There is a trend I’ve noticed that crosses fandoms. One element that is shared between all evil lords. The one weakness that they do not recognize and, ultimately, leads to their death…

If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. ~ Dumbledore, Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone

Before you roll your eyes, as Harry did, let me provide a few examples..

1. Star Wars

Darth Sidious is the equivalent of Voldemort, and he uses Darth Vader like Voldemort uses Snape. Also like Voldemort, Sidious underestimates the power of love and, therefore, loses his most loyal servant to the Light Side in the end. Sidious, thinking he owns Vader, proceeds to torture and attempt to kill Luke, Vader’s son. But Vader, who once loved very deeply, finds that love in his heart again and returns to the Light just in time to save his son and lose his own life.

Love conquered Sidious.

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2. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ultron seems undefeatable. He had an army of droids and can implant himself in any one of them, making him difficult to kill. Not to mention he has two “super-anti-heros” to deal with the Avengers. But, in all his plans and calculations, what he fails to account for is that Scarlet Witch can not only manipulate minds but also read them. There she sees that Ultron is not just out to destroy the Avengers, among whom she blames Stark for the death of her family, but to destroy every human. That is not what she signed up for. The Scarlet Witch may have a lot of pent up anger and bitterness, but she loves deeply—her people and her twin brother. When Ultron messes with what she loves, he loses his most loyal and powerful allies.

Love conquered Ultron.

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3. Breaking Dawn

Power hungry and devoid of true attachment because of their lack of respect for life, the Volturi do not understand the bonds of love that bind even other Vampires to the point that they would rather lose their existence than let the ones they love be destroyed. Aro unwisely thinks that he can destroy the Cullens but keep his favorites—Alice, Edward, Bella. What he and his “brothers” don’t expect is for so many to band together, lay their existence on the line, to stop him. What he doesn’t expect is for Alice, his most desired conquest, to bring him down because her love for her family far outweighs any desire for glory or self-preservation she might have.

Love conquered the Volturi.

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5. Hunger Games

(Spoiler Alert) The ultimate evil lord in this case is not President Snow so much as it is Coin. Snow does not undervalue the power of love—he uses it to control people. Coin attempts to emulate Snow in this, but she just doesn’t get love. She doesn’t get that by killing Katniss’s sister, she’s ensured her own destruction. She can’t see that Katniss will ever kill her for her lack of love.

Love conquered Coin.

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6. Harry Potter

You would think by the end of Book 7 that Voldemort would have figured things out by now. Lily destroys him with love, he can’t touch Harry because of love, and he loses his once most trust servant because of love. Voldemort thinks Snape is his, but the moment Voldemort violated the sacredness of Snape’s love for Lily, he sealed his fate. Snape worked to his last breath to protect Voldemort’s biggest enemy, Harry Potter. And, so, because of love, Snape ends up being a strong player in Voldemort’s defeat.

Love conquered Voldemort.

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“Severus Snape wasn’t yours,” said Harry. “Snape was Dumbledore’s, Dumbledore’s from the moment you started hunting down my mother. And you never realized it, because of the thing you can’t understand. You never saw Snape cast a Patronus, did you, Riddle?” ~ Deathly Hallows

Love conquers evil.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. ~ 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV

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