Waiting with great anticipation for a new Harry Potter book, standing in long, slow-moving queues from dusk till dawn to purchase the newly released book, and binge-reading under their covers late at night was an enchanting experience for millions of avid Harry Potter fans growing up.
Harry Potter has spawned seven books (excluding various spin-offs), eight big-budget Hollywood movies, dedicated websites, theme parks, and an endless supply of video games, toys, and merchandise since its first publication in 1997.
The series concluded with The Deathly Hallows, and all Harry Potter fans understand how important the magical artifacts were in this magical story.
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The Meaning of the Deathly Hallows Symbol
The magical artifact not only made a wizard powerful and immortal, but it also played an important role in the Harry Potter universe. To put an end to Voldemort’s reign of terror, Harry had to die in order for a piece of Voldemort’s soul within him to perish as well.
Rowling, on the other hand, had other ideas. She created the Deathly Hallows in order to allow the main character, Harry Potter, to die for a short time.
It was a way for the author to allow the hero to complete his self-sacrifice journey without permanently killing him.
As the master of death, Harry triumphed over death, and fans around the world rejoiced.
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JK Rowling Explains the Meaning of the Deathly Hallows Symbol
JK Rowling reveals the symbol’s deeper meaning in the BBC documentary Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
The Deathly Hallows symbol (a vertical line and a circle surrounded by a triangle) represents three legendary Harry Potter artifacts: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility. It was thought that whoever had all three would be immortal.
Rowling was watching The Man Who Would Be King, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine. She believes the Deathly Hallows symbol was subconsciously inspired by a Masonic symbol in the film.
The Masonic symbol is formed by the manual tools of stonemasons, a square, and a set of compasses.
But how could she be so certain that the two are linked?
She was sketching Professor Sprout, the Hogwarts herbology teacher, on the night she was watching the movie. Rowling received a phone call the next day informing her of her mother’s death.
Rowling stated that when she went to re-watch the film, she was taken aback by the striking resemblance between the Masonic symbol and the Deathly Hallows symbol. She believes her subconscious is linked to the symbol depicted in the film.
I have a feeling they are connected on some deep subconscious level. The Potter series is heavily centered on loss. I believe the stories would be different if my mother had not died.