First and foremost, Harry Potter is a wizard. However, what other secrets lie withing the enchanted halls of Hogwarts? Apparently, it’s more than just magic and spells. There is something deeper to the mind of Harry than that and it has to do with autism. There are many theories out there suggesting Harry has it. Let’s look at 10 of them right now.
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF AUTISM
Does Harry Potter have autism? Well, to answer this question we need to first ask ourselves a question. What is autism? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a sickness or lifelong illness such as diabetes. It’s a mental disorder that complicates the thought process. People who have this disorder process information differently which makes it harder for society to understand them and for them to understand others. So, does Harry Potter have Autism? Well, probably. I like one kid’s essay in which he described Harry’s lack of social skills around his peers. This goes far beyond just getting nervous around Hermione. All throughout the series, Harry is seen as nerdy (but talented) wizard who lacks certain social abilities.
2. FAN FICTION PROVES HARRY POTTER HAS AUTISM
In the last point, we saw how one autistic boy wrote about Harry Potter and the similarities he has with autism. If that was an isolated incident, then okay. However, it’s not true. There are various Harry Potter fan fiction accounts that have the wizard boy with a severe case of autism. In this particular story called ‘Different, Not Defective‘ Harry Potter goes through all the struggles of autism. He encounters more awkward social situations that a Seinfeld episode. While funny in nature, it brings to light the reality that autism is seriously hard for some people.
3. AUTISM MADE HARRY POTTER A BETTER WIZARD
In yet another account of fan fiction, we see the origin of Harry Potter’s success. As you may or may not know, many autistic kids lack social skills but excel in other areas of life. For Harry, this is magic. He’s an exceptional wizard, albeit a bit weird. Some of the best artists and leaders of history had varying levels of autism. So why can’t Harry Potter? Furthermore, what these fan fiction tales do is give autistic fans a chance to vent their feelings by relating to their favorite books.
4. YOUTUBE SAYS HARRY POTTER HAS AUTISM
We all know people lie. However, if there is any beacon of truth out there in the world, it’s YouTube. In this video called ‘Autistic Harry Potter, a Ron Weasely clone films his shenanigans in the life of an autistic kid. Does this prove that Harry Potter has autism? Well, not entirely but it shows an autistic Harry clone climbing on the roof acting ridiculous. Years ago, society would just say this kid is a bit weird but nowadays, we realize that anyone could have autism. Even a wizard.
5. AUTISTIC KIDS LOVE HARRY POTTER
Do autistic kids love Harry Potter? Apparently, yes, they do. There are various accounts of autistic kids and their love for the socially awkward wizard. Is it because the books have lighthearted themes of magic and friendship? Sure, that is possible but perhaps it’s something else. Perhaps these autistic kids detect something within Harry. While normal people only see him as a magical kid, these autistic kids see Harry as one of them. They see it as a form of therapy to read these novels. As an added bonus there’s some amazing adventure throughout the series. Furthermore, studies are showing that literary works like Harry and even Shakespeare prove to be therapeutic for the mentally challenged.
6. EPILEPSY, AUTISM AND HARRY POTTER
Does Harry Potter have epilepsy? No, but Lily Luna Potter does. At least this is according to someone’s creative Tumblr account. In this Tumblr page, a wild, creative tale shows Lil Luna’s encounters with epilepsy. So if Lily Luna Potter has epilepsy and Harry has autism we must ask what is wrong with their parents? Is that the real reason they ditched Harry at birth? Were they so embarrassed at producing a weird kid that they sold the house and left for the Maldives? Perhaps that is the case or perhaps this is all just speculation. Either way, it’s another interesting fan theory.
7. HARRY POTTER HAS AUTISM AND ASPERGERS
What is Aspergers? It’s essentially a high function form of autism. So does Harry Potter have Aspergers? Well, according to some, he has all the quirks of someone with the disease. The weird quirks, the bad vision, the constant bullying, etc. However, let’s not jump to conclusions yet. Harry Potter might just be your typical nerd. Just because he resembles someone with Aspergers, does that mean he actually has it? On the other hand, perhaps that’s exactly what it means.
To further stir the Harry pot, there is a theory that J.K. Rowling based the character Luna Lovegood off of a real girl with Aspergers. Seeing as she’s in Gryffindor and Harry is in Gryffindor, perhaps that’s where Hogwarts sticks all the mentally challenged kids. Again, not all autistics kids are nerds and not all nerds are autistic.
8. HARRY POTTER LACKS CONNECTIONS
One major autistic symptom is a distant connection to loved ones. As we mentioned, Harry didn’t know his parents and he hated his new family. For years, he was emotionally disconnected from everyone. That slightly changed in Hogwarts. However, even there Harry struggled with making friends besides a few oddballs. Furthermore, Harry lacked connections with his own emotions. Very rarely did we see Harry as a happy go lucky kid. He is solum, deep and thoughtful. His real emotions are not on full display. Instead, he suppresses them.
9. HARRY POTTER HATES PARTIES
Do you remember Harry Potter going to parties? It certainly wasn’t a major plot point of the series. Autistic kids are perfectly fine with playing alone and sometimes they even prefer it. Harry had his few friends but he was not a social wizard (excuse the pun) in any sense. Give him a good spell book and his trusty wand and Harry would be happy. Furthermore, he even found himself attracted to other outcasts like Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid. Autistic kids exhibit the same behavior.
10. HARRY POTTER AND HIS CRAZY OUTBURSTS
Kids with autism have crazy outbursts. Harry is famous for a few himself. Take Voldemort for example. Remember how Harry got that scar on his head? Yeah, he didn’t do that with meditation. Kids with autism can display crazy unbalanced reactions to situations. Whether it is throwing a temper tantrum, becoming aggressive or using magic, autism opens up a range of emotions. A large plot point of the book series was Harry learning to control his powers. Perhaps this wasn’t just about magic, though.
In a way, Harry learned to control his autism. As we know, J.K. Rowling drew from many real life experiences for her books. Little is known about her experience with autism but don’t rule it out. The fact is, Harry has a lot of similarities to those with autism. Does it make him a worse character? Of course not. In fact, it probably makes him more dynamic. Now it’s time to go back and read the series. This time, with a different perspective.