Harry Potter Fan Theory Suggests JK Rowling Actually Wanted Harry To End Up With Luna Lovegood
The Harry Potter franchise may have drawn to a close over a decade ago, but let's face it, we'll still always be Potterheads at heart.
While they occasionally interacted in the first few books, it was after Harry's failed romance with Ravenclaw Cho Chang that he realised his undying love for Ron Weasley's little sister - with the pair even going on to marry and have kids at the end of the series.
However, a new fan theory has suggested that The Chosen One was meant to actually couple up with none other than Luna Lovegood, before Rowling changed her mind. And now we think about it, there is evidence to back it up...sort of.
Proposed on Reddit by someone with the username Banestar66, they begin their theory by saying: "So, I'm not saying anything new by saying the Ginny/Harry romance is kinda out of nowhere and underdeveloped.
"It's so bad some in the fandom think she dosed him with love potion (basically magically roofieing him). But I don't think this is the case.
"Not only is it way too dark to have been what was intended, but Harry doesn't show the obsessive qualities we've seen of a love potion victim in-universe.
"It's much more likely to me Ginny was awkwardly thrown in as a substitute for the person originally supposed to be Harry's long-term romantic partner: Luna Lovegood."
The theorist then looks towards some topics which he thinks fit the bill, reminding fans that Luna was previously unmentioned in the books before she became Harry's pal in The Order of the Phoenix.
The pair quickly become close - Luna is one of the only other students in Hogwarts who can see Thestrals, and is one of the few people that believe and support Harry when he says Voldemort has returned.
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Harry then chooses to take Luna as his date to Slughorn's Christmas Party in The Half-Blood Prince, something the Reddit user believes is out of sorts with the narrative.
"This is an unusual plot point that doesn't seem to fit with Luna's canon role (being one of a few times she randomly drops into the narrative before just dropping out)," they write.
"Being someone's date has been linked to romance the whole series. But now, Luna is the first person Harry asks out after Cho, which is never explained in terms of his reasoning.
"The school takes it as romantic and is shocked in the way Harry might've been worried about if Luna took Ginny's role of his crush throughout the book. But instead, they just say it was a 'friend' thing and leave it at that."
The Reddit user adds that he believes that the scene where Harry is taken to The Burrow in The Deathly Hallows is a rewrite, as surely the Weasley family home would be the first place the Death Eaters would look.
The fan believes the main reason Rowling chose The Weasley's home was to bring him to Ginny, while if Luna had been the final love interest in the end perhaps they would have gone to the Lovegoods near The Burrow.
"An obvious one, the same reason many may question this theory. The pairing just was so odd, she was worried about how fans would react," they explain.
"So instead, she scrambled to write Ginny into the 'Harry SO' role, and changed some plot points to try and write the basic stories with this new pairing.
"Ginny specifically was chosen as a replacement for the same 'wish fulfillment' reason JK admitted later to having written Ron/Hermione; that she thought it'd be great if the golden trio's kids were family and Harry was officially 'family' with the Weasleys."
Of course there are a few holes in this theory - while Harry himself never explicitly discusses feelings for Ginny until book six, the youngest Weasley's crush on Harry was made obvious to fans from the second book.
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