This beats my theory that Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter are actually two different people.
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Yes, I know fan theories are never true and they're usually concocted by people with way too much time on their hands, but there's something I absolutely love about them. There's nothing like finding (and stretching) all the little pieces of evidence that prove the Rugrats are actually dead or Ferris Buller is a figment of Cameron's imagination. As a global phenomenon, Harry Potter has been subjected more than most properties to such crazy speculation. (For example, if you're ever bored, go through this page, and you'll discover all the insane ways people thought the series was an allegory for global politics in the early 2000s.) The latest Potter-centric theory to go viral, however, deals with "The Tale of the Three Brothers," a fictional folktale that appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The tale goes like this: Three brothers come across a dangerous river, where Death has intended for them to die. They build a magical bridge to cross it and foil Death's plans. In response, Death rewards each of them with one wish. This, of course, is Death's deceptive way of trying to kill them again. The eldest brother wishes for the world's most powerful wand. After getting it, he is robbed and murdered for it. The middle brother wishes for a stone to resurrect dead people. After getting the stone and resurrecting his dead lover, he realizes that she will never be the same as the woman he once knew. He kills himself to join her in the afterlife. The last brother, the youngest and wisest of the three, doesn't trust Death. He wishes for a way to avoid Death throughout his life. Death gives him an invisibility cloak and he lives a full life, only greeting the reaper "as an old friend" when he's ready to pass on.
It didn't take people long to figure out that Voldemort is supposed to be the oldest brother, Snape the middle one, and Harry the youngest; if you've read the series, you'll realize Rowling kind of hits you over the head with this. Harryjxmespotter, a user on Tumblr, recently added another to the allegory, however, and people are treating it like a total mind f*ck:
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.
Yep. That makes total sense. Even though it's kind of obvious, it's a cool theory nonetheless. Not as cool as the theory that Moaning Myrtle was moaning because of PMS, though.