by Stephanie Boyd
J.K. Rowling has famously continued to discuss the extended world of her most famous creation – Harry Potter – many years after she finished writing the global best-sellers. Whether confirming certain theories via Twitter or updating character biographies on her Pottermore website to confirm where the cast of kids are now, fans still have plenty to get their teeth into as far as the wizarding world is concerned – even more so thanks to Fantastic Beasts 2 making its debut in theaters later this year.
This week, it appears one fairly dark theory Rowling particularly enjoys has come to light – and it revolves around that of Albus Dumbledore, the kindly yet mysterious headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – and whether or not he embodies the concept of ‘death’. Stemming from the in-universe tale of the Three Brothers, it’s mentioned that while two of the eponymous siblings die, one greets Death as an ‘old friend’ after living a full life with the help of an invisibility cloak. Theories abound that the brothers represent Lord Voldemort, Professor Snape and Harry Potter himself – and that ‘Death’, in fact, could well be Dumbledore.
The theory stems from Dumbledore offering Harry an invisibility cloak in the very first book – and that he greets the Professor as an ‘old friend’ after being on the receiving end of a fatal curse. Bear in mind at this point, too, that Dumbledore himself has passed on – could he in fact be standing in for the Grim Reaper?
Rowling entertained this theory hugely on Twitter after having been asked what her favorite theory about her series is – stating that Dumbledore being ‘Death’ is ‘a beautiful theory and it fits’. Naturally, this sent certain corners of the internet into something of a frenzy – is this now canon? Maybe not – but if Rowling continues to engage with us on Twitter in such a way in future, it will be hugely entertaining to see if any more details emerge.
Harry Potter is a series which continues to grow and to enchant fans even years after it finished – the extended universe promises to grow even more with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is due to arrive in cinemas later this year – starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jude Law as a young Dumbledore – though quite whether we’ll get any ‘Dumbledore = Death’ confirmations in this movie will remain to be seen!