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Hermione as Dark Lady? (Poll)

Shog just announced that the next Dark Lord in the Harry Potter universe (you know, the actual universe that writes itself having been brought into existence by Rowling and stretched and twisted and changed by its fanfiction creators), will be a Dark Lady. He thinks that she will be Hermione, and these are his reasons:

  1. She is ambitious and goal-oriented.

  2. She fervently champions causes.

  3. Some of these causes are not understood or accepted by those they are meant to help (eg SPEW).

  4. Her morality is the only morality she cares about (see SPEW again).

  5. She has proved herself willing and capable to go to extremes/be ruthless when upset, for her beliefs, or for those she loves.

  6. She is the brightest witch of her age (power corrupts).

  7. She was taught by the best friend of the previous Dark Lord and teacher to the most recent Dark Lord to lie and use special tools to get unfair advantages (eg the time turner).

  8. As a war hero, people will be more inclined to follow her.

  9. She avenges perceived slights physically and with magic (eg punching Malfoy and siccing the birds on Ron).

  10. She makes decisions without consulting those it affects (eg wiping her parents' memories).

  11. She is willing to break rules when they conflict with what she desires (basically, the entire series is predicated on the three of them doing this).

None of this means that she has to be the next Dark Lord/Lady, but I can't think of a better candidate from the books. I can easily see a situation where she comes to believe something must be done and then forces the rest of the wizarding world to bend to her will by any means necessary to make it happen.


Poll #2050190 Hermione as Dark Lady

Do you agree with Shog that Hermione has the potential to be a Dark Lady?

Yes.
19(90.5%)
No.
2(9.5%)

When I think about Hermione bending the wizarding world to her will by "any means necessary," I envision her as a Dark Administrator, a well-meaning bureaucrat who might, say, foist a marriage law, or some other evil, upon the populace.

What do you think a wizarding world with Dark!Hermione in charge of it would be like? What would be her raison d'être? Conversely, if you just can't see Hermione as evil, well-intentioned or otherwise, why don't you? What about her makes her destined to remain upon the side of the Light?

Comments

eoforyth
Jul. 21st, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
I can't see Hermione as a Dark Administrator - that is essentially what Dolores Umbrage was, and I think Hermione would shy away from it because of that.

Being involved in various independent commitees, projects and causes, using her War Hero status to gain influence and put on pressure without the trial of working her way through the Ministry or getting elected is more the way I see her going, like Lucius Malfoy and Dumbledore in part. Then she could advance, either through the use of a puppet front man or stepping in as some kind of saviour (through a set up crisis?) to become a kind of benevolent tyrant. It would be her quashing of various liberties For the Greater Good that could gain her the Dark Lady moniker.

Either that, or she gets so incenced at some kind of casual rejection or injustice she goes out cold-bloodedly to set the world to rights, her way!
iulia_linnea
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:13 am (UTC)
I wonder what kind of a person Dolores was before she started wearing a Horcrux around her neck? If the Dursleys get a Horcrux pass (although I don't entirely accept that theory), why shouldn't Dolores? That said, even without having a piece of Voldemort's soul influencing her, I think that, under certain circumstances, Hermione could fall prey to the strength of her own crusading zeal and achieve Dark Administratorhood without ever realizing it. Unchecked good intentions might lead a lot of people down the same path.

Your ideas sound completely plausible to me, though I'd like to think that an adult Hermione would be able to check herself were she faced with your second instance (mostly because I think that she's more of a planner at heart :P). Your first instance reads like a story outline. :D

P.S. Of course, Hermione can be pretty ruthless when thinking on her feet, can't she be? I'm thinking specifically about her hexing Harry so that the Snatchers don't recognize him, and how she leads Dolores to the centaurs . . . .

Edited at 2016-07-22 09:42 am (UTC)
eoforyth
Jul. 24th, 2016 11:09 am (UTC)
Sorry, I've been away from the internet a bit too much to comment the last couple of days.

It is the second scenario that matches up with many of Shog's points - Hermione champions a cause, throws her all into it, then get snubbed for some spurious (Pureblood? Patriachal is more likely) reason. She storms off, activates some kind immediate vengence (or vice versa) then gets out her planners, highlighters and post it notes and sets about a cold and complete take down/take over of the person/people/organisation involved.

Actually that would also fit in with the first idea, if I were to write such a thing, which I'm not (please, I'm busy hacking at a smut_fest piece here, to see where I need to join things together - eek!)
iulia_linnea
Jul. 24th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your fic!