Author J.K. Rowling revealed a dark theory involving Professor Dumbledore was her ‘favourite’ because it fitted with the Harry Potter storyline.
It seems as though people are still very much talking about Harry Potter – I even watched one of the films which was broadcast on ITV as is obligatory over the holiday season – and fans are still trying to discover and understand hidden symbolism and meanings.
Over the years, some of the fans concocted a pretty cool, yet haunting, theory concerning Mr Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts – and J.K. Rowling approves.
In the book (and the film) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a tale is told to called Tale of Three Brothers.
In the tale, three wizarding brothers encounter a river far too dangerous to cross.
Using their wands, they create a bridge which then prompts the hooded figure of Death to appear, angry over the fact that the brothers have ‘cheated’ him.
Death, however, then pretends to be impressed by the three brothers’ actions and offers them a prize of their choice, each.
The first brother asks for a wand ‘more powerful than any other’, and he is presented with Elder Wand.
Next, the second brother is gifted with the resurrection stone after he’d requested the power to bring people back to life.
But the third brother has by now figured out Death probably has an ulterior motive so he requests something to allow him to continue with his life without being followed by Death.
You guessed it (maybe), Death then hands him an invisibility cloak, which is capable of hiding the wearer from all, including Death himself.
Here’s the tale:
Stay with me…
So – the first brother is murdered over the Elder Wand and the second ends up killing himself after a woman he resurrects returns differently.
But the third brother manages to live a long life before handing down the invisibility cloak to his son before greeting ‘Death as an old friend’.
There has been a fan theory out there for some time suggesting in the tale, Lord Voldemort represents the first brother who asks for a wand that’s more powerful than any other – typical of him.
The second brother, some fans believe, is representative of Severus Snape because love is his downfall – he had a love for Lily Potter.
Finally – the last brother is believed to be Harry Potter. Why? Because he is described as a ‘humble man who simply wants to live a long happy life free from the fear of Death’.
If you accept the three representations of the brothers then fans believe there is only one person who can technically BE ‘Death’ – and that is Professor Dumbledore.
Think about it though, in the first book Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, Dumbledore does give Harry an invisibility cloak, which is said to have been passed down by his father, James Potter.
Included with the cloak is a note that reads:
Your father left this in my possession when he died. It is time it was returned to you. Use it well.
Plus, in the Deathly Hallows film, Harry is shot at with the killing curse before entering King’s Cross Station and greeting Dumbledore (or Death) as an ‘old friend’.
Sounds like an awesome theory, so when J.K. Rowling was asked which of the many fan theories was her favourite…. it was of course, this one:
Dumbledore as death. It's a beautiful theory and it fits. https://t.co/QqTQm2QnI0
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 21, 2015
Love a good theory.