All Harry Potter fans know the tale of the three brothers who possessed the Deathly Hallows. In short, the three Peverell brothers met Death and gained the Deathly Hallows from him: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak.
However, I stumbled upon an awesome fan theory that gives a new viewpoint on the beautiful symmetry within the Potterverse:
Voldemort, Snape, and Harry are amazingly similar to the Peverells.
Tom Riddle is obsessed with power, like the first brother
Voldemort is an analogue to the first brother, Antioch Peverell, who demanded the Elder Wand so that no other could defeat him. Voldemort chases power and mastery over other magic folk but -- like Antioch -- Death eventually claims him.
Snape mourns a lost love, like the second brother
Snape is channeling the second brother, Cadmus Peverell, who grasped the Resurrection Stone from Death to try to restore life to his deceased love. While Voldemort chases power, Snape is motivated by his love for Lily, just like Cadmus.
Harry greets death as an old friend, like the third brother
The third brother, Ignotus Peverell, knew he couldn't cheat Death and didn't try to. He asked for the Invisibility Cloak, hiding from Death until it was his time - just like Harry. When the moment comes, Harry is ready to face death. In not desperately trying to avoid Death, he keeps safe -- just like Ignotus.
Voldemort, Snape, Harry = Analogues of the Peverells
Also, Dumbledore taught all three in the same sequence as Death met the Peverells...
OK, got it? It gets even better. Dumbledore is even more of a complex analogue.
Dumbledore is all three...
In his youth, he hungered for power
Can you imagine young Dumbledore, testing the limits of his powers, marauding around with Grindelwald and seeing what he can achieve in the headiness of youth?
Then, he suffered terrible heartbreak
His sister dies, and this is something Dumbledore carries through his whole life. It's possibly the greatest testimony to Dumbledore's character that he never tries to bring her back, though he has the power to do so.
He cheats Death many times until he welcomes it as an old friend
Dumbledore has had the Invisibility Cloak for years although, as he tells us, 'I don't need a cloak to become invisible.' When he faces death, he's ready.
Dumbledore the only one to possess all three Deathly Hallows
He got the Elder Wand from Grindelwald, found the Stone inside the Gaunt ring and got the Cloak after the death of James and Lily Potter. If you wanna be super precise about it, he borrowed Harry's cloak in The Half Blood Prince, so he even even possessed them all at the same time.
Personally, I like this theory because it's an admiration of the beautiful symmetry that runs through the Harry Potter books, rather than some earth-shattering claim.
And, y'know, 'cause I think Dumbledore is awesome and I can't get enough of hearing about him! What do you guys think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.