Thursday, July 28, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #153

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and Me @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hello and welcome to the last official Harry Potter Moment of Harry Potter Month!  Had I known how the topics would fall, I might have tried to pick a more fitting or all-encompassing topic but I guess we'll have to work with what we have:

How did Quirrell add to the overall storyline?



I think that Quirrell is more of a causal character, meant to disclose things about Voldemort. Quirrell's presence reveals a lot about Voldemort's motives, his powers and his personality than it does about Quirrell himself  By the time we are introduced to Quirrell, he is already doing Voldemort's bidding and it isn't long before he becomes Voldemort's vessel which is very telling of Voldemort's power and ambition.

Quirrell as a character does a great job at showing what Voldemort is willing to do to gain a body back. It shows how the weak and those searching for power will constantly be easy prey for the Dark Side and it shows Voldemort's complete disregard for human life...even if they're on his side. He'll sacrifice them in a heartbeat. I think Quirrell also serves as a means of introducing younger readers to Voldemort and the danger Harry already faces without being as scary as Voldemort in the flesh!

What do you guys think?


8 comments:

  1. I like your take on this. I didn't really think about the aspects of Voldemort that we learned through Quirrell's character in the story. You're right though, the readers learned that he doesn't care about anyone, friend or foe and will kill to get what he wants. I'm really glad we got Voldemort in pieces at first instead of full on. I agree that it helped us know what Harry would be up against, and Harry as well, without getting the full package so soon.

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    1. Thank you! Well I just feel like we don't really KNOW Quirrell as a person. When we meet him, he's already serving Voldemort and then before long, Voldemort is possessing him. Yeah being faced with Voldy in the first book would have been traumatic O.O

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  2. I completely agree with you. Despite Quirrell acting as the villain, we don't really know him. Throughout the whole book he's wearing the person of "Poor, stuttering Professor Quirrell" and by the end everything we thought we knew about him had changed completely. We don't get to know Quirrell, but I like how you say we start to get to know Voldemort through him.

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    1. EXACTLY^^ He's taken up a persona the moment he shows up on the page (or screen) And then eventually, he's completely under Voldemort's command! For the reader I feel like his purpose is to introduce us to what Voldemort has become...and what he's capable of.

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  3. That's a really good point about younger readers getting a good idea of just how evil Voldemort is through Quirrell but without having to deal with full strength Voldemort so soon. Even as an adult, this Voldemort terrified me quite a bit, lol, so by the time I got to GoF, I couldn't read the graveyard scene without lots of flinching.

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    1. Thanks my friend! Same here^^ Voldy is terrifying regardless of his form. The graveyard scene is chilling...and well, you know how I feel about the scene in DH where he flies O.O

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  4. Oh yeah, all of this. We know how much charisma and charm Voldemort must have had to convince people the first time, imagine how much sway he must have had to have to convince a bright young wizard vacationing in Albania, not only to follow and help him, but to let him grow on the back of his head. I mean Quirrell drank unicorn blood for Voldemort. It's insane.

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    1. YEAH. As a sort of spectre no less...THAT's the true mark of his power right there^^ And the poor unicorns *sob* Quirrell was clearly weak and desperate for power.

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