Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows takes the reader through a fast paced story of Harry Potter's battle to save the wizarding world. Lord Voldemort has risen to power and is beginning to take over the wizarding world by striking fear into the hearts of every witch and wizard in Britain. Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived, was destined from birth to clash with the dark Lord because of a prophecy foretold shortly before he was born. Along with his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry sets off to destroy Voldemort's horcruxes, fragments of Voldemort's soul that attach him to immortality. One by one, the three heroes dispatch of the Horcruxes, all of which are objects that are meaningful, or give a sense of power, to the Dark Lord. However, Harry becomes distracted by the idea of the Deathly Hallows, a tale told to children about three objects that, when united, give the title the master of death to the holder of all three. The quest proves grueling and tests the friendships of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Finally, the final battle approaches upon the grounds of Hogwarts, the only place where both Harry and Voldemort ever found home. Harry and his supporters are driven by love and friendship, while Voldemort and his death Eater's are driven by nothing but greed of power and immortality. Voldemort is fighting for something out of reach, he wants to conquer death. As Albus Dumbledore says, "... the true master of death... accepts that he must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying"(720-21). Voldemort cannot embrace death, he is afraid of what it holds. Harry was able to vanquish the Dark Lord because he knows there are things in life that tare worse than death and is able to welcome it by walking forward defenseless to Lord Voldemort. Death is a natural process in life, it is the final step one must take to go on; do not be afraid of death, but live enough to be able to welcome it with open arms when the time is right.
1.) Throughout the novel, and series, Voldemort lacks one power that Harry has: love. Voldemort does not have the ability to love, the ability to feel remorse or sadness. Voldemort never wanted a friend, he always chose to operate alone. Do you think if Voldemort had learned to love, he would have been as afraid of death?
2.) Harry does not want to subject Ron or Hermione to the dangers he faces throughout his journey to conquer the Dark Lord and is determined to set out alone. However, Ron and Hermione insist they accompany Harry, saying it has been decided for years they would stick together. Do you think Harry, although a powerful and resourceful wizard, would have had the strength to continue to destroy Horcruxes without the love and irrevocable friendship given to him by Ron and Herminone?