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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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Claudia: Do you think Voldemort's followers really love him, like we love Dumbledore? Or do they only fear him?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 20, 2007 07:56 AM

Hi all. This is my first post, but as many of you, I am following this great site (Greatest site for HP content BTW) for a long now.

I was just wondering about this theory, and something hit me when I read Raj's post saying two wold .
It might sounds crazy, but makes sense somehow. Here it goes.

And if there is someone in this whole world that Lord Valdemort does like/love?
And if this one, is near Harry (HP)? I don't know who this one could be, neither I can imagine, maybe someone come with a person/name.
But, think of this. In the very last moments, oldemort tries to Harry with his Avada Kedavra, but this person protects Harry, and s in Harry's place. That would drive Voldemort insane, as he ed the only one he ever liked/loved. And Harry then feels love/compassion for Voldemort and thus tries to share his love with Voldemort, thus ing Voldemory who can't understand Harry's feelings or it's behavior. I mean, Harry having compassion for the one who ed it's fathers and is trying to HP for long now.

How does it sound?

Another thing just occurred me.
It could be someone who Harry loves who protects him from Voldemort's AK, and ends up ed, thus releasing a Love Rage in Harry. And with this Rage Harry somehow defeats Voldemort.

IMO the second one seems more probably to happen, but I'd prefer to see the first one happening!

Posted by Jhonv from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2007 08:18 AM

Hey, Your theories are really good, I believe them all. ACCEPT THIS ONE. You have it right, Harry is going to destroy Voldemort but I'm sure he can't do that if he says what He feels about Voldemort. I love you?:O

But much respect for what you are doing here!

Posted by Emma from Holland on March 20, 2007 08:24 AM

Nice Article Dave: I don't think Harry could or ever forgive Voldermort for ing his parents and Sirius. However I think it is possible that he could feel sympathy for Tom, before he became Voldermort!

Posted by Kyle from Kearney, Ne on March 20, 2007 08:38 AM

Very interesting article Dave. But like so many others, I seriously doubt that Harry go up and give Voldemort a big loving hug. I also don't think that Voldemort would let Harry close to him.

When have we seen Harry do magic out of love? The big one was in POA when he and Serious were being ed by the dementors....and that was one heck of a patronis charm. Even Snape said that it "HAD to be done by a very powerful wizard". With this in mind what I think happen is....

Voldemort have just ed one of Harry's friends and out of rage at the of one of his loved ones, Harry cast a spell that cannot be blocked by Voldemort. It won't be a unforgivable curse, it may be the "sword curse" that he used on Malfoy in HBP, and cut Voldemort in half.

But this is just my opinion. Rage in the name of love can take you a long way. People have been known to gain great strength when a loved one is trapped in a burning car in order to save them...or to avenge them.

It worked for Luke in the Return of the Jedi, and he wasn't considered a sith. But he sure took it to old Darth. It work for Harry in DH.

Posted by Chris from Walla Walla on March 20, 2007 08:46 AM

I�m having trouble visualizing Harry feeling love for Voldemort unless it is in the form of pity or compassion as alluded to in the article and HBP. Admittedly, I thought the �power of Love� was a bit of a cop out at the end of the first book but JKR has given it more depth over the following five books to make it more plausible. It be interesting to see how she ties it all together without being corny. Maybe it�s not a hug but Harry�s expression of pity/compassion/understanding from one orphan to another that knock LV off balance during their final duel to the point that someone (Snape?) seizes Voldemort's moment of weakness to finish him off.

Posted by Bart from Denver, Colorado on March 20, 2007 09:10 AM

I believe his followers fear him and mask it as adoration and respect.

However, while I do not think he give Voldemort a bear hug as funny as that would is possible that in a duel situation if Voldemort is talking to Harry like he did in the graveyard and Harry begins to feel sorry for him and see Voldemort as who he really is, Tom Riddle who had such a miserable life that he has turned into this creature of a man, that he would feel such sorrow for him and in turn the sorrow would amount to enough care which would give way to a kind of love that it would affect Voldemort in a way that he would be unable to carry on. I think that is entirely possible.

Posted by Amy from P. Kentucky on March 20, 2007 09:12 AM

Kyle: I think Amy partially answered you. The way the story is presented, J.K. wants us to FEEL that Tom Riddle and Voldemort are two different people, but they're not. It's how Harry feels as well, and at some point he has to realize they're the same person...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 20, 2007 09:21 AM

hi, this is my first post, although i have been following the site for a while and would just like to say it is brilliant

Interesting theory, however, i think we could dimiss this as it not likley to happen because voldemort would make sure it couldn't happen. i do think though, that it is obvious that harry's blood be vital to the plot and maybe be needed to voldemort once and for all. why else would dumbledore get the glint in his eyes when harry told him his blood was used to regenrate voldemort?

Also, someone has said that somebody who loves harry could stop voldemort from ing harry by sacrificing him/herself, which could cause harry to go into a "love rage". we know that some major characters are going to be ed as JK has stated in an interview, so what if this person is Ron or Hermione, they are likely to be with harry if he has a duel with voldemort and they both love him immensely. having his best friends ed would definitely make harry mad.

Posted by Carl from Birmingham, England on March 20, 2007 09:55 AM

As we know from the first six books, both Snape and Wormtail are in to Harry. Personally I think it be one of them to jump in front a Harry to take a curse for him. However, I think that when Ron or Hermoine is threatened by Voldermort it be Harry who jumps in front of them.

Posted by Kyle from Kearney, Ne on March 20, 2007 10:53 AM

Amy, you say that Riddle had such a terrible life, that made him into the creature Voldemort. I have to disagree: it might not have been fun for him, growing up in an orphanage and without parents, but he apparantly always had evil sides to him. He bullied the children in the orphanage. And he continued to persue his evil path at Hogwarts, and after that.

And Dave: you say that the Eaters don't love Voldemort. You're right, of course, but I don't think they just fear him: they love the things he represents: power and the chance to use it over others for your own advantage.

Posted by The Princess from Ghent, Belgium on March 20, 2007 10:58 AM

Carl, It could also be Ginny, couldn't?

Posted by Jhonv from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2007 11:00 AM

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