Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Voldemort tried to kill Harry with the Killing Curse at least five times and that's just dumb

You know that villain that's supposed to be supercool because they are just a complete badass? For me, it wasn't Voldemort, who (quite frankly) would have been better served with a knife or a gun. After all, if you want someone dead, you could be forgiven for thinking that there is anything more lethal than a gun. Even the Winchester brothers knew this in Supernatural, when they found a gun capable of killing God in season two. So below are listed all the times Voldemort used "The Killing Curse" (and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong):

1) When Harry was a baby.
2) In the Goblet of Fire book following Cedric Diggory's death at the graveyard (it didn't work because of something called priori incantatum).
3) When Harry was fighting Voldemort in the Department of Mysteries, he attempted to use the Killing Curse again. It was prevented when Dumbledore arrived and animated a golden statue to cover Harry and shield him from the curse.
4) When Voldemort tried to kill Harry in the Forbidden Forest (Narcissa Malfoy lied to Voldy saying Harry was dead in the hope of being able to be reunited with her son Draco).
5) And again in the final battle where his spell rebounds upon himself, which at this point is just stupid because it sure as hell would have occurred to me that using this particular spell will probably not work since it hasn't worked during the last four times I tried it.

Seriously. How many times do you need to try and do something and it doesn't work and then you just keep trying to do it the same way? Anyway, it's not that I think these books or this story is particularly bad. It's just that I think Voldemort had an IQ of about 80, which means that despite all of his supposed natural talent, he really should have been riding the "short train" to school.

Thoughts? I know all of you "Lovers of Harry Potter" are probably in shock out there that I would dare call J.K. Rowling's penultimate villain "stupid," but get over it. At the end of the day, Voldemort was as dumb as a box of rocks.

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...

Munir said...

I don't think any of the fans would be offended. They find him to be stupid anyway. Take a look at "Potter Puppet pals" on You tube. you will see him there. Have fun.

Adam said...

If he was in X-Men, he would keep trying to attack Magneto with stuff made of metal

Pat Dilloway said...

Did you already post this a while back? Or was it one with just a similar theme?

Hart Johnson said...

Teehee--ah, Grasshopper, you forget the stuff Voldemort was made of. He had to prove to his followers he was A SUPERIOR WIZARD to Harry Potter and his followers despised ALL THINGS Muggle. He needed to kill Harry with HIS magic. He may have been wiser to go the Nagini route like he did with Snape, but that wouldn't have had the same publicity effect.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

@Pat: No, I made comments about it to people, and then a post on io9 convinced me I had to make a point about it in a blog post.

Danette Baltzer said...

Voldemort was not one of the great villains of all time. He just couldn't seem to do anything new, could he?

DRC said...

lol...when you're reading the books, it seems such a long time between attempts that you miss this fact. Seeing it condensed like this makes it all clear. Stoopid :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

i mean, most of them you can kind of write off. After the priori incantatum mishap, he probably just thought he needed to make sure to hit him while Harry was not trying to deflect. Hence, he kept trying.

But after he "killed" harry in the forest and Harry still lives, that's when he really should have tried something different. Like, dude, you hit this kid twice witht the killing curse and it didn't kill him. Take a hint.

But also, what Hart said.

Pat Dilloway said...

Maybe I read one of your comments then.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Hey, not every one can be the Winchester bros. I never really thought about this. I like HP but I'm not one of those super fans so I guess I'm agreeing with you.

Andrew Leon said...

Having a father-in-law who is a criminal attorney has reaffirmed that criminals continually do the same things over and over. That's why most of them get caught.

Loni Townsend said...

I think they call that the definition of insanity.

M Pax said...

I guess badass doesn't mean smart. Look at the Joker and the Penguin. They never outright killed Batman. As a kid I wondered why. I knew it was because the show would end, but the elaborate plots to kill the Batman seemed dumb.

Liz A. said...

Voldemort believed in his own infallibility. That was his major downfall. He couldn't understand how he could fail. Which is how he failed in the end. (But yeah, I hadn't thought of the whole killing curse thing before.)

L.G. Smith said...

Come on Mike, if it worked the first five times, we wouldn't have a seven book series. Duh.

Stephen Hayes said...

You make a good point, but then a super villain does need to have some sort of weakness to bring him down. What always got me was how addled Dumbledore was. Dear God, he'd have hired Satan to teach Potions if Satan had applied. There was absolutely no quality control in hiring at Hogwarts.

Suz Korb said...

Or you can stay with the magic of the story and just be like, Voldemort was too egocentric to find out how to use a muggle weapon such as a gun. There are plot holes and annoying bits in all fiction. If you want the story to remain entertaining for you, just fill in the blanks with your own creativity.

Helena said...

Your point about the killing curse repetition is really sharp, but I think Hart had the best reply. And maybe Voldemort insisted on using the same curse over and over because he was furious that Harry wouldn't succumb to it as an infant, so Voldemort was determined ever since then to show Harry who's boss. That and yes, the curse thing is a plot hole.

Madeline Jane said...

Maybe he really needed the closure when he killed the boy who lived with the curse that let the boy live. . . which. . . yeah. Not the best move.