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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #20


This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Biggest betrayal in the series?

For this week, I’m going to take the word “betrayal” and use it as it applies to the characters and the plot (and not as it applies to the author betraying her audience and killing off beloved characters, grrr).

wormtail betrayalWhat immediately jumps into my head with this idea is Wormtail’s betrayal of James and Lily which inevitably results in their deaths. I think I jump to this moment because it is the singular event that sets off the chain reaction of Harry’s whole life (for the most part). Wormtail’s choice is what enables Voldemort to find his parents, to go after him, and that’s what gives him his scar and shapes his future. Had Wormtail been a better/stronger friend, none of the books would be possible.

From Prisoner of Azkaban:

“You sold Lily and James to Voldemort,” said Black, who was shaking too. “Do you deny it?”

Pettigrew burst into tears. It was horrible to watch, like an oversized, balding baby, cowering on the floor.

“Sirius, Sirius, what could I have done? The Dark Lord … you have no idea … he has weapons you can’t imagine. … I was scared, Sirius, I was never brave like you and Remus and James. I never meant it to happen. … He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named forced me–” (374)

“You don’t understand!” whined Pettigrew. “He would have killed me, Sirius!”


wormtail escapesAlso when you see him escape from Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their way back to Hogwarts, in both the book and the film, you really see just how NOT sorry he is. For all his sniveling and crying in the Shrieking Shack, he doesn’t care. He has no empathy for what he did to Harry’s parents or to Harry himself. He’s out to save his own skin but is completely remorseless otherwise.

Pettigrew dived for Lupin’s dropped wand. Ron, unsteady on his bandaged leg, fell. There was a bang, a burst of light — and Ron lay motionless on the ground. …

Too late. Pettigrew had transformed. Harry saw his bald tail whip through the manacle on Ron’s outstretched arm and heard a scurrying through the grass. (381)

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what you think the biggest betrayal was in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Harry Potter Moment of the Week #20”

  1. I picked the same! Peter Pettigrew is the most vile little turncoat I can think of! Every single bad thing that happens in the series can be traced back to his actions, directly or indirectly. And the poor Potters trusted him enough to make him their secret keeper 😦 It breaks my heart. And poor Sirius who gets framed for Peter’s actions, made to suffer in Azkaban for all those years…and then the little rat returns to bring Voldemort back! Gah! I hate him. He deserved what he got in the end…


  2. I like that moment where Sirius yells “THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!” roared Black. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!” It’s truth. Betraying your friends to die instead because you’re scared is spineless. He’s a sociopath though and only cares about what happens to him. He’s sick and vile. Excellent choice!


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