So you’ve read the title, and you probably know what this is about. Its definitely one of the more controversial post on this blog. But here is the facts: I don’t like the deathly hallows symbol. I’ll put my disclaimer first, then get further into why, exactly, this is. Warning: this post won’t mean much to you unless you’ve either read or know what happens in the seventh Harry Potter book, though there are no explicit spoilers.
I love the Harry Potter books. I grew up on them. I love the way that friendship is such a major factor. I love that Harry is flawed and really. I love the level of detail. I like that Voldemort is a villain with a backstory. I don’t like the Deathly Hallows symbol.
I can understand why people wear it, though. I see it everywhere- on shirts and t-shirts, posters, and even tattoos (well, pictures of tattoos). It’s easy to draw- triangle, circle, line. It’s an easy, and unobtrusive way to express your fandom. Which is fine. But it is one of the few symbols that JK Rowling has provided, and it’s overused. Of course there are other ways to show fandomness- but the deathly Hallows is simple and easy.
It’s not that I don’t like the symbol. I honestly don’t care about the Illuminati. I just don’t like what it represents. This probably has something to to with my personal beliefs surrounding immortality, but in the books, we don’t see that the items- at least, the items combined- as positive. The invisibility cloak is fine, but how many times did Harry (and James, and probably James’ father) getting into trouble, and possibly danger, because of it. There’s the scene with throwing mud at Malfoy and going up to the third floor corridor or the top of the Astronomy tower, and sneaking out. All the time. Then there is the Resurrections stone. Aside from it and Dumbledore, which is all spoilers, we know from the story that it drives people to the point of obsession and longing, and at least in legend, suicide. The Elder wand is obviously bad in a lot of ways. Hundreds (at least allegedly) of people have died because of it, and two of those characters are mentioned by name. The power it holds corrupts absolutely.
And then there is what the symbol represents as a whole. Xenophilius Lovegood may wear it as another element of it’s quirkiness, but it is strongly associated with many evil wizards, including, eventually, Voldemort. The quest for immortality is actually a bad thing, and in the end, several of Harry Potters’ major characters were able to acknowledged that. It represents that most evil sort of life (if there is a spectrum of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ life)- the life that does not die when it is over. With the dates provided by JK Rowling, we can figure out that Voldmort is really old. To me, the ultimate fandom symbol- the Deathly Hallows- is an evil thing. Sure, it’s cool and magical and Harry Potter, but I don’t like it.
I would so love to hear your opinions on this. Tell me your thoughts in the comments!