Day 237

I read a theory that in the Harry Potter universe, Snape, Voldemort, and Harry are the modern versions of the Peverell brothers in the wizard fairy tale.  Snape is the brother chasing lost love, Voldemort is chasing power which he believes exists in one, unbeatable wand, and Harry is the one who just wants to live and enjoy his life.  The same theory goes on to wonder then, in this metaphor, who Dumbledore is, and people have proposed Dumbledore is death himself, since Dumbledore is who Harry sees when he is willing to die in order to let Voldemort destroy the piece of his soul he inadvertently deposited in Harry.  Apparently Rowling hasten endorsed this theory on Twitter, but I don’t buy it.

First of all, Harry didn’t die.  Where he went isn’t clear, but the magical world is somewhat mysterious.  But Rowling has suggested consistently throughout the series – usually through the character of Dumbledore – that death is final.  Having Harry “die” but not be dead would be inconsistent with that.  Second, I think that interpretation misses the point for the Dumbledore/Grindelwald backstory and the message Dumbledore is always trying to teach Harry – what matters most is our choices.  If anything, I think Dumbledore is meant to be the flip side of Voldemort.   Both grew to be powerful wizards, who pushed the limits of magic, both craves power,  but Voldemort died obsessed with power, saw the damage his love of power caused and turned away from it.  I think he turned away from it initially when he saw th effect it had on his friend – perhaps lover – Grindelwald.  I think he was tested later when he discovered the elder wand and realized for a brief period he had all three Hallows in his possession.  But he gave up the invisibility cloak, thus making his choice to choose love over power again.  


~ by realsupergirl on August 24, 2015.

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