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thewbacca November 27th, 2007 9:33 pm

Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
An inferi is a body, animated by dark magic, to walk once more and do the bidding of a dark wizard. So what? It shambles, it moans, you stun it, it falls. You shoot it, it falls. You hit with a cricket bat, it falls. It has no magical ability, and is already rotting, so why would it be a threat?

thewbacca November 27th, 2007 9:35 pm

Re: Does the Marauders Map still work?
 
Well, yes, but is an Inferi still considered human? Or is it an object?

unconvinced November 27th, 2007 9:36 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
To be honest I walking body controlled by a dark wizard sounds pretty scary to me. There is also the fact that they would be fearless and totally ruthless. Also there is a psycological aspect with the dark wizards using the body's of people's loved ones to get at them

unconvinced November 27th, 2007 9:38 pm

Re: Does the Marauders Map still work?
 
I suppose if you want to be totally cold hearted a dead body is not really human any more, at least not in a technical sense so it would act like an object in terms of reaction to magic.

thewbacca November 27th, 2007 9:54 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
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Originally Posted by unconvinced (Post 4853237)
To be honest I walking body controlled by a dark wizard sounds pretty scary to me. There is also the fact that they would be fearless and totally ruthless. Also there is a psycological aspect with the dark wizards using the body's of people's loved ones to get at them

If we're looking at it from an objhective standpoint, it is really no different than a psychotic on pcp, except much, much slower. Plus, once its started rotting, the whole family member thing wouldn't really work.

And even when it gets you, then what? Its no stronger than a human being, and most wizards are pretty weak physically, so whats it gonna do, punch you?

DeathlyH November 27th, 2007 10:01 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Didn't Dumbledore say that the only thing that would destroy them was fire? When a dead body is coming after you, you probablt can't even think straight and wouldn't remember what do to it, as Harry di, but it's not like I know this from personal experoence. :) As for what you said about it rotting, I really doubt that it would rot, because of the Dark Magic enchantment on it. Voldemort wouldn't be as stupid as to have his Inferi decompose like a normal dead body. The chances are, all the people he used to cover the Horcrux Lake were people he killed long ago, before he fell to Harry, and from what we heard in HBP, they were probably pretty intact. Intact enough to try to strangle Harry, anyway. I think Inferi actually are pretty frightening, but I'm going to agree with you that the Inferi wouldn't be recognized after the Dark Curse was placed upon them, so no one would realize that they were being killed by someone they knew (if that was the case.)

thewbacca November 27th, 2007 10:08 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
One more thing - how the hell would an Inferi turn a person into a pool of remains? (Picture in Snapes classroom). I mean, in a group of about 100 to 1 person, they might be a threat, but if it was them vs a Muggle - they're zombies without the transferrance.

FreeTheElves November 27th, 2007 11:03 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Inferi will withstand anything, anything save fire. And, seeing as so many people die, you can have tons of it. Also, many, many people are frightened of zombies, which is what an Inferus is.

Fawkesfan1 November 27th, 2007 11:06 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
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Originally Posted by FreeTheElves (Post 4853321)
Inferi will withstand anything, anything save fire. And, seeing as so many people die, you can have tons of it. Also, many, many people are frightened of zombies, which is what an Inferus is.

Yep, and also something like that would also represent another human fear: the fear of death. Rather ironic in a way, since that was what Voldemort was afraid of.

CoeurDeLyon November 28th, 2007 1:39 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
I think the idea is pretty scary, especially if it was someone I knew. I mean, say people saw Voldemorts body walking down the street. I think it would be frightening. I see where you are coming from though, it is pretty defenseless, and in that aspect it is a little dull, but its a dead body....creepy.

unconvinced November 28th, 2007 11:41 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
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Originally Posted by thewbacca (Post 4853260)
And even when it gets you, then what? Its no stronger than a human being, and most wizards are pretty weak physically, so whats it gonna do, punch you?

I always imagined that the strength of an inferus depended on the strength of the dark wizard controlling and it takes it's strength not from itself but from that wizard. Since it's pretty much a puppet shooting or punching it wouldn't do much good as it wouldn't feel pain or be that much troubled by loosing an arm. That's why fire would be the only way because that would consume the inferus completely rather than just attacking parts of it.

YellowRose November 28th, 2007 12:19 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Anything un-dead is pretty creepy to me :wow:

Voldemorts8thHorcrux November 28th, 2007 10:27 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by unconvinced (Post 4853237)
To be honest I walking body controlled by a dark wizard sounds pretty scary to me. There is also the fact that they would be fearless and totally ruthless. Also there is a psycological aspect with the dark wizards using the body's of people's loved ones to get at them

ive never really been scared of dead bodies, i have no problem seeing a dead body, (except there was this one mummy on tv, and it was like screaming, that was actually really scary, but the thrill wore off afterwards). the psycological aspect is the thing im not as sure about. I could definitely scare the body of a loved one with fire, or stun them or soemthing, so that isnt as much of a problem, and if i really needed to, i could convince myself that the body is dead, and i shouldnt care, but it would probably be hard. but if it was just a regular dead inferi, i think only the fact that its dead that confuses a wizard on how to hurt it that makes it hard to defeat.

Fawkesfan1 November 28th, 2007 10:29 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Another thing I just realized -- it looked as if the inferis themselves, were a way for Voldemort to control death.

Voldemorts8thHorcrux November 28th, 2007 11:09 pm

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
that really is a major symbol, but still

hermy_weasley2 November 29th, 2007 12:22 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
I've never been that disturbed by funerals (sad, yes) or the dead, but using bodies like that isn't what a lot of people are used to seeing. They're not supposed to be weapons, they're typically treated with dignity as objects of ceremony. To use them to attack is a corruption of how people are used to seeing and thinking of them, and being such a sensitive subject makes it all the more powerful.

Hermi0nechik92 November 29th, 2007 12:25 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
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Originally Posted by Fawkesfan1 (Post 4853322)
Yep, and also something like that would also represent another human fear: the fear of death. Rather ironic in a way, since that was what Voldemort was afraid of.

If everyone remembers correctly, Dumbledore mentioned the fact that Voldemort's lake of inferi was what he thought would be the scarriest thing. He was terrified of death.
I agree with Fawkesfan! Most humans aren't as strong as Harry, most humans don't come to terms with death, they do fear it...and zombies.
Personally, I think that having a bunch of possesed dead people come at me would scare the crud out of me!

ecardina November 29th, 2007 12:47 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
It's a reanimated corpse with the soul purpose to do you damage. Isn't that scary enough? Maybe it's the ongoing reminder of death or the disgust and revoltion created by the presense of a festering body.

Dead people don't frighten me, so long as they arn't moving. If they get up and start the whole zombie walk I think i'd be running for the hills. Good for Harry, he could stomach a lake full of them. I don't think there is anything quite so frightening as having something from beneath a watery surface trying to drag you down. Ick.

Fawkesfan1 November 29th, 2007 2:26 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ecardina (Post 4854217)
It's a reanimated corpse with the soul purpose to do you damage. Isn't that scary enough? Maybe it's the ongoing reminder of death or the disgust and revoltion created by the presense of a festering body.

Dead people don't frighten me, so long as they arn't moving. If they get up and start the whole zombie walk I think i'd be running for the hills. Good for Harry, he could stomach a lake full of them. I don't think there is anything quite so frightening as having something from beneath a watery surface trying to drag you down. Ick.

I don't blame you for feeling that way. I'd do the same thing myself :eeep:. The whole zombie/reanimated thing creeps me out :scared:.

thewbacca November 29th, 2007 11:01 am

Re: Why is an Inferi so feared?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by unconvinced (Post 4853705)
I always imagined that the strength of an inferus depended on the strength of the dark wizard controlling and it takes it's strength not from itself but from that wizard. Since it's pretty much a puppet shooting or punching it wouldn't do much good as it wouldn't feel pain or be that much troubled by loosing an arm. That's why fire would be the only way because that would consume the inferus completely rather than just attacking parts of it.

You misunderstood me. I meant shooting a shotgun at the shoulder, taking the whole arm off.
If you reduce the thing to pieces, what the hells it gonna do, groan at you?

Maybe its just me, but the maccarbe has never held much fear for me. I simply take a moment, and look at it logically. And when I do, I come to the outcome of, to quote Slayer, Piece by Piece. A Zombie is not better off than a brain damaged human, and it is to be given no more fear.

Factoid - Early "Zombies" were actually people who had had their higher brain functions severed by severe drugs. Now, honestly, would you be afraid of that?


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