We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
— 

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

the moment when a children’s book has a better understanding of the value of human life than society

8

The diary. My diary. Little Ginny’s been writing in it for months and months, telling me all her pitiful worries and woes - how her brothers tease her, how she had to come to school with secondhand robes and books, how she didn’t think famous, good, great Harry Potter would ever like her. It’s very boring, having to listen to the silly little troubles of an eleven- year-old girl, but I was patient. I wrote back. I was sympathetic, I was kind. Ginny simply loved me. No one’s ever understood me like you, Tom …. I’m so glad I’ve got this diary to confide in …. It’s like having a friend I can carry around in my pocket. If I say it myself, Harry, I’ve always been able to charm the people I needed. So Ginny poured out her soul to me, and her soul happened to be exactly what I wanted …

elle fanning as young!ginny

Name Origins
  • Voldemort, Lord – There was a Dark wizard in medieval times named Voldermortist. In another language, “Voldermortist” means “Lord of Evil” or “Dark Lord.” Legend has it that Voldermortist once tried to destroy Merlin before the time of King Arthur (Mr. Weasley?) by bewitching good people and simply bribing those who already were evil. Legend has it that Merlin destroyed Voldermortist by using a simple Paralyzing Charm (full body bind?), fed him to the many-headed-beast (Fluffy?) of the lake, the Lady of the Lake’s pet (Giant Squid?), freed the bewitched people, and destroyed the evil men. That was maybe twelve, thirteen years before Arthur. In many European languages, mort or mord refer to death. In French, vol de mortmeans “flight from death” (meaning escaping death). Also, in French, vol translates as “the act of stealing,” giving Voldemort’s name the alternate meaning to “steal from death.” In Norwegian and Danish, vold means “violence.” In Danish, voldemeans “to cause” and could be derived from the Latin valde, meaning “great, exceedingly, strongly, powerfully.” Using these definitions, Lord Voldemort’s name would then mean “excessive, great, or extreme death.”

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