The Message: Love Is The Most Powerful Magic Of All
In the Harry Potter universe, nothing is more powerful than love. It's what kicks off and ends the entire saga. Harry's mother first sacrifices herself to save her son from Voldemort, thus setting up the stage for their final confrontation. And in the end, as any HP fan can tell you, it's Voldemort's lack of love that causes him to lose a magical duel with Harry and die.
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A cuddle a day keeps disintegration away.
Every single person who follows this belief in love dies. All of them. Harry's parents, Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Snape, even Harry. Sure, he comes back. But he doesn't come back because of love; he comes back because he's the rightful owner of the Deathly Hallows, the three magical MacGuffins that let you get a do-over from Death.
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He who dies with the most toys does win.
The Deathly Hallows are also what let Harry win the final duel against Voldemort. Because he was the true owner of the wand that Voldemort uses, Magic Hitler's "Abraca-die-bra" spell bounces off Harry and nails Voldemort like he's plot-armored rubber and Voldemort is glue. Love had fuck-all to do with it. What truly kills the villain in the end is a magical loophole in wand law. But "Hey kids, always remember to exploit loopholes" is kind of a cynical message, so let's say it's love.
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