J. K. Rowling, Deathly Hallows

J. K. Rowling Reveals Surprising Deathly Hallows Inspiration

We all know where the Deathly Hallows came from. Three brothers, tragedy, sacrifice. Those are essentially the bullet points. But it turns out J. K. Rowling’s real world inspiration for the Deathly Hallows is also pretty melancholy…and relates to the Illuminati.


In a new BBC documentary, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Rowling revealed how the Deathly Hallows’ signature emblem came about. The minimalist look of a line within a circle within a triangle was actually borrowed from a Freemasonry symbol used in the 1975 Sean Connery movie The Man Who Would Be King.


Deathly Hallows and Freemasonry symbol

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Rowling had been watching the movie, working on the character of Professor Sprout, and she got a call to say that her mother had passed away. She says that when she was creating the Deathly Hallows, the symbol must have come back to her on a “subconscious level.”


Upon re-watching the movie years later, she started putting things together. Rowling said:


I looked at the sign of the Deathly Hallows and realised how similar they are. I’ve got a feeling that on some deep subconscious level, they are connected. The Potter series is hugely about loss. If my mother hadn’t died, I think the stories would be utterly different and not what they are.


It’s an odd mix of inspiration: personal tragedy, Freemasonry, ‘70s cinema, and Sean Connery. Check out the full documentary to learn more about Rowling’s secret to sorcery.


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