Harry Potter author JK Rowling reveals the heartbreaking inspiration behind the Deathly Hallows Symbol

HARRY Potter is a bit of a British institution, packed with more magic and mystery than you can shake a wand at.

The series finished with The Deathly Hallows, named after the three most powerful magical objects in the Harry Potter universe.

 The Deathly Hallows symbol features in the final instalment of the main Harry Potter series

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The Deathly Hallows symbol features in the final instalment of the main Harry Potter series

Many of us – whether we’re fans of the series or not – will recognise the symbol for the Deathly Hallows: a triangle with a struck-through circle in it.

In the films, the symbol has been explained as representing the three objects which make up the Hallows: the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone and the Elder Wand.

However, the inspiration for this iconic insignia came from a place far darker, and far more real, than anyone would imagine.

Author JK Rowling revealed in a new BBC documentary that the symbol is connected to a masonic emblem in a film which came out over 40 years ago.

 The Hallows symbol is a reference to the three most powerful objects in the Harry Potter world

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The Hallows symbol is a reference to the three most powerful objects in the Harry Potter world
 The triangular emblem is actually eerily similar to a Masonic symbol from The Man Who Would be King

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The triangular emblem is actually eerily similar to a Masonic symbol from The Man Who Would be King

An eerily similar icon appears in 1975 flick The Man Who Would be King, used to represent the Freemasons.

The Harry Potter creator explained that she was watching the film and drawing the character Professor Sprout when she received the call that her mother had died, and that something must have sunk in on a “subconscious level.”

In the doc, Harry Potter and the History of Magic, she says: “The Masonic symbol is very important in that movie.

“The reason I can be incredibly precise about when I drew this is that at some point when I was drawing the picture and watching the movie, my mother died.”

 JK Rowling revealed that she was watching the film when she was told that her mother had died - leaving an imprint on her subconscious

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JK Rowling revealed that she was watching the film when she was told that her mother had died – leaving an imprint on her subconscious

She said that she went on to re-watch the film, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine, years later, and was stunned when she saw the Masonic symbol again.

Rowling adds: “I looked at the sign of the Deathly Hallows and realised how similar they are.

“I’ve got a feeling that on some deep subconscious level, they are connected.

“The Potter series is hugely about loss. If my mother hadn’t died, I think the stories would be utterly different and not what they are.”

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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