In Harry Potter 4 Voldemort takes Harry's blood in order to have the same blood protection Harry has:

"He said my blood would make him stronger than if he'd used someone else's," Harry told Dumbledore. "He said the protection my - my mother left in me - he'd have it too. And he was right - he could touch me without hurting himself, he touched my face." ....... "Very well," he said, sitting down again. "Voldemort has overcome that particular barrier. Harry, continue, please."

Harry and Voldemort should be equally protected now. However, Voldemort still dies. And Harry doesn't. How and why?


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The sacrificial protection charm isn't for Voldemort.

Lily sacrificed her life for Harry, not for Voldemort. That charm protects Harry, and only Harry. When Voldemort took the blood inside his body, he took a tiny fragment of that protection, perpetuating the charm and tethering Harry to life as long as Voldemort lived.

Voldemort couldn't benefit from the charm, because it wasn't for him.

  • How come he could touch harry if the charm was protecting harry?
    – MBEllis
    Aug 16, 2020 at 8:00
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    @MBEllis In theory, Voldemort couldn't touch Harry because he was full of love, a force that Voldemort despised. But when Voldemort took in the blood, a tiny drop of love entered his body, thus allowing him to touch Harry.
    – Roberto
    Aug 16, 2020 at 8:19

It only protects Harry from Voldemort.

When Voldemort took Harry’s blood into his body, he took Lily’s enchantment into himself as well - but that enchantment is a very specific one. It only protects Harry from Voldemort. It does not offer protection to anyone else, even if they take Harry’s blood, because it was specifically created to save Harry from Voldemort.

“He took into his body a tiny part of the enchantment your mother laid upon you when she died for you. His body keeps her sacrifice alive, and while that enchantment survives, so do you and so does Voldemort’s one last hope for himself.”
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 35 (King’s Cross)

On her old website, JKR explicitly stated that by taking Harry’s blood into himself, he is keeping alive Lily’s protection over Harry. It only tethered Harry to life. The only thing it could do for Voldemort is heal him more fully if he chose to feel remorse.

Having taken Harry’s blood into himself, Voldemort is keeping alive Lily’s protective power over Harry. So Voldemort himself acts almost like a Horcrux for Harry – except that the power of Lily’s sacrifice is a positive force that not only continues to tether Harry to life, but gives Voldemort himself one last chance (Dumbledore refers to this last hope in chapter 35). Voldemort has unwittingly put a few drops of goodness back inside himself; if he had repented, he could have been healed more deeply than anyone would have supposed. But, of course, he refused to feel remorse.
- F.A.Q. on J.K. Rowling’s old website

The enchantment only protects Harry. Therefore, having Harry’s blood and Lily’s enchantment would do nothing to protect Voldemort from death, just as Harry having a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him does nothing to protect Harry from death.

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