Death, from the Tale of the Three Brothers, is Der Tod from Elisabeth.Death seems to be a trickster when he gives the deathly hallows to the Peverell brothers. He claims the lives of the older two brothers after they use their gifts foolishly. Der Tod is the only Death I know of to reach this level of Jerkass.
The core of the Elder Wand is a hair from the scalp of Death.People assume that the Death in the tale of the three brothers was a skeleton, based on the most commonly used form in modern times as well as the skull in the drawing at the head of the chapter. This may be in error; Death is quite likely a relatively human-looking being. Wands typically have a core of something magical, typically a bit of a fantastic creature (hair, feather, heartstring). The book states that Death fashioned a wand from the branch of an elder tree; it doesn't say how, and no mention is made of the core. This not only allows any fatal spell to be blocked and fatal spells cast by the wand to have that extra "kick," but also means that the wielder carries death with him in a more literal way than the average mortal. Hence, why people with the Elder Wand tend to die gruesome deaths even when they aren't being boastful about their super-fancy deathwand.
Death is a Thestral.Or rather, all thestrals are literal personifications of Death.
Death is a Thestral Animagus.An invisible creature that is strongly associated with the afterlife... sounds like Death. So, when the Peverells made the bridge, and Death created the hallows, he used one of his tail hairs to make the Elder Wand, transferred the invisiblity factor of the Thestral to his cloak, and used some random rock for resurrection stone, maybe a brooch or cut gem.
The Elder Wand can only be defeated by The Power of Love.How come Dumbledore was able to defeat Grindelwald if Grindelwald had the elder wand? Every other time the wand changed hands, subterfuge is involved; yet Dumbledore appears to have defeated Grindelwald in a standard duel. If Word of God says that Dumbledore was attracted to Grindelwald, it must be the only explanation. After all, Dumbledore knows a lot about The Power of Love when he talks about Harry's mother, so he must have had experience with it somewhere.
The Resurrection Stone builds a "ghost" based on the user's memories.Like how Priori Incantato and the Priori Incantatem effect create a shadowed image based on the effect of the most recent spell, or an imitation of the most recent people affected by a killing spell from that wand. The only difference is that the Priori Incantatem effect takes the image from the residue or backlash or whatever of the person's actual soul, but the Resurrection Stone uses as a reference the caster's memories. this is why the beings made by the resurrection Stone turn out to be extremely two-dimensional, but the shadows from Priori Incantatem are properly fleshed out and possess knowledge and habits that the people involved in the spell did not necessarily know about.
The Elder Wand was made from a branch of Yggdrasil.With the tree of life obviously representing life, and the thestral tail-hair representing death, the wand is a paradox. This may explain why it is so capricious.
The Elder Wand's duel-winning power only applies when it is being used with the intent to killIf the Elder Wand is just a +1000 wand, then we must conclude that Dumbledore is vastly more powerful than Grindelwald, having won a nigh-unbeatable wand from him, and that Voldemort is vastly more powerful than Dumbledore, having dueled him to a draw. And that's no fun. So, we assume that its true power only arises when one intends to kill, and draw the reasonable conclusion that Grindelwald was not dueling to kill, then everything makes sense again!
Neville is the master of the Elder Wand.They were wrong about which way the split in the Elder Wand's control went, and it went Snape-> Nagini->Neville. Nobody said it had to be a wizard to control the wand, and for bonus points, the presumably first non-human to control it was also female.
The Resurrection Stone is made from...
Asha from the fountain of Fair Fortune is a Werewolf.She's sickly, nothing can cure her, and she's totally the woobie.
The river in the Tale of the Three Brothers that Death crosses for the Elder wand is not the literal river that the brothers tried to cross, but a metaphor for death.Where else would Death get the styx to carve into the most lethal wand in all of existence? But puns aside, a wand from a tree beyond the veil would probably be much more potent, and definitely more resistant to "dying" from violence or old age (again), than would a wand carved from a normal (albeit very, very old) tree.
The river in the Tale of the Three Brothers is a metaphor for death.Not a literal example within the story of dying by falling into a literal river; Death probably wouldn't have cared that some random wizards thought to build a bridge and escape his grasp if fate is that easy to fight. Other wizards would likely have escaped his clutches many times if that was the case. However, if each brother used their magic to circumvent their destined deaths in much more ingenious ways, he might then choose to intervene.
The Tale of the Three Brothers is real.Sure, Xenophilius offered the alternate theory that the three brothers were just very powerful magicians who made their own cloaks and wands and rings, but it doesn't quite gel with what we know about the magic in the series already. 1. The Elder Wand: We've been told time and again that wands are only as good as the wizard who uses them, and the real power comes from the wizard who wields the wand. So why suddenly is there a wand which miraculously makes peoples' magic stronger? Unless there's something about crafting wands which was forgotten in the hundreds of years since the Elder Wand was made, then it has to have come from somewhere else, and since it couldn't have been another wizard, Death is as good an explanation as any. 2. The Ring: This is literally the only item we've come across which can do this. The Priori Incantatem spells are after images of old spells, Voldemort's appearances are all linked to his soul, because he wasn't really dead, so where exactly does this ring come from? Who has the power to bring people back from the dead, even as some sort of after-image, that stays permanently? Death. The Ring makes people stay until the user wants them to go, Priori Incantatem only lasts for as long as someone's wand is pointed at yours. 3. The Cloak: Again, we're told repeatedly that invisibility cloaks either don't make you truly invisible or don't last forever, so why is there one that makes you completely invisible and has lasted for hundreds of years? The gist is that there must be limits that human wizards and witches can't surpass when it comes to magic, no matter how skilled they are. If Dumbledore, Grindelwald, the founders of Hogwarts and more haven't been able to replicate the efforts of three wizards despite thousands of years of magical improvements, then where did these three items come from? The story of the three brothers meeting Death must be true, there isn't another explanation.
The real reason Harry survived Voldemort's curse that destroyed the Horcrux within him was his mastery of the Deathly Hallows.If the Deathly Hallows are real, then by the end of the book Harry is the master of all three - 1)He has earned and found and was the last person to use the Resurrection Stone, and even had the phantoms of his loved ones as created by the Stone with him when he was killed. 2)He owns and has in his possession the Invisibility Cloak, also given to him by Dumbledore and inherited legally from his father. 3)He has, according to the events later in the book, mastery even if not possession of the Elder Wand, which was also the wand used to kill him. Thus he is the mastery of all 3 Hallows and according to the legend the master of Death itself. Voldemort's curse didn't kill him because he could not die. He then revokes his mastery when he rejects the Wand consciously later, presumably. This also means that Dumbledore also had all 3 Hallows at some point, but I think not all at the same time, and he had only borrowed the Cloak.
Harry Potter was never the master of the Elder Wand.Draco Malfoy was the master, wand ownership transfers only with magical defeat, and perhaps also non-magical murder in the case of the Elder Wand, but not via physical wand grabbing. So why did the Elder Wand not kill him? Because it was facing another wand also owned by its master. It was Draco's wand vs. Draco's wand, and the Elder Wand realized that first (It seems more sentient than other wands) and gave up.
In the movie continuity, Neville is the master of the Elder Wand.Warning: spoilers for Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Firstly, this falls under the simple assumption that the Elder Wand doesn't work any differently than any other wand in regard to allegiance, because nothing of the sort is stated in the films to the best of my memory. Now, we've seen a number of disarmings in the movie continuity, with no mention or indication of wand allegiance. However, Ollivander does mention towards the beginning of Deathly Hallows, Part Two that Malfoy's wand is now allied to Harry's, after he defeated the former and took it. It can be extrapolated, then, that the allegiance of a wand does not come from simply taking it, but from defeating the wizard in question. In the infamous Astronomy Tower scene in The Half-Blood Prince, Malfoy merely disarmed Dumbledore; Snape killed him. In the films, as in the books, Voldemort believes that Snape is the master of the Elder Wand and has him killed. But - and this is crucial - he does not do it himself, no doubt out of fear that the Elder Wand will rebel against him to protect its true master. But rather than simply using another wand, he has Nagini kill Snape. Nagini, a living entity with as much of a human soul within it as Voldemort itself. Throughout both parts of Deathly Hallows, we see a phenomenon simply not present in the books; that Voldemort slowly falls apart as his Horcruxes are destroyed, implying that, rather than just anchoring his soul to the mortal plane, they are literally holding his body together. Cut to the end of Deathly Hallows, Part Two, and Harry and Voldemort's epic final confrontation, climaxing in a final wand stalemate broken only by Neville swiftly slaying Nagini. Voldemort barely has time to fire one last Avada Kedavra before dying, apparently by his own curse rebounding. Yet we see no apparent signs of an actual rebounded curse; nor does Avada Kedavra cause an individual to explode into confetti. It seems far more likely that Voldemort's death was due to the death of Nagini. Nor is any mastery of the Elder Wand made apparent by Harry. Oddly enough, the scene where Harry uses the wand to repair his old one is completely omitted, leaving us with a movie where Harry did not once use the Elder Wand. Why, then, should we assume he mastered it? Putting all the pieces together, it seems far more likely that Snape, who ultimately bested Dumbledore (as Malfoy certainly wasn't going to kill him or seize his wand), did become the master of the Elder Wand, until mastery was taken from him by Nagini, who had every bit as much right to hold ownership of the wand as Voldemort, thanks to the piece of a human soul within him. Finally, Neville took the life of Nagini, making him the master of the wand. Voldemort did not die because Harry was the master of the wand; he, never the wand's master, could not overcome the wand stalemate between he and Harry, which lasted until his death, at which point Harry's Expelliarmus took effect and he seized the Elder Wand. Which means that he just snapped Neville's wand in two and tossed it off a bridge. Class act, Harry.
DEATH belongs to Slytherin House
The Elder Wand is a Horcrux of Antioch Peverell.I, of course, express skepticism that the Peverell brothers actually met Death after crossing a deadly river. It is my opinion that Antioch crafted the Elder Wand, but was having issues with controlling it, as Thestral hair is very difficult to incorporate into a wand. Seeking power and control over the wand, Antioch murdered the rival wizard with the immature wand, and used the murder of his rival to seal a piece of his own soul into the Elder Wand. Euphoric from the new found power of the wand, Antioch went to the bar bragging of how he bested death (by placing his own soul into his own wand!), but did not count on being killed by non-magical means. Without any loyal followers to restore his body, his soul fragment lives on in the wand, accounting for its power, the ability to do magic considered impossible, and the unusual characteristic of transferring loyalty to the wizard who overpowers the previous owner.
The Veil in the Department of Mysteries is the last of Death's mortal presence.The stone dias is the last remaining piece of the ancient bridge the Peverells made to cross the river Styx (obviously related to the above WMG about the river). Somehow, somewhere down the line, he was caught by the Wizards' Council, and with a complex series of spells, trapped between the realms of the living and the dead, leaving only the last of his tattered veil. The Department of Mysteries, and consequently, the Ministry of Magic, was developed to keep an eye on Death's cage, and scientifically benefit from this hole in reality.
Beatrix Bloxam's uncle Nobby is the local equivalent to Discworld's Corporal Cecil Wormsborough St. John Nobbs, aka Nobby.Nobby himself is already unpleasant to look at when fully clothed, but having to imagine him naked with an old crone and Comic Sutra implements? Little wonder she was traumatized by the "ghastly details of the dreadfully unsavory affair of my uncle Nobby, the local hag and a sack of Bouncing Bulbs".
J.K. Rowling included the ban on theatrical productions at Hogwarts as a Take That at School Play fanfiction.Come on, Dumbledore even says in his commentary that one of the reasons the Fountain of Fair Fortune play turned out so badly was because of a Love Triangle with the actors, and pretty much the entire point of the School Play fanfic is to force the author's favorite ship together by making them play characters who fall in love.