Voldemort VS Dumbledore - Who Won? (BOOK vs MOVIE) - Harry Potter Theory
Welcome to another installment of Harry Potter Theory. In this video, I’m going to be discussing and breaking down the differences between the fateful duel between Voldemort & Dumbledore inside of the ministry atrium. This duel happened in the order of the phoenix, and it’s arguably the most impressive looking duel on-screen that we’ve seen to date. It was a duel of epic proportions- good against evil, light against dark- and it totally overshadowed all of the boring stalemates that Harry had with Voldemort. However, one thing that is completely worth mentioning is that their duel was represented very differently from book to film. The film adaptation certainly took some liberties with the contents of the book, and, rather than staying true to the picture that the book had it initially painted for us, it mixed things up-most likely for increased cinematic and dramatic effect. But, in doing so, they actually portrayed the characters in a very different light than we had expected- and it was honestly quite inconsistent with what we had initially read in the books.
In the book, their skirmish of course breaks out when a helpless Harry, who is in mortal danger, is saved by Dumbledore - who arrives just in the knick of time.
“Dumbledore flicked his own wand: the force of the spell that emanated from it was such that Harry, though shielded by his golden guard, felt his hair stand on end as it passed and this time Voldemort was forced to conjure a shining silver shield out of thin air to deflect it. The spell, whatever it was, caused no visible damage to the shield, though a deep, gong-like note reverberated from it - an oddly chilling sound.”
'You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore?' called Voldemort, his scarlet eyes narrowed over the top of the shield. 'Above such brutality, are you?'
'We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom,' Dumbledore said calmly, continuing to walk towards Voldemort as though he had not a fear in the world, as though nothing had happened to interrupt his stroll up the hall. 'Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit”
'There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!' snarled Voldemort.
'You are quite wrong,' said Dumbledore, still closing in upon Voldemort and speaking as lightly as though they were discussing the matter over drinks. Harry felt scared to see him walking along, undefended, shieldless; he wanted to cry out a warning, but his headless guard kept shunting him backwards towards the wall, blocking his every attempt to get out from behind it. 'Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness – '
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