It’s official, I’ve finally acquired ink. For this, I am beyond excited.
“There is nothing Dark about the Hallows – at least, not in that crude sense.
One simply uses the symbol to reveal oneself to other believers, in the hope that they might help one with the Quest.”
The story behind The Deathly Hallows, was penned by J. K. Rowling, in the Tales of Beetle the Bard, as the story The Tale of Three Brothers. In the second installment of The Deathly Hallows movie, they did the above animation, which I truly love.
For those not interested in the story, I’ve included it below.
“There were once three brothers who were traveling along a lonely, winding road at twilight. In time, the brothers reached a river too deep to wade through and too dangerous to swim across.. However, these brothers were learned in the magical arts, and so they simply waved their wands and made a bridge appear across the treacherous water. They were halfway across it when they found their path blocked by a hooded figure.
And Death spoke to them. He was angry that he had been cheated out of three new victims, for travelers usually drowned in the river. But Death was cunning. He pretended to congratulate the three brothers upon their magic and said that each had earned a prize for having been clever enough to evade him.
So the oldest brother, who was a combative man, asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence: a wand that must always win duels for its owner, a wand worthy of a wizard who had conquered Death! So Death crossed to an elder tree on the banks of the river, fashioned a wand from a branch that hung there, and gave it to the oldest brother.
Then the second brother, who was an arrogant man, decided that he wanted to humiliate Death still further, and asked for the power to recall others from Death. So Death picked up a stone from the riverbank and gave it to the second brother, and told him that the stone would have the power to bring back the dead.
And then Death asked the third and youngest brother what he would like. The youngest brother was the humblest and also the wisest of the brothers, and he did not trust Death. So he asked for something that would enable him to go forth from that place without being followed by Death. And death, most unwillingly, handed over his own Cloak of Invisibility.
Then Death stood aside and allowed the three brothers to continue on their way, and they did so, talking with wonder of the adventure they had had, and admiring Death’s gifts. In due course the brothers separated, each for his own destination.
The first brother traveled on for a week or more, and reaching a distant village, sought out a fellow wizard with whom he had a quarrel. Naturally with the Elder Wand as his weapon, he could not fail to win the duel that followed. Leaving his enemy dead upon the floor, the oldest brother proceeded to an inn, where he boasted loudly of the powerful wand he had snatched from Death himself, and of how it made him invincible.
That very night, another wizard crept upon the oldest brother as he lay, wine-sodden, upon his bed. The thief took the wand and, for good measure, slit the oldest brother’s throat.
And so Death took the first brother for his own.
Meanwhile, the second brother journeyed to his own home, where he lived alone. Here he took out the stone that had the power to recall the dead, and turned it thrice in his hand. To his amazement and his delight, the figure of the girl he had once hoped to marry, before her untimely death, appeared at once before him.
Yet she was sad and cold, separated from him as by a veil. Though she had returned to the mortal world, she did not truly belong there and suffered. Finally the second brother, driven mad with hopeless longing, killed himself so as truly to join her.
And so Death took the second brother for his own.
But though Death searched for the third brother for many years, he was never able to find him. It was only when he had attained a great age that the youngest brother finally took off the Cloak of Invisibility and gave it to his son. And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter Twenty-One
While the story is terrifying, in all the right ways, it teaches you several things, things that I feel are important to explain the meaning of my first tattoo.
- The first brother, with the Elder Wand, was greedy and desired power. It killed him, quickly.
This explains the understanding to not be greedy, or to desire more power than you’re given. Or, that if you are blessed with power and money, to use them wisely.
- The second brother, with the Resurrection Stone, wanted to recover what was lost. Although he did this to steal further from Death, it only took him to Death.
Knowing that wanting the past to be the future, only makes you, as a person, more upset, depressed, and it only causes yourself more pain.
- The third brother, with the Cloak of Invisibility, only wished to not be followed by Death, knowing that he and his brothers had cheated him. While humble, he only asked for something (relatively) simple.
Before anyone assumes I didn’t think about this before getting it, because it did kind of ‘come out of nowhere.’
I did move on it quite quickly, but I have been considering what I wanted for a few weeks, or I guess a few months at this point…
I finally made my decision, and not just on the design, but the placement.
It’s not going anywhere.