As most of you know, I've recently dived into the Supernatural fandom, which has proven to be enlightening in terms of character development and how perception is so much of it. But more than that, it's a study in the blurred line that separates good from evil and where everyone else stands in relativity.

Good vs Evil is a prevailing theme in Harry Potter, with Harry standing as the shining beacon of light and Voldemort at the opposite end, representing unrepentant evil. However, there are dozens of characters that find themselves in neither spectrum. Snape and Dumbledore are the epitome of grey area. Dumbledore is seen early on as this magnificent protagonist, only for his image to be irreparably damaged in our eyes in Order of the Phoenix when he ignores Harry when he's needed most and inadvertently catalyses events which led to Sirius's death. And then Deathly Hallows happened and opened a whole other can of worms.

Which leads to the question of how we define 'good' and 'evil'. Is it the sum of good things someone's done against the bad they've done, and whichever list is longer is the winner? Or is it about repentance? Or are some things just plain unforgivable?

Please ask and answer at least one TQ, though more is preferred. Here are some TQs to get you started.

Do you often find yourself rooting for 'the bad guy' in books and films? Why do you suppose that is?

Can a character be TOO good?

If a character does something deemed as 'very good' but later begins to fall into the villain category, how much does it take before you stop considering the good things they've done against their growing darkness?

How would you define the difference between an antagonist and a villain?




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