JK Rowling Approves Fan Theory
It is true that books live forever, and when you have an amazing fandom, they truly can transcend space and time. Even though it has been years since the last movie was released, and even more time since the publication of the last book in the series, Potterheads still are active as ever.
Even today, years later, they reread the books and suddenly realize new theories and subtexts that were cleverly hidden by Rowling herself. What can we say, Rowling is nothing less than a genius, but the fandom is smart, too, and catching up. If you are a Potterhead, you would have seen the original Tumblr post or screenshots of it circulated acorss the Internet where the user explores the relation between Voldemort, Snape, Harry, and Dumbledore, and the three brothers in the folklore recited in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. It was pretty common in the magical world, and anyone with a magical upbringing was quite familiar with it, like Ron was, but it was a completely new territory for Harry and Hermione.
Tumblr user harryjxmespotter wrote: “Ok Snape, Voldemort and Harry are the three brothers but do you realise that Dumbledore is Death? He greeted Harry at King’s Cross and was the one behind Snape and Voldemort’s death.”
It only took a short period of time for the post to gain momentum and open everyone’s eyes to the theory. Comments on the post added substance to the theory saying that Dumbledore was the one to give Harry the invisibility cloak, and he possessed the stone and the elder wand. The original theory built the connection between Voldemort and the eldest brother who craved power and chose the Elder Wand; Snape and the middle brother who died for love; and Harry and the youngest brother who was brave, loyal, and greeted Death “as an old friend”.
Fans accepted the headcanon and their theory was approved by the queen herself. When Twitter user @AbbieLou24601 tweeted Rowling, enquiring about her personal favourite fan theory, she replied that it was Dumbledore as Death. She herself said that the theory was beautiful and completely fit within in the original story.