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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Death

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HARRY: And what do you know about the Deathly Hallows?

OLLIVANDER: It is rumored there are three: The Elder Wand, the Cloak of Invisibility, to hide you from your enemies, and the Resurrection Stone, to bring back loved ones from the dead. Together, they make one the Master of Death. But, few truly believe that such objects exist.

HARRY: Do you? Do you believe they exist, sir?

OLLIVANDER: Well, I see no reason to put stock into an old wives' tale.

HARRY: You're lying. You know one exists. You told him about it. You told him about the Elder Wand, and where he could go looking for it.

OLLIVANDER: He tortured me. Besides, I only conveyed rumors. There's…there's no telling whether he will find it.

HARRY: He has found it, sir. We'll let you rest.

OLLIVANDER: He's after you, Mr. Potter. If it's true, what you say, that he has the Elder Wand, I'm afraid you really don't stand a chance.

This is early in the movie, and it's already not looking good for Harry. There are these things called Deathly Hallows that supposedly can make you the "master of death," and Voldemort has one of them. And the one he has is the most powerful magical weapon in the world. Five minutes into the movie and we're already stressed.

LUNA: Harry Potter, you listen to me right now! Do you remember what Cho said about Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem? There is not a person alive who's seen it. It's obvious, isn't it? We have to talk to someone who's dead.

When Harry realizes that Voldemort has a Horcrux is hidden somewhere in Hogwarts, Luna helps him to realize that it's probably Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem. Then, she gives him a second assist when she tells him to ask the Grey Lady about the diadem's whereabouts.

NEVILLE: You haven't seen Luna, have you?

HARRY: Luna?

NEVILLE: I'm mad for her. I think it's about time I told her—since we'll probably both be dead by dawn.

Aw, that would be really heartwarming if Neville, well, weren't afraid of imminent death. But hey, at least it's showing him his priorities, right?

HARRY: Does it hurt? Dying?

SIRIUS: Quicker than falling asleep.

JAMES: You're nearly there, son.

HARRY: I'm sorry. I never wanted any of you to die for me. And, Remus, your son…

LUPIN: Others will tell him what his mother and father died for. One day, he'll understand.

HARRY: You'll stay with me?

JAMES: Until the end.

HARRY: And he won't be able to see you?

SIRIUS: No. We're here, you see.

HARRY: Stay close to me.

LILY: Always.

Right before Harry goes to confront Voldemort and sacrifice himself, he opens the Snitch Dumbledore left him in his will. Inside, he finds the Resurrection Stone. We'd think that would be pretty handy to bring with him to face Voldemort, but instead he just uses it to hang out with some of his friends and relatives who have passed on before dropping it on the ground and facing his fate.

VOLDEMORT: Harry Potter: the "Boy Who Lived." Come to die. Avada Kedavra!

This is it: the moment we've been dreading since Harry viewed Snape's memories in the Pensieve. Harry goes directly to Voldemort and allows him to use the Killing Curse on him without putting up a fight.

HARRY: Professor, what is that?

DUMBLEDORE: Something beyond either of our help. A part of Voldemort sent here to die.

After Voldemort "kills" Harry, Harry ends up hanging out with Dumbledore in a kind of limbo, where there's also a tiny, gross-looking thing dying under a bench. According to Dumbledore, it's a tiny little part of Voldemort that's dying.

HARRY: I have to go back, haven't I?

DUMBLEDORE: Oh, that's up to you.

HARRY: I have a choice?

DUMBLEDORE: Oh, yes! We're in King's Cross, you see. I think if you so decide, you'll be able to board a train.

HARRY: And where would it take me?


Sitting in limbo, Harry realizes that he could opt to go back to the land of the living or continue on into the afterlife. Hmm, wonder what he'll choose?

DUMBLEDORE: Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living—and above all, all those who live without love.

Dumbledore's point here taps into one of the huge differences between him and Voldemort: Voldemort literally can't imagine anything worse than death, which is why he's spilled so much blood trying to become all immortal and powerful. However, Dumbledore thinks that living without love in your life is far, far worse than dying.

GINNY: Who is that Hagrid's carrying? Neville, who is it?

VOLDEMORT: Harry Potter is dead!

Naturally, Harry opts to go back to the land of the living to help finish Voldemort off…but he has to play dead for a little while so he can gain a little advantage over the Dark Lord.

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