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The power The Dark Lord knows not

by David Haber

It all comes down to this. The big difference between Voldemort and Harry. The only difference that's really important. It couldn't be more important to the climax of the Harry Potter Septology Mystery. And the reason we know it's important is because J.K. Rowling went out of her way to tell us about it, right out, in plain language, not couched in a riddle, in the very first Harry Potter book.

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I'm suprised no one has noticed the similarities between Lily and Ginny. Lily d because of her love for Harry. What if GINNY s Voldemort, because of her love for Harry?

I think in the end, Ginny 'save' Harry, or he'll Vol to save her. Because he can love, and people love him. Voldemort won't have this. So he has no protection of that nature. I just hope Ginny doesn't .

Posted by Tri from Newcastle on May 15, 2007 04:49 AM

Ginny, like Harry, has great power. This is often directly pointed out by her brothers and others. Ordinary hexes from her seem to have greater effects than from others.

It is clearly stated that "7 is the most magical number". Indeed, the 7th son of the 7th son has been a significant piece of lore for a great deal of time. Ginny is the 7th of the Weasley children. Given adaptations for modern non-gender society Ginny is positioned to have significant untrained power to battle Voldemort with/for Harry.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 16, 2007 08:39 AM

like most others i seriously doubt harry give voldermort a hug but i dont think jk would put so much in the books about love that it wouldnt have a big part in book 7

Posted by Mark from NiIreland on May 20, 2007 12:06 PM

I don't think (like others) that Harry is going to give a hug to Voldemort. It makes me laugh. JK is a great author and she is definately going to give shock, she's not going end up her tale with a Hug.
It's not necessary for Voldemort to because in OotP Harry thought after hearing the prophecy he is either going to be a er or a victim, but later Dumbledore tells him in HBP that it is not necessary that all the prophecies are supposed to be completed.
Maybe Voldemort is going to become a good guy later.

Posted by Apoorva from Mumbai,India on May 22, 2007 11:42 AM

I agree with Tri. Harry has the love of his friends, whereas nobody loves Voldemort, not even the Eaters. They just fear him.

Posted by Justin Pettit from Prattville Alabama on May 22, 2007 12:52 PM

I think the spell that Dumbledore placed on Harry to keep him safe as long as he could live with the Dursley's may last longer than Dumbledore originally planned. the reason i think this is because i believe that there is more to Aunt Pertunia than we have been led to believe, such as how did she know that Lily and James in her words "got themselves blown up", and Dumbledores mysterious howler in Order of the Phoenix which i do not believe has anything to do with warning her about what she agreed to do when she took Harry in after Lily and James's s.

Also, i have started reading Prisoner of Azkaban again and something that happens at the very start of chapter 2 "Aunt Marge's Big Mistake" caught my eye. after the news reader has finished talking about Sirious's escape and Uncle Vernon says "He could be walking up the street right now" Aunt Pertunia immediately turns and looks out the window and Harry thinks that she would love to be the one that helped catch him. however i believe this could mean one of two things or both which are:
1) she recognises Sirius' face as he is one of Lily and James's friends therefore she knows he could have something to so with harry (or she knows that he is Harry's Godfather)
2) this could also show that she has been in constant contact with the wizarding world (or just Dumbledore) and knows that Sirious has escaped and that everybody in the wizarding world thinks that he is after Harry.

Posted by Carl from Birmingham, England on May 22, 2007 3:01 PM

I can't imagine that Voldemort could become a nice guy: he went too deeply into the dark arts and terribly damaged his soul. HP isn't a fairy tale.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 23, 2007 12:36 AM

I agree with Herv�, I do not think that he pull a "Darth Vader" by comming back from the Dark Side.

Voldemort is the embodiment of evil, not one of his servants.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 23, 2007 09:59 AM

Oh David, you make me laugh! That was a great article too....some very valid & interesting points. But just picturing Harry walking up to Voldemort and giving him a huge bear hug has me laughing so hard I almost cried. That would be a trip to find out that happens. I agree with you 100% that the love/Harry connection is going to be the final moments however I've always thought that it would be something to do with either Harry and Hermione or Harry and Ginny. One sacrifice themselves out of love and and the other finish off Voldemort. Or even Mrs. Weasley and her love for Harry as one of her sons. Now, I could easily see Harry sacrificing himself for someone putting the same protection on them that his mother put on him. Then when Voldemort tries to that person the curse once again rebounds onto himself and with all his horcrux's gone he s... so in the end, both Harry and Voldemort . And whoever Harry sacrifices himself for gets a scar from Voldemorts curse thus ending the story with the word scar (if that rumor is true). Or... I've always wondered if when Voldemort took Harry's blood in GOF and could then touch him does that mean Harry no longer has the protection from his mothers sacrifice? (and does it mean Voldemort does because in GOF he says something about having the protection as well now) so one of the other kids (or an adult) sacrifice themselves out of love for Harry giving back the protection to Harry and when Voldemort tries to him it rebounds again onto Voldemort giving Harry another scar. Who knows... but I know that I'm going to laugh out loud today every time I picture Harry hugging Voldemort... hey, it could happen!

Posted by SM on May 24, 2007 09:36 AM

I would like to extend a previous idea of an earlier post. Dumbledore d almost the same way as Lily: He was given a choice and it was by the same curse. Could it be possible that Dumbledore cast another 'bloodspell' of protection that be bound by a relative, as Lily to Petunia, so from Dumbledore to Aberforth?

Posted by tesseract on May 25, 2007 10:05 AM

Yes, love overpower Voldemort, but the hug between Harry and Voldemort... that's just a fun theory - not something that happen. Love conquer, but not like that! When Voldemort possessed Harry, at the end of OOTP, Harry's feelings for Sirius defeated Voldemort. It was not directed at Voldemort. In his explanations, later in the same book, Dumbledore mentioned to Harry, "there is a room in the Department of Mysteries. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more powerful than ... It is the power that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all". I was listening (one more time) at the book on CDs in my car, and when I heard this, I thought "Here we are! This is the room behind the veil! The place where Harry lure Voldemort and duel with him, as shown on the american cover of DH." True love defeat Voldemort, it won't need to be love directed at him.

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma, WA on May 25, 2007 9:04 PM

If there is a duel between Harry and Voldemort, it shouldn't be a magical or a physical duel.

All along HP books, we see how Dumbledore prepares Harry. He never teaches him Dark Arts or spells, even defensive spells. He gets him to progress on his knowledge about Voldemort (he definitely asks him to name Voldemort by his name), and on his moral standards.

Every book seems to introduce a new moral strength:
- Ability to resist temptation of power and wealth (PS)
- Loyalty (CoS)
- Sense of justice ("you'll save more than one innocent") (PoA)
- Power of (GoF)
- Bravery? (OotP)
- Humility (HBP)

I assume that Voldemort won't attack Harry with strong spells, but he try to persuade him, manipulating his mind, and Harry have to resist temptations, fears, easy wins,...

But Harry still lacks one moral strength: love. He has been loved by James and Lily (and that saved his soul up to now), he has been loved by Sirius, he has been loved by Dumbledore. Now, he has to himself love other people in the same way, so that he can defeat Voldemort not to take a revenge over the of Lily, James and Sirius, but do save his beloved fellows.

In this way, true love be central in book 7 (and of course, a true loving relationship with Ginny would help).

Voldemort, like most dictators, thinks he can get everything from other persons by playing with their minds, persuading them, or frightening them. He won't dare ing Harry. He gamble, unaware of Harry's power to resist him through a true loving attitude. That's what vainquish the Dark Lord.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 28, 2007 05:27 AM

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