Things You Didn't Know About The Deathly Hallows

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The Deathly Hallows are among the most popular aspects of the Harry Potter series. The books offer a more detailed backstory of the Hallows than the movies, but J.K. Rowling's reveals have coninued to provide more information since the series' end. The Invisibility Cloak, Resurrection Stone, and Elder Wand all have rich histories. A deeper dive into their backstories reveals both the function of these objects and their true purpose.

Learning about the important details of the Deathly Hallows may change the way fans see the magical objects.


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    The Elder Wand's Core Is Made From Thestral Hair

    The Elder Wand's Core Is Made From Thestral Hair
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Elder Wand's core ingredient has come to light even if its exact functions aren't known. The wand is made of elder wood, which isn't too unique; however, it's the core that stands out. The Elder Wand contains Thestral hair as the basis of its power.

    Thestrals are considered bad omens by people of the Wizarding World, and the fact that a hair from this magical creature is the driving force behind the most powerful Deathly Hallow wasn't known even to someone like Garrick Ollivander. It makes sense for the wand's core to be made of Thestral hair due to the beings' connection to death.

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    The Marauders Used The Invisibility Cloak To Map Hogwarts

    The Marauders Used The Invisibility Cloak To Map Hogwarts
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    None of Harry's adventures around Hogwarts using the Marauder's Map would have been successful without the Deathly Hallows - Harry's father needed the Invisibility Cloak to create the map. The Marauders had to physically be present in locations around Hogwarts to enter them on the map, and they were able to do so by hiding in plain sight.

    The friends used the Invisibility Cloak to gain access to locations they weren't allowed to enter. The Invisibility Cloak also enabled them to enter places like the Shrieking Shack, where they accompanied Remus Lupin, thus setting up all the events of the series. 

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    Harry Fulfilled The Purpose Of The Deathly Hallows By Becoming The Master Of Death

    Harry Fulfilled The Purpose Of The Deathly Hallows By Becoming The Master Of Death
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Unlike Horcruxes, the purpose of the Deathly Hallows isn't to live forever. The person meant to unite the Hallows is known as the Master of Death, but this has a deeper meaning. The true Master of Death is one who accepts the inevitability of death and doesn't seek to use the Deathly Hallows to escape it.

    Harry possesses each Hallow at a certain point but is never tempted to abuse their power by committing atrocities. Ultimately, Harry fulfilled the purpose of the Deathly Hallows by reuniting them and letting the magic behind them perish. 

    Fittingly, the Deathly Hallows cease to exist after Harry comes across them because the Resurrection Stone will never be found, while the Elder Wand's magic will end once Harry passes.

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    The Elder Wand Is Much Longer Than Normal Wands

    The Elder Wand Is Much Longer Than Normal Wands
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Wand sizes vary but are generally between 9 and 14 inches in length. Shorter wands are said to be indicative of something that lacks in a witch or wizard; Peter Pettigrew and Dolores Umbridge are examples. On the other hand, the Elder Wand is unique for its greater length.

    The wand is described as 16 inches in length and is also distinctive for its thin look that makes the nodules stand out. It's likely that the Thestral hair in the core is the reason why the wand is longer than others. Elder wood is supposed to be reserved for the most difficult wands to command, and this also factors in to the Elder Wand's appearance.

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    The Resurrection Stone Was Permanently Damaged After Its Horcrux Was Destroyed

    The Resurrection Stone Was Permanently Damaged After Its Horcrux Was Destroyed
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Deathly Hallows can be destroyed by using advanced magic, and the Resurrection Stone very nearly met its end when Dumbledore eliminated the Horcrux. Voldemort, unaware of the Resurrection Stone, had turned Marvolo Gaunt's ring into a Horcrux, thus making the Hallow a receptacle. 

    Destroying the object that contains a soul is the only way to ensure the Horcrux is finished, so Dumbledore used the Sword of Gryffindor on the Resurrection Stone. Incredibly, its magic remained intact - the Hallow can still be accessed, but it was left with a permanent crack. This fracturing of the Resurrection Stone could never be repaired, as the Horcrux's destruction permanently damaged it.

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    The Elder Wand Isn't Truly Unbeatable

    The Elder Wand Isn't Truly Unbeatable
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Fans have raised eyebrows over Albus Dumbledore's victory over Gellert Grindelwald because of the latter's possession of the unbeatable wand. In truth, the wand has never guaranteed a victory - it simply enhances the capabilities of its possessor. 

    The Elder Wand is inherently powerful, which allows it to win just about every duel, but it will submit to wizards who have greater skill. Albus Dumbledore isn't even the first wizard to accomplish this task - the honor belongs to Egbert the Egregious, who defeated Emeric the Evil to take possession of the wand.