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‘Harry Potter’ Fan Theory Gets J.K. Rowling’s Seal Of Approval

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Leave it to the fans to keep a beloved franchise alive and kicking long after its last book and final film have been released.

A relatively recent fan theory surrounding Harry Potter has gotten the official seal of approval from J.K. Rowling herself, who expressed her support of the “beautiful,” fitting theory on Twitter in response to a fan inquiry about which theory was the author’s favorite. The theory in question is one which posits that some of the key characters of the series—Harry, Professor Snape, Lord Voldemort, and Dumbledore—are actually representative of the figures featured in “The Deathly Hallows,” a tale that appears in the in-universe magical children’s book (which is featured in the final Harry Potter novel and films), The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

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In the tale, three brothers cheat Death (personified) and are rewarded with three powerful gifts. The eldest brother, power hungry and selfish, chooses the Elder Wand; the middle brother, desperately mourning his long-lost love, chooses the Resurrection Stone; and the youngest brother, wise and brave, chooses the Invisibility Cloak. The fan theory, of course, positions that Voldemort represents the eldest brother (power-crazed, murderous, and vindictive), Snape represents the middle brother (mournful, regretful, and pushed to the edge by his love for Lily Potter), and Harry represents the youngest brother (brave and loyal, who ultimately sacrifices his own life for the greater good).

What’s even more is that Death is also represented by a certain character: Professor Dumbledore. The powerful wizard, supporters of the theory urge, is representative of Death, as he had possessed all three of the Deathly Hallows at one point and was instrumental in all of the other three character’s deaths, in one way or another. He is also the character who greets Harry in the underworld after Harry’s short-lived murder, much like how in the story Death greets the youngest brother as an “old friend.”

And apparently, similar to how Frozen‘s director Chris Buck has subscribed to a certain Tarzan-Anna-Elsa fan theory, it looks like J.K. Rowling is all for this one, sharing this tweet:

So what do you think, Potterheads? Are you enchanted by this theory, or are you sticking to the official canon?

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