Thursday, January 8, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [48]


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   Biggest Betrayal in the Series


The theme of betrayal is abundant in this series, and I'm glad because it's important for kids to understand that not everyone can be trusted.

I think early on in the very first book, the Dursley's treatment of Harry is a betrayal. He's their flesh and blood, and a child no less, and they treat him as if he's unwanted, unloved, and unimportant in life. It's immediately apparent that J.K. Rowling feels betrayal as bad since she gives us physical representations of the Dursleys as very unattractive people. That goes back to Disney villains being ugly, and is another discussion entirely since evil isn't generally apparent on the outside.

I understand a lot of people here will go with Snape. He has two huge betrayals surrounding him with first betraying the Potters to Voldemort by repeating that prophecy and then betraying Voldemort for years by being one of the only people he trusted when he shouldn't have.

I think there's a larger one looming.




Peter Pettigrew...known as Wormtail.

The most disgusting thing I believe I read in the books was this rat that was pretending to be something he wasn't all along and cozying up with young boys in all their private moments. Am I the only one absolutely grossed out by this guy??

Peter was not only a member of the Order of the Phoenix who were staunchly fighting against Voldemort, but he was childhood friends with these people. He turned on them instead spying for Voldemort. As secret-keeper for the Potters, he betrayed them in an unforgivable way by giving their location away to the Dark Lord so he could kill them.

It keeps going though, he hides with Order of the Phoenix family members as a RAT. A pet rat. UGH so wrong.

But wait, it gets worse. When he's found out, he is instrumental in bringing this horrible person back to life to kill tons more people. 



Which betrayal do you think is the worst in this series?


16 comments:

  1. Oh those Dursley's. Yuck. They were disgusting.

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  2. Peter Pettigrew is the worst because his betrayal started everything and was the reason harry lost his parents

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  3. Yup^^ Im with you 100% here Jaclyn. Peter is gross, vile and as horrid as they come. Spying on his friends for Voldemort is bad enough but then he's made their secret keeper, their fate is IN HIS HANDs and he sells them out! Their death is on his head and so is poor Sirius' imprisonment. And then he cozies up to Ron, Harry and Hermione as you said, only to come back, BRING BACK Voldemort AND start the whole madness all over again! Gah I hate this guy with a passion!!

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  4. Yeah, this was the worst one for me as well. It just affects everything else in the series so profoundly. Great pick! Here's my HP MOTW.

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  5. While reading the start of the post with the Dursley's, Wormtail popped right into my mind. That guy was wretched and spineless. To save himself he gives up the potters and lets Sirus rot in jail. He also gave Bertha Jorkins to Voldemort knowing full well she would die so no one would find out he was alive. And he looked even uglier then the Dursley's. Fits your Disney theory.

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  6. Peter Pettigrew, hands down. And while we're on the subject of betrayals, I have to "rat out" (ha that was bad) my own brother. When I was reading HP for the first time he accidentally slipped about the rat being Peter! It was an accident, he just slipped while we were talking about the books. it's been like 10 years and I still haven't really gotten over it :(

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  7. I know him as a rat was all kinds of wrong

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  8. Wormtail's list of horrible deeds just goes on and on .... I absolutely HATED the moment when he escaped in PoA. Even with what happened to him in DH, I still think he got off too lightly in view of all the lives he helped ruin.

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  9. Yes! They drove me crazy. I don't care if you liked the parents all that much, but you agreed to have a child stay with you as if they were your own and should treat them as such.

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  10. Definitely! I feel the same way. He's the catalyst behind most of the bad in the series...other than Voldemort of course.

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  11. UGH I hate him too. It is so awful that they put all that trust in him. He's 100% a rat.

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  12. It really does. He's the main reason so many bad things happened!!

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  13. I forgot about Bertha being a part of that too, but you're right. He has no feeling for anyone but himself...a complete sociopath if I've ever seen one.

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  14. OOOhhh that was such a surprise to me, I hate that it was ruined for you. I had no idea! It was fantastic for that one to catch me off guard like it did. Shame on your brother! Lol

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  15. Thank you! I agree. It really creeps me out.

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  16. Me too! I saw it coming, but hated it so much. That moment Sirius and Harry had together about making a family and it was over in a heartbeat. I don't think his ending justified what all he did either.

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