Interfering Inferi (Harry Potter Read-A-Thon Discussion #9)

Harry Potter Readathon

In honor of the 2015 Harry Potter Read-A-Thon, every Monday, I’ll be posting an update here at Brewing Up Books as to my own reading progress, as well as a discussion that you’re more than welcome to continue onto your blog.

Before jumping into this week’s discussion, here is a potential schedule that you can follow that will help you stay on track and finish up the Read-A-Thon by May 31st:

  • Feb. 1 – Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Feb. 18 – Chamber of Secrets
  • Mar. 1 – Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Mar. 20 – Goblet of Fire
  • April 13 – Order of the Phoenix
  • April 28 – Half-Blood Prince
  • May 1 – Deathly Hallows

Discussion – Interfering Inferi

“They are corpses, dead bodies that have been bewitched to do a Dark wizard’s bidding. Inferi have not been seen for a long time, however, not since Voldemort was last powerful [….] He killed enough people to make an army of them, of course.”

-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Technically speaking, inferi are dead bodies that have been brought back to life through the use of Necromancy, a form of the Dark Arts.  Unable to think for themselves or operate upon free will, inferi are entirely controlled by their master, the Dark Wizard who enchanted them.  Due to their dead nature, inferi are completely unaffected by bodily attacks and are recognized for their impressive strength.  Inferi are only repelled by fire because they are fearful of heat and light, preferring to reside in dark, damp places.

Inferi were referenced on three distinct occassions throughout the series:

  1. Gellert Grindlewald, at one point, wished to raise an army of them.  He believed that possession of the Resurrection Stone would allow him to build his army.  It was never stated as to whether or not he was successful in this endeavor.
  2. During the First Wizarding War, Voldemort created an army of inferi from all the people he had killed.  He placed these enchanted beings in the lake that Harry and Dumbledore cross to reach Slytherin’s locket.
  3. Voldemort was rumored to have utilized inferi during the Second Wizarding War, as well.

What do you think were Voldemort’s motives for creating an army of Inferi, on not one, but two occassions? Do you think they were effective and served their ultimate purpose?

Trivia

This week’s trivia game is an unscramble puzzle related to the magical creatures mentioned throughout the series.  To complete the puzzle, unscramble each of the names of magical creatures (below) and fill in the corresponding letters in the final statement at the end of the puzzle.  Each week, along with a discussion, there will be a trivia/puzzle component of our post, giving participants (and non participants) an opportunity to pit their Harry Potter knowledge against one another. When you think you’ve solved one of the weekly puzzles, type out your answers (or scan/take a picture of them) and email them to brewingupbooks@gmail.com

The first person to email us all of the correct answers will be featured in next week’s post, along with his/her blog and Goodreads account. Ready to test your luck?

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Last Week’s Winners

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any winners from last week.  If you submit your answers to this week’s puzzle, however, you may be featured in our post next week!

Answers to Last Week’s Puzzle

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2 thoughts on “Interfering Inferi (Harry Potter Read-A-Thon Discussion #9)

  1. Reading this post got me thinking about the Resurrection Stone, and how Grindelwald wanted to use it to raise an army of Inferi. In book 7 we see Harry use the Resurrection stone and it creates more ghost type figures of the dead, rather than physical, reanimated corpses. I wonder if Grindelwald just assumed the Resurrection stone could raise corpses, if he didn’t know how it worked, or if it can bring back people in different forms.

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    • That’s a really interesting point – I’m thinking that perhaps Grindlewald didn’t fully understand how the Resurrection Stone worked. After all, when he was close friends with Dumbledore, Dumbledore seemed to be more of the “brains” of the operation, while Grindelwald served as his trusty sidekick. If Grindelwald did figure out how the Resurrection Stone worked, I’m not exactly sure how the ghost-like people would serve as successful soldiers…they didn’t seem particularly menacing when Harry called upon his family/friends in the Forbidden Forest.

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