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Magic at its deepest, its most impenetrable

by David Haber

At the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore describes the life that Peter Pettigrew owes Harry as "magic at its deepest, it's most impenetrable". But who else the in Harry Potter books might owe Harry a life ? And are life and Unbreakable Vows related?

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There's one other person who owes life s... Harry owes a life to someone who saved his life. Lily Potter, harry's mother. Interesting, if you think that life s can be inherited... wouldn't Harry owe himself a life ?

Posted by xuanji from Singapore on November 9, 2006 01:44 AM

So, the question could be, is some one who owes a life magically bound, or morally bound?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 9, 2006 10:11 AM

Or some combination of both?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 9, 2006 10:13 AM

So could an amoral person, like Pettigrew, resist the moral component of a life ? If one exsists.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 10, 2006 06:31 AM

Pettigrew's hand was severed and placed in the cauldron in which Voldemort rose afresh. As was Harry's blood. Therefore Pettigrew's hand is inside Voldemort... which means Voldemort holds his blood, which means Voldemort in turn owes Harry the life .
This could be extremely telling in Book Seven.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 11, 2006 2:50 PM

Wow Koby, I think you hit the jackpot. That could be why Dumbledore had the "triumphant glint in his eye!" That is the best reason I have yet heard. Dumbledore would be extremely happy if Voldey owed HP a life . What does everybody else think?

Posted by Mark H from US on November 11, 2006 6:18 PM

i think that voldy owes harry a life
there fore voldy needs to to save harry,
snape knows this goes to harry, s harry, voldemort could have saved him and then s like UV style, however should'nt a UV be unforgivable as it s the person who does it? confused? i am

Posted by joe from hogwarts scotland on November 12, 2006 12:46 PM

Well, I am definitely confused. I think that Pettigrew's blood in Voldey's veins is significant in that it possibly secures Harry's survival in the final and ultimate duel.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 12, 2006 2:16 PM

Umm...I don't think that since Pettigrew's hand is now in Voldemort, he owes a life to Harry. If that's true then, Harry's blood (which is now also in Voldemort and holds the magical power of Lily's sacrifice), makes Harry himself owe a life to Voldemort.

As Xuanji pointed out, "There's one other person who owes life s... Harry owes a life to someone who saved his life. Lily Potter, harry's mother. Interesting, if you think that life s can be inherited... wouldn't Harry owe himself a life ?"

I'm sure that even if Harrry s in the seventh book (please please please no) he's definitely not going to owe Voldemort a life .

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on November 13, 2006 06:52 AM

A life isn't something you owe, it is love and protection from that person trying to you. The way Harry's body burns people who try to or harm him - Quirrell, Uncle Vernon - is Lily's protection in his blood. (Interesting that it is fire related) It doesn't seem to be just the act of ing a threatening person, it seems to only happen when that person sacrifices themselves, or puts themselves in such danger as they could be sacrificed (so maybe James saved Snape at a time when he hadn't perfected the art of becoming an animagus) Or in the case of Harry saving Pettigrew, he stood between the ers - Lupin & Sirius, and Pettigrew to save him from . As a matter of fact, all three life s in the books are literally
when the person stands in front of the threatened person to save them.

Dumbledore refered to love and sacrifice as deep magic - I think even muggles can relate to that! - so magic must happen between these people in this particular situation that is not controlled by anyone, it just happens. Not when people are just in combat.

You have a good point about Pettigrew's hand since it could transfer protection to Harry. It could also be Harry's blood that offers the same protection or maybe now both. Maybe Voldemort's ing curse wouldn't have worked against Harry in the graveyard, but we don't know that because of the wands connecting?

So many questions! I just wish she would finish the book!

Posted by Raow from Petaluma, CA on November 13, 2006 11:03 AM

Did DD tell Harry his mothers sacrifice left her protection in his skin, his blood, or am I just completely wrong?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 13, 2006 11:22 AM

That makes no sense. Harry doesn't owe anyone a life . Lily and James d uningly, which creates a life to Harry from Pettigrew, who is the reason they are . Lily Potter d ingly for Harry, inw hich case Harry is clear. It also makes no sense that Harry owes himself a life . You can't owe yourself something.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 13, 2006 12:25 PM

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