Common Cores of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort

In the Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling, there is a connection in the wands’ of Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. This connection causes Harry and Lord Voldemort to have a hard time defeating one another because both of the wands have a feather of the same phoenix. Lord Voldemort wanted to kill Harry so he could have another horcrux to store his soul in. The reason the wands react strangely when fighting against one another is because when they do, the wands display all of the spells which the wizard has cast in reverse order of the casting.

The winning wizard often gains powers from the losing wizard because of the connection. This connection is Priori Incantatem, which causes Harry to be able to have more power in his wand because when he dueled in the cemetery with Lord Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire, he absorbed some of Lord Voldemort’s power which made Harry capable of conjuring spells which his was unaware that he was able to do. (Goblet) He ends up having much stronger powers then anyone had imagined for such a young wizard.

This makes him a role model to other students at Hogwarts, and causes them to want to join forces with him to form Dumbledore’s Army in The Order of the Phoenix. (Order) In the Wizarding world, each magic wand is made from wood and has a magical core. Mr. Ollivander is a wand maker in Diagon Alley and the wands he makes have one of three cores: dragon heartstring, unicorn tail hair, or phoenix feather. Harry and Lord Voldemort both have wands that share the same core from the same source.

This makes it so the wands will not function against each other, instead the wands react strangely and do not conjure the spells which have been cast correctly. When a wizard goes to get a wand they don’t choose the wand it chooses them. When Harry goes to get his wand, he goes through many to get to the one that is meant for him. The wand that is meant for him is a combination of phoenix feather and holly, which is not often seen in the wizarding world. Mr. Ollivander said, ‘I remember every wand I’ve sold Mr. Potter.

It so happens that the phoenix, whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather—just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand, when its brother—why, its brother gave you that scar. ’…After all, He-Who-Must- Not- Be- Named, did great things—terrible, yes, but great. (Rowling, Sorcerer’s 85). Harry did not know all this at the time of receiving his wand but the connection had gone back to when Lord Voldemort tried to kill him. Hagrid told Harry that the mark that was given o him was by the same man that killed his parents and the only way to get a mark like that is to be “touched by a curse and evil curse at that”. (Sorcerer’s) There was a prophecy that told Lord Voldemort that: “The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches … born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives … he one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies … “(The Prophecy) The prophecy is important to the action of the next film because Harry realizes that he must kill Lord Voldemort in order to live his life. He begins seeking out the horcruxs’ which Lord Voldemort has set up to keep him from truly dying. The prophecy also states that Harry has a hidden power which the “Dark Lord” will not know about, which helps Harry defeat Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort’s ultimate downfall comes from his own hubris and arrogance.

He believes that Harry Potter is just a boy and could never defeat him. He causes his own defeat by allowing himself to believe that he could never be defeated. Lord Voldemort inadvertently turned Harry into a horcrux when Lord Voldemort killed Harry’s parents. Then turned the wand on Harry, but because Harry was protected, it caused Lord Voldemort’s body to be destroyed and leaving nothing but a soul. Part of Lord Voldemort’s soul was able to go into Harry’s scar. This kept them connected and which is why when Harry goes to get his wand, the wand that is chosen is connected to Lord Voldemort.

From the beginning Lord Voldemort has tried to kill Harry and it has not worked: Harry had been a year old the night that Voldemort —the most powerful dark wizard for a century, a wizard who had been gaining power steadily for eleven years —arrived at his house and killed his father and mother. Voldemort had then turned his wand on Harry; he had performed the curse which disposed of many full-grown witches and wizards in his steady rise to power —and, incredibly, it had not worked. Instead, of killing the small boy, the curse had rebounded upon Voldemort.

Harry had survived with nothing but a lightning-shaped cut on his forehead, and Voldemort had been reduced to something barely alive. His powers gone, his life almost extinguished, Voldemort had fled; the terror in which the secret community of witches and wizards had lived for so long had lifted, Voldemort’s followers had disbanded, and Harry Potter had become famous. (Rowling, Goblet 20) Lord Voldemort has encountered many difficulties when trying to kill Harry. The first time was due to Harry’s mother, Lily; she sacrificed herself to save her son by imbuing him with a charm that prevented Lord Voldemort from harming him. The protective charm bestowed on Harry by his mother’s sacrifice – importantly, a sacrifice she chose to make but need not have made – afforded him a lingering protection against direct attacks by Voldemort. This charm was kept active as long as he had a home among Lily’s blood relatives and only until he came of age seventeen”. (Lord) Lord Voldemort wasn’t around for a while after that but when he did come back, he came after Harry again. It was the common cores of the wands that caused him problems. The common cores of their wands have a lot to do with why they cannot fight each other and ever have one, truly win.

This is due to the prophecy that states: The one with the power to vanquish the dark lord approaches…Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives… The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies… (Rowling, Order 841) Harry and Lord Voldemort are connected because of what he did to Harry when he was a year old.

Harry feels when Lord Voldemort is around, through the pain in his scar. In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry learns that he has link, which allows Lord Voldemort to control Harry’s thoughts and read his mind, as well as appear in his dreams. Harry is able to see what Lord Voldemort is doing as well and has several dreams which allowed him to know what Lord Voldemort was doing and who he was with. This concerned his mentor Professor Dumbledore, but he did not understand the extent of the connection.

He sent Harry to work with Professor Snape, so that Harry would be able to protect his mind from Lord Voldemort through occulamency, which is the ability to protect ones mind from a psychic attack. The connection they share grows as time goes on and intensifies after a meeting in the cemetery in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, where Peter Petegrew uses Harry’s blood to reanimate Lord Voldemort in semi-human form. He then is able to touch Harry without feeling pain and is able to hurt Harry.

This makes things interesting for Harry because he is still not as skilled of a wizard as Lord Voldemort. The wands which Harry and Lord Voldemort have, are connected but very different because Harry uses his wand for good, where Lord Voldemort uses his wand for evil. The connection which Harry’s wand has with Lord Voldemort’s wand, makes it more complicated for them to duel because of the twin cores, and the fact that the feathers are from the same phoenix. Lord Voldemort does not understand why he cannot hurt nor kill Harry. He tries some really horrible spells and they just back fire on him.

Like in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during the World cup when Harry and Cedric get to the Twiwizard Cup together and touch it, they are brought to the cemetery, because the Triwizard cup was turned into a portkey: They had left Hogwarts grounds completely; they had obviously traveled miles—perhaps hundreds of miles—for even the mountains surrounding the castle were gone. They were standing instead in a dark and overgrown graveyard; the black outline of a small church was visible… Cedric looked at the Triwizard Cup and then up at Harry. “Did anyone tell you the cup was a Portkey? he asked. “Nope,” said Harry… “Is this supposed to be part of the task? ”(Goblet 236-37) Harry and Cedric had no idea where they had gone to. Something was not right they were not where they were supposed to be. Lord Voldemort had pulled them there. Harry didn’t know until he felt pain: And then without warning, Harry’s scar exploded with pain. It was agony such as he had never felt in all his life; his wand slipped from his fingers as he put his hands over his face; his knees buckled; he was on the ground and he could see nothing at all; his head was about to split open. (Goblet 237-38)

The pain in Harry’s head, happened every time he was close to Lord Voldemort and he knew something bad was going to happen. He was connected to Lord Voldemort not only by the wands but by the Horcux. The term “Horcrux” is used to refer to any object in which a person has concealed a part of his or her soul. (Horcruxes) Lord Voldemort had unintentionally put in Harry’s lightning shaped scar when he tried to kill Harry the first time when he was a child. This is why Lord Voldemort cannot kill Harry and every time Voldemort is near, Harry can feel him. Harry lay flat on his back, breathing hard as though he had been running.

He had awoken from a vivid dream with his hands pressed over his face. The old scar on his forehead, which was shaped like a bolt of lightning, was burning beneath his fingers as though someone had just pressed a white-hot wire to his skin… Harry tried to recall what he had been dreaming about before he had awoken. It had seemed so real… There had been two people he knew and one he didn’t… He concentrated hard, frowning, trying to remember… (16-17). Harry dreamed of Lord Voldemort and what he was doing. It was actually like he was there while it was happening because of the occlamency.

The pain in his scar meant Lord Voldemort was close. Lord Voldemort was plotting and doing evil, and Harry was able to observe his plotting in his dream. He was unable to decipher what the dreams meant until Professor Dumbledore was aware of the connection Lord Voldemort and Harry had. Harry obtains power of the Elder wand after defeating Draco Malfoy in battle. This also changes the course of the story in the Novels. Lord Voldemort had obtained the Elder wand, which belonged to Harry because of Draco Malfoy‘s defeat, but because Lord Voldemort was not the rightful owner of the Elder wand, he could not kill Harry while using it.

What allowed Harry to defeat Lord Voldemort was his humanity. Lord Voldemort was arrogant and is what lead to his downfall. Lord Voldemort had created the enemy which would defeat him, which was himself. The connection between Harry and Lord Voldemort is very important throughout the Harry Potter series. Every time Lord Voldemort and Harry battled with the twin core wands, Harry got more powerful. Lord Voldemort had the protection from Harry’s mother, as long as Lord Voldemort was still alive, Harry could not be defeated.

Lord Voldemort has been compared to Hitler in the way he treats people and how badly he wants to be immortal: According to a CIA analysis of Hitler, he came from “illiterate peasant stock derived from a mixture of races. His father was illegitimate. . . Hitler’s mother was a domestic servant. It is said that his father’s father was a Jew and it is certain that his godfather was a Jew. ” Other similarities Hitler had in common with Voldemort included megalomaniacal tendencies and “a fixed determination to repress [feelings of weakness, timidity], and to condemn them in others. Hitler, too, insisted on always being right, with enormous discrimination towards others and an appetite for power. As a tyrannical leader who behaved without conscience and who authorised followers to do the same, Hitler, like Voldemort, could be regarded as having a psychopathic personality. Both were known for their connections with the conservative, titled, ruling class (and their money); in Hitler’s case, this included disgruntled Freikorps officers who felt that Germany had had a raw deal from the Versailles Treaty which concluded World War One. Werewolf) Lord Voldemort being compared to Hitler is pretty hilarious and has a lot of good points. He wants immortality and to rule over everyone, he expects people to listen to him and treat him like a king. There is a warped sense of reality when it comes to the prophecy and what he has to do. This causes a collapse of events that become his demise. Lord Voldemort wants to kill Harry to save himself and to become stronger, and in the process defeats himself. Harry becomes a stronger wizard every time he fights Lord Voldemort.

He is able to take in some of Lord Voldemort’s power because of the twin wand cores. Harry grows a need to fight Lord Voldemort and protect the family he has and his school, because of Lord Voldemort’s attacks. Dumbledore is there to guide him through the process of figuring out how to defeat Lord Voldemort most of the way. Although the wand cores don’t have any part in the final battle, they help Harry to gain the strength he needs to defeat Lord Voldemort, along with the Love for his friends which Lord Voldemort could never conceive of.

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