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The Tale of the Three Brothers


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"There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight—"

-- Hermione reading aloud to Harry, Ron and Xenophilius Lovegood (DH21)

The Tale of the Three Brothers

One of the stories in the book “Tales of Beedle the Bard“, which was left to Hermione by Albus Dumbledore in his will (DH7) and the original source of the Deathly Hallows legend (DH21).


Three brothers use magic to cheat death. Death 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.
Tale of the Three Brother


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

Items and other details:

  • the 'elder wand'
  • the 'cloak of invisibility'
  • the 'resurrection stone'


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