Saturday, October 15, 2016

Colonial Schools in Malaysia

Not all colonial schools in Malaysia are mission schools. Some were opened by the British government. Here is a list of Malaysian schools that were NOT founded by missionaries:


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Derma


1) Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Clifford Kuala Kangsar

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan King Edward VII

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Anderson


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Clifford Kuala Lipis


1) Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Kuala Selangor

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Kajang

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Klang


1) Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Melaka

Negeri Sembilan

1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan King George V

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Port Dickson

Federal Territory

1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Maxwell

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Victoria

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Setapak


1) Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar

2) Sekolah Tinggi Kluang

3) Sekolah Tinggi Muar


1) Sekolah Menengah Maktab Sabah


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Green Road

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Three Rivers

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Kuching

4) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Sarikei

Historical Photos of Malaysia

1. A Nazi U-181 docking at Swettenham Pier, Penang

2. Tok Janggut's body being displayed by the British

3. A Famosa Fortress in a much better condition

4. Penang Ferry Service

5. Chin Peng receiving the OBE Award from a British official

6. The invasion of Kuala Lumpur by the Japanese

7. Japanese riding into Malaya on bicycles 

8. Female members of the Home Guard during arms training

9. British officers breaking into an alleged Communist hideout 

10. A photograph of the first Agong that was used for the Malaysian Ringgit

11. The Penang Hartal Riots

12. Tunku Abdul Rahman visiting the National Monument after it was bombed by Communist terrorists

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Top 5 Reasons Why Kandukondain Kandukondain is an Underrated Classic

This film came out in 2000 and was a big hit. Still, it is underrated considering how it is almost always overlooked whenever there is a list of the best Tamil films ever made. Just like the book it is based on, this film should be considered a classic. Here are five reasons why:

1) It is loosely based on one of the most popular novels of all time

Watching this film as a child, I could not help but notice how similar it is to Victorian era women's novel. True enough, as a teenager, I read Sense and Sensibility and the truth came to me. This film is actually a modern-day Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's masterpiece. It is amazing how the director managed to stay loyal to the thematic nature of the source material while making it fitting for the Indian audience.

2) This is only Rajiv Menon's second film

Rajiv Menon is one if India's most prolific cinematographers but he has directed only two films so far; this being his second. It won him the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director. He also wrote the story and screenplay for this film while laureate Sujatha wrote the dialogues. Rumour has it after almost 20 years, he will be directing another film. Let's hope it is as great as this one.

3) It is a 'women-centric' film

Google the term 'women-centric film' and you only find lists with Indian films. This shows how rare they are in Indian cinema that it is almost considered its own genre. Although they are three heroes here, they all play second fiddle to the heroines. Ajit Kumar, before he became a 'mass hero' was willing to play a strong supporting actor as long as it is a powerful character. Mammoothy, who is the biggest superstars of Malayalam cinema, does not mind it if he is not in the starring role.

4) It features the casts' best performances

While Mammoothy and Tabu have been in critically acclaimed performances in the past, their other cast members have not been so fortunate. Aishwarya Rai, despite her acting abilites, has often been overshadowed by her title as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Ajit and Abbas, however, have mostly been in 'masala', commercial films. Being a huge fan of Rajiv Menon's first film, Aishwarya accepted the role after the late Soudarya turned it down despite She claims she easily identified with her character and rejected the numerous offers from Bollywood just to be in this small budget film.

5) AR Rahman's evergreen soundtrack 

Each of Rahman's eight songs is of a different genre. "Kannamoochi" has a Carnatic base. "Kandukondain Kandukondain" is a love ballad. "Smayiyai" has a jazz feel to it. "Enna Solla Pogirai" and "Konjum Mainakkale" are folksy tunes with different tones. "Yengae Enathu Kavithai" is an elegy for lost love. Also, the film has a cover version of Bharathiyar’s poem, Suttum Vizhi that adds to the beauty of the original. Plus, the Mozart of Madras makes a cameo in the film!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ten Reasons The Harry Potter Films Are As Deep and Layered As The Books

For starters, let me say the books will always be better than the films. But the movies are great too and have earned their place in cinematic history. Also, there are times where the films are almost as deep and layered as the books, even including some foreshadowing and Easter eggs all throughout the series. So here are ten of them that I have noticed while watching the films:

1) Philosopher's Stone - Wizard in the Leaky Cauldron

In the Leaky Cauldron, a Wizard is shown reading Stephen Hawking's "A brief history of time" while steering his mug magically with no wand! While most Wizards and Witches distance themselves from Muggle sciences as it serves them no use, this guy is different and there is probably a more compelling story behind this than about The Boy Who Lived!

2) The Chamber of Secrets - Draco might have been a good guy all along

Like in the books, Draco is portrayed as an entitled bully who looks down on others. Of course, towards the end of the series, we learn he is not all that bad. But upon a closer look, we can see that the second film might have actually hinted that there might be some good in Draco, something its source material did not do. When the Basilisk was petrifying Muggleborns at Hogwarts, Harry and Ron only figured out what it was through a torn page from a book in a petrified Hermione's hand. Like the audiences, Harry and Ron assumed that Hermione wrote that as a clue. But why would book lover Hermione tear a page out of a book while she could have just borrowed? When Harry and Ron tell her that there is no way they could have cracked the case without her help, a cured Hermione looked somewhat confused. So, what if was Draco who did that to help kill the Basilisk? When Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys are at Flourish and Blotts buying textbooks, they run into the Malfoys. Draco, knowing that nobody is looking, tears out a page from a seemingly random book. Why would a the rich Draco risk doing something like that? Perhaps he knows about his father, Lucious' plan for Muggleborns that year. Being the not-so-evil person he is, Draco somehow manages to slip the ripped piece of paper on basilisks into Hermione's hand at the hospital wing.

3) The Prisoner of Azkaban - Lupin's Skeleton Shaped Candles

Why in the world did Lupin need them since his office was already well lit? After each Bogart lesson, he reignites them, as if they must be lit all the time. The top vertebra of each candle is marked with 'VIII' and the numbers continue down the candle, which has 21 vertebrae. Could it be possible that they have to be constantly burning to measure time? Lupin could be marking the passage of time through the cycle of the moon. After each full moon, Lupin would light a new candle which burns through all 21 days of the cycle. On the 22nd day, he would start to take the Wolfsbane potion to prepare him for when the full moon begins.

4) The Goblet of Fire - The Dark Mark's hidden meaning

Looking closely at the Dark Mark, you will notice they way the snake swirls out of the skull actually forms the number eight. If you have read the books or at least watched the movies, you will know Voldemort accidentally made Harry his eighth Horcrux when trying to kill him as a baby. This is only done in the movies. In the books, however, it was merely described as "a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue". Could it be JK Rowling told the filmmakers to depict the serpent in the shape of a figure 8 to hint at the secret of Voldemort's immortality?

5) The Goblet of Fire - Pure blood supremacy

Voldemort's ideology shares many similarities with those that advocate white supremacy in the real world. Like Hitler, Voldemort kills masses to allow who he deemed the most superior race to rule the world. Like how Hitler was only part Aryan, Voldemort is also a half-blood. When Voldemort was defeated the first time, most of his surviving followers claimed they were under the Imperius Curse to escape the law. Similarly, many Nazis said they were forced to follow Hitler's orders for fear of their own lives. Both the Swastika and the Dark Mark represent a symbol of evil. Also, notice how the Death Eater's uniform are very similar to those worn by the Ku Klux Klan?

6) The Goblet of Fire - Foreshadowing an unreleased book

When Harry is talking to Dumbledore in his office after seeing the flashback of Barty Crouch Jr., he looks into one of his glass cabinets. In it, we can see the some kind of transparent, pyramid shaped object with a bronze sphere with a rod pierced through it. This objects resembles the Deathly Hallows symbol. Mind you, this film was released two years before the final book came out.

7) The Order of The Phonix - Voldemort in a Muggle suit

The scene where Harry sees Voldemort at the train station in a regular suit did not go down well with fans who claimed it was out of character for a Muggle-hating Dark Wizard to be appearing in such a way. Both the director and producer defended their decision to include this scene. This was a way to show Voldemort is taking control of Harry's mind and is able to taunt him. This foreshadows what happens towards the end of the film where Voldemort easily inflitrates Harry's mind and tricks him into coming to the Department of Mysteries.

8) The Half Blood Prince - Riddle's Hocruxes

Many fans, including me, were not happy that the filmmakers cut down on many scenes from Dumbledore's Pensive. The filmmakers claim they were trying to focus on Voldemort's rise rather than his background. Nevertheless, they did justice with the scenes which they did include. For example, when we see Dumbledore visiting the young Tom Riddle at the Muggle orphanage, there is a photograph on the wall of  the same seaside cave that Dumbledore and Harry visit to search for the locket Horcrux. In the book, this place is described as the site where Riddle unknowingly used magic to torment other children from the orphanage while on a trip, meaning this place is probably where he first realized he was different and thus, has some significance to him. Also, notice how there are also seven rocks on his windowsill, which is the same number of Horcruxes he intended to create.

9) The Deadly Hallows Part 1 - Hermione's character development

At the start of the film, Hermione hears her parents talking about Australia while someone on TV is talking about a countryside. Hermione then quietly uses the Memory Charm to permanently erase memories of herself from her parents' minds. This is different from the book, where, Hermione mentions that she merely alters her parents memories with a False Memory Charm to give them new identities, a childless couple named Wendell and Monica Wilkins with a desire to move to Australia. The Wilkins quickly leave just before the Death Eater Yaxley arrives. The Hermione in the book does state that she will eventually reverse the charm once things are safe since a False Memory Charm can be lifted as demonstrated by Dumbledore, Slughorn, Shacklebolt. A Memory Charm, however, cannot. This makes Hermione's plight in the film much more darker and compelling. Also,  the dance scene between her and Harry was written exclusively for the film and was not in the book.

10) The Deadly Hallows Part 2 - Battle of Hogwarts scene pays homage to previous films

In the final film, there is a scene from the Battle of Hogwarts, where Harry, Ron and Hermione are running through the castle's courtyard. First they encounter a giant ogre which resembles the troll from the girls' toilet in the first film. Next, they meet some giant spiders just the ones Harry and Ron face in the second film. Then, the trio clash with a werewolf attacking Lavender Brown, which reminds us of Professor Lupin's dark side in the third book. Then, the three friends are faced with a gang of Dementors like the ones Harry had to fight of in the fifth film. Finally, we witness the  Half Blood Prince being murdered by his Dark Lord and we get to look into his memories, just like in the sixth film. In just two minutes, Harry and his two best friends easily pass through deadly foes that were once too difficult for them to face, showing that our heroic trio have truly grown up and matured through the series from young Hogwarts students into full-fledged Wizards.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Top 20 Times JK Rowling Used Foreshadowing Excellently in the Harry Potter Series

If you are an English teacher and you plan to teach foreshadowing as a literary device, then the Harry Potter books are the best teaching aids to help you. In this list, we will avoid more obvious foreshadowing like how Dumbledore mentioned the Room of Requirements in passing one book before Harry and his friends actually discovered it, or the time Harry talked to the snake at the Muggle zoo before he actually learns he is a Parselmouth one book later. You will see how the use of various literary devices here is definitely an excellent mark of consistent world-building by JK Rowling.

20) First Book Foreshadows the Entire Series

The first book foreshadowed key elements for the other books in the series. In Chapter 16, Harry, Ron and Hermionie go on a quest to stop Voldemort from stealing the Philosopher's Stone and obtaining eternal life. They face several challenges along the way and each of these challenges represent in order, an upcoming book.

19) Centaur's Predictions

In the first book, Harry encounters Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest but is saved by Firenze, the centaur. However, another centaur named Bane turns up and states that by helping Harry, Firenze has interfered with what has been written in the stars. The centaurs, who can see read the future, already could predict that Harry would have to be killed by Voldemort. Six years later, Harry learns that his Divinity teacher, Professor Trelawney had predicted the same thing in one of her two only actual prophesies. Also, the Centaurs constantly say Mars is Bright, which means oncoming war.

18) Pettigrew's Fate

At the end of the third book, Dumbledore tells Harry there will come a day when Harry will be thankful he spared Wormtail. That day does indeed come in the final book when Wormtail lets Harry and his friends escape from being captured. However, the silver hand given to Wormtail as a replacement for the hand he sacrificed to remake Voldemort's body ends up choking him to death. Speaking about that, early on in the fourth book, Voldemort tells Wormtail, "I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform." Most readers probably had no idea this had a more literal meaning to it.

17) Harry's Dreams

In the first book, on his first night at Hogwarts, Harry dreams he is wearing Professor Quirrell's turban which keeps talking to him. The turban tells him he must move to Slytherin because it is his destiny. Well, we know what is in that turban, and it makes sense why that thing would talk to Harry, since he has a piece of it in him. Similarly, after the Quidditch match against Ravenclaw in the third book, Harry dreams of following a silver, galloping creature through a forest before arriving a clearing. This actually happens in the final book when Harry follows Snape's Patronus, a doe, through a forest into a clearing to find the Sword of Gryffindor.

16) Dumbledore's Deepest Desire

In the first book, Harry comes across the Mirror of Erised, which shows him his deepest desire - to be with his parents and the rest of his family. He becomes a little addicted to it since it gives him something precious the real world cannot. Soon, Dumbledore shows up and tells Harry it is dangerous to live in an imaginary world and that the Mirror will be moved someplace else. When Harry then asks the Headmaster what he sees in the Mirror, Dumbledore answers he sees himself with a pair of thick, woollen socks because all people give him are books. As Harry goes to bed that night, he suspects Dumbledore was not telling the truth. True enough, at the end of the series, we learn that Dumbledore probably saw what Harry sees in the Mirror - his family intact.

15) The Weasleys' Fate

Apart from Ron, all the Weasleys names are either the names of British kings or queens or an Arthurian name. Also, the Weasleys accept Harry almost as part of their family, which is fitting since there has been eight kings with the name Harry on the throne. King George III, who became king because of the untimely death of Prince Frederick, was deaf in one ear. Remember how George loses an ear? This could be JK Rowling foreshadowing Fred’s death. Another foreshadowing in regards to the Weasleys happens in he fourth book, when Harry, Ron and Hermione confront Fred and George at the Owlery regarding Ludo Bagman scamming them at the World Cup. George tells Ron that if he carries on caring too much about following the rules like this, he will eventually be made a prefect. True enough, Ron is appointed a Prefect in the next book along with Hermione.

14) Mad Eye's hatred for free Death Eaters

In the fourth book, Professor Mad Eye Moody states that if there is one thing he hates, it is a Death Eater who walked free. Of course, it makes sense that Mad Eye would say that since he is the Auror who brought many Death Eaters to face justice after the first Wizard War. Except this was not the actual Mad Eye, but an impersonator all along. It was Barty Crouch Jr. a Death Eater who went to Azkaban prison rather than betray his Dark Lord. Naturally, he would hate his fellow Death Eaters who chose freedom. So technically, he was not lying when he said this. He genuinely does hate them.

13) The Vanishing Cabinet

The Vanishing Cabinets would play an important role in The Half-Blood Prince when Draco Malfoy repairs and uses them to allow Death Eaters to enter Hogwarts. However, the cabinets are actually mentioned in earlier books in passing. In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry eavesdropped on the Malfoy family while hiding inside one of these cabinets at Borgin and Burkes. a store selling Dark Arts objects in Diagon Alley. Later in the novel, Peeves the poltergeist breaks the connecting cabinet at Hogwarts while trying to distract Filch when Harry is in his office. Finally, in The Order of the Phoenix, Graham Montague from Slytherin disappears when he is stuffed into a cabinet as a prank. It is easy to look over this incident since strange things happen at Hogwarts almost everyday. However, it is possible that Montague first learned about the cabinets' abilities and informed Draco about it.

12) The Barman At Hogsmeade

In the fifth book, Harry notices that the barman at Hogsmeade "was a grumpy-looking old man with a great deal of long gray hair and beard. He was tall and thin and looked vaguely familiar." One book later, while visiting one of Dumbledore's memories, Harry sees how Voldemort is unhappy that Dumbledore will not give him the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position. This is because Dumbledore knows Voldemort has been up to some suspicious activities. Voldemort comments that Dumbledore is as “omniscient as ever”, to which Dumbledore replies: “No, no. Merely friendly with the local barmen.” In The Deathly Hallows, we find out who that local barman is actually Dumbledore's brother, Aberforth.

11) Some characters' demise

Professor Trelawney may not be the best Seer out there, but she definitely got things right on occasion apart from the two times she was in trance. In Prisoner of Azkaban, she comes to the Great Hall for Christmas breakfast and claims that "when 13 dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die." Sure enough, Dumbledore rises to greet her, and he is the next out of the 13 of them to die. Speaking of Trelawney predicting Dumbledore's fate, she does mention in The Half Blood Prince that she has been sensing distant vibrations of catastrophe when she drew the Lightening Struck Tower card. Her predictions do come true since this tower is where Dumbledore's life ends.

10) Sirius' Fate

While we are discussing the prediction of the first of 13 to rise while dining shall die, its important to note how this applies to both Lupin at Mad-Eye Moody's wake and Sirius at a dinner at Grimmauld Place. In Sirius' case however, his death is foreshadowed more than once. In the fifth novel, when Harry first enters Sirius’ house, Harry gets “an odd feeling of foreboding; it was as though they had just entered the house of a dying man.” If that is not enough Sirius’ Animagus form is that of a shaggy dog, which is often viewed as “The Grim,” a sign of foreshadowed death. Also, when Harry sees Sirius for the last time, he "had a bad feeling about this parting; he didn’t know when they would next see each other.” But Sirius' death is not the only thing foreshadowed about him. In the very first chapter of the very first book, Dumbledore is at Privet Drive to receive baby Harry and leave him at the Dursleys’ front step. When Hagrid arrives with the baby, he is flying a motorcycle. When asked whose motorcycle it is, Hagrid says it was Sirius'. This is the first time his name is mentioned but it is only in the third book do we come to know he is actually a major player in the story.

9) Divination Homework Predictions

Divination is probably the subject Harry and Ron least take seriously. Despite this, most of the predictions made here actually comes true. In the third book, Ron's prediction for Harry when reading tea leaves is he is,"you're going to suffer but you're going to be happy about it." When you think about it, that actually does come true. Harry suffers a lot after the fourth book but he ends up happy. Another one of Ron's predictions is Harry might work for the Ministry of Magic. In The Cursed Child, we learn that Harry does indeed become an Auror. However, the icing on the cake goes to Harry and Ron’s divination homework when they decide to make crazy predictions that they think would never come true. Everything they make up would eventually come true during the events of the Triwizard Tournament.

8) The Bezoar

In the first book, Professor Snape tries to humiliate Harry on his first day in class by asking him difficult questions. One of them is: “Potter, where would you look if I told you to find me a bezoar?” Harry does not know. However, in the sixth book, Harry finds an old Potions textbook with handwritten notes in the margins that mentions bezoars as a poison antidote. When Ron is poisoned in the book, Harry remembers the bezoar and feeds it to him saves his life.

7) Some Hocruxes

In the fifth book, Harry and his friends are cleaning up Sirius old house which is now The Order of The Phoenix's new headquarters. While cleaning an old cabinet full of seemingly worthless stuff, they come across "a heavy locket that none of them could open." One book later, we learn about Hocruxes and how one of them is actually a locket. Another Hocrux that is mentioned earlier in the series is a tarnished tiara that he places on his book in the Room of Requirements. This tiara turns out to be Ravenclaw's Diadem.

6) Aunt Petunia's Wizarding Knowledge

Early in the fifth book, Harry and his cousin, Dudley are attacked by Dementors, As Harry struggles to explain what Dementors are to his Uncle Vernon, his Aunt Petunia suddenly reveals what they are, even describing the place they are guarding. When asked how is it she knows, she says she overheard "that awful boy" tell her sister about it. At that time, Harry assumes his aunt is talking about his father, James. However, in the final book, through one of Snape's memories, we learn that 'awful boy' is actually a young Professor Snape.

5) Myrtle's Murderer

In the second book, Harry and Ron learn that the Head Boy from 50 years ago, Tom Riddle, whose magic diary they have received an award for special services to Hogwarts. Ron tries to speculate what it was for. He says, "Maybe he got thirty O.W.L.s or saved a teacher from the giant squid. Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would’ve done everyone a favour…" Towards the end of the book, we learn who Tom Riddle actually is and that he did indeed kill Myrtle with the Basilisk, creating his first Horcrux. Speaking of Riddle, the first time Harry comes across Voldemort's real name, he gets this strange vibe that he knows him. Well, of course he does.

4) Harry's Second Soul 

Professor Trelawney does not only make true predictions when she is on trance. During Divination class, she predicts that Harry was born in midwinter. This is, of course, untrue because Harry was born in July. However, Voldemort was born on December 31st, which is right in the middle of winter. In the final book, we learn Harry is a Horcrux, meaning he is a vessel with part of Voldemort’s soul in him. Could it be that Professor Trelawney was sensing something that Harry and we find out only four books later? Also, the Dementors feed on happiness, but they take certain joy in sucking the soul out of humans. They were especially attracted to Harry from the start. This comes off as a little weird since Harry has little happiness in his life after having been raised by the Dursleys. Nevertheless, the Dementors were probably attracted to him because they could sense that he has two souls in him. One was his own and the other, of course, the part of Voldemort's inside him.

3) Lily Potter’s Protection

When Harry returns from the graveyard with Cedric Diggory's body after having confronted Voldemort at the end of the fourth book, he tells Dumbledore that Voldemort returned to his bodily form after forcefully taking blood from Harry. Voldemort could have used the blood of any wizard who he considered his enemy, but he waited a long time just to get Harry's. Harry notices that Dumbledore has a gleam of something like triumph in his eyes, just for a second, which might have confused us at that time. We are led to assume that Harry probably noticed something wrong, but that is not the case. Dumbledore already knew that by using Harry’s blood to recreate his body, Voldemort was unwittingly further enhancing Lily Potter's protection on her son. This would prevent Harry from being in any real harm. Dumbledore only reveals this to Harry at the imaginary King's Cross in the final book.

2) Snape was actually a good guy

Professor Snape is had us guessing whether he would turn out a hero or villain at the end throughout the series. If you know the story, then you would know he is eventually revealed to have been on Dumbledore’s side the whole time, acting as a double agent while successfully shielding his thoughts from being read by Voldemort. This is actually foreshadowed, ever so briefly, in the fourth book when Harry is in the fake Mad-Eye Moody’s office. Here, he notices Severus in a Foe-Glass, a tool that conjures up images of its owner's enemies. The fake Moody is a Death Eater named Barty Crouch Jr. Since Snape appears in the glass, it is immediately implied that he is not on the same side as the evil Death Eaters, which means he is a loyal follower of Dumbledore. Another similar occurance happens when Snape is teaching Harry Occlumency. Snape tells Harry that Voldemort "almost always knows when somebody is lying to him." Snape says 'almost', because Voldemort cannot always tell if he is being cheated since Snape lies to him all throughout the final two books. Also, way back in his first year at Hogwarts, Harry "sometimes had the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds." Turns out that is not just a hunch.

1) The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Dumbledore explains that Professor Trelawney prophecy regarding Harry and Voldemort need not necessarily have to come true. The only reason it will come true is because Voldemort, being the paranoid wizard that he is, actually believes it. Therefore, he will not allow Harry to live unless Harry kills him first.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top 10 Most Plausible Harry Potter Fan Theories

I honestly don't know which one is more commendable. Is it JK Rowling's talent to tell a story so complex and complicated, or her fans' talent at producing various fan theories years later. Let's ignore all the ridiculous fan theories like the ones that theorize Dumbledore is a time-traveling Ron, or McGonagall is a Death Eater. Here are the Top 10 Most Plausible Harry Potter Fan Theories.

1. Sirius and Lupin died much longer than we think

Before facing Voldemolt in the Forbidden Forrest, Harry meets the ones he loved who had died with the help of the Resurrection Stone. His parents are wearing the same clothes they died in suggesting the Stone allows its user to see the dead exactly in the condition they were in before they died. Meanwhile, Remus and Sirius are described as being "younger than he's (Harry) ever seen them." This could be because they actually figuratively died after the double murder and the betrayal of their best friends who they grew up with.

2. Narcissa is an expert at Occlumency

Occlumency is the art of using magic to shield your mind from being assessed, possessed and influenced by others. Some known Occlumens include Dumbledore, Voldemort and Bellatrix. It is never stated if Narcissa Malfoy may be an Occlumens. However, she convincingly lied to Voldemort about Harry's death at the Forbidden Forest.

3. Harry created a Hocrux by accident, making him immortal 

In Professor Trelwaney's prophesy, she states "either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives." She was referring to the Dark Lord and The Boy Who Lived. Most people interpret this as meaning only one of them will survive when faced off against the other. But when you really think about it, the actual reason Voldemort wants Harry dead is because he wants to become immortal. But now that Voldemort is dead, it is Harry who can live on. But that cannot be possible since Harry does not have any Hocruxes or Dark Magic or even the desire to live forever, right? But what if he created a Hocrux by accident, just like how Voldemort made him a Hocrux unintentionally? When Harry stabbed the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, he actually did something unspeakable of, so much so that his soul split. Just then, Fawkes arrives to cure him, allowing for a piece of his soul to enter the Phoenix. A Phoneix does not actually die, instead it is reborn over and over again from its own ashes, which means Harry's soul will be preserved forever from dead whether he wants it or not...

4. Why Snape hated Neville as much as Harry

Professor Snape has been in love with Harry's mother, Lily even before they both went to Hogwarts. He did turn to the dark side, but when he realized his one true love might be in danger, he was willing to sacrifice himself to save her. It is possible that he even tried to convince Voldemort that it is Neville whom Professor Trelawney's prophesy was referring to, not Harry. After Lily was killed by Voldemort, Snape never quite moved on. It is easy to see why Snape would have mixed feelings over Harry. He reminds him of both the girl he loved and the boy who tormented him throughout his school days. But why hate on Neville? Probably because Snape blamed Neville for Lily's death. If only Voldemort had gone to the Longbottom's house that night instead of the Potter's, things would have turned out differently and Lily would still be alive. So when Neville arrives at Hogwats, it makes sense that those feelings might have been the reason he lashes out at Neville.

5. You need to ask in order to be placed into Gryffindor 

In the books, it is clearly stated that the Sorting Hat almost placed Harry in Slytherin.Dumbledore even mentions that Salazar Slytherin, one of Hogwarts' founding fathers, valued cleverness, resourcefulness, determination, and "a certain disregard for the rules" when selecting students for his house - all traits Harry most definitely has. To add to that, Harry was a Parseltongue. Plus, the Sorting Hat must have sensed the Hocrux inside Harry. The only reason he was put in Gryffindor is because he asked for it. Also, the intelligent bookworm Hermionie probably would have felt more at home in Ravenclaw. Even Ron and Neville, who do not possess any special talents would have been better in Hufflepuff, These four were put into Gryffindor simply because they were brave enough to ask. The one defining trait of Gryffindors is bravery, which is a choice, whereas other Hogwarts houses are based on traits that are acquired. Therefore, it makes sense that to be a true Gryffindor, you have to make that brave choice to ask. But then again, the Sorting Hat works in mysterious ways. Remember how Peter Pettigrew, one of the most spineless characters in the story, was actually a Gryffindor?

Speaking of the Hogwarts houses, we all know what Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin represent. But what about Hufflepuff? Is it just a house for slackers? Then how do you explain former Hufflepuffs like Newt Scamander and Cedric Diggory. One fan theory that is laughable but still believable is that it is a house for stoners. Think about it; their head teacher is the Herbology teacher, their common room is near the kitchens, and their house is called Hufflepuff. Emphasis on 'puff.'

6. Crookshanks used to be James and Lily's pet

There are many theories surrounding Crookshanks, Hermione's giant cat. Some have theorized that it could be an Animagus of Regulus Black, or even Lily Potter herself. However, the most possible one seems to be the one regarding how Crookshanks used to belong to Harry's parents. When Harry finds an old letter from Lilly at Grimmauld Place, she mentions that she and James own a cat that Harry almost ran over with his toy broomstick. Years later, when Hermione adopts Crookshanks from a pet shop in Diagon Alley, the owner mentions that the cat has been there a long time. This probably explains how Crookshanks hated Scabbers and trusted Sirius in his dog form. Maybe it is more than mere animal instincts.

7. Neville's old wand made him weak

In Harry Potter's world, the wand chooses its owner. A wizard can never truly be good by using another wizard's wand. This is seen when Harry's wand breaks and he takes Draco's. He can never truly master it. When we first meet Neville Longbottom, he is made to use his father's old wand rather than one that chose him. Ron also does this by using his family's hand-me-down due to his family's financial situation and we see how bad he is at magic during this time. However, in Neville's case, he is made to use a wand that once belonged to a very powerful wizard that defied Voldemort thrice, hence he is forced to live in his father's shadows. Once this wand breaks, he can get a new one that properly chooses him. He is finally free to step out of his father's legacy to become his own wizard. It cannot be a coincidence that Neville went from being a possible Squib to turning into the possible Chosen one seemingly overnight after he gets his new wand. Also, in the movie version, notice the design of Neville's jumper and how it is similar to the woolen vest his father wears in a photo taken at an Order of The Phoenix meeting. This shows Neville now lives up to his dad's name.

8. The reason Harry's class is so small

JK Rowling has gone on record by saying that there are about a thousand students at Hogwarts.This is peculiar because if there are one thousand students, there would be roughly 35 students in each house each year. Despite this, there only seems to be 10 Gryffindor students in Harry's year. Perhaps Harry does have other classmates who are unnamed in the books. However, it is more likely that many in the Wizarding community did not have any children out of fear that Voldemort might murder them. Also, there is another theory that the Dead Eaters destroyed all records of Muggle Borns when Voldemort was in power the first time. Hermionie might be one of the few ones whose record survived and received her Hogwarts acceptance letter.

9. Voldemort's lack of hair is purposeful 

When Voldemort was still Tom Riddle, he was a handsome young man. But as he went deep into the Dark Arts, he lost his good looks, and along with it, his hair. Even as a young boy, Voldemort never really trusted anyone and preferred to operate alone. This lack of trust probably explains his lack of hair. He deliberately got rid of all body hair just so nobody can ever make Polyjuice Potion from it and impersonate him.

10. Dumbledore lied to Harry to protect him

According to Dumbledore, Harry did not die after the Killing Curse was cast on him because Voldemort used Harry's blood to recreate his body. Lily's protection that kept Harry from dying the first time runs through him blood, which is why Harry was protected while being with his Aunt Petunia. However, when you really think about it, the Killing Curse rebounded and almost killed Voldemort when he cast it on Harry the first time. Why didn't this happen the second time. Remember; in order to destroy a Horcrux, its vessel must be destroyed. This is why Harry needed to be killed for Voldemort's Hocrux in him to be destroyed. Had Lily's blood been the one that made him survive, he would not have died and the Hocrux would not have been destroyed too.

When Harry meets Dumbledore at Kings Cross in his mind, he is given a choice; not something everyone who has been killed has. He can either move on to the next world or return to the world of the living. What was it that gave Harry this level of power? Well, he is now master of all three Deadly Hallows: the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility cloak, and even the allegiance of the Elder Wand. Since Harry chose not to defend himself, the Wand was not fighting off Harry. Therefore, its allegiance did not change. Dumbledore even states, "And that, I think, will have made all the difference." Had he tried to fight back, he would have lost allegiance to the Wand when he lost and he would have died. So ultimately, Dumbledore lied to Harry about the real reason why he can live on. But, why? Because if there is one thing Dumbledore fears, it is overwhelming power. That was even the reason why he did not want to become Minister for Magic since he did not trust himself. He feared Harry would become power hungry had he known the level of power he would have. Since Harry made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his friends, Hogwarts received the same protection that Harry had when Lily sacrificed herself to protect him. He even says in the book, "I've done what my mother did. Haven't you noticed how none of the spells you put on them are binding? You can't torture them. You can't touch them." In order for this kind of magic to actually take affect, Harry would have to have truly died. By the way, isn't it weird how Harry becomes somewhat like a Christ-figure by sacrificing himself for his loved ones and then ends up meeting a God-like figure at a place called Kings Cross?