The following is a guest post by Ajinkya Goyal, founder and owner of Airborne Orange 🍊:
Just imagine if Harry had agreed to killing Peter Pettigrew in the Prisoner of Azkaban, instead of taking him to the castle (that worked out well didn’t it?).
It would probably have been Sirius who cast the spell, and then he may have even done a jig around his body. But most importantly, Voldemort would never have risen.
It’s Pettigrew who facilitates Voldemort’s rise in The Goblet of Fire. Had that rat died, Voldemort would never have lived, and Sirius, Remus, Tonks, Fred, Dobby, and everyone else would still be alive (save for Harry’s parents of course. Pettigrew betrayed them already).
Times like this make me wish Harry wasn’t so merciful. If only he had said,
“Kill him; he deserves it.” Instead of,
“No! We’ll take him to the castle. That’s what my father would have wanted.”
If only he had. Everything would be alright then. Everyone would still be alive. It’s weird though isn’t it? The importance J.K. Rowling decided to invest in a lowly rat like Pettigrew.
But let’s not condemn all rat patronus wielders just because one of them was a backstabbing little git. One of the most impressive uses of the patronus charm has been by Illyius, who had a rat for a patronus. But don’t take it from me, take it from J.K. Rowling herself.
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