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This "Harry Potter" Theory About Dumbledore's Role In "Deathly Hallows" Is Blowing Minds

A nice reminder that Harry Potter will be messing with our brains for the rest of our lives.

For Harry Potter fans, the world is full of theories and readings that attempt to flesh the series and its characters out even beyond the wonder of everything that J.K. Rowling explicitly told us.

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One theory that's been around since the publication of the final book pinpoints Harry, Snape, and Voldemort as modern allegories to the Peverell brothers we meet in "The Tale of the Three Brothers" in Deathly Hallows.

Voldemort is associated with the oldest brother, who sought power and the ability to conquer death — until his own hubris led to his end.

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Snape bears commonality with the middle brother, who spends much of his life clinging to the memory of a lost love until he eventually dies for said memory.

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And Harry's journey resembles the youngest son, whom Death sought for many years but could never find until the son walked willingly to him, greeted by Death "as an old friend." He "went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life."

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It should be noted that while Harry does not die permanently in Deathly Hallows, he also spends most of the series literally in possession of the invisibility cloak once owned by the youngest brother, and does purposefully sacrifice himself knowing he will die.

So where does Dumbledore fall into all of this?

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According to Tumblr user harryjxmespotter, he's the old friend — Death himself.

It certainly leaves us with a lot to think about.

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UPDATE: JK Rowling herself approves!

Dumbledore as death. It's a beautiful theory and it fits.