Theory: Will and Vecna's Story is Similar to Harry Potter and Voldemort

Date:  December 31, 2023

At the end of Volume 2, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) reveals that Vecna is not dead. He also says that he can feel him and he is hurting. So now the question is whether Will knew about Vecna all along. It has also convinced some fans to draw parallels between Will and Harry Potter.

Now it has been confirmed that Will was taken by Vecna in season 1. He managed to survive in the Upside Down which shows that he knew a lot about this parallel world and might have an idea of the Vecna's agenda. In season 2, Will was possessed by Mind Flayer which was created by Vecna. So there is some connection between Will and Vecna. Now a crazy theory suggests that Will and Vecna are pretty similar to that of Harry Potter and Voldemort.


A user on Twitter wrote,

"Vecna transferred part of his soul to will in the upside-down. That’s why he was able to play with the lights, that’s why he knew to keep singing his favorite song, that’s why he could survive for that long. That’s also how he knows what Vecna wants. It’s classic Harry/Voldemort. The Mind Flayer is an extension from Vecna. Think of it as Nagini and Voldemort. In the fifth hp book, Harry was inside of Nagini's mind as it was attacking Mr Weasley, just like Will when he was a superspy in the mind flayer's mind as it attacked the lab."

A fan on Reddit took this theory further and said,

"It's not uncommon in storytelling for a hero and villain to have similar characteristics, but the hero has some sort of value that sets him apart from the villain. Think Harry/ this case with a potential Horcrux type thing possible for Will, they may end up being a very similar parallel."

Another one guessed that Will might have to sacrifice himself to kill Vecna.

"Maybe there’s a piece of Vecna in Will, like Voldemort’s Horcrux in Harry. Either Vecna’s going to take advantage of that next season and lead to Will’s death or Will’s going to sacrifice himself to hurt Vecna. But I don’t think Will’s surviving in the end."

Some viewers even believe that Will has superpowers but he does not know about his abilities – like Harry was also in the dark about being one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.

Here are some more reactions from Stranger Things fans about Will Byers and Harry Potter parallels.

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