ByJasmyn Spann, writer at
Just your basic obsessive fan girl.
Jasmyn Spann

With the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the relaunching of Pottermore, and J.K. Rowling's frequent bombshell announcements, Harry Potter fans are as immersed in the universe as they were back in 2007 when The Deathly Hallows was released. Tumblr user marauders4evr has come up with a fan theory that makes too much sense to be wrong. Have you ever noticed how we only see minimal students in the halls of Hogwarts?

The above image shows Harry's year of recently housed Gryiffindors in The Sorcerer's Stone. This Buzzfeed article notes there are about 18 students following Percy Weasley to their dormitory. They also take into account that over the seven years, there are 1,000 students, according to J.K. Rowling. And after a little bit of math...

...they concluded that there should be 35 Gryffindors in Harry's year. Lets think about it. We have Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Dean, Seamus. Now let's take it a step further. The Harry Potter Wikia page lists a mere nine students who were sorted into Gryffindor in the year Harry began, 1991. The rest of the students being Lavender Brown, Fay Dunbar and Parvati Patil.

This is where the theory comes in...

Oh my god…

I just realized something.

For years, we’ve all wondered how there can be 1000 students (according to J.K. Rowling) in Hogwarts when there are only a handful of students in Harry’s year.

The math doesn’t add up.

We’ve all just assumed that it was an error.

But what if there’s normally dozens of students in each house, in each year?

What if Harry’s year was the exception?

What if there were less students in the Hogwarts Class of 1998 because the period when the other kids would have been conceived (1979-1981) was when Voldemort’s reign of power was at its peak? Between the dozens of adults who joined the Order, the dozens of civilians who were killed in Death Eater raids, and the dozens of adults that didn’t want to bring a child into the world, just then…It’s actually entirely possible that there was a baby drought for a few years in the wizarding world, leading to a smaller class size a decade later.

-- Marauders4evr

There you have it. The generation of James and Lily Potter was a little busy fighting against Voldemort which lead to a lack of students in Harry's year. As evident by the 6 children between Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione, the post-war baby boom effect is present as well. Is this a coincidence or another example of the genius of J.K. Rowling? Please share your thoughts on the theory as well as any pieces of evidence for or against it!


Do you think marauders4vr's theory could be true?


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