Hi Jim.

I always got the idea that it would be rather like having any custom item made for you, whether it's a sword, a baseball bat, a coat or whatever.


Others can use it relatively well, but because it is individually taylored with your own personal weight, balance or build in mind, it is unlikely to sute others as well as it sutes you.

indeed, at the end of the 7th book, when voldemort has the unbeatable wand, it is not the case that it doesn't work at all, sinse we see him doing lots of magic with it (including killing snape and setting Nevil on fire), rather it is that the wand doesn't seem to be anything special.

voldemort can use it, but only in the hands of it's true owner, would it actually be the legendary wand it appears.

As to the killing curse, well in the harry potter universe, it seems that the more powerful spells such as the patronus chalm require not just correct words and gestures, but the will and intention of the user.

When Harry attempts the cruciatus curse on belatrix lestrange after she kills sirius black in Order of the Phenix, it fails to actually cause her any serious pain sinse as she says, the wielder has to have a real desire to hurt another person and something of an enjoyment.

harry's rage at his Godfathers' death, while justified, wouldn't actually be enough for him to perform the curse, sinse he did not have the sadistic streak necessary.

thus, I imagine the killing curse works in a very similar way, that the person performing it has to have a real desire to end the life of another.

on this basis, it wouldn't be the wand, but the intention of the wizard using it, ---- rather the way that to kill someone with a sword you wouldn't need a specifically made sword that was right for you, but you would need the intention to actually perform the killing thrust with it.

This is I presume why the unforgivable curses are deemed as so bad, not just because they are dangerous weapons, but because of the kind of mind that needs to be behind them.

equally this says how serious it is when the ministry authorize auras to use the curses on suspected criminals.

Of course, all this is very much going off into the misty marshes of speculation, though hopefully with at least some basis from the books.


Beware the grue!

Dark.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Kitchen" <j...@kitchensinc.net>
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Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Harry Potter Trivia 2


Hi Dark,

Oh yeah, thanks. But strange that a wand picks the person, but others can use it even for such serious spells as the avada kedavra spell.

BFN

    Jim

Do witches run spell checkers?

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