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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

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Quote #4

The orphanage had been the place Voldemort had been determined to escape; he would never have hidden a part of his soul there. Dumbledore had shown Harry that Voldemort sought grandeur or mystique in his hiding places; this dismal gray corner of London was as far removed as you could imagine from Hogwarts or the Ministry or a building like Gringotts, the Wizarding bank, with its golden doors and marble floors. (15.25)

The "homes" Voldemort chooses for his Horcruxes are incredibly significant – in a way, they fit with the old saying, "home is where the heart is." Apparently, for Voldemort, the ideal home is where the Horcrux is… in places of great wizarding significance that represent the power of the magical world. I guess we never expected the guy to be truly sentimental anyway.

Quote #5

He was about to go home, about to return to the place where he had had a family. It was in Godric's Hollow that, but for Voldemort, he would have grown up and spent every school holiday. He could have invited friends to his house… He might even have had brothers and sisters… It would have been his mother who had made his seventeenth birthday cake. The life he had lost had hardly ever seemed so real to him as at this moment, when he knew he was about to see the place where it had been taken from him. (16.42)

The loss of Harry's real home feels even worse than ever when he's faced with the prospect of finally going to Godric's Hollow. We see here the loneliness of an orphaned boy, who's always just wanted nothing but the family he lost so long ago.

Quote #6

[Voldemort] walked on, around the edge of the lake, taking in the outlines of the beloved castle, his first kingdom, his birthright… (24.150)

Voldemort's insistence that Hogwarts is his "first kingdom, his birthright" demonstrates his warped attitude towards home; for him, it's a place that only he can truly inhabit.

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