Two Questions about the Only Loved Boy in the World
The twins and I started reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which meant that one child ended up in my bed from 2 am until 6 am claiming nightmares. Perhaps I didn’t need to make Voldemort’s voice quite so raspy and creepy. But we’re past that now! Onward and upward towards the Quidditch World Cup.
As I was reading one of the opening chapters, an odd thought occurred to me. Harry mentions that he is the only person to have survived a killing curse. And what is the reason given for his survival? He was protected by his mother’s fierce love. Uh… so the fact that Frank Bryce drops over dead from Avada Kedavra… does that mean he isn’t protected by love? No one loves him? All those other people that Voldemort or the Death Eaters kill. Hundreds of thousands of people… no love? Not one other person in the world has enough love in them to make a killing curse rebound on the caster? Are you seeing the problem here? Is Harry Potter the only loved boy in the world?
But the ChickieNob had an even better question. Why does Voldemort call Peter Pettigrew “Wormtail.” That’s the affectionate nickname used by Lupin, Sirius, and James. Everyone else calls him Peter Pettigrew (or “that little lump of a boy”). So why does Voldemort call him by his childhood nickname — a nickname that isn’t a logical diminution of his given name. It would be understandable if his schoolmates and Voldemort both called him Pete. But they don’t. His school friends called him Wormtail, the rest of the adult world called him Peter, and… Voldemort apparently thinks he’s part of the in-crowd. Dude, it’s Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. Not Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, Prongs, and Snakey.
So, is Harry Potter the only loved person in the world? And why is Voldemort using the name Peter’s old friends called him? Any thoughts?