Book Talk – Narcissa Malfoy’s Lie

In the last Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – there is one scene that raises questions. I have decided to take a closer look on a few fan theories. The scene I’m talking about is the one where Narcissa Malfoy lies to Voldemort about Harry being dead. After Voldemort casts the killing curse he unintentionally kills the seventh horcrux hw never meant to create – Harry himself. Harry lies on the ground and Narcissa steps forward to see whether he really is dead. When Narcissa kneeled beside Harry she asks him whether her son Draco is still alive. Harry confirms that and Narcissa proclaims that he is dead. 

Narcissa Malfoy lied straight to Voldemort’s face. How could she do that? In the past he was always able to tell when somebody lied to him. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  he knew that Harry lied about what he saw in the Mirror of Erised. And Voldemort was the greatest legillimens of his time. So why couldn’t he tell that she lied? 

1. A mother’s love

Throughout the books it is made clear that the one thing Voldemort cannot conquer is love. He couldn’t kill Harry as a baby because Lily Potter threw herself in front of him and therefore created the perfect protection. Love. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry’s parents buy him time to escape from the grave yard out of love. As a reach Urin get theme, Voldemort fails every time when it comes to love. Was the love Narcissa had for Draco another protection that kept Voldemort from knowing the truth? Was the love she had  for her son the shield that protected Harry once more?
2. Narcissa was very skilled in occlumentics

Another theory says that Narcissa was a highly skilled legillimens, maybe even more than the Dark Lord himself. This is one of my favourite theories. I refuse to believe that Narcissa was just a trophy wife. She was a prefect and then later head girl. Her family – the Blacks – is one of the most powerful magical families in Britain. Her sister Bellatrix was clearly very skilled in Dark Magic, so why couldn’t she have been skilled in another magical field? She might have build a strong mental shield to protect her thoughts from Voldemort and therefore saving Harry. We don’t really know a lot about her and Harry doesn’t know what is going on most of the time so he might haven’t known that detail about her. We only get to know her briefly. We see her attend the Quidditch World Cup, defend her son at Madam Malikins and act as the lady of the house when Harry gets captured. We only know her on the surface and don’t know her true self other than the wife and mother to the Malfoy men. After all we only get to read the story from Harry’s point of view, so why not?

3. Voldemort was weakened by destroying the horcrux (Harry) 

After Voldemort strikes the killing curse he unknowingly destroys his own horcrux. Every time on gets  destroyed Voldemort’s powers are drained. Narcissa lies to him shortly after that scenario. It is possible that she got away with her lie because the Dark Lord didn’t have all of his powers anymore. Therefore he might have lost his skill in mind reading and controlling. I think that this is the least interesting theory of them all, but it is possible. Then again Voldemorts powers when it comes to duelling or performing magic have not actually declined when he battles Harry until Nagini is killed. 
What do you think?


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