How Does Harry Potter Kill Professor Quirrell?

How Does Harry Potter Kill Professor Quirrell

In the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Professor Quirrell tries to kill Harry Potter. He does this by using the Killing Curse.

The Killing Curse is one of the three Unforgivable Curses. These are curses that are so evil that their use is punishable by a life sentence in Azkaban prison.

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The Killing Curse

The Killing Curse is known in Latin as Avada Kedavra. It is one of the most powerful and deadly spells known to wizardkind. It causes instantaneous death to its victim with no chance of survival.

The only known counter curse to the Killing Curse is the very rare and difficult to perform Priori Incantatem spell.

How Did Harry Kill Professor Quirrell?

So how does Harry Potter manage to kill Professor Quirrell with the Killing Curse when even the great Albus Dumbledore couldn’t do it?

The answer lies in the fact that Harry is a Horcrux. A Horcrux is an object into which a wizard has placed a fragment of their soul for the purpose of achieving immortality.

Harry Potter unknowingly became a Horcrux when Voldemort used the Killing Curse on him as a baby. This gave Harry a connection to life and death that allowed him to reflect the Killing Curse back onto Voldemort, killing Quirrell in the process.

Why Did Professor Quirrell Try To Kill Harry?

Professor Quirrell was working for Lord Voldemort and was trying to kill Harry Potter on his orders.

Voldemort wanted to kill Harry because he believed that doing so would make him invincible.

This was because a prophecy had been made that said that “the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not…”

Voldemort believed that this prophecy referred to Harry Potter and that if he killed Harry then he would become invincible. Of course, as we know, this didn’t work out as Voldemort planned!

What Happened To Professor Quirrell After He Tried To Kill Harry?

As punishment for trying to kill Harry Potter, Professor Quirrell was killed by the very curse he had attempted to use. His soul was destroyed and he was unable to return to life, even as a ghost.

This meant that he could not pass on any information about Lord Voldemort or his plans to anyone else. He was truly dead and gone forever.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Being the first book in the Harry Potter series, Philosopher’s Stone introduces the character of Professor Quirrell who is later killed by Harry.

In this book, Dumbledore explains to Harry that he (Harry) is a Horcrux and that gives him the power to kill Quirrell. It is believed that J.K Rowling might have taken inspiration from the story of Samson and Delilah while creating the plot for Philosopher’s Stone.

It is also interesting to note that in the books, Avada Kedavra is described as a green jet of light whereas in the films it is shown as a red bolt of light. This change was made so as not to make the films too gory for younger viewers.

Moreover, the book entails more gory details about Quirrell’s death which were not included in the film for the same reason.

Professor Quirrell’s Background

Quirinus Quirrell was a Hogwarts professor during the 1991–1992 school year. He taught Defence Against the Dark Arts, a position that he was known to have desired for years.

During his tenure, he served as head of Gryffindor’s house.

At some point prior to his teaching at Hogwarts, Quirrell traveled to Albania, where he met Lord Voldemort. At Voldemort’s command, he attempted to kill Harry Potter in his first year at Hogwarts.

However, Professor Quirrell was unsuccessful and killed himself by the very curse he had tried to use. His soul was destroyed and he was unable to return to Hogwarts as a ghost.

Lord Voldemort was also destroyed in the process, but his soul survived and he was able to possess other people and animals to extend his life. It is unclear whether Quirrell’s soul was destroyed along with his body or if it survived.

Quirrell’s death left a vacancy at Hogwarts for the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, which was filled by Gilderoy Lockhart.

Gilderoy Lockhart’s Background

After Quirrell’s death in the first book, Gilderoy Lockhart was appointed as the new DADA professor in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Lockhart was a highly accomplished wizard who had achieved many things in his career. He was a celebrated author of many books on dark creatures, including his autobiography Magical Me.

This made him very popular with the students (at least at first), but he was also quite vain and full of himself.

Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that Lockhart was not as competent as he claimed to be. He was unable to teach the students anything useful and simply relied on flashy spells and showmanship.

This eventually led to him being exposed as a fraud and he was forced to leave Hogwarts in disgrace.

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