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The Tale of the Three Brothers

The final of the Beedle tales, the Tale of the Three Brothers is the crux of the entire final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as it the origin of the legend of the three deathly hallows, the indestructable Invisibilty Cloak, the Resurrection Stone, and the Elder Wand.

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In the seventh book we learned that the tale of the three brothers were true. If so, are the other stories true?

Posted by Nyx on February 22, 2009 3:45 PM

We learn in the seventh book that the ly Hallows and the Peverell brothers actually existed, not that the whole tale is true. As Dumbledore says in his commentary, a large amount of magic used in the stories cannot really be performed. Only in Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump does Beedle follow laws of magic, except for the fact that Babbity can talk when she is a rabbit. Dumbledore also says in DH that the three brothers of the tale did not actually meet on a lonely road, but were probably very powerful wizards who created the hallows. I think Beedle got inspiration for his tales form the world around him and may have been based on events he heard of, but they are unlikely to be true, or as close to true, as The Tale of the Three Brothers.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on February 22, 2009 3:46 PM

I think, like Anonymous said, that Beedle merely followed his surroundings and turned them into stories. As to how the brothers really created the hallows is my question.

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on February 23, 2009 3:39 PM

I like the story but it is not, the best.

Posted by Katrine from Holbęk, danmark on February 26, 2009 07:23 AM

If it was not 's true objects, then how did they retain their powers all these years. Plus the cloak never got thread bare or faded, cloth that does that has strong magic. I always thought had a cloak like that. How else could he sneak up on someone.

Posted by Pamela Sue from Ark on March 3, 2009 09:43 AM

Miss Cissy
I don't think the brothers created the hallows. I always thought that the hallows were . Hallows=. made them so they had to be hallows. They were not created by the brothers, but by itself.

Posted by Yellow Beard (with red streak in it) on March 3, 2009 2:24 PM

That's a bit of self-fulfilling logic, I'm afraid. The legend says they were created by , so, because of the mythology, they are referred to as the Hallows. Just because they're popularly called Hallows doesn't prove created them. It just indicates it's commonly believed he did.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 3, 2009 2:45 PM


It's not commonly believed he did, as this is meant to be for children I think like Dumbledore that this idea that created these objects were the result of these objects being created themselves.

Posted by Craig Edwards from London on March 4, 2009 10:10 AM

What I meant was, anyone who calls them the Hallows believes created them. Otherwise, readers of the story who think it's only a fairy tale but perhaps with a basis in reality would probably think that the brothers created the magical objects, they wouldn't be called hallows by these people.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 4, 2009 10:17 AM

But Dumbledore refers to them as the Hallows. Yet he is sceptical about the legend of creating them.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 4, 2009 6:24 PM

Very good point. Hallows is defined more loosely than I was suggesting.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 4, 2009 6:37 PM



Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on March 7, 2009 12:23 PM

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