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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Theme of Power

Ah, power. We may dream of it and long for it, but it doesn't exactly seem all too appealing after reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which shows us that people will do some of the dirtiest things for power, and the quest for it can bring out the worst in all of us. The prime example of this, of course, is Voldemort, whose unquenchable thirst for power (in the form of the unbeatable, super-powerful Elder Wand) takes him on a torturing and murdering spree. The moral of the story is, power isn't all it's cracked up to be – and we should all hope that we would have the same strength of character that Harry does when he's offered ultimate power, and turns it down.

Questions About Power

  1. What statement does Harry make about power when he decides to give up the undefeated Elder Wand?
  2. How do Harry and Voldemort each view power? How can we see this difference in their final battle?
  3. Why is it that Harry's allowed to wield the power of the three Deathly Hallows? What enables him to become the "Master of Death" (bet he never expected to have that title, by the way)?

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