There is nothing Harry Potter fans love more than rehashing the books to the minutiae, building, unearthing and piecing together the sort of mind-blowing fan theories that can completely change how we as readers look at the series and its characters and plots. And while some of these theories are so well-researched and supported by so many undeniable facts that J.K. Rowling herself has backed them (just take a look at the Dumbledore is Death theory that Rowling has called "beautiful" to see what I'm talking about), there are the many theories that just don't work out.
Below are nine of those theories that, while at first convincing and backed up with some very interesting call-backs to references laid throughout each of the seven books, have been debunked by either Pottermore, Rowling, or aspects of the canon that have been forgotten (or else ignored) within the original theory. Of course, all of these are in good fun and only serve to prove just how much love readers still have for this series and all of the intricate plot devices Rowling used to shape the stories. Keep reading below for some of the most fascinatingly out-there Harry Potter theories around, debunked.