Snape has already delivered the entire prophecy to V while still being a DE, so why did Voldy need to get a prophecy from the Ministry?

  • Have you actually read the books? I don’t recall how much detail the film goes into, but it’s very clearly stated, several times, that Snape did not hear the entire prophecy. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '17 at 1:16

The Dark Lord only heard part of it, he wanted to hear the rest.

Snape only overheard a portion of the prophecy, not the whole thing. The Dark Lord knew this, and wanted to hear the whole thing in case he missed any crucial information.

“My – our – one stroke of good fortune was that the eavesdropper was detected only a short way into the prophecy and thrown from the building.’

‘So he only heard –?’

‘He heard only the beginning, the part foretelling the birth of a boy in July to parents who had thrice defied Voldemort. Consequently, he could not warn his master that to attack you would be to risk transferring power to you, and marking you as his equal.”
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)

After Harry's continued survival, the Dark Lord thought the prophecy might contain some crucial information that would allow him to gain the upper hand and kill Harry.

“Voldemort tried to kill you when you were a child because of a prophecy made shortly before your birth. He knew the prophecy had been made, though he did not know its full contents. He set out to kill you when you were still a baby, believing he was fulfilling the terms of the prophecy. He discovered, to his cost, that he was mistaken, when the curse intended to kill you backfired. And so, since his return to his body, and particularly since your extraordinary escape from him last year, he has been determined to hear that prophecy in its entirety. This is the weapon he has been seeking so assiduously since his return: the knowledge of how to destroy you.”
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)

  • Really gotta refresh my memory on it. – Vadzim Savenok Jul 10 '17 at 19:01
  • @VadzimSavenok I've updated my answer a bit, I hope it helps! :) – Bellatrix Jul 10 '17 at 19:07
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    Since you seem to have a lot of info on HP, inside or outside books (seen you in a lot of answers), would you mind taking a peek in my oldest question about origins (the only one you haven't answered yet =) ) – Vadzim Savenok Jul 10 '17 at 19:09
  • @VadzimSavenok Sure, I'd be happy to! :) – Bellatrix Jul 10 '17 at 19:10
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    And I am even more concerned (jokingly) about forming a social link with a closest Voldy ally =P – Vadzim Savenok Jul 10 '17 at 19:22

He needed it to know how to kill Harry .

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    Um, that's what the accepted answer says - with much more detail. Did you have something new/unique to add? – RDFozz Dec 31 '17 at 0:01

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