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The Cloak of Invisibility, one of the three Deathly Hallows, would be a very handy thing to have in real life. But if there was truly only one, who would have it? Who would inherit it and how? What is the original story behind this Hallow?
Harry was given the Cloak of Invisibility by Albus Dumbledore as a Christmas gift. It was an anonymous present waiting for him on Christmas morning. However, Harry spent years using it for fun and adventuring while breaking the rules before he realized it was a Deathly Hollow. The cloak never really belonged to Dumbledore because Harry’s father inherited it and only borrowed it from Albus.
If you like to know more, and we certainly think you do, here is a chance to catch up with the entire story of how the cloak got into Harry’s hands and how was it even created.
1. Who gave Harry Potter the Cloak of Invisibility?
The Cloak was rightfully Harry’s and was retained by him after Lord Voldemort’s defeat as Ignotus’ last remaining descendant. Harry vowed to pass it down to his children one day, just as his forefathers had.
Dumbledore got Harry Potter the Cloak of Invisibility as a Christmas gift a decade after his father’s death, and advised him to “use it well.”
As the Cloak of Invisibility assisted Harry on numerous travels and adventures, particularly his hunt for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, this would be one piece of advice he would use quite well throughout his school life and beyond.
It wasn’t until 1998 that Harry discovered the true origins of his Invisibility Cloak and its real identity as the Cloak of Invisibility, as mentioned in the Deathly Hallows tale.
The Cloak of Invisibility is particularly potent. It is impervious to jinxes, hexes, and other spells that would ordinarily harm or make an invisibility cloak useless.
A Death Eater’s Summoning Charm, for example, had no effect on eliminating the Cloak of Invisibility just before the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, while Harry, Ron, and Hermione were huddled beneath it.
It has also remained entirely successful throughout its seven-century existence, unlike other cloaks, which lose their power over time. It was unaffected by even the Thief’s Downfall.
2. How did Harry Potter’s dad get the Cloak of Invisibility?
Ignotus’ son got the Cloak of Invisibility. Ignotus’ son had no male heirs, so his eldest daughter, Iolanthe, took over.
The male line of the Peverells died around this time, but the heirloom was passed down through the female line, the Potters since Iolanthe had married Hardwin Potter from Stinchcombe.
The Cloak ultimately ended up with Henry Potter, a Wizengamot member, who handed it on to his eldest son Fleamont in the twentieth century. Fleamont was the grandson of Harry Potter’s father, James Potter.
James used and preserved the Cloak of Invisibility throughout his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Albus Dumbledore noticed the Cloak of Invisibility when James revealed it to him around the time Lord Voldemort was chasing the Potters for their son.
Dumbledore, who had searched for the Deathly Hallows as a child, begged James to lend him the Cloak so he could study it. The Cloak was left in Dumbledore’s possession after James was killed.
3. Why did James Potter give Dumbledore the Cloak of Invisibility?
Dumbledore suspected it was one of the Deathly Hallows and wished to confirm it.
He wanted to borrow it to inspect it, and he believed the Potters were safe under the Fidelius’ defense.
The unique and special Invisibility Cloak, which makes the wearer invisible, symbolizes the need to break the rules in order to do what is right.
The Cloak belonged to Harry’s father, James, but it came into Dumbledore’s custody after James died, and it is Dumbledore who secretly gives it to Harry.
Albus also just tried to keep James out of trouble and most likely hinted as much to him.
For his part, James may have felt that keeping temptation out of his hands wasn’t such a bad idea, releasing the cloak with the excuse that it was only for research purposes and was only temporary.
We know Dumbledore wanted to see what he thought was a Hallow, but James doesn’t seem to be aware of this. Even later, he felt perfectly safe in his own home, and he didn’t need the cloak as long as the Fedalius Charm worked.
And the thing is, getting the cloak wouldn’t have made a difference that night. James and Lily were caught off guard, as they were relaxing at home and preparing Harry for bed.
James didn’t even have his wand with him, so if the cloak was in another room, he couldn’t have summoned it.
4. Can Dumbledore see through the Cloak of Invisibility?
Dumbledore is a very powerful wizard, but even he has limits. He should not be able to see through the cloak. Although J.K. Rowling mentioned he used a spell when „seeing“ Harry and Ron at Hagrid’s, it would go against everything she wrote on the cloak!
Maybe she was in a hurry or was not thinking at that moment. But we have a different idea. And a simpler one at that.
Dumbledore also used reasoning to figure out where Harry was. We all remember these situations at the Mirror of Erised and in Hagrid’s cabin.
Dumbledore positioned the mirror specifically for Harry to discover, and most likely set up the situation to force Harry into the room.
Dumbledore was expecting Harry, so he could have guessed when he heard the door open and footsteps that Harry had entered the room and stood in front of the mirror. Harry most likely removed his cloak once inside the room, and Dumbledore noticed him.
And then there was Hagrid’s cottage. Dumbledore noted the two extra teacups, as well as other signs of a visitor.
Dumbledore is aware that only three pupils pay visits to Hagrid, and only one of them has an invisibility cloak. Looking around the corner was also a good guess.
Dumbledore expected them to move as far away from the door as possible, so he looked to the farthest corner.
If there are any other exceptions, I’m sure Dumbledore’s keen perception and understanding that only Harry has a perfect invisibility cloak can explain them.
Dumbledore was a smart man, a wise and experienced wizard with great intuition. He could sense magic and its traits, but it is unlikely he was able to use a simple Homonum Revelio and see under the cloak when even Death could not.
5. Is Harry’s Cloak of Invisibility a Deathly Hallow?
The Cloak of Invisibility is a magical item that makes the wearer invisible and is among the legendary Deathly Hallows.
It was the third and last Hallow produced in “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” allegedly by Death himself.
Legend has it that whoever combines this with the other two Hallows (the Elder Wand and the Resurrection Stone) will become the Master of Death.
This was the only known invisibility cloak that would not decline with age and also provide the wearer with eternal immunity, which no other invisibility cloak could.
As a result, it was the only Hallow believed to have been passed down properly down the generations since Ignotus’ time.
It was passed down to Harry Potter in 1991, who used it to great success in the Second Wizarding War and decided to pass it down to his children.
Three brothers were out traveling the country together, according to The Tales of Beedle the Bard – “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” a wizarding fairytale. They came across a river that was both too deep to wade and too dangerous to swim across.
As a result, the siblings used magic to create a bridge. When Death came and spoke to them, they were in the middle of the bridge. Death enraged that they had outwitted him, gave each brother a “prize” for outwitting him.
As the final of the Hallows, the Cloak of Invisibility is depicted as a broad triangle encompassing the circle and the line intersecting at their very center; and as the only one to be appropriately regarded as an heirloom, the Cloak of Invisibility appears to reflect survival at best.
Because the artifact is the only one of the Hallows whose authority can be shared by two or more individuals at the same time, it may also embody a certain spirit of goodness.