What If Draco Malfoy Had Not Disarmed Dumbledore At The End Of The Half-Blood Prince?
Warning: Plot spoilers included. Only read on if you have finished The Deathly Hallows
What would have happened had Draco Malfoy not disarmed Dumbledore at the end of The
Half Blood Prince?
If Draco doesn’t disarm Dumbledore, either Snape disarms him (unlikely, as Dumblodore’s intention is to be the last owner of The Elder Wand. Snape knows this, and would not have tried to get his wand)
…or he doesn’t (far, far more likely).
So let’s assume Dumbledore had died the last owner of the most powerful wand of all time.
This would have meant that Harry could not have become the possessor of The Deathly Hallows.
And if Harry had not have been the possessor of The Deathly Hallows (because Draco was at that point the true master of The Elder Wand, having disarmed Dumbledore just before Snape killed him. Harry had the invisibility cape and the resurrection stone, which Dumbledore gave him hidden in the snitch he left Harry in his will).
Who knows if being the possessor of The Deathly Hallows affected his ability to triumph over Voldemort?
My feeling is that he would have still been protected from Voldemort. I explain in this article the true significance of Voldemort but for now, I think the important thing is this:
The knowledge that he was in this unique position (possessing The Hallows) gave Harry the choice to destroy their power. The stone he leaves in the forest, the wand he throws away – it is the cape alone that survives.
Why is it so important that Harry disperse The Hallows?
Because true power does not come from the tools we have at our disposal.
It comes from standing up to our own demons and proving to ourselves that they have no power over us. This is at the heart of JK Rowling’s phenomenal success – we all have our own personal Voldemorts hidden in the depths of our souls, sources of terror that are to a great extent creations of our own imagination.
I explain more about this here – and what on earth any of this has to do with eating psychology.