|The Redemption of Harry Potter|
|by Ryan Hamm |
Voldemort also fears death more than anything else. He fears it so much he separates his soul into seven pieces in order to gain immortality. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort has a showdown with Dumbledore and exclaims, “There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!”
To which Dumbledore calmly replies: “You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.”
Dumbledore proves his belief there are things beyond death by sacrificing himself in order to save both Harry and Draco Malfoy. His selflessness is held up by Rowling as the pinnacle of love—and the fullness of the “ancient magic” completely overlooked by Voldemort.