Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling
Mortality Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
How we cite our quotes: (chapter.paragraph)
"It's….Aragog….I think he's dyin'….He got ill over the summer an' he's not gettin' better….I don' know what I'll do if he…if he…We've bin together so long…" (11.115)
Aragog's death reminds us of the sadness and inevitability of death, even outside of the context of war. Death is something that everyone must endure, and, thus, it can bring people together and remind them of their humanity.
"Meanwhile in the village of Little Hangleton, a maid was running along the High Street, screaming that there were three bodies lying in the drawing room of the big house: Tom Riddle Senior and his mother and father." (17.152)
How does Voldemort get to a point where he is able to murder his father and grandparents? What in his childhood and in his schooling has allowed him to kill so easily his only remaining family? We later learn that Voldemort gains immortality by killing others.
"Well, you split your soul, you see," said Slughorn, "and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged." (23.55)
Oh, Slughorn, way to spill the beans. If Slughorn had never told Voldemort what a Horcrux is, do you think Voldemort would have discovered its purpose on his own? Here, we learn that a Horcrux is an outlawed form of magic in which one kills others in order to become immortal.