exactly what you're talking about.

"Makes me wonder how dark the [Fantastic Beasts] movies will get if your theory comes true."

However, someone else poked a slight hole in the theory: "There's just one teensy problem with your theory - it is very unlikely that Grindelwald had the Elder Wand at the time he met with Dumbledore, considering it was immediately after his expulsion, and it's heavily implied he stole it from Gregorovitch after the fallout with Dumbledore.

"In fact, the first agenda on their list when they were planned to leave together was to find the Deathly Hallows."

Well now I don't know what to think. I'll just head to Primark and surround myself with Harry Potter merchandise like this...

I'll take it all.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Entertainment, omg, Dumbledore, fan theory, Sister, no way

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her -


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