‘Harry Potter’: What Really Happens When You Say Voldemort’s Name

Voldemort is the most feared wizard in the world of Harry Potter. So, therefore, his name is not often spoken in wizarding society. Instead, he is often called things like You Know Who or He Who Must Not Be Named. Yet surely it’s easier just to say his name.

It might be easier but it’s definitely not a wise decision. As we’ve mentioned before, there’s a reason that during the Second Wizarding War, Voldemort’s name is never spoken. Some take to calling him other nicknames like the Chief Death Eater. And we’re sure many think of other clever nicknames for the Dark Lord.

But why go to all this trouble? Well, there’s a reason. Find out, ahead.

Where do the books and movies differ when it comes to this?

Harry Potter cast (Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 premiere
Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Premiere | JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

In the books, it is explained how Harry, Ron, and Hermione are found so quickly by the Snatchers. In the movies, it isn’t really. Though book readers knew what was going on anyway, fans who only watch the movies must have been somewhat confused.

According to Screen Rant, there was going to be a scene explaining it but it was left out of the final cut of the movie. We can’t help but wonder if it shouldn’t have been left in. Especially since some fans were probably wondering how Harry, Ron, and Hermione were found so easily.

Here’s what happens when you say Voldemort’s name in the world of ‘Harry Potter’

During the Second Wizarding War, Voldemort decides to use the fear of his name to his advantage by placing a curse known as the Taboo on it. This curse allows Death Eaters and other henchpeople of Voldemort’s known as Snatchers to be alerted to your whereabouts. This is something Harry finds out when he says Voldemort’s name while on the hunt for horcruxes.

It’s a clever plan of Voldemort’s, though it’s not a good thing for anyone on the side of good. The Taboo curse makes it far too easy for Voldemort to get his hands on those who are fighting against him. It is definitely an unfair advantage, though Voldemort would not care about that.

What happens to Harry after he says Voldemort’s name?

Unfortunately for Harry, Ron, and Hermione, they get taken to Malfoy Manor by Snatchers who aren’t sure if they’ve really found Harry Potter. While there, they manage to save a friend of theirs, Luna Lovegood, and Garrick Ollivander, a famous wandmaker. Yet they lose another friend in Dobby. He shows up and helps to save them yet is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Harry then insists on burying Dobby himself, without using magic. It’s a sweet scene but is very sad. Fans feel for Harry, who they’ve followed through so many adventures and struggles. As always, Harry manages to carry on despite suffering greatly.

He continues trying to defeat Voldemort and eventually he succeeds. Harry and Voldemort is a great example of good defeating evil. Though Harry goes through a lot, in the end he wins. Voldemort is evil and therefore would never win in the end.

Harry struggles and struggles but in the end it’s all worth it. He defeats Voldemort and is able to live the rest of his life without worrying about the Dark Lord’s interference. As the last sentence of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows says, “all was well.”