In the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, there is a connection in the wands’ of Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. This connection causes Harry and Lord Voldemort to have a hard time defeating one another because both of the wands have a feather of the same phoenix. Lord Voldemort wanted to kill Harry so he could have another horcrux to store his soul in. The reason the wands react strangely when fighting against one another is because when they do, the wands display all of the spells which the wizard has cast in reverse order of the casting. The winning wizard often gains powers from the losing wizard because of the connection. This connection is Priori Incantatem, which causes Harry to be able to have more power in his wand because when he dueled in the cemetery with Lord Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire, he absorbed some of Lord Voldemort’s power which made Harry capable of conjuring spells which his was unaware that he was able to do. (Goblet) He ends up having much stronger powers then anyone had imagined for such a young wizard. This makes him a role model to other students at Hogwarts, and causes them to want to join forces with him to form Dumbledore’s Army in The Order of the Phoenix.(Order) In the Wizarding world, each magic wand is made from wood and has a magical core. Mr. Ollivander is a wand maker in Diagon Alley and the wands he makes have one of three cores: dragon heartstring, unicorn tail hair, or phoenix feather. Harry and Lord Voldemort both have wands that share the same core from the same source. This makes it so the wands will not function against each other, instead the wands react strangely and do not conjure the spells which have been cast correctly. When a wizard goes to get a wand they don’t choose the wand it chooses them. When Harry goes to get his wand, he goes through many to get to the one that is meant for him. The wand that is meant for him is a combination of phoenix feather and holly, which is not often seen in the wizarding world. Mr. Ollivander said, ‘I remember every wand I’ve sold Mr. Potter. It so happens that the phoenix, whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather—just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand, when its brother—why, its brother gave you that scar.’…After all, He-Who-Must- Not- Be- Named, did great things—terrible, yes, but great. (Rowling, Sorcerer’s 85). Harry did not know all this at the time of receiving his wand but the connection had gone back to when Lord Voldemort tried to kill him. Hagrid told Harry that the mark that was given to him was by the same man that killed his parents and the only way to get a mark like that is to be “touched by a curse and evil curse at that”.(Sorcerer’s) There was a prophecy that told Lord Voldemort that:
"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies ..."(The Prophecy) The prophecy is important to the action of the next film because Harry realizes that he must kill Lord Voldemort in order to live his life. He begins seeking out the horcruxs’ which Lord Voldemort has set up to keep him from truly dying. The prophecy also states that Harry has a hidden power which the “Dark Lord” will not know about, which helps Harry defeat Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort’s ultimate downfall comes from his own hubris and arrogance. He believes that Harry Potter is just a boy and could never defeat him. He causes his own defeat by allowing himself to believe that he could never be defeated. Lord Voldemort inadvertently turned Harry into a horcrux when Lord Voldemort killed Harry’s parents. Then turned the wand on Harry,...
Cited: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Dir. Christopher Columbus. Prod. David Heyman. Perf. Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Warner Bros. 2001. DVD
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Scholastic, 2007. Print.
--- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Scholastic, 2004 Print.
---Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic, 1998 Print
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