Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Loveable Villains in Harry Potter?


Loveable Villains in the Wizarding World

The other night I was thinking about those Villains we love to hate. I'm talking about the villains that just light up the page or screen.  You love them despite yourself... even though you might still be terrified of them. You may be secretly rooting for them when they face off against the hero OR you may just LIVE for the times when your favorite hero faces off with them - like I do. I'm talking about those character gems like The Joker, The Master, Moriarty, Lucifer and Crowley, The Riddler, Ra's Al Ghul, Bane - and most of the other Batman Villains - The White Witch of Narnia (maybe that's just me?), Maleficent (excluding the movie where I just plain LOVE her), Loki and Darth Vader.

Now some of you might debate me here - and feel free to - but to me, these characters^^ aren't anti-heroes (with the exception of maybe Loki), they're straight up villains BUT you can't help but feel for them despite that.In any case, sorting out villains from anti-heroes isn't the point of this post  >.< The point is: this got me thinking about Harry Potter and how there are no love-to-hate villains in the series.  I mean, I straight up hate Voldemort, Umbridge, Bellatrix, and the rest. Sure I love Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter's performances, but there is NO love the actual characters. Like, at all. We could debate over Snape of course but I no longer see him as a villain (I'm not excusing his hateful behaviour though, we just all know what side he was on in the end) so he doesn't really fit the bill here either. Nor does Draco Malfoy. No, the Wizarding World just doesn't seem to have any villains that fit the "love to hate" bill for me.

I hate you, you and you...and yeah, even the ones in the back^^

I know that the Harry Potter series isn't the only series like this -  I don't love any of the villains in Lord of the Rings, The Old Kingdom, Throne of Glass or The Hunger Games. They're all formidable villains, they're the perfect antagonist for their respective  heroes, but they basically scare the shit out of me. And that's it. And now I'm wondering how J. K. Rowling would actually handle a love-to-hate villain. I wonder if Salazar Slytherin would fit the bill? I mean sure Slytherins are typecast as obsessed over blood-purity, even though that isn't always the case but we know that Slytherin himself was indeed obsessed with blood-purity... I  can't help but wonder if he would have had a love-to-hate aura about him. There must have been something to draw Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff to him.

He doesn't LOOK nice... but neither did Sirius when we first met him.

Another reason I need Rowling to write a Founder's book/series. Add that to a Marauder's book/series and Hogwarts: A History and you've got my entire wishlist. I hope she gets on that ASAP LOL!


Do you have any love-to-hate villains in the Wizarding World?

2 comments:

  1. Interesting point- I don't know much about the HP villains but from what I do know I can definitely see why you'd feel that way about Voldemort and the rest. I do like a good love-to-hate villain though. I guess Game of Thrones has a few maybe? Jaime Lannister comes to mind, maybe a few others. But yeah LotR and Hunger Games- same.

    Darth Vader is a good one that you mentioned- I kinda felt sorry for him at the the end of Return of the Jedi, even though he did bad things. :)

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  2. I have plenty villains I love to hate, but you're right the "villains" I love to hate in Harry Potter, aren't really villains. Draco is definitely a bad guy, but he's not a villain, especially when you have Voldemort and Umbridge to put him next too. Though, I'm not even sure I love to hate Draco, part of me just feels sorry for him. (Not excusing how awful he is, just recognizing that he could have been a completely different person if he'd grown up differently. -- but couldn't we all.)
    Anyway, I'd be interested to see J.K. Rowling produce a character I loved to hate. Now that you've mentioned Slytherin, I'm really interested in that! Another thing to put on my Rowling Wishlist. :D

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