Tyrants always do

I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series aloud to my kids over the last few months. We are currently about two-thirds through the sixth book. I never expected to find them interesting, but I am totally into it, for better or worse. A friend and I have discussed the fact there are elements to the Harry Potter books that most children are probably oblivious to, but give adults a lot of food for thought. I read the following passage tonight and found it interesting. Interesting enough to save.

If Voldemort had never murdered your father, would he have imparted in you a furious desire for revenge? Of course not! If he had not forced your mother to die for you, would he have given you a magical protection he could not penetrate? Of course not, Harry! Don’t you see? Voldemort himself created his own worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!

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