'Harry Potter' Fan Theory: J.K. Rowling Has A Favorite And It Features The Story Of The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter is a series about magic, but it's also cast its own spell on its fans, such that they inundate the internet with theories about major and minor characters alike and one of them, about the headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, has found favor with the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling.

J.K. Rowling has developed a presence on twitter that goes from funny...

to sassy...to putting trolls in their place...to shaming the intolerant and prejudiced in the best possible way...to inspiring the next generation of writers...And Rowling doesn't hesitate when asked just about any question about the magical series from her fans. So when she was asked what her favorite fan theory was, she immediately replied and it concerned the story of the Peverell brothers and their meeting with death.

The theory, laid out in USA Today, goes that the tale of the three Peverell brothers can extend to four key characters in Harry Potter's world.

To remind you of the story, take a look at that lovely animated story of the three brothers from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Each of the three brothers sought to escape death in some fashion -- the eldest brother took the elder wand and sought nothing more than power, which ended up killing him in the end. The middle brother took the resurrection stone wanting to bring back a lost love from the dead and was driven mad and killed himself when she didn't come back as she once had been...

"...as for the third brother, death searched for many years but was never able to find him. Only when he attained a great age did the youngest brother shed the cloak of invisibility and give it to his son. He then greeted death as an old friend and went with him gladly, departing this life, as equals."
Voldemort's quest for everlasting life and ultimate power is his undoing.

Voldemort in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'

Snape dies for love

Severus Snape and Lily Potter in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'

Harry Potter himself goes willingly to his death...

Harry Potter in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'

And who does he greet as a friend in death? Dumbledore.

It's one of those theories that you didn't see while you were enjoying the story for the first many times you read the story, but that makes complete and total sense now that you hear it. Ultimately though, it doesn't even really matter if it's true or not, if it means you can enjoy the books or the movies from another perspective, then it's a very good thing. Beautiful, indeed.

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