[WARNING: This post contains mild SPOILERS for those who have not read the last Harry Potter book. If you’ve seen the second-to-last movie, you’ll be fine. Enjoy!]
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows has its very own Inception style book-within-a-book – Tales of Beedle the Bard. Written by Beedle the Bard, one of the fictional authors from the Harry Potter universe, the Tales are a moralistic collection of stories wizards would have read as children. In the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione learn that in one of the Bard’s stories, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” a deeper meaning may be found.
From Tales of Beedle the Bard written by the fictional author Beedle the Bard as excerpted from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows -
“The Tale of the Three Brothers”
“There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight. In time, the brothers reached a river, too treacherous to pass. But being learned in the magical arts, the three brothers simply waved their wands and made a bridge. Before they could cross however, they found their path blocked by a hooded figure, it was Death, and he felt cheated. Cheated because travellers would normally drown in the river. But Death was cunning. He pretended to congratulate the three brothers on their magic, and said that each had earned a prize for being clever enough to evade him.
The oldest, asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence. So, Death fashioned him one from an Elder Tree that stood nearby.
The second brother, decided that he wanted to humiliate Death even further, and asked for the power to recall loved ones from the grave. So Death plucked a stone from the river, and offered it to him.
Finally, Death turned to the third brother. A humble man, he asked for something that would allow him to go forth from that place without being followed by Death. And so it was that Death reluctantly handed over his own Cloak of Invisibility.
The first brother travelled to a distant village, where with the elder wand in hand, he killed a wizard with whom he had once quarrelled. Drunk, with the power that the Elder Wand had given him, he bragged of his invincibility. But that night, another wizard stole the wand, and slit the brothers throat for good measure. And so, Death took the first brother for his own.
The second brother journeyed to his home, where he took the stone and turned it thrice in hand. To his delight, the girl he had once hoped to marry before her untimely death appeared before him. Yet soon she turned sad, and cold for she did not belong in the mortal world. Driven mad with hopeless longing, the second brother hung himself, so as to join her. And so, Death took the second brother.
As for the third brother, Death searched for many years, but was never able to find him. Only when he attained a great age did the youngest brother shed the Cloak of Invisibility, and give it to his son. He then greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, departing this life, as equals.”
The three objects introduced in “The Tale of the Three Brothers” are known to be the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand is the most powerful wand in existence, the Resurrection Stone has a power over death, and the Cloak of Invisibility has the ability to hide the wearer from Death himself. Whoever possesses these three objects together is believed to become the “Master of Death.”
Become your own Master of Death by uniting the Deathly Hallows together in this Harry Potter tribute cocktail, a The Nerdista Original!
Cocktail Recipe: The Deathly Hallows
- 2 oz. pear vodka, well chilled in freezer
- 2 oz. brut champagne
- 1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liquor
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 sugar cube
For your Cloak of Invisibility, pour 2 ounces of pre-chilled pear flavored vodka and 2 ounces brut champagne into a cocktail glass.
For your Elder Wand, pour one ounce St. Germain elderflower liquor into the glass, use the cinnamon stick to stir the cocktail so the mixture is infused with cinnamon, then leave the cinnamon stick in the glass as a garnish.
Finally for your Resurrection Stone, drop one sugar cube into the bottom of the glass.
Enjoy! <3 The Nerdista