This article contains spoilers if you somehow haven’t finished the series yet. You have been warned.
If you’ve read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you’re probably a fan. You probably also love some of the fan theories surrounding the series.
If so, you’re in for a treat.
One fan theory, highlighted by Buzzfeed, surrounds 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', who were responsible for gaining possession of the Deathly Hallows.
The brothers fashioned a bridge over a treacherous river, thereby cheating Death.
Death confronts them, seeking to claim their lives by in turn offering each traveller whatsoever they desire.
The theory posits that Voldemort, Snape and Harry all pertain to one of the brothers in the tale.
But a new theory has suggested that Dumbledore is Death itself.
As Tumblr user harryjxmespotter points out:
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.
The oldest brother - in this theory Voldemort - asks Death for power. The middle brother asks for a way to recall people from the grave, and the youngest brother asks for a way to leave the place without Death following him.
Now this is where the theory comes to light. In the books, Voldemort takes the Elder wand from Dumbledore's grave, despite not having its allegiance. Dumbledore effectively bestows the wand upon Voldemort, physically if not in terms of mastery.
Harry represents the youngest brother as he evades death repeatedly until he faces him. This occurs in the form of purposefully losing a battle with Voldemort in the final book.
Dumbledore is the one to greet him in 'death' and is also the man who bestowed upon Harry the Invisibility Cloak, as a Christmas present.
Snape can be said to be the middle brother, who is tortured by the memory of Lily Potter's death throughout the series.
This is where it falls a little, as Dumbledore never gifted Snape the Resurrection Stone. However, he does require Snape to kill him in place of Malfoy, in effect giving Snape a conquering of Death - the premise of the Resurrection Stone.
While not 100 per cent neat, it's a great premise.