This scary Harry Potter fan theory from Tumblr is seriously messed up
Over the course of seven books - latterly eight movies - J.K. Rowling created a world than continues to confound us all 20 years after its inception.
Since that heady, momentous day, the series has gone on to dominate popular culture in hitherto unprecedented fashion. J.K. Rowling released seven truly astonishing books that managed to capture the imagination of children and adults alike, whipping them up into an effervescent, coruscating glow that still shows no signs of abating all these years later.
Indeed, even as we find ourselves two decades on from the book release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, fans (including yours truly) still discuss, dissect and expound theories on the world of Potter with a passion bordering on obsession.
Even as richly imagined a world as J.K. Rowling's cannot cover every inch of ground that fans desire, and as such Potter fans have had to fill in some details for themselves, or come up with their own explanations for phenomena that are not discussed in detail on the hallowed pages of Rowling's books.
That is exactly what Tumblr user Miraniel did during a recent Tumblr post. As we all know, the Triwizard Cup acts as a portkey in transporting Harry and Cedric to the graveyard. However, as Miraniel notes, the behaviour of the portkey is actually pretty unusual:
"In all other cases except the Triwizard cup, portkeys only go one way at one specific time. Touching them again does not activate them to return to their place of origin. Also, when Harry grabs the cup a second time, it does not return him to the middle of the maze. It takes him to the entrance of the maze, in front of everyone."
Since Voldemort's plan seems quite plainly to be the murder of Harry, after he has used his blood to regain human form, Miraniel speculates as to who was actually meant to take the portkey's return journey;
"So here was Voldemort’s complete plan: Use Barty Crouch Jr. to infiltrate Hogwarts as Moody. He gets to know Harry and sets him up to be selected for and eventually to win the Triwizard Tournament. He makes sure Harry touches the cup first. Harry is then transported to the graveyard where Voldemort is waiting. Voldemort uses Harry to rise, calls his Death Eaters to him, and then humiliates and kills the Boy Who Lived in front of them.
"Then Voldemort strips Harry’s body, takes his hair, and transforms into him (or else has one of his DE’s do this—but really, who would he pick? Lucius is an idiot, Bellatrix is still in jail, and he believes Snape has deserted him). He then takes the cup and goes to Hogwarts as Harry. Later that night, Moody disappears, and Crouch takes Voldemort’s place as Harry Potter. Then, when the moment is right, Voldemort-Harry or Crouch-Harry will assassinate Dumbledore (incidentally gaining the power of the Elder Wand, though he wouldn’t know it), stage a coup of Hogwarts, and take over the wizarding world."
Some, however, have pointed out a problem with this theory, namely that you cannot use Polyjuice Potion on a dead body - hence the reason the real Mad Eye Moody was kept alive by his imposter, Barty Crouch Jr.
It seems fare more likely - as one commenter points out - that the Triwizard Cup was initially intended as a portkey back to the entrance of the maze, so as to ascertain who had won the event, before Barty Crouch Jr (disguised as Mad Eye Moody) added a second enchantment which made the cup first act as a portkey to the graveyard.