It's been eight years since we learned that all was well with Harry Potter and the wizarding world. Other than surviving in a theme park, in a website, in a trio of Team Starkid productions, and in the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world, Potterheads are still coming up with some mindblowing theories.
Personally, I thought the theories that Hermione actually wiped her parents' memories after the fourth book and Dudley having a magical child were some of the best ideas people had come up with. That is, until Tumblr user crazybutperfectlysane posted one heck of a theory that was a complete game changer.
It was no secret that out of all the Hogwarts Houses, most students, including the Golden Trio, considered anyone who wore the silver and green as a bad person. But because of a little bit of creativity based off a brief conversation between Dean Thomas and Harry, a whole different perspective towards Slytherin was born.
Most people probably brushed off the original passage, agreeing with Dean's opposition to a Hogwarts Champion that was a Slytherin of all people because it was pretty black and white: good guys are from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw while bad guys are from Slytherin. But what if we just switched Cedric Diggory and Cassius Warrington? What if Cedric's story line was just played by a Slytherin instead?http://crazybutperfectlysane.tumblr.com/post/118623158103/so-i-was-rereading-harry-potter-when-i-came
From this theory, another splendid train of thought was born from aplatonicjacuzzi.http://aplatonicjacuzzi.tumblr.com/post/118760261672/crazybutperfectlysane-so-i-was-rereading-harry
These theories completely changed my own perspective towards the Hogwarts Houses and just the difference between good guys and bad guys. Life is full of grey areas. Just because someone was sorted into one house doesn't mean that they are incapable of doing the complete opposite of what the house was known for (See Peter Pettigrew, Regulus Black, etc.).
This theory would have been incredible to see the loyalties being tested across the wizarding world. Slytherins who knew the truth and wanted justice for their fallen brother. Death Eaters who would dare cross the Dark Lord, just like Narcissa Malfoy, to protect their family. Hogwarts truly standing as one during Harry's final years and the intensity of the Final Battle where Voldemort would lose again and again, not just because of Harry being the true owner of the Elder Wand, but because his own followers would show that love is one of the most powerful things in the world.
A simple idea that could have changed the entire series. Incredible how a story that started off about a boy in a cupboard under some stairs is still alive and well many years later. That's real magic.