The Tale of the Three Brothers

HarryturnedtolookatRonandHermione.NeitherofthemseemedtohaveunderstoodwhatXenophiliushadsaideither.

“TheDeathlyHallows?”

“That’sright,”saidXenophilius.“Youhaven’theardofthem?I’mnotsurprised.Very,veryfewwizardsbelieve.Witnessthatknuckle-headedyoungmanatyourbrother’swedding,”henoddedatRon,“whoattackedmeforsportingthesymbolofawell-knownDarkwizard!Suchignorance.ThereisnothingDarkabouttheHallows—atleastnotinthatcrudesense.Onesimplyusesthesymboltorevealoneselftootherbelievers,inthehopethattheymighthelponewiththeQuest.”

HestirredseverallumpsofsugarintohisGurdyrootinfusionanddranksome.

“I’msorry,”saidHarry,“Istilldon’treallyunderstand.”

Tobepolite,hetookasipfromhiscuptoo,andalmostgagged:Thestuffwasquitedisgusting,asthoughsomeonehadliquidizedbogey-flavoredEveryFlavorBeans.

“Well,yousee,believersseektheDeathlyHallows,”saidXenophilius,smackinghislipsinapparentappreciationoftheGurdyrootinfusion.

“ButwhataretheDeathlyHallows?”askedHermione.

Xenophiliussetasidehisemptyteacup.

“IassumethatyouarefamiliarwithTheTaleoftheThreeBrothers?”

Harrysaid,“No,”butRonandHermionebothsaid,“Yes.”

Xenophiliusnoddedgravely.

“Well,well,Mr.

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