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If we're willing to accept going from good to doing bad things as being partially evil, then there's an obvious answer no one's mentioned: Harry Potter. Harry does a number of morally questionable things in Deathly Hallows. Many of them can be written off as desperate times calling for desperate measures, such as Imperiusing Gringotts staff. However, he ...


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I'd say Regulus Black did a 180 on being evil, more so than any other character. From JKR: Hayleyhaha: Why did regulus have a change of heart J.K. Rowling: He was not prepared for the reality of life as a Death Eater. It was Voldemort’s attempted murder of Kreacher that really turned him He was one of Voldemort's inner circle, one of the closest Death ...


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You have a lot of good examples here, but I'll add one: Professor Quirrell. A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. My master showed me how wrong I was. There is no good and evil... there is only power, and those too weak to understand it... More so than the other answers you're getting of people who switched sides ...


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One character I'd like to point out is Rufus Scrimgeour. He was appointed Minister for Magic at the start of Half Blood Prince (HBP). Scrimgeour, while not exactly evil or villainous, is constantly at odds with Dumbledore and then with Harry. In HBP, there are reports of a fight between Dumbledore and Scrimgeour. Dumbledore also mentions to Harry about ...


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As Padfoot says, The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. So 'joining Voldemort' would be a narrow definition of 'evil'. Broadening that definition a bit, I could think of some: Petunia Dursley(I get it, she had problems, but if not opposing Vernon and Dudley when they harassed Harry could be considered as a form of evil; we have no ...


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[Note: this answer was written before the bit about Peter was edited into the question; I leave it up because I still think he is the best example.] The most obvious answer I can think of is Peter Pettigrew. While he was never really what you might call a thoroughly good person, he was friends with James, Remus, and Sirius for many years while at Hogwarts, ...


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Gellert Grindelwald and Narcissa Malfoy None of them have much screen time, but at the end of HP and the Deathly Hallows they are willing to sacrifice themselves and are put in a much better light than before. Gellert Grindelwald From the Philosopher's Stone, chapter 6, Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card: Later, in the Deathly Hallows, we learn that he ...


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Rowling seems to imply that Dudley and Petunia were eventually redeemed, but not Vernon: However, I know that after Dudley’s brave attempt at reconciliation at the start of Deathly Hallows, the two cousins would have remained on ‘Christmas Card’ terms for the rest of their lives, and that Harry would have taken his family to visit Dudley’s when they were in ...


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As an individual who admires energy, tenacity, courage and faithfulness, I believe Ugluk of Isengard (introduced in The Two Towers) has more than "mildly positive traits." A captain of the fighting Uruk-hai, he commands a troop of orcs that capture the hobbits Merry and Pippin, bringing them partway to Isengard before he is killed by horsemen from Rohan. ...


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Aragog the spider could be considered. Was once Hagrid's pet / friend who was happy enough to answer some of Harry and friend's questions only to let his children (thousands of spiders) try to eat them.


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Gellert Grindelwald He was maybe not the nicest person ever, but I don't know if he was truly evil when Dumbledore first befriended him. Dumbledore was somewhat infatuated but I believe he would have known an evil person from a misguided one. Grindelwald slowly turned more and more evil but as teenagers I would call both of them misguided but neither evil ...


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I would like to also add Percy Weasley to the list! While he at no point considers himself evil, he obeys orders that clearly are, continuing to trust and help Fudge and Umbridge, and forgets all about what is right on the way. His redemption at the end seems to indicate that he was not proud of his actions, but continued to serve the Ministry until a clear ...


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An old conversation, but i thought i'd contribute because you never know who might be wondering and stumble on the page. If i remember correctly, having read most of JRR's stuff, orcs are no longer produced via corrupted elves or men, but instead reproduce sexually, by way of "breeding pits". (i imagine that there are female orcs, perhaps very few, that are ...


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This could be a difficult sell: Voldemort. He may have had bad genes, but his backstory shows sponsorship by Dumbledore and it was Riddle's insecurities that turned him into an evil menace. Every issue can be traced back to fear of death and abandonment. You are not born an evil murderer. Circumstances and opportunity must line up to transport from mentally ...


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Tolkien's wickedness of Orcs is addressed in The "Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien". In "Letter 269". Tolkien suggests that, in the real world, Orcs would not be completely ir-redeemable.


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Not only was Melkor given the greatest gift of power and knowledge of all the Ainur, he also shared in all the abilities of all the others. The Ainur were said to know only the part of the mind of Ilúvatar from where they came, and so he was closest in all things to Ilúvatar himself. Perhaps this is why he was not as content with merely expounding the theme ...


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This was discussed by Transformers Scriptwriter Robert Orci in a forum exchange on the (now defunct) official Transformers Movie website. Q. In the film we see that the "All Spark, Matrix" or whatever is really called turned whatever machine it touched into a killing bot! Why is this? Is it because the device was originally intended as a weapon and so ...


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In the alternate timeline created by Scorpius and Albus interfering with the second Triwizard Tournament task, Cedric Diggory ends up becoming a Death Eater. SCORPIUS enters the library and starts desperately to look through books. He finds a history book. SCORPIUS: How did Cedric become a Death Eater? What have I missed? Harry Potter and the ...


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The Jedi would to bring the balance of the Force for his selfish reasons. Palpatine were right when said to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith that Jedi become arrogant, selfish and dominant. The balance is the balance between Dark and Light - so one who can use and understand both Dark and Light, who can live with one and another inside him. A Sith was a ...


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Melkor, "he who arises in might" is as his creator made him. As far as Tolkien allows us to know, Ilúvatar understood Melkor's addition to the design and any changes he made to the works of others, only enhanced their beauty, functionality or overall quality in some way. This was as Ilúvatar decided it to be. As a creation myth it is almost necessary to ...


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Julian May, through the Milieu trilogy, did provide some insight about what happened to the Tanu during Marc and Elizabeth's time in the duat galaxy. It was also clear that Marc, because of his immortality gene, had become atoning unifex and led the lylmik to establish the galactic milieu. About three years ago l posted, on a Facebook Julian May fan page, ...


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We do not know what happened to Orcs after the end of the Third Age. And this is open to imagination since Tolkien wrote very few lines about the Fourth Age and beyond. We can think as well that Orcs were extinguished by Men, or that Orcs evolved free of Sauron as a rather brutal race, but not necessarily evil, or any other option that suits us.


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Regarding your second question - "I am also looking for the name of the book or author pertaining to a book about an evil presence that brings about complete darkness on Earth by making the daylight times shorter and shorter each day. Meanwhile large holes appears around the world. Each night various "horrors from hell" exit the holes killing humans each ...


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It is thought that the Jedi were in agreement that bringing balance was in the act of eliminating the sith completely and thoroughly. This was shown throughout the perspective of the jedi and its order. The movies and books before "the old republic" showed the jedi with the upper hand of numbers. In the old republic however the sith were ruling the galaxy in ...


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Not from anything we see or read in canon, onscreen or in legends. In the Clone Wars cartoon (which is canon) the civilian leadership of the Separatists were sometimes good beings. Count Dooku was manipulating them, just as Palpatine was manipulating the Senate. The military leadership however were all in cahoots with Count Dooku, and ranged from being ...


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Albus Dumbledore The man had a dark past. He was plotting the domination of wizards over muggles with an upcoming dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. He neglected his sister's health, locked her up, and was partially responsible for her death. He may have even cast the spell that killed her. Although being troubled by this all his life, he turned things ...


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A Dark Wizard is someone who practices Magic that the Ministry of Magic has decreed "Dark Magic", unless used by those under the employ of the Ministry of Magic or their allies in times of war. Atrocities are not only committed by "Dark Wizards" (even outside of war), so it is not the evilness of the act that makes a Wizard or Witch "Dark", but the actions ...


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Maybe the old adage of there can not be light without darkness, Without the bitter the sweet would not be as sweet thing.Good needs evil to survive as far back as history goes it has to be two sides to every coin. God vs Devil, Cain vs Able, Adam vs Eve and of course King Kong vs Godzilla.


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