Writing and drawing this page took me nine hours...
In the books, when Voldemort tries to kill Harry, Voldemort dies instead, because of the power of Lily's love.1 Literally, Lily uses an ancient power to single-handedly take down Voldemort when no one else could. In a way, you could say that I have not changed this scene at all.
The difference is that Voldemort's Children believes that love is not sufficient. If you want to protect someone you love, you must take actions that would realistically protect them.
Also, in the books, Voldemort is a fairly generic fantasy villain – a plot device, an easy source of conflict ("How will the heroes defeat the villain this time?! Find out next chapter!") and a caricature. Dumbledore describes zem as “without love”, as if that explains why ze wants to torture people and conquer the world. There isn't actually a reasonable explanation for it.
What other roles can a powerful villain serve in a story? What could cause a person behave the way Voldemort does?
- According to Dumbledore, anyway. Arguably, the story is more consistent if you assume that Dumbledore is simply lying and the real explanation has something to do with Horcruxes instead. However, the reader is clearly supposed to believe Dumbledore's explanation for at least the first five books. back