Today, I had an epiphany. If you don't know what an epiphany is, I recommend watching The Simpsons Movie. About this epiphany, I have come up with a fascinating theory about the Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. People have said that he is an elderly Ron Weasley, that he's gay (confirmed by J.K. Rowling herself), and many more; but I have a new theory:
Dumbledore is The Grim Reaper a.k.a. Death. Now hear me out, I do have some evidence to back me up here. I assure you, I haven't come empty handed, so time to begin. Spoilers are ahead of course, also, if you haven't read the books but have seen the movies, there will be some information that will be new to you here.
The Deathly Hallows are the three most powerful items in the wizarding world. They were created by Death and given to the Peverell brothers. The first brother died after obtaining a powerful wand which gave him the ego that drove a man to kill him. The second brother resurrected his dead wife but was driven insane by her unhappiness and he killed himself. The third brother found a way to hide from Death, using the invisibility cloak, and died of old age where he greeted Death as an old friend.
An almost proven theory of the Deathly Hallows is that Voldemort represents the first brother, Snape represents the second, and Harry Potter represents the third. Voldemort became drunk with power and got himself killed by his ego. Snape died for the one he loved, Lily Potter née Evans. Harry outsmarted Death until he went out on his own terms at the hands of Voldemort to destroy the horcrux inside him.
So where does Dumbledore fit into all of this? The three items mentioned earlier are the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility. We'll start off with the Resurrection Stone.
The stone was put in a ring that belonged to Voldemort's grandfather, which Voldemort obtained later without knowing its true power. Dumbledore eventually obtained this ring which had become a horcrux and purged it of the curse. Before he died, Dumbledore put it inside a snitch and left it to Harry in his will. The theory doesn't make sense quite yet because we have a little to go.
The Elder Wand had come into the possession of the wand maker, Gregorovitch. It was stolen from him by Grindelwald, who would become the second most infamous wizard in history. Dumbledore obtained the wand after a duel with Grindelwald and kept it with him until he died. Voldemort eventually grave robbed him of the wand. Starting to see a pattern yet?
And last but not least, the Cloak. Harry's father, James, had come to possess it at some point. He used it for many misdeeds during his childhood until he gave it away to guess who, DUMBLEDORE. Dumbledore decided it would be best for Harry to have it and gave it to him as a gift in his first year.
Starting to See a Pattern?
Unless this is all one big coincidence, something is definitely going on here. Dumbledore has been in possession of all three Deathly Hallows but gave them away, something that Death has in common with him.
So it could just all be a big coincidence. Fortunately, I have one last piece of evidence, the icing on the cake I shall call it. If all of this hasn't convinced you yet, perhaps this will.
As said before, Harry is the third brother who had greeted Death as an old friend. This could be interpreted simply that Harry was ready to die, but perhaps it is something much deeper. Who is the first person that Harry meets after he dies? Apart from that weird Voldemort fetus, it's DUMBLEDORE. Dumbledore is an old friend of Harry's who greeted him when he died, the final parallel he has with Death.
What does this mean for Dumbledore's childhood? Doesn't really make sense when you put that into the equation. Unless you consider Death a lot like the title of the Heir of Slytherin. The original Death granted a wizard in the far future the title of Death, whose destiny it is to give away the Deathly Hallows, so it may lead to that person's doom. Of course, Dumbledore has his own morals with him and used the Deathly Hallows to help humanity the best way possible and succeeded.
That's all I've got for you. If you still don't believe me, that's fine. It's pretty outlandish, even considering the evidence. I must admit, I do like the time-traveling elderly Ron theory, so you can believe what you want.