I think what happened inside the Harry Potter books - the seven of the narrative, FB, and QTTA - is canon without argument, and I *personally*...
Hi! Okay, this is a theory I’m pretty passionate about so first here’s all the evidence I’ve gathered:
- Dewey Denouement never mentions Kit’s pregnancy or the baby. He mentions Kit, but not their child? Seems a little sketchy to me. On the same note, Kit never calls him the father of the baby, implies he’s the father of the baby, talks about him and the baby in the same context, or suggests the baby is his. Neither do the Baudelaires. Neither does Beatrice II or Lemony. NO ONE EVER EVEN SUGGESTS DEWEY DENOUEMENT IS BABY BEATRICE’S FATHER. Including Lemony Snicket. Why do we assume he is?
- Olaf just happens to recite a poem about having children while he and Kit are dying on a beach and the baby is being born? Coincidence? I THINK NOT.
- The baby takes the Baudelaires’ last name. Not Denouement. This implies that the Baudelaires—who, keep in mind, had the same information as us readers did about the baby, if not less—are uncertain of her parentage. If they thought the baby was Dewey’s they would have named her Beatrice Denouement.
- Olaf leaves the world just as Baby Beatrice is entering it. Seems symbolic to me. I know this doesn’t seem like much, but from a literary perspective it’s actual important.
- Lemony’s reluctance to meet with Beatrice II in The Beatrice Letters makes me think there’s more to her than even she knows.
- Baby Beatrice’s parents being Olaf and Kit would fit very nicely into one of the main messages of the book, which is that nothing and no one is purely good or evil. Beatrice II would be the human embodiment of the shade of gray Mr. Snicket paints everything in. She would be the literal translation of the series’s message.
Why do I want these fragments of unrelated facts to mean this unlikely thing? I suppose I’d like to think that Olaf’s life had meaning. That he brought something good into the world in the form of a lovely, resourceful little girl. And I think it’s very possible that Beatrice II is Olaf’s child. It makes so much sense with the theme of the books. She’s the daughter of a very notorious villain and a highly respected volunteer, the physical manifestation of her parents’ love, which bridges the line between volunteer and villains.
No matter what, it has to be admitted that there’s just as much evidence linking Baby Beatrice to Count Olaf as there is to Dewey Deneoument. I think there’s actually more. The only reason Dewey is assumed to be the father is because he and Kit had a romantic relationship. Well, so did Kit and Olaf, and it seems like the two of them have more history and a very deep connection.
Anyways, there’s my reasoning! Thanks for the dispatch volunteer!