Thursday, July 28, 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (#85)

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How did Quirrell add to the overall storyline?

Quirrell did a number of things for the storyline and character development of others. One of the most important things he did, though, was teach Harry that evil doesn't look like big ugly trolls and sour faced aunts. It can look like the most unassuming, kind professor. Appearances can deceive in the grandest of ways.

Qurriell also marked the beginning of Voldemort's attempt to rise again. He was a parasite to Quirrell and it's a testament to either his weak constitution or Voldemort's incredible persuasive voice that  Quirrell allowed Voldemort to possess him in such a weakened state. Quirrell was a unfortunate casualty of Voldemort's greed and obsession, but he entered willingly into that contract and made it possible for Voldemort to get close to Harry again.


  1. I agree: Quirrell was weak and I think it's safe to say he was hungry for power. I know that Voldemort can be really persuasive too so that was the perfect combination for: yeah ok, you can hitch a ride in the back of my head like a parasite O.O

    It also marks the first of MANY times that Harry wrongly suspects Snape...but more than that, it's crazy how Voldemort came so close to rising again the moment Harry set foot in Hogwarts!

  2. I have to say, I totally fell for Quirrell's outward appearance and thought it was Snape who was up to no good in Sorcerer's Stone. So along with Harry, I learned a valuable lesson that evil could be lurking where you least expect it!

  3. I really love what you said about appearances. It's always interesting rereading SS and seeing Harry, Ron, and Hermione trying to stand up for "poor Quirrell" when they think Snape's trying to get info from him. I wonder if their actions made it easier for him to work with Voldemort or harder. Either way, like you said, Quirrell chose to work for Voldemort and he definitely pays for it.

  4. Yes! That's what I think too that Quirrell had a big part in showing that appearances can definitely be deceiving. Evil isn't always red eyes. Sometimes it's a bow on the head, or in this case a turban. I feel like it was a mixture of the two. Voldemort has to be incredibly persuasive to have the following that he does, and Quirrell was weak and power hungry. He had that whole, "I'll show them!" mantra going on. I'm sure he didn't bargain for what he got though.