Altruism by Cheri Hiatt

Altruism is the selfless act of doing good without expecting anything in return.


Harry Potter faces Voldemort knowing fully that he will die. He is under the impression that not only will he not experience anything in return for his sacrifice, but that he will be faced with death. Despite this knowledge, he knows that he must be killed by Voldemort in order for Voldemort to be defeated, so he altruistically presents himself to be killed.

  1. #1 by jamiebryn on May 29, 2012 - 7:43 PM

    Cheri, This is a great example of an Altruism where you help someone (or in this case the whole society) without any expectations of a reward in return. Harry had gone to face Voldemort to defeat him by offering himself as a sacrifice. But I wonder if Harry Potter was truly altruistic in his motives. I haven’t read the books, but from what I have seen, I wonder if Harry was willing to help everyone by offering himself for the glory of defeating Voldemort and prove himself. These rewards are internal rewards and obviously Harry would be dead..but was he willing to help others in order to die a martyr and a hero? If this was his intentions then Harry would not be Altruistic. But my husband who is a big fan of Harry Potter assures me that Harry was an Altruistic person who was not expecting the internal rewards for his defeating and dying for the destruction of Voldemort.Thanks for the interesting post Cheri! by Jamie Rhoten

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