6 Lizzie McGuire Hidden Messages & Theories You Never Noticed As a Kid
Over the past few weeks, we’ve realized Disney Channel favorites, like Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, aren’t as cookie-cutter good as we once thought. The same proves to be true for DC classics, such as the Hilary Duff-led series Lizzie McGuire. To prove it to you, here are six hidden messages and fan theories about the show you never would’ve imagined back in the early ’00s:
1. Lizzie McGuire is schizophrenic! This theory that’s been circulating for some time, mostly due to the fact that Hilary’s character comes equipped with a cartoon alter ego. “The show starts in middle school because middle school usually around the onset of puberty, and schizophrenia often begins to manifest itself around puberty and adolescence… Throughout the series and movie, we can see that Lizzie is hearing voices that no one else can. The most obvious is her animated alter ego, who appears throughout the series and movie whenever Lizzie is stressed (there’s something she wants to say but can’t, she feels stuck in a situation, she feels overwhelmed, etc.). Schizophrenic responses often become more heightened when the person is stressed. The animated voice in her head is fairly obvious.”
2. Miranda isn’t real! Instead, she’s actually Lizzie’s imaginary friend. “Lizzie invents Miranda to help her get through the stress of middle school. By the end of middle school, Lizzie has been taking her meds and Miranda is gone. Her parents, her psychiatrist and her supportive, loving friend Gordo are so encouraged by this that they agree to let her go on the school trip to Rome.”
3. The supposed real reason the Disney Channel show ended: “Upon her return to the States [after the movie], the McGuire parents realize that Lizzie will need more help and is not ready to continue with normal school. This is why the series ends after middle school — Lizzie never made it to public high school.”
4. Wait… maybe she did finish school. In a recent interview, Hilary’s theory is that Lizzie made it all the way through high school and then some, “I think she’d go off to college and potentially become a little cooler than she was, but still not bitchy at all. I think she’s just the biggest-hearted girl ever.” Her theory continues, “Maybe she’d move to New York for a while, and her parents would probably follow her and rent an apartment secretly. I think she’s pretty smart. I can imagine her being on a path to something really special and great, but I feel like she’d still be working her way through the office grind and she’d probably constantly embarrass herself — mishaps in the office all the time. And she’d probably still be wearing butterfly clips.”
5. The show predicted the future. In one episode, Ethan mentioned that he’ll take up water polo. Coincidentally (or because the show creators are actually psychics), Clayton Snyder, who portrayed Ethan, joined the US Water polo team. WHA-?!
6. Lizzie McGuire actually had a deeper meaning than you might’ve thought. Before The Lizzie McGuire Movie, “the series was about how Lizzie manages school and everyday life. The hidden and deeper purpose of the series was to state how important family and friends are in one’s life. This movie places the hidden message on the center stage. Throughout the series, Gordo and Lizzie were best of friends ever since they were in diapers. In the movie, Lizzie finally realizes that her true love has always been right in front of her.”—PSU Isn’t that adorable?