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Quote #1

"…It warns in this book how unstable you make the rest of your soul by ripping it, and that's just by making one Horcrux!"

Harry remembered what Dumbledore had said about Voldemort moving beyond "usual evil."

"Isn't there any way of putting yourself back together?" Ron asked.

"Yes," said Hermione with a hollow smile, "but it would be excruciatingly painful."

"Why? How do you do it?" asked Harry.

"Remorse," said Hermione. "You've got to really feel what you've done. There's a footnote. Apparently the pain of it can destroy you. I can't see Voldemort attempting it somehow, can you?" (6.71-73)

The matter of exactly how evil Voldemort is – more evil than anyone else has ever been, apparently – is one of the most frightening things about him. As Hermione notes, it's unlikely that he'll ever feel any remorse for any of the terrible things he's done.

Quote #2

"Your point about Wizard dominance being FOR THE MUGGLES' OWN GOOD – this, I think is the crucial point… We seize control FOR THE GREATER GOOD." (18.34)

Whoa, there – this quote from a teenage Dumbledore to teenage Grindelwald is shocking. However, it raises an intriguing question – what is "the greater good"? How, for that matter, do we determine what is good or evil? Why should the two former friends have split, but continued, each in his own way, to hold to similar ideals, but on different sides?

Quote #3

Three objects, or Hallows, which, if united, will make the possessor master of Death… Master… Conqueror… Vanquisher… the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death…

And he saw himself, possessor of the Hallows, facing Voldemort, whose Horcruxes were no match… Neither can live while the other survives… Was this the answer? Hallows versus Horcruxes? Was there a way, after all, to ensure that he was the one who triumphed? If he were the master of the Deathly Hallows, would he be safe? (22.19-21)

Here, Harry first figures out the real conflict here – Hallows vs. Horcruxes, one vision of mastering Death against the other. And, really, it's a matter of good vs. evil – the Hallows, as we learn later, require a true understanding of Death, while Horcruxes seek to artificially and unnaturally avoid it.

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