Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Power Quotes Page 4
How we cite our quotes:
"I asked you whether you wanted me to do that again," said Voldemort. "Answer me! Imperio!"
And Harry felt, for the third time in his life, the sensation that his mind had been wiped of all thought ... Ah, it was bliss, not to think, it was as though he were floating, dreaming ... just answer me ... say no ... just answer no ...
I will not, said a stronger voice, in the back of his head, I won't answer. (34.14-6)
Voldemort's whole scene with Harry is so formal, it strikes us as fairly weird. After all, how is it meaningful to use the Imperius Curse to force Harry to answer no? If Harry had submitted to the curse, he would just be repeating after Voldemort. There would be no real agreement or alteration in his mind. What's Voldemort going to achieve by trying to get Harry to say no without really meaning no? What's the goal of this charade? Fortunately, it doesn't work anyway, so we suppose it's a moot point.