Fans have long argued that the Three Brothers from ‘Deathly Hallows’ is an allegory to actual ‘Harry Potter’ characters with Dumbledore representing Death and now JK Rowling has given her approval to it.
Rowling, who often takes to Twitter to interact with fans and to throw more light on the Potterworld, said her favourite fan theory is that the three brothers’ story ran parallel to the real story of Potter.
“Dumbledore as death. It’s a beautiful theory and it fits,” Rowling tweeted when someone asked about her favourite fan theory.
Dumbledore as death. It’s a beautiful theory and it fits. https://t.co/QqTQm2QnI0
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 21, 2015
In the story, three wizard brothers once conquer death for a short time through their magic. An angry death appears in front of them and pretends to give them three gifts of their choosing: The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak.
Two of the three brothers foolishly choose their gifts and die an early death. The third brother, the wisest among them, hides under the Invisibility Cloak and evades death for a long time before finally meeting as an old friend many years later.
Fans believe that Voldemort, the fearsome villain in the book, represents the first brother as he wants to conquer death at all costs, second brother would be Snape, who is full of guilt for his role in getting the love of his life, Lily Potter, killed while the third brother is represented by Potter who is always ready to face death and eventually leads a long life.
Now, fans have come up with another theory that believes that just as Voldemort, Snape, and Harry stand for the three brothers, Dumbledore stands for Death.
All three Hallows came from Death, and Dumbledore was at various points in possession of all three items; Voldemort feared death above all else (hence Horcruxes). Dumbledore is who Harry meets at the King’s Cross station when he dies briefly in the Deathly Hallows.