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JK Rowling finally reveals the inspiration for the Deathly Hallows symbol

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As with every aspect of the Harry Potter series, the Deathly Hallows have gone through a fair amount of analysis over the years since the book was released.

They are such an intriguing concept, with so many layers of depth and detail. And Harry Potter fans can finally rejoice, as J.K. Rowling has finally revealed a solid inspiration behind the now-iconic symbol.

In the new BBC documentary 'The History of Magic', Rowling detailed how watching a rerun of the 1975 adaptation of 'The Man Who Would Be King' planted some roots in her brain and unintentionally prompted the conception of Deathly Hallows logo. At the time, Rowling happened to hear about the passing of her mother, and the author feels that her subconscious drew special significance from the film as a result.



“It was literally twenty years later that I looked at the Sign of the Deathly Hallows and realised how similar they were” she said of the masonic icon. “When I saw the movie again and saw the Masonic symbol, I went cold all over and I thought, ‘Is that why the Hallows symbol is what it is?'” Rowling said.

“And I’ve got a feeling that, on some deep, subconscious level, they are connected. So I feel as though I worked my way back over 20 years to that night, because the Potter series is hugely about loss, and – I’ve said this before – if my mother hadn’t died I think the stories would be utterly different and not what they are.

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

The documentary in which this tidbit was discovered was created to coincide with the exhibition 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic', which runs from 20 October 2017 - 28 February 2018 at The British Library.

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