ALBUS: …I don’t think Voldemort is capable of having a kind son — and you’re kind, Scorpius. To the depths of your belly, to the tips of your fingers. I truly believe Voldemort — Voldemort couldn’t have a child like you.

In this sweet moment, Albus reassures his best friend — only friend — that he couldn’t be Voldemort’s child. Why? Because Voldemort chose a loveless life, therefore, there is no way his child could choose otherwise.


This is one of the reasons Albus Severus annoys me to the nth degree. It’s as if he’s refused to learn anything from either his namesake or his father. Granted, that makes him a typical teenager, but the reason we love Harry, Hermione, and Ron so much is they are not typical teens for the most part. I digress…

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” ~ Dumbledore

Is Scorpius all the things Albus says he is? — Yes. But that is not the reason Scorpius can’t be Voldemort’s child. Having Voldy as a father doesn’t doom a child to grow up to be evil. That child’s individual choices determine who he or she becomes.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ Dumbledore

A Jewish religious expert asks Jesus what the most important laws are. Jesus agrees they are to love God and love your neighbors. When the expert asked Jesus who his neighbor is, I love that Jesus not only told a story that led the man to the answer of the question he asked but also led him to another truth. See if you can find it:


30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” ~ Luke 10:30-37 NLT

Jesus chose to make the man who was a good neighbor born of a people the Jewish expert most likely despised. Jesus showed that it was not the Jewish man or the priest who abided by God’s law of love, but the Samaritan — a man born of a people the religious Jews went out of their way to avoid in those days.

Jesus exemplifies, you could say invents, the basis behind Dumbledore’s maxims of who you are not being determined by what you are born or your natural abilities, but your choices and what kind of person you grow into because of them.