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The Tale of the Three Brothers (fairy tale)

TTB: The Tale of the Three Brothers (fairy tale)

“The Tale of the Three Brothers” is a wizarding world fairy tale, part of the collection The Tales of Beedle the Bard. In the tale, three brothers use magic to cheat death. Death himself appears and offers them each one magical item. The choices of the older two brothers lead to their undoing and early deaths, while the youngest brother chooses wisely and lives to a ripe old age.

Other Canon Notes


  • eldest son
  • middle son
  • youngest and wisest son
  • Death

Items and other details:

  • the 'elder wand'
    • made of elder wood from an elder tree
    • also called "the Deathstick" or "Wand of Destiny"
    • called "the Eldrun Wand" by Barnabas Deverill
  • the 'cloak of invisibility'
  • the 'ressurection stone'


Related images:

Potter 7, DH - Three Brothers

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