Love and Death in Harry Potter
To describe the sensation that Harry Potter has caused as a phenomenon would be an understatement. During the whole history of children’s literature, none other series of books have wracked a bigger havoc of craziness. Ever since 1997, when the black-haired, bespectacled eleven-year-old wizard first rose onto the stage of the fiction genre, there has been a shelf in every bookstore devoted to adventure to the trio --- Harry, Ron and Hermione --- in their quest against the Dark Lord. However, is Harry Potter merely about some immature wizarding children waving some silly sticks and saying a few funny words? Not at all. A careful reading would reveal the true ...view middle of the document...
Through the years, Harry began to come to grasp with this idea. After hearing his parents’ last moments replayed in his head, he told himself sternly that “they’re dead and listening to echoes of them won’t bring them back” (PA 12). When Sirius died, Harry had searched desperately for some kind of loophole, some way that his beloved godfather would return. But when Dumbledore died barely a year after that, Harry only felt numb, for he knew that his last and greatest protector is gone, and he must let it go. He must move on. It does not do the dwell upon death and forget to live. There are tasks to be done and evils to be defeated, and he must continue along this “dark and winding path” (HBP 30), despite everything that is at stack.
In spite of the irreversibility of death, it is not to be feared. In answer to Harry’s bewildered exclamation that Nicolas Flamel “and his wife will die”, Professor Dumbledore said that “to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure”(SS 17). It is the unknown that we fear, when we look upon death, and nothing more. In a way, facing death is similar to looking ahead into the immense darkness of a thick forest. With minds ready for challenges and hands ready for struggle, we have nothing to fear for a forest; nor is there anything to fear for death. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”(DH 16).There is always things that lives on after the initial person had died. Lily died leaving Harry with a magical protection that Lord Voldemort wasn’t able to penetrate for seventeen years; James died leaving Harry with a hatred for the dark arts; Dumbledore died leaving Harry with the determination to set everything right. The spirit and legacy of the dead acted as a torch in guiding Harry on his journey to save the wizarding the world. In a way, the dead never truly leaves us, they are alive in our hearts and they would remain so for all eternity.
When Professor Dumbledore first told Harry about the power that will aid him in defeating Lord Voldemort, there was a thought-provoking paragraph:
“There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there.” (OP 37)
Though Harry didn’t know it at the time, what Professor Dumbledore was referring to was his ability to love. “The only protection that can work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s”(HBP 23). Love is the reason why Harry survived when he was barely a year old, why when he looked into the Mirror of Erised, he saw not fame or riches, but his family, and why he was able to walk calmly to meet “the close”(DH 34). In the end, love proves to be the true conqueror of everything, including death. For years, Lord Voldemort seeks to make himself impervious of death. His reign of terror made...