Of the many spell-binding moments in the immortal Harry Potter films, perhaps the most enchanting of all is The Tale of the Three Brothers.
“There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight…” Hermione Granger reads aloud.
Telling the tale of three brothers and their meeting with Death, the story arc is also the source of the powerful Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and Harry’s Invisibility Cloak.
Two of the brothers die but the third lives a long life, thanks to his Invisibility Cloak, before eventually greeting ‘Death as an old friend’.
In case your Potter memory could do with some updating, here’s the scene for you again:
And fans of the best-selling book and film franchise are still pouring over every tiny detail, hoping to unearth new clues and to establish new theories.
One long-standing theory suggests that the first brother in the tale represents Voldemort, the second represents Snape and the third represents Harry Potter himself.
And another equally plausible theory that you might be familiar with if you still stalk Harry Potter message boards is that Death is Professor Dumbledore.
Here’s the evidence…
In the first book, Dumbledore gives Harry an invisibility cloak, which is reportedly passed down by his father James Potter.
The cloak is accompanied by a note, which reads: ‘Your father left this in my possession when he died. It is time it was returned to you. Use it well.’
And when Harry Potter is shot at with a killing curse in the Deathly Hallows film, he’s greeted by Dumbledore as an ‘old friend.’
J.K. Rowling even confirmed it was her favourite fan theory in a tweet that has been making the rounds once again:
Even if you are Death, Albus, we won’t hold it against you. You are still objectively the best character in all the Harry Potter films (after Dobby, of course).