True Master Of Death

True Master Of Death

“You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death.  He accepts that he must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.”

Albus Dumbledore explaining why Harry is worthy to possess the Deathly Hallows (DH35: King’s Cross)


This seems to be one of Dumbledore's most firmly-held convictions.  In the Ministry with Voldemort, he tells him, "Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness--" (OP36)

It is also interesting to note that, of the Hallows, only the Cloak seems to represent an acceptance of death--at least in the context of the Tale of the Three Brothers.  With that in mind, it is interesting to wonder whether Hermione might have been a trustworthy Master of Death.  While Harry would choose the Resurrection Stone, and Ron would choose the Elder Wand, as established in DH21 when they meet with Xenophilius and discuss the morality tale, Hermione chooses the Invisibility Cloak.


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