How is the theme of love represented in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows offers a multitude of themes to the reader, including: the saving power of love, redemption, the importance of friendship, and forgiveness.

The power of love is addressed throughout the novel on multiple levels.  Severus Snape's story encompasses this theme; through his memories in the pensieve, Harry learns that Snape's love for his mother turned his allegiance to the side of the Light and that Snape has loved her all this time.

Harry's love for his friends leads him to offer himself to Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, knowing from the pensieve visions that he carries Voldemort's horcrux and must die to save his loved ones.

His sacrifice protects him in the end from Voldemort's killing curse, enabling Harry to defeat Voldemort in their final show down. 

Love conquers all. 

nicoledesilva | Student

But, lentzk, you forgot the main thing that started the whole series. Lily's love for Harry is what kept him protected for 17 years. This was why Voldemort couldn't touch him until he used some of Harry's blood.

homin007 | Student

In fact, the whole of the Harry Potter series is steeped in Love i n different ways, nicoledesilva is very right !

I see that Love in a number of ways-- (i) Lily Potter's Love from the start, as stated by nicole (ii) Dumbledore's love for his students and Hogwarts and for the orphan Harry (iii) Harry's love --for this freinds, his (favorite) teachers and Dumbledore, for Sirius, for Lupin, for Ron and Hermione, Hagrid etc, all those who make up his 'family' for him, and of course, his love for his departed parents who are in a sense always 'with' him. and etc

There are many other examples of Love at many levels too.

I think that more than 'Good' vs 'Evil' JK Rowling talks about Love vs Hate.

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