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When Voldemort did the Killing Curse on Harry in The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and he asked Narcissa to see if Harry was dead, and she asked if Draco was dead - why did she think Harry knew if he was alive or not? It's not like they're brothers.

  • Presumably because Harry was leader of Voldemort's opposition. Also he came from the castle which was Draco's last know location as he did not exited Hogwarts with rest of Slytherin students. And last maybe Narcisa thought that Harry did something to Draco knowing hatred of each other – Vanja Vasiljevic Mar 11 '16 at 0:45
  • @VanjaVasiljevic ninja'd :-) – Rand al'Thor Mar 11 '16 at 0:46
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    @randal'thor We posted answer at same time :D Anyway I would advise sluger to read books, as you sad on previous question Films are terrible and should not think them and cannon. – Vanja Vasiljevic Mar 11 '16 at 0:48
  • Dude im on my third time reading the series – Darth Theory Mar 11 '16 at 0:49
  • @sluger than start asking questions considering books not films, as books are consider canon. 90% of your questions in last hour can be answered by reading the books. With exception of this question. Altho anyone rational enough could understand the answer – Vanja Vasiljevic Mar 11 '16 at 1:18
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She wasn't sure Harry would know, but he was more likely to know than anyone else there.

He'd been on the inside of Hogwarts, with the defenders, and she knew Draco was also inside. Stuck in the Death Eater camp, she had no way of knowing what was happening to Draco or even of getting in contact with anyone who knew - until Harry came along. He was the only person in that clearing who might have a chance of knowing whether Draco was alive or dead, so she took that chance and asked him.

  • Possibly a better question would be why she trusted his answer. Answering anything but yes would have been pure suicide for Harry, and even if he hadn’t had the faintest idea what, if anything, had happened to Draco, he would probably have said yes just to cling to any hope that he would not be given away immediately. Surely an otherwise intelligent woman like Narcissa (who must have done a lot of quick thinking in those few seconds when she was examining Harry) must have realised this. I don’t suppose distrusting him would make getting Draco back more likely, though… – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 11 '16 at 0:49
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Mothers love knows not bounds, as Lily proved it. Even if there was slightest chance that Draco was alive she had to take it. Also Dark Lord thought that Draco deflected and joined forces with Harry, if Dark Lord won it is no likely that Draco would be spared – Vanja Vasiljevic Mar 11 '16 at 0:51
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    @JanusBahsJacquet She was desperate, and clinging to any slight thread of hope she could find. She'd rather live in hope that he was telling the truth than convince herself rationally that there was no reason he should be. You say "an otherwise intelligent woman", but temporary loss of one's reasoning abilities when one's loved ones are in danger is ... not unknown. – Rand al'Thor Mar 11 '16 at 0:52
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    @JanusBahsJacquet It is implied from Dark Lord himself in conversion with Lucius “My Lord. . . please. . . my son. . . ” “If your son is dead, Lucius, it is not my fault. He did not come and join me, like the rest of the Slytherins. Perhaps he has decided to befriend Harry Potter?” “No—never,” whispered Malfoy. “You must hope not.” – – Vanja Vasiljevic Mar 11 '16 at 1:20
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    @JanusBahsJacquet: Harry was never much of an Occlumens, even at the best of times. She may have been confident in her ability to tell if he was lying. – Harry Johnston Mar 13 '16 at 21:25

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