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Are Hallows and Horcruxes connected to Celtic mythology?

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Author J.K. Rowling has openly stated that parts of the Harry Potter books are based upon Celtic and British mythology, as well as Greek myth and the Bible. Hallowed items are very common parts of the folklore and mythology of the British Isles, with variances on the tale from place to place. The Irish-Celtic tradition tells a story of an ancient race of people who brought Four Treasures from the Otherworld to the island of Ireland. Among these Four Treasures are two items which have counterparts in the Deathly Hallows myth—the stone and the wand. The Stone of Destiny is supposed to "cry out" whenever the true King of Ireland is nearby, and the Spear of Lugh is an unbeatable weapon. The Resurrection Stone, of the Harry Potter series, does not have the same abilities as the Stone of Destiny, but it is quite probable that Rowling liked the idea of a magical stone and incorporated it into her work. The Elder Wand is plainly drawn from the Spear of Lugh, and variations on the myth...

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