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Voldemort’s rebirth and the “Black Mass”

November 11, 2007

In Goblet of Fire, Voldemort goes trough a kind of “rebirth” in what — according to John Granger, both at his blog and in Looking for God in Harry Potter — resembles a “Black Mass.” For those who do not know what a “Black Mass” is, it is a turning upside down of the elements from the Eucharistic liturgy of a Catholic Mass, used by satanist as a mockery of Christianity. The Wikipedia entry for “Black Mass” quotes from “The Satanic Bible,” written by Anton Szandor LaVey:

A usual assumption is that the Satanic ceremony or service is called a black mass. A black mass is not the magical ceremony practiced by Satanists. The Satanist would only employ the use of a black mass as a form of psychodrama. Furthermore, a black mass does not necessarily imply that the performers of such are Satanists. A black mass is essentially a parody on the religious service of the Roman Catholic Church, but can be loosely applied to a satire on any religious ceremony.

In the Eucharistic liturgy in a Catholic Mass, and also in Orthodox and many lutheran (and probably many others) is the Spirit of the Father [and the Son], flesh from the son and blood from the son, all willingly and knowingly — and lovingly. But when Voldemort is “ressurected,” Wormtail uses flesh, blood and bone:

Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son!
Flesh—of the servant—w-willingly given—you will—revive—your master.
B-blood of the enemy . . . forcibly taken . . . you will . . resurrect your foe.

Here we first see that the Spirit is replaced by the bone, unknowingly. Than Than the flesh and blood of the Son — and Master — is replaced by fear and evil. So, any thoughts on this?

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