In a recently released theory, it is revealed that three of the principal characters from the Harry Potter universe, Harry himself, Professor Snape and Lord Voldemort, represent the three brothers who possessed the Deathly Hallows. Author J. K. Rowling’s final book in the series was entitled The Deathly Hallows and both her novel and the Hollywood 2-part film adaptation of the book explain the origin and importance of the three aforementioned brothers.
The tale according to the original Harry Potter text tells of the three Peverell brothers who cheated death by forging a bridge over a treacherous river. Death, in this story, turns out to be an actual figure not just an experience. Death is angered by the brothers’ efforts, but cunningly deceives them by congratulating them on their ability to overcome him. Death awards each brother with a gift for their winnings.
The first brother, Antioch is obsessed with power and requests a wand more powerful than any other in the realm that will allow him to overcome his foes. The Elder Wand is then crafted by Death and bestowed upon Antioch. The correlation between Antioch and the Dark Lord Voldemort is strikingly similar, as both had a lust for power. Voldemort’s quest to destroy Harry Potter lead him to temporarily acquire the Elder Wand, himself, but Death eventually claimed him in the end. Death took hold of Antioch as well when a fellow magician stole the Elder Wand and slit his throat in his sleep.
The second Peverell brother, Cadmus, requested an item that would allow him to be with his deceased love once again. Cadmus’s motivation was driven by a lost love, just as Professor Severus Snape had been motivated by the death of the woman he loved, Harry Potter’s mother, Lily. Cadmus was bestowed with the Resurrection Stone by Death in which he used to see his dead lover once again. Horror ensued when his lover began to disintegrate right before his very eyes due to the fact that she did not belong in the mortal world. Cadmus hung himself, allowing Death to conquer him as well. Snape did not take his own life, but did sacrifice his entire being to the memory of Lily Potter.
The final Peverell brother, Ignotus, was a humble man and new he would not be able to cheat death, therefore he did not try to. Instead, Ignotus requested a way to hide from Death until it was time to meet him again. Death then gave the third brother a piece of his very own Invisibility Cloak, allowing him to hide completely. Harry Potter himself acquires the actual Invisibility cloak very early in the series, but the similarity between him and the third brother lies within their actions. While Ignotus’s brothers were claimed by Death, he remained hidden until he knew it was his time to go. The brother then removed the Invisibility Cloak and greeted Death as an old friend. Harry greets Death the exact same way when he realizes it is time to give himself up to Voldemort. Through their actions, they were both able to remain safe by greeting Death face-on, sharing a linear path.
This aforementioned Harry Potter theory that reveals more about the Deathly Hallows than originally realized is but a simple assumption by Potter fanatics, but a very valid one at that. The depth of J. K. Rowling’s magical world is truly endless when one puts their mind to the possibilities the writer has made available. The story of the three brothers and the Deathly Hallows can be viewed below.
Opinion by Cody Collier