Don’t you think it is Karma that when Lord Voldemort had set out kill little Harry, he wanted to ensure his immortality but what he really did was to set the course of his own destruction?
“The old argument,” he said softly. “But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your pronouncements that love is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore.”
– Lord Voldemort
Today it is going to be all about love. Lord Voldemort throughout his lifetime maintained that love is a form of weakness. He was firmly of the belief that it was foolish to love. The only thing that mattered was power.
“There is no good and evil, there is only power…and those too weak to seek it.”
– Lord Voldemort
Severus Snape loved Lily Evan since they were kids. It also happens that he was the Death Eater who overheard Prof. Dumbledore’s and Sybill Trelawney’s conversation. As we all know he was discovered halfway through the prophecy and turned out of the Hogs Head.
He relayed whatever he had heard to his master not knowing what conclusions the Dark Lord would draw. As we all know he was horrified by the Dark Lords assumption that it was Lily Potter’s son. He did not care for the child but he loved the mother immensely. So he tried to talk his master out of killing her, but to no avail.
As a last resort he approached the only man the Dark Lord had ever feared. Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore promised to keep Lily and her family safe and in return demanded Severus Snape’s services as a spy for the Order Of The Pheonix. Post Lily’s death, Severus continued to spy for Dumbledore. He had the option of not going back to Voldemort at the end of Goblet of Fire. But he did go back at great personal risk.
Everyone on both sides believed that he was a spy for their side because he played his part so well. And when Prof. Dumbledore revealed it to him that there is chance that Harry might have to die at the end, he was horrified.
” You have kept him alive so that he can at the right moment?”…
… “I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter…”
“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”
“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!”
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.
It was Snape’s love for Lily that made him risk his life for a cause she believed in. He would have remained a staunch supporter of the Dark Lord had Lily Evans never been threatened . It was his loyal, undying, unfailing love for her that made him betray Lord Voldemort.
His love, though unrequited, was strong enough that even after her death Severus Snape continued to protect Harry Potter despite nursing nothing but hatred for the boy and his father.
Lily Potter died trying to shield her only son from a maniac who wanted to kill him. The fact that she had no wand on her, or that she was standing in front of the most powerful and ruthless man who would definitely kill her if she didn’t move aside did not occur to her even once. She continued to shield her son till her last breath.
It was her selfless love for her child that cast upon Harry a protective shield so strong that it repelled the Killing Curse which had taken care of many full-grown and magically powerful wizards. The curse rebounded upon the one who had cast it and Lord Voldemort was destroyed.
I have written a bit more about this particular instance in the previous part. So all in all it was a mother’s love for her child that led to his downfall the first time around.
Narcissa Malfoy is a character that does not appear too often. Even when she does, she never had a very significant role to play. I have discussed Narcissa Malfoy and her betrayal in Women In Harry Potter (Part IV) . She betrayed the Dark Lord only so that she could go and look for her only son.
It was her love for her son Draco that gave Harry a chance to return to the fight and finish Lord Voldemort, once and for all.
From all of the above three instances, it was clear that Lord Voldemort was thwarted again and again by love.
The reason he couldn’t kill Harry was because his mother loved him so much. The reason one of his most loyal servants Severus Snape betrayed him was because he threatened the woman Snape loved with all his heart. The reason Narcissa Malfoy lied to him was because she wanted to look for her son and he, Lord Voldemort had not allowed her to look for him. She knew the only way she could look for Draco was if she entered the castle as a part of the victory procession.
Isn’t it ironic that the very thing that the Dark Lord stayed away from because he believed it to be a weakness became the reason he was destroyed? He thought of love as a weakness, but it was his lack of ability to love and show compassion that led to his ultimate downfall.
Don’t you think its karma that the man who never loved, who never respected love, rather insulted and demeaned love at every step was destroyed because of love?
Voldemort never understood the power of true love. Till his dying breath he remained ignorant of his great weakness, and that was his inability to love.