by First Mate Keira
An old standard question, but a fun one, because there are so many awesome characters to choose from in the Potterverse. The rules are as follows:
- You can’t pick Harry Potter.
- You can’t pick his best friends, Ron and Hermione.
- You can’t pick his mentor (Dumbledore) or his nemesis (Voldemort).
If you do I’ll have to Abracadabra you…
I’ll go first and I won’t even use my standby of the Weasley Twins, whom I love dearly and would want to meet in real life if I could.
I’m going to go with the fake Mad-Eye Moody. Yes, you heard that right. I just picked Barty Crouch Jr. Why? Why on earth would I pick him of all the characters? I’ll tell you why… 🙂
Barty is a fully realized character. He’s developed and he’s interesting.
He comes from a light family with strict and stern principles and yet he becomes a servant of the Dark Lord. He earned 12 O.W.L.S. He’s smart but highly twisted.
He’s done bad things as a Death Eater, most notably being one of the bad guys torturing Neville Longbottom’s parents. He’s evil… and yet still appears (in disguise of course) to others as a decent person.
According to the timeline, he’s the first to escape Azkaban with his father’s help. At the start of Goblet of Fire he had been out of Azkaban for ten years, but heavily guarded by his dad. The world thought he’d died in prison and it wasn’t until the Dark Lord with Pettigrew’s help released him from his father’s Imperius hold.
From that point on and in very short order he managed to successfully (probably with Voldemort’s or Pettigrew’s help) beat a fully trained paranoid and most successful ex-Auror after years without a wand.
Then he proceeded to pulled the wool over everybody’s eyes by successfully throwing himself into character as Mad-Eye Moody: Limp. Paranoia. Rough Charm. Attitude. Memories. Secret Codes (for Dumbledore I’m sure). And so on. For 8 months!
Talk about a tall order.
And on top of all that he gained the students’ trust and favor as a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He was competent (12 O.W.L.S. probably had something to do with it) and it showed on all fronts. I loved his classes…
And he gave us the bouncing ferret…
So he still had or pretended to have a code of honor and a sense of humor.
Your Turn: Now that you know who I picked, who did you choose and why?
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