Why Did Narcissa Malfoy Lie About Harry?
Spoilers: If you haven't read or seen all of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and don't want spoilers, stop reading right now.
Yes, now. I warned you.
When Voldemort has killed Harry Potter and Narcissa checks on Harry, she lies to Voldemort and tells him Harry is dead. She also wants to know how Draco is doing, but she could have asked Harry, then called out that Harry was actually alive after Harry answered her.
So why did she lie to Voldemort, especially since doing so would almost guarantee that she'd die painfully?
I could swear we've gone over this in another question, though it may not have been asking that direcctly.
I didn't find one that actually covered it, so it may have been close - or I may not have used the right terms in searches.
I looked a bit and didn't see it either. Must have been my psychic powers. Sometimes it's hard to remember what hasn't happened yet.
For another take on motherly love - https://www.pottermore.com/features/important-gestures-of-motherly-love
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She did ask Harry if Draco was in the castle; Harry responded yes, and Narcissa then told Voldemort that Harry was dead. She knew the only way she would be able to return to the castle to search for Draco would be as part of Voldemort's conquering army, and so she lied, in order to compel Voldemort back to the castle, because she knew he wouldn't be able to resist the opportunity to lord his victory over the Order and its supporters. And she was right :)
‘Is Draco alive? Is he in the castle?’
The whisper was barely audible; her lips were an inch from his ear, her head bent so low that her long hair shielded his face from the onlookers.
‘Yes,’ he breathed back.
Still feigning death on the ground, he understood. Narcissa knew that the only way she would be permitted to enter Hogwarts, and find her son, was as part of the conquering army. She no longer cared whether Voldemort won.
Deathly Hallows - chapter 36 - The Flaw In the Plan
For what it's worth, the Malfoy escaped imprisonment in Azkaban for their Death Eater activities because they defected from the Death Eaters at the end and fought on Harry's side, albeit undoubtedly for their own personal gain.
But she could have just as easily said Harry was alive, Voldemort would have then killed Harry (again, boy is that kid hard to kill) and then she really would have been part of a conquering army.
@Xantec: She knew, at that point, that Harry was the only one who could kill Big V. Big V sent her kid on a suicide mission, and was in the process of ruining her family's lives. She had no desire to see him prevail.
@Xantec, even if she'd said Harry was alive, Voldemort might not have been able to kill him so easily at that point.
@Kyralessa I have trouble believing that Harry's protection would have applied to himself. If anything would have saved Harry from a spell death it would have been because he was the true owner of the Elder wand. But if Voldemort tried and failed a second time to kill Harry with *Avada Kedavra* I could see him just jabbing the wand through Harry's eye or something.
I think it's HP Lexicon but a commentary on that quote is that they believe in fact she actually didn't want Voldemort to win because she had seen what his reign would be like; and of course he had already threatened his son - even setting him up to be killed because of Lucius's mistakes. I quite agree with that idea actually. Ah, I see. Xantec actually cites this too.