After Voldemort’s return in the Goblet of Fire book, Harry noticed something peculiar about Dumbledore, serving as a major hint to the series’ ending.
The end of the Harry Potter series saw Harry survive Voldemort’s Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest, and the reason for his survival was given away early in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book. Harry never fully understood his resiliency until his long talk with Dumbledore in the King’s Cross limbo, where the headmaster’s spirit explained that when Voldemort used Harry’s blood to resurrect his body, he created a connection between them that death itself could not sever. Dumbledore knew this from the moment he learned of Voldemort’s Regeneration potion, and he subtly gave it away.
When Harry touched the Triwizard Cup near the end of Goblet of Fire, he was transported to the graveyard that held the bones of Tom Riddle Sr. There, Peter Pettigrew, who had been Scabbers, used a bone from Riddle’s grave, his own hand, and Harry’s blood to make the Regeneration potion. Voldemort could have used the blood of any enemy, but he insisted upon Harry’s. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore reveals that this had been the Dark Lord’s gravest mistake. By using Harry’s blood, he took Lily’s sacrifice within himself, providing Harry with a tether to life. Harry could not die while Voldemort lived.
Dumbledore’s Facial Expression In Goblet Of Fire Hinted At Harry’s Victory
Albus Dumbledore understood the finer points of magic, so from the moment Harry told him that Voldemort had used his blood to create a new body, he knew that the Dark Lord had unintentionally ensured the ending of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Of course, it would be years before Harry understood that himself. However, if he had later stopped to consider this moment as referenced in the book Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, he might have figured it out much sooner:
“For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore’s eyes. But next second, Harry was sure he had imagined it, for when Dumbledore had returned to his seat behind the desk, he looked as old and weary as Harry had ever seen him.”
The moment that Harry mentioned the use of his blood in Goblet of Fire, he saw triumph in Dumbledore’s eyes. This made little sense at the time, because the news that Voldemort had returned and that a student had been murdered left Harry feeling anything but victorious. Dumbledore quickly returned to a solemn state since several pieces of the puzzle still needed to be put in place (such as the Horcruxes and the details of Trelawney’s prophecy). Still, he at least knew that Voldemort could not kill Harry.
Did Dumbledore Ever Actually Think Harry Would Have To Die?
Dumbledore’s triumph in the Goblet of Fire book was never mentioned again, and Harry never even considered it after he learned the truth about how blood assisted in his survival. So, the subtle clue given years before the series’ climax was easy to miss. Still, it sheds light on some of Dumbledore’s later actions, especially those that seemed cruel and heartless. When Snape accused Dumbledore of raising Harry for the slaughter, the headmaster didn’t deny it. However, he had known, or at least deeply suspected, that Harry would survive his eventual sacrifice.
When Dumbledore explained the importance of self-fulfilling prophecy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he impressed on Harry the fact that Voldemort had hand-created an enemy for himself by trying to ensure his immortality. From the moment Voldemort killed the Potters in Godric’s Hollow, destiny took over, and it was out of even Dumbledore’s hands what would happen. All he could do was put the pieces together, sit back, and let fate run its course. Albus Dumbledore’s expression revealed that he knew this in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He might have come across as heartless, but everything worked out— for Harry, at least.
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