The Harry Potter series has been quiet for the most part besides the Fantastic Beast franchise rolling out steadily. The story of the boy with the cursed mark and his adventures in Hogwarts had come to end. It’s been 17 years since the conclusion of the last book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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However, the love of the series hasn’t grown cold, but hotter and greater in number. Fans have been standing on their toes with wands in hand as the fandom is once again lit aflame with an answer from the author herself to the age-old question:
Dumbledore as death. It’s a beautiful theory and it fits. https://t.co/QqTQm2QnI0
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 21, 2015
If you’re unfamiliar with the theory, it is based on a children story within the Harry Potter world, that follows three brothers and their acquaintance, Death. The story goes as follows: Three brothers are traveling when they come to a treacherous river. It’s here where they would either drown or be carried to their death if they were to swim over so they conjure up a bridge and cross the water. Enraged, Death meets them halfway, feeling cheated its victims.
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So, to ‘congratulate’ them, he gifts them each a gift of their choosing. The first brother wanted a wand that was more powerful than any other wand. The second brother asked for a stone that would ressurect the dead. The last brother requested something to help him hide from death which was an invisibly cloak.
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Death was certain to get the lives he was due. The first brother killed in a duel, the second brother killed himself after he ressurected his lover and found their love did not live beyond death, and the last remained hidden until he was old and gray. When he was close to death, the last brother met up with Death and ‘greeted Death like an old friend’.
The theory is that Voldemort, Severus Snape, and Harry Potter represent the brothers. Voldemort wanted to obtain the elder wand, his obession with the object led to his death in combat.
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Severus Snape represents the second brother whose love for Lily Potter led to his self sacrifice althroughout the movie until his death by Nagini at the end. And lastly, Harry Potter represents the last brother who was gifted the invisibility cloak and he does die during the last book.
The center of the theory is the representation of Death through the character Dumbledore. The cunning, old, deceased head master is the one that meets Harry Potter once he dies. He greets him as an old friend, welcoming him and guiding him during the afterlife.
In life, he was the one who had orchestrated in gifting the cloak to Harry as well as planning his death somewhat. He is Death. A very fitting piece into this puzzle of the Harry Potter series. J.K seems to agree.
Check out this clip for an animated look into the re-telling of the Deathly Hallows!
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