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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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I'm pretty sure Draco owes his life to Severus, because Dumbledore didn't really take the pressure off of him, Snape did because Snape ed DD for him. DUmbledore was simply soothing and making Draco nervous.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 18, 2006 4:35 PM

How about this...

The boat at the Lake of inferi didn't recognise Harry as a wizard because he was not a fully qualified wizard....

Mabey a non-qualified wizard can not be held to a life ...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 18, 2006 9:08 PM

Yeah, like kate, I would also want to know, when exactly did Uncle Vernon try to Harry?

Posted by Poojitha from Dubai, U.A.E on November 19, 2006 08:39 AM

To Kate and Poojitha:

Uncle Vernon did not actually try and Harry but in the fifth book at the very beginning, Harry keeps listening to the news outside the house in the flowerbed. When Dung Dispparates, making a 'crack' sound, Harry pulls out his wand as Uncle Vernon appears and almost strangles Harry trying to make him put his wand away. At this point, 'some invisible force surged through his nephew making him impossible to hold.'

I guess this force was what was being referred to as Lily's magical power in Harry's blood.

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on November 19, 2006 11:54 AM

I think that could have been the same kind of unfocused and unintentional randon magic that Harry "used" against Duddley in book 1 at the zoo, and against "Aunt " Marge in book 4.

I think it's completely separate from Lilly's protection.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 20, 2006 12:49 PM

While reading this article about life s, I wondered about something that happened near the end of Goblet of Fire. In order for Voldemort to get a body, to be reborn, and return from an existence close to , he had to receive blood from an enemy. When Dumbledore learns that Harry's blood was used to bring Voldemort back, there is a gleam of triumph in his eye. Is it possible that Harry's contribution to Voldemort's return has put Voldemort in to Harry?

Posted by Kim Davis from Princeton, West Virginia on November 20, 2006 5:11 PM

All this made me thinking... isn't it true that the life from Lilly go away when he is 17?
cause if that was true, LV can't love, Harry lost his protection and all those things...

Posted by dafsy from holland on November 21, 2006 08:52 AM

I think that when DD says that 'the magic cease to operate when Harry turns 17', I think he means the magical protection which requires Harry to return to Aunt Petunia's place.

I don't think the magic of Lily's sacrifice be lessened in any way. But LV would now be able to harm Harry even at the residence of his mother's sister if he so wished. Though, I'm doubtful LV knows that.

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on November 21, 2006 10:30 AM

I think too much is being made of life s. It only would seem to affect the "protector & protectee." This is best described as when DD tells Harry Pettigrew owes him as he stopped Remus and Sirius from ing him. I doubt that a can be transferred from person to person. I believe it is only when someone directly saves someone's life, more than likely .

My guess....Harry confronts Snape, Draco or Voldemont with Pettigrew around, possibly injured. Snape of Vold. tell Pettigrew to him but he can't cast a spell due to the life .

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on November 23, 2006 6:09 PM

If life s are inherited.. How does that work when Sirius has (had) a life to Hermione and Harry for saving his life from the kiss of from the dementors?

Posted by Megan from cleveland ohio on November 27, 2006 05:22 AM

Lilly's protection isn't based on a life ,
her sacrifice is something different entirely.

I think Lilly's protection only functions so long as Harry is under-age,
I think DD's sacrifice is meant to carry on beyond his comming of age.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 27, 2006 10:31 AM

I'm certain that life s cannot be inherited, because the whole point of life s is that someone had enough motivation to save YOUR life. The life is no longer important if it doesn't matter whose life you saved, because their evil grandchild or whatever could hold that against you. I agree with Michael in that too much is being made of these life s.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on December 3, 2006 11:02 AM

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