This New 'Harry Potter' Fan Theory Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew about Dumbledore

Could it be true?!

This New 'Harry Potter' Fan Theory Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew about Dumbledore
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Holy allegory, Dumbledore, are you in for a mind shattering.

Stemming from the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Deathly Hallows, a new fan theory born from Tumblr and wisdom is not only incredibly likely, but surprisingly late to the party. Everything is clear in hindsight isn't it, Albus?

This New 'Harry Potter' Fan Theory Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew about Dumbledore
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To start this all off, we should first acknowledge that a fantasy story is nothing without a few mini-tales of its own to sweeten the pot. This is an insight author J.K. Rowling was clearly privy to, given that she included the haunting and intricate "Tale of Three Brothers" in her conclusion to the series.

Now, just in case you need a refresher (Deathly Hallows was released eight years ago now), the three "brothers" in question come across Death, who essentially grants them each one wish. Each brother asks for an item.

The first ends up with the Elder Wand, or the most powerful wand in the whole of the Harry Potter series, while the second is given a Resurrection Stone that brings people back from the dead.

The third brother, however, catches on that something is amiss.

"Hey," he likely thought as his pals grabbed at the goodies like kids on Christmas, "This is Death, bringer of untold tragedy. He might not be the most trustworthy of individuals." The third brother thus specifies that his item should enable him to avoid Death himself.

He is subsequently given the Invisibility Cloak that, years later, will serve to facilitate Harry and friends' shenanigans.

This New 'Harry Potter' Fan Theory Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew about Dumbledore
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As the story is told, things go slightly awry. Elder Wand brother is eventually murdered for the very power he so desired, and Resurrection Stone brother realizes that no one he resurrects is going to be quite the same as they were when alive.

It's only the cunning Invisibility Cloak brother who makes it out alive, even though Death seeks him for many years. In the end, he passes the cloak on after he's hit old age and meets back up with Death "as an old friend."

We can comfortably assume that Voldemort represents the brother murdered for the Elder Wand, and that Snape is the second, given his devotion to Lily Potter long after her death (you know he would have taken the Resurrection Stone).

We also know that our protagonist Harry ends up with the Invisibility Cloak, making him the third brother.

But what we haven't put together until now is that Albus Dumbledore is...

Death himself.

Take a moment to process that.

Who gives Harry both the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak? Who also happens to have had the Elder Wand at his disposal? And who, after indirectly being involved in Snape's and Voldemort's deaths, greets Harry like an old friend when he "dies" in the final novel?

Ding ding ding.

Old Albus was just chock-full of secrets, wasn't he?

This New 'Harry Potter' Fan Theory Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew about Dumbledore
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