Crookshanks, the huge, bandy-legged ginger cat, was a trusty companion to Hermione and the rest of the Hogwarts crew in the Harry Potter series. If you remember, he was the one who helped expose Peter Pettigrew (when he was disguised as that rat Scabbers) and acted as Sirius Black's shield when Harry was planning to kill him.
Just like Hedwig, Crookshanks is undoubtedly one of the most loved of the magical pets, but for many his role doesn't go beyond the role of a highly intelligent furry companion.
Well, what you read ahead might turn all of that on its head.
I have recently re-discovered a fascinating fan theory that may shed new light on Crookshanks's real origins, suggesting he is not all that he seems and that, in fact, he is Regulus Black undercover! Whaaat?!
Let's dissect this theory...
It's all in the name!
Firstly, we know that the Black family name their children after constellations. Part of the Canis Major constellation, Sirius is known as the Dog Star and it so happens that as an Animagus, he transforms into a black dog otherwise known as Snuffles.
Regulus is also the name of a star, in the constellation of Leo. And as we all know, a Leo is symbolized by a big cat and in this, we have our first obvious connection.
Sirius can communicate with Crookshanks
The next indicator is that Sirius reveals to Harry that he has learned to communicate with Crookshanks. Now, this would be bizarre if the cat was a normal critter because even an Animagus learning to talking to random pets seems a little far-fetched.
I mean, how could a human pretending to be a dog understand how to communicate with a real cat? It simply does not make sense.
If the cat was another Animagus, however... now that could work!
The relationship between Crookshanks and Scabbers
This certainly clears up the relationship between him and Scabbers, Peter Pettigrew in disguise. He's always trying to kill him — could it be that Crookshanks knows who Scabbers really is from the very start because he is also an Animagus?
Has Regulus Black been hiding all along?
Instead of dying in an attempt to defeat Voldemort by trying to destroy the Salazar Slytherin horcrux back in 1972, could it be that Regulus instead survived and used his Animagus form (as Crookshanks) to hide himself all this time?
It is highly believable that he would have made his secret home a pet store in Diagon Alley, a perfect spot to spy on all the wizarding goings on. It would have been a very convenient disguise indeed, and would have allowed him to keep his ear to the ground, gathering information and gossip. Much like what Peter Pettigrew did for 12 years coincidentally!
And get this: When Hermione purchased the furry cat from the 'Magic Menagerie' back in 1993, the shop owner even admitted herself that he had been in the shop for a very long time, because "nobody wanted him." Perhaps, because he didn't let himself be taken away? It's almost as if all the puzzle pieces are coming together...
Finally, don't you think it's no coincidence that Crookshanks is only introduced in the books once Sirius Black escapes in Prisoner of Azkaban? Perhaps, it is then that Regulus decided to seize the opportunity to make his way into Hogwarts. After all, he knew his brother would need his help finding a way to defeat Voldemort and Hermione would be the perfect vehicle!
I don't know about you guys, but I think there is a significant amount of evidence to back this particular fan theory up!
Tell me your thoughts!