Pettigrew's Debt, Part II
An original editorial by Scottie R.
Thank you for being a friend, traveled down the road and back again.
Before I launch into the meat of this debate Id just like to express how
blown away Ive been by the response to my last editorial, Pettigrews
Debt. When I havent been in lectures Ive spent the last week almost
consumed with trying to answer every email and digest all the theories and
corrections so many keen Muggles have made. On that note I should warn you
that this editorial will not take the same "expose" style as my last.
Instead, I would like to look at some of the best points raised in the many
emails Ive received and throw them out there for discussion. As Nadine
Gaurdimer argues, The author should be the voice of the people. Im not
sure I agree with her entirely, but that quote will stand for this editorial
at least. Oh, and if youre wondering why Ive continued the song lyric
paragraph starters you can all blame an email from a girl named Kim:
Your editorial was great! That is a good theory, and I think it may
happen. I loved the song sub-headings as well.
If Kim should be found strung up by her toes in the town square tomorrow
morning her family will know who to file proceedings against.
Lets get this party started!
If youve forgotten what I was on about last week, we began at Page 311 of
POA, in the Australasian print which I assume is the same as most
"Pettigrew owes his life to you. You have sent Voldemort a deputy who is in
your debt. When one wizard saves another wizards life, it creates a certain
bond between them
and Im much mistaken if Voldemort wants his servant in
the debt of Harry Potter."
"I dont 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 Pettigrews life."
I argued that in the magical community love, mercy and sacrifice in the name
of another wizard act as some sort of seal and went on to discuss that
Harrys mercy for Pettigrew in the Shrieking Shack forged a seal between
them which will come into play later in the series (long sentence, aye!). I
argued three theories and as one keen muggle wrote, Lets face it! The first
two were rubbish!" Im inclined to agree so let's go straight to the most
prolific and controversial theory. *Drumroll please!* NUMERO THREE!!!
These are my confessions.
Only an hour or two after my last editorial was published I received emails
from four clever souls, namely Jenna N., Laura J., Joanna F., and Rebekah E. They all sent me immediately over to The Leaky Cauldron, where a full transcript of Jo Rowlings World Book Day Chat can be found.
Halfway through the chat this issue arose:
MauraEllen: Did the debt Wormtail has to Harry carry over to Voldemort
when he sacrifices his arm to restore his body?
JK Rowling: No, cant say any more than that!
Immediately this dismisses the third theory that Wormtails debt is now
within Voldemort. That being said, Laura J. went on to point out that
even though she says no, her 'Cant say any more than that!' implies
theres more to it than that." Im inclined to agree with this. Jo is
synonymous for twisting the truth or answering things only as well as she
wants to. Even though the debt is not yet transferred it is not to say it
won't eventually through another occurrence later in the books. In the
ever-changing world of Jo Rowling, who really knows?!
I wanna know what blood is. I want you to show me!
Following this discovery at TLC, several other emails also followed to
remind me that it is Pettigrews flesh that is used in the cauldron and
not his blood. Steve T. was even nice enough to send me the quotes so I
wouldnt have to search for them again. For those of you with your books
handy you can flip open to pg. 556-557 of GOF (Australasian Print).
Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son!
Flesh of the servant w-willingly given you will revive your
B-blood of the enemy
resurrect your foe.
With this in mind, I do not feel it is enough to dismiss Pettigrews
"donation" from having a part to play in the next two books. Whether blood
(from Harry) or flesh (from Pettigrew), it needs to be remembered that these
are both now a part of Voldemort.
Touching you, touching me
Steve T. was, yet again, extremely helpful when pointing out that the
more significant linkage following the events of GOF is that of Lily Potter
and Voldemort. Speculation of this concept is fueled further when Harry
returns to Hogwarts at the end of GOF (pg. 604):
When Harry told of Wormtail piercing his arm with the dagger, however,
Sirius let out a vehement exclamation, and Dumbledore stood up so quickly
that Harry started. Dumbledore walked around the desk and told Harry to
stretch out his arm. Harry showed them both the place where his robes were
torn, and the cut beneath them.
"He said my blood would make him stronger than if he used someone elses" Harry told Dumbledore. "He said the protection my my mother left in me
hed have it, too. And he was right he could touch me without hurting
himself, he touched my face."
For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like
triumph in Dumledores eyes. But the next second, Harry was sure he had imagined it.
It is at this point that we get into the realms of speculation. Rather than
try to manufacture an elaborate conclusion to the series based on this one
quote Id instead prefer to let you come to your own conclusions on it with
the knowledge we already have. From this editorial there are three main
things we need to take with us for a better understanding of where the books
are, and more importantly, where theyre going:
1) J.K. Rowling said herself in the World Book Day Chat that no linkage
exists between Pettigrew and Voldemort following the events of GOF.
Therefore, the third theory mentioned in my article, Pettigrews Debt, is
2) While we can rest easy knowing the third theory is impossible, we
must not discount the manner in which Rowling answered the question. Rowling
said, "No, I cant say anymore than that." The flesh of the servant, bone of
the father and blood of the enemy, in my opinion, will be the deciding
factors of the series.
3) When Dumbledore is told about the blood removed from Harrys arm there is
a "gleam of something like triumph in his eyes." If theres one thing we
know, its that Dumbledore knows more. With his habit of bringing great
revelations at the end of each book we can only wait and speculate about
what his next will be.
Get Out! Right now, its the end of you and me.
Its time to close this up, I think. I apologise if this article was found
somewhat less enticing than the last but, as mentioned earlier, an
editorials job is to speak for the people. This article is simply a
collection of evidence. What you will make of it will depend on your own
personal hopes and desires for the conclusions of the books. That being
said: I really enjoy receiving your emails and with regular overviews like
this one Im sure well become at least a little more educated in our
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