Death and Darkness

Death and Darkness

“There is nothing to be feared from a body, Harry, any more than there is anything to be feared from the darkness.  Lord Voldemort, who of course secretly fears both, disagrees.  But once again he reveals his own lack of wisdom.  It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

Albus Dumbledore when Harry remarks upon the Inferi floating in the water at the cave (HBP26: The Cave)


It is interesting to see Harry's fear in this scene.  I think Dumbledore's presence allows him to be afraid, whereas if he were there alone, his Gryffindor courage would come blazing forth, shoving his fear aside until later, when it won’t hinder his defenses.  He is brave out of necessity—he has never had much choice in the matter.  Danger continuously finds him, and he has adapted to that reality.


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