An original editorial by Scottie R.
I come from the land down under
Okay, Iâm just a humble little New Zealander living on the edges of the
global community so youâll have to excuse me if the theory I am about to
discuss has already been thrashed about years before I joined the MuggleNet
community. This, I feel, is not necessarily a disadvantage, it simply allows
for a fresh set of slightly objective ideas to grace your forums.
Itâs only words
On to the topic! Letâs start at page 311 of PoA of the Australasian
print which I assume is the same as most people's anyway:
"Pettigrew owes his life to you. You have sent Voldemort a deputy who is in
your debt. When one wizard saves another wizardâs life, it creates a certain
bond between them...and Iâm much mistaken if Voldemort wants his servant in
the debt of Harry Potter."
"I donât want a bond with Pettigrew!" said Harry. "He betrayed my parents!"
"This is magic at its deepest, its most impenetrable, Harry. But trust me...the time may come when you will be very glad you saved Pettigrewâs life."
It seems in the magical community that love, mercy and sacrifice in the name
of another wizard act as some sort of seal that cannot be broken by
any spell. Lily forged a seal between Harry and Voldemort through her
sacrifice and love. I know this is a controversial argument but I believe a
similar seal exists between none other than Harry and Peter Pettigrew due to
the mercy he showed in stopping Sirius and Lupin from killing him in the
Yummy, yummy, yummy, Iâve got blood in my tummy
Well, J.K. Rowling is famous for ending her books with a message and a nice
bit of meat to chew on before the next one comes out. After chewing
copiously and threatening to swallow I canât help but ponder the
significance of the last line in the above quote. Why would Rowling bother
taking the time to let Dumbledore say something so deep (âthe time may come
when you will be very glad you saved Pettigrewâs lifeâ) if she didnât mean
it? Yes, I admit she is brilliant at dropping red herrings to keep us off the
real trail but I donât believe this to be one. It is simply too carefully
Absence makes the Voldemort grow stronger
Rowling is highly skilled at helping the reader forget about characters for
a while and then bringing them into greater prominence later on. We saw this
with Voldemortâs absence from the end of Book 2 and then his grand
re-entrance at the end of Book 4. She is also careful about keeping
characters in the background when she would rather not draw too much
attention to them. Take, for example, Cedric and Choâs gradual emergence as
important characters. So where, you may ask, has Pettigrew been for the whole
of Book 5? I believe that Book 6 will be similar to PoA in that it will
be attached to the Voldemort plot but not so closely. Anyyyyway...thatâs
another opinion. The point is, Pettigrewâs out of the picture to lead the
reader away from his eventual significance: the fact that the seal between
himself and Harry will ultimately be Voldemortâs undoing.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered!
NO! The way I look at it this magic could work three different ways:
1) The first is simple and doesnât sit very well with me, but
Iâll go into it anyway. Quite simply, Pettigrew owes his life to Harry. At
the last moment when he is possibly asked to capture and bring Harry to Voldemort (theoretically speaking), Peter may instead find his seal with
Harry comes into effect, causing him to set Harry free. This theory
however will not get us to a final conflict between Harry and Voldemort so
it really lacks foundation as a valid argument. It also would really fail to
excite me compared to a final book blood-bath (pardon my malicious side).
2) The second is even worse than the first. Basically, Pettigrew will return to the Order of the Phoenix and join their side. The
way I see it, heâs made his choice to stick with Voldemort until the very end. You
donât just cut off your hand for kicks!
3) The third theory is by far the most credible. As we know, Voldemort needed
the blood of his servant (Pettigrew) to return to human form. To allow this
to happen Pettigrew cut off his own hand. As we all know, Rowling is
carrying a thematic line of "blood". I would argue that prior to Pettigrewâs
sacrifice in the graveyard he was already marked with the seal of Harryâs
mercy from the end of PoA. If this is true then a weakness
lies within the very fabric and re-creation of Voldemort into human form.
The seal that saved Harry at birth (Lily-Harry) could be very similar to
the one that Voldemort now has within him after his resurrection due to the
Stop right now, thank you very much!
The argument I tend to lean towards is that Voldemortâs magic will not work
on Harry because he is indebted to him through Pettigrewâs blood. I would be
willing to believe that come the end of Book 7 Voldemortâs grand
opportunity to kill Harry will come. Voldemort may well use the Avada
Kedavra but hereâs where it gets interesting! I donât think the curse will rebound, because letâs face it, itâs already been done.
I predict the curse simply wonât work. The blood pact between Pettigrew and Harry, and thus Voldemort and Harry, will make his magic on Harry useless. All Harry needs to do is get up off the floor and take down
Voldemort in his defenseless state. Remember: One cannot live while the
other survives. As you can see this is partly just speculation but I have no
doubt whatsoever that this seal forged with Pettigrew will come into play
beyond belief in the last book.
Time to say goodbye
This is ultimately a dash of evidence mixed in with a tad of speculation.
Whether or not you agree with my philosophy on this, it probably stacks up better
than that Char-grilled Hypothesis (hehehe, only joking). I think no matter
what, this quote from PoA needs to be taken into account as something that
will come into play greatly over the last two books. No doubt after using
song titles for every sub-heading Iâll probably struggle to get another
editorial published but Iâd love to get your emails and see what you think
Posted by: Sara