Harry Potter is special in many ways, but some things about him were heartbreakingly simple to explain.
J.K. Rowling’s fourth installment in the series has surprisingly proven that Death Eaters make highly qualified Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers. When Barty Crouch Jr. comes to Hogwarts disguised as renowned Auror Mad-Eye Moody, it is basically the best thing that ever happened (academically speaking) – he has given those kids a better education than all the other DADA professors combined (except for Lupin).
Crouch Jr. as a Hogwarts professor is best remembered for his raw teaching methods. He is the first one (and the only one) to tell the students about the Unforgivable Curses and show them how they work right there in the classroom.
Fake Moody has a weird way of teaching Harry and the rest about the Imperius Curse, in particular. Not only did he show them how it worked in real life, but he also made them learn how to resist it.
If your memory fails you, the Imperius Curse allows one wizard to take control of another and make them do whatever they want. It has been established that only the most strong-willed and experienced of wizards can resist this curse. As you might have guessed, Harry Potter is one of them them.
By the fourth book, the readers have gotten used to the fact that Harry can do certain things that no one else can simply because he is the Chosen One, so no one was really that shocked that he could also throw off the Imperius Curse at the age of 14.
What most people might have missed is the gut-wrenching reason why Harry was able to resist it, as Reddit users were quick to point out. No, it had nothing to do with him being Voldemort’s Horcrux.
In the book, Harry describes feeling worry leave his mind and body, leaving only utter happiness behind, when he is placed under the Imperius Curse, which is ultimately his first clue that something is wrong.
Harry had never felt such joy or been so carefree in his life – he had always been surrounded by tragedy and suffering. He knew that something was fishy the second he began feeling this happy because these emotions were too unfamiliar to him. Sorry, but we are about to start weeping, this is just too sad.
The Boy Who Lived was strong and powerful even at 14, but in this instance, he simply didn’t recognize his own emotional state. Feeling good? Something must be going sideways. Haven’t we all reacted the same way at one time or another?