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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?


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?


Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
I want a third option. I can see what Shog means, but I can't bring myself to fully agree. I think it could happen IF the circumstances were right, but I'm not certain she's psychopathic enough in the long run to not realise what she was doing. I don't think she hates strongly enough, really.

It does have the potential to be a good story, though.
Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
Hermione doesn't really hate, does she? She has moments of intense anger and acts accordingly, but she doesn't tend to dwell on slights; she gets on with things. I like that about her, that she doesn't tend toward self-pity. She's too strong-minded to be psychopathic; her youthful acts of anger read more like passion than that to me.

I will share your comment with Shog; perhaps it will help me persuade him to back off on his request that I write him Dark!Hermione fic. :P