Did Harry Potter Kill Voldemort?

Did Harry Potter Kill Voldemort

In the whirlwind of wizarding duels and perilous prophecies, there lies a question that has long intrigued fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series: Did Harry Potter kill Voldemort? Despite the swirling speculation and fan theories, the answer is – not directly.

It was Harry Potter’s actions, his courage and determination, that led to the ultimate defeat of the Dark Lord, Voldemort. However, it wasn’t his killing curse that ended the reign of the infamous wizard. In a twist of fate, Voldemort was vanquished by his own rebounding Avada Kedavra curse in the Battle of Hogwarts, a dramatic finale imbued with irony and poetic justice.

So while Harry was instrumental in Voldemort’s downfall, he did not directly kill him. This article will dive into the details of this climax, providing an in-depth analysis of the magic, motives, and misunderstood moments that led to the Dark Lord’s demise. For all the fans eager to explore the intricate nuances of the final battle, prepare for a magical deep dive into the heart of the epic saga.

Lord Voldemort, One of the Most Powerful Wizards That Ever Lived

Lord Voldmerot was Harry Potter’s archenemy, the most powerful and dangerous Dark Wizard of all time and one of the greatest wizards in general, often considered to be equal to Albus Dumbledore.

He attempted to murder Harry but instead killed his parents, Lily and James, and left Harry with a famous scar on his forehead in the shape of a lightning bolt.

Lord Voldemort’s Name Was Tom

Did Harry Potter Kill Voldemort

Voldmerot’s real name was Tom Marvolo Riddle and he was the only child and son of Tom Riddle and Merope Riddle. He also attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1938 and was in Slytherin house.

Death of Voldemort. Did Harry Potter Kill Voldemort?

Lord Voldmerot died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

But how does he die? Did Harry Potter kill him? Well yes and no… mostly no.

He did die in an altercation with Harry Potter but Harry didn’t kill him per se. It would be fair to say that Voldemort killed himself, although not intentionally. The thing is Voldemort was using the Elder Wand, but rightful owner of Elder Wand was Harry Potter, and it can’t harm its rightful owner.

This was shown in Chamber of Secrets when Lockhart tried to use Ron’s wand against him using a forget spell. The spell eventually rebounded onto Lockhart, wiping out his memories so that he did not even know who he was.

The Elder Wand originally belonged to Dumbledore, however Dumbledore was disarmed by Draco and with that Draco became the new owner of the Elder Wand. The Elder Wand changes its allegiance when its owner loses a duel, and since Dumbledore was disarmed and lost the duel Draco became the new owner of the wand.

Later it was Harry that disarmed Draco and gained his wand and therefore the Elder Wand became loyal to Harry. So it’s not just a matter of possession, it’s a matter of loyalty. You had to earn wand’s respect. For example if the wand was stolen it still wouldn’t obey the thief nor would it cast a spell against its rightful owner. Once you lost a duel, you’ve lost the Elder Wand.

So after disarming Draco Harry became the owner of the Elder Wand and this is the wand that will never turn on its owner. As the wand maker once said, the wand chooses the wizard and the Elder Wand, one of the most powerful wands, knew its true master.

As Garrick Ollivander stated: …you will be able to channel your magic through almost any instrument. The best results, however, must always come where there is the strongest affinity between wizard and wand. These connections are complex. An initial attraction, and then a mutual quest for experience, the wand learning from the wizard, the wizard from the wand.

When Voldemort tried using the Elder Wand and Avada Kedavra spell against its rightful owner(Harry used Expelliarmus), the wand, turned against Voldemorts wishes and the spell rebounded thus hitting himself and the remaining fragment of his soul with the killing curse and that is how Voldemort died. This means that the killing curse Avada Kedavra, which Voldemort casted on Harry, got rebounded and destroyed him.

The Avada Kedavracurse couldn’t beat the Expelliarmus because the Harry is the true master of the Elder Wand.

Also we have to remember that Harry Potter is the individual who made the most damage to Lord Voldemort’s soul as he destroyed 1 Horcrux , and was willing to sacrifice his own life to get rid of the part of Lord Voldemort in himself. Voldemort unknowingly destroyed the Horcrux inside Harry, so Voldemort also played a part in his own death.

Elder Wand, the most powerful wand of them all

According to the legend (the wizard fable The Tale of the Three Brothers), the eldest brother was given a powerful wand created by death itself. In the end, the brother was murdered for his seemingly unbeatable wand.

The Elder Wand is also known as Deathstick or the Wand of Destiny and it was made of elder wood with a core of Thestral tail hair.

Avada Kedavra – The Killing Curse

Did Harry Potter Kill Voldemort

Adava Kedavra is a powerful killing curse, one of the Unforgivable Curses which are the most powerful known Dark Arts spells.

It manifests as a jet of green light which causes immediate death and it has no counter-curse and can’t be blocked by most magical means. However, the green energy bolt that it casts can be dodged, blocked with solid objects or even intercepted with few other powerful fast spells, such as Stunning spells. Harry Potter is the only person known to have survived this curse (twice).


Expelliarmus is a defense spell which is used to disarm an opponent and is a rather simple spell to use.

It is also known as the Disarming Charm as it forced whatever an opponent was holding to fly out of their hands.

How many times did Harry defeat Voldemort?

Voldemort tried to end Harry’s life more than once and failed every time. First he escaped defeat against Voldemort when he was just a baby thanks to his mother’s (Lily) sacrifice.  Then Harry was victorious when he encountered Voldemort as Harry was trying to get the Philosopher’s Stone.

Later in the Chamber of Secrets, when Harry killed the basilisk and destroyed the Horcrux. Then in the Triwizard tournament. When Voldemort possessed him in the ministry in Order of the Phoenix. Then when Harry, Ron and Hermione managed to obtain the locket Horcrux. When Harry destroys the diadem Horcrux .

Then when he tricks Voldemort into destroying his own horcrux inside Harry, fails to die in the Forbidden Forest, gets Neville to kill Nagini, and the final fight where Voldemort is finally killed.