There are plenty of Harry Potter fan theories. We’ve all read them, from the one about the Triwizard Cup to the one about the Dursleys. However, a new theory concerning Beedle the Bard’s story The Tale of the Three Brothers, which features the Deathly Hallows may hold the key to Dumbledore’s true identity.
In case you need a reminder of the details of the story, the good people at Digital Spy have provided this summary:
Three brothers go to a river, and build a bridge to cross it, thus foiling Death who usually collects victims who drown in it. Death pretends to congratulate them, and offers them each a reward for their success. The oldest brother asks for an unbeatable wand, the middle brother for a stone which will bring people back from the dead, and the youngest (and wisest) for something which will allow him to leave without Death following him. He is given Death’s own Invisibility Cloak.
The oldest brother uses the wand to fight his enemy, and wins – but when he is sleeping, someone comes in and kills him and takes the wand for himself, and thus Death claims the first brother. The middle brother uses the stone to bring back his dead fiancee, but she is only a shade of her former self, and he becomes so miserable that he commits suicide, and Death claims the second brother. The third brother uses the cloak to lead a long and happy life, at the end of which he takes off the cloak and gives it to his son, and greets Death ‘as an old friend’.
So, as you know, this story turned out to be based in truth, as the storied invisibility cloak turned out to be Harry’s invisibility cloak.
The Elder Wand belongs to Dumbledore and Voldemort steals it from his grave. Prior to his death, Dumbledore finds the Resurrection Stone in a ring used by Voldemort to make the Horcrux, and gives it to Harry who then, by the end, owns all three Deathly Hallows. So the theory is that all three brothers are direct analogues to characters in the books.
Harry is the youngest brother, who never tries to cheat death and lives a long and happy life. Snape is the middle brother, who spends his life wishing for the return of his love, Lily Evans, and when he gets her back (in the form of Harry) it is not the same and he resents it, just like in the tale. Voldemort is the oldest brother who craves power and invincibility. He takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore, however it is loyal to Harry and, thus, the wand ends up causing his demise.
So there you have it. Voldemort, Snape, and Harry are the three bros, and Dumbledore is Death. Do you buy it? It seems too perfect not to be true. But who knows? Honestly, I’ve spent so much time in the blackhole of Harry Potter fan theories that I now believe every single one I’ve ever read and can’t remember what’s real or who I am or what Hogwarts house I’m in or when I discovered I had magical powers or where I was when I found out I was the Chosen One.
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