Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling was published 23 years ago this summer and made into a movie over 19 years ago. But one thing about the story has been plaguing hardcore fans for a long time. While there are a number of questions about the series, ranging from apparent plot holes to the simple thirst for more details, this mystery is among the more bizarre queries Harry Potter aficionados have come up with.
In an interview with Huffington Post, the actor was asked how he thought Professor Quirrell slept at night with Voldemort housed in the back of his head.
The logistics of the way the seemingly nervous new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher carries the Dark Lord around in the back of his skull pose an odd conundrum when it comes to visualising how he managed to lie down to sleep without smothering him.
So, did Quirrell always make sure to sleep on his side? Or was there some magic method of not squashing his master’s face in the pillow when he lay on his back?
Initially stumped by the strange question, Radcliffe eventually announced: “I would say that the only practical thing to do there would be to sleep on your side, unless Voldemort doesn’t need air, which I’m not sure.”
The Harry Potter star decided Voldemort could probably survive so long as the body who was hosting him was still able to breathe.
“As long as there’s breath coming into the body, he’s probably asleep on his front because it would still circulate around the whole thing,” he mused.
Radcliffe, who has been reunited with Ian Hart, who played Quirrell, in his new film Escape to Pretoria, theorised Voldemort would be fine so long as the ill-fated Professor was okay.
“I’m guessing back-of-the-head Voldemort could survive off front-of-the-head Ian Hart’s air supply,” he said.
Quirrell ended up piggybacking Voldemort after hunting him down and being overpowered by the dark wizard.
Voldemort then had Quirrell secure a post as a teacher at Hogwarts in order to get close to Harry.
But, thanks to the ancient magic his mother Lily Potter invoked when she gave her life for his, Harry is protected.
The Professor can’t touch him without his skin burning and he ultimately dies in the struggle.
Of course, that’s not the end for Voldemort, who makes a full-blown comeback in the fourth book and film, Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament.
With the help of his old follows Barty Crouch Jr, the trophy at the end of the tournament is turned into a Portkey and transports both Harry and Cedric Diggory to a graveyard where Voldemort’s strength is restored with the help of some of Harry’s blood.