10 Unforgivable Things Done by Good Harry Potter Characters
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The enduring magic of the Harry Potter series lies not only in its captivating plot but also in the multifaceted characters that inhabit J.K. Rowling's wizarding world.
Unlike traditional narratives of clear-cut heroes and villains, these characters navigate the complexities of morality, with even the most beloved protagonists harboring shadows in their past.
Here are 10 fan-favorite Harry Potter characters who committed unforgivable acts that challenge the duality of good and evil.
10. Hagrid Puts Kids In Danger
Known for his kindness, Hagrid, the gamekeeper of Hogwarts, unintentionally puts the Golden Trio in dangerous situations throughout the series. A notable example is when he sends Ron and Harry to search for Aragog in the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Despite good intentions, Hagrid's actions expose the young boys to a terrifying and murderous spider that nearly eats them alive.
9. Ron Turns On Harry
In Goblet of Fire, the unexpected twist of Harry being chosen as the fourth champion creates a ripple effect of backlash, with even his best friend Ron turning against him. Despite Ron's deep understanding of Harry's past challenges, his emotional reaction is one of anger and disbelief, driven by jealousy and resentment of Harry's constant attention.
Such feelings cannot justify anyone's decision, especially Ron's, to abandon a close friend during a difficult time.
8. Molly Bullies Fleur
Molly Weasley's protective nature takes a judgmental turn, particularly toward Fleur Delacour, her son Bill's love interest. Molly's unfair treatment of Fleur, based solely on her appearance and for no legitimate reason, adds unnecessary conflict, as Molly's snap judgments and mean-spirited behavior reflect poorly on her character.
Her mistreatment of Fleur highlights a recurring pattern of immature behavior toward female characters and despite the eventual reconciliation, Molly's actions contribute to the family's discomfort.
7. Dobby Overprotects Harry
Although Dobby's attempt to protect Harry from potential harm was heartwarming, it also took a dark turn in The Chamber of Secrets. Motivated by his concern for Harry's safety, Dobby tried to prevent Harry from returning to Hogwarts by stealing letters from his friends.
This well-intentioned act backfired, however, as it left Harry feeling isolated and questioning his place in the magical world. Dobby's actions, though well-intentioned, caused Harry emotional distress, highlighting the complexity of even well-meaning characters in the series.
6. James Bullies Snape
Although Snape himself was not entirely innocent, James Potter crossed a line in his earlier years by bullying Severus. James' immature actions had lasting consequences, perpetuating a cycle of abuse that affected both Snape and, ultimately, Harry in the future.
James's actions highlight the negative effects of bullying and underscore the importance of personal growth and empathy at Hogwarts and in the world beyond.
5. Ginny Opens The Chamber Of Secrets
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny briefly steals the spotlight and reveals her worst mistake: opening the Chamber of Secrets when it should have remained closed.
Although Ginny's accidental endangerment of her classmates and her refusal to take responsibility are due to Tom Riddle's manipulation, her naive mistake under Riddle's influence leads to dire consequences.
4. Dumbledore Leaves Harry
Following the tragic death of James and Lily at the hands of Voldemort, Dumbledore makes the crucial decision to use the blood protection that Lily invoked by sacrificing herself, resulting in Harry being placed in the care of the Dursley family.
Although Professor McGonagall brings the troubling behavior of Vernon and Petunia Dursley to Dumbledore's attention, he seems to ignore her legitimate concerns. This lack of oversight leaves Harry in a potentially harmful environment for years without support or intervention from those responsible for his well-being.
3. Sirius Endangers Snape
As an adult, Sirius Black is hailed as an unfairly imprisoned hero, but everyone seems to forget that his actions as a teenager nearly led to Snape's death. Sirius, frustrated by Snape's investigation of Remus, orchestrated a potentially fatal prank, sending Snape to meet Remus in his werewolf form at the Whomping Willow.
It was James who intervened just in time to prevent a disastrous outcome. While Sirius later becomes a beloved parental figure for Harry, his past as a teenage bully highlights the layers of his character.
2. Harry Uses The Potion Book's Spells On Draco
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry's fascination with the Half-Blood Prince's Potions Book leads him to use a dangerous spell on Draco Malfoy without understanding its consequences. The Sectumsempra spell nearly kills Draco, revealing the darker side of Harry's actions and the influence of the mysterious book.
This moment underscores that even well-meaning characters like Harry can make grave mistakes when led astray by outside influences.
1. Hermione Is Cruel To Neville
In their quest for the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, Ron and Hermione face an unexpected obstacle in the form of Neville, who bravely tries to stop them. Hermione, however, turns Neville to stone, raising the question of whether such a drastic measure was necessary.
While it demonstrates Hermione's magical abilities, it also prompts reflection on whether there might have been a more considerate way to handle the situation with her friend.