ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

There have been some awesome shots of Daniel Radcliffe in his upcoming movie Horns - where, yup, he grows horns - and these got me thinking...

What if Harry Potter had turned to the dark side? Stranger things have happened...

Harry would never have joined Voldemort, but what if he'd gone against him in a full-blown Dark Wizard way?

If Hagrid hadn't badmouthed Slytherin, Harry may have gone with the Sorting Hat's FIRST assessment of him: that he should be in Slytherin:

'Not Slytherin, eh? Are you sure? You could be great, you know. It's all here in your head. And Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, there's no doubt about that.'


Once in Slytherin, Harry wouldn't have been so close to Ron and Hermione.

Without their guidance, and with the pro-dark arts attitude within Slytherin house, Harry would have become drawn deeper into the dark arts - which we are told in the book he is quite adept with (a talent for DADA, dueling, etc., part of which he learned from Voldemort's transference of power).


Harry's darker side would have been encouraged.

His Parseltongue, his 'specialness,' his resourcefulness would all have been developed faster in Slytherin.


He may have learned to be an animagus.

Harry's animagus probably would have been a horned animal, just like his father's. This would be symbolic, as the loss of James Potter would be essential to Harry's quest for power.


Loads of bad things happened to Harry. What if he'd just given up being the good guy?

He's an orphan, and suffered through his early life being neglected by the Dursleys. Without Ron and Hermione to support him, and surrounded by a house that upholds vengeance and unscrupulous methods, Harry's rage at losing his parents may have boiled up to become his main focus. He would have dedicated his life to destroying Voldemort, at whatever the cost.


Harry would still have discovered the Chamber of Secrets, meaning he met Ginny.

But Ron and the Weasleys would not have approved of the match with a Slytherin. Harry would have lost Ginny, driving him deeper towards the dark side, and his view of himself as angry and alone.


He wouldn't be the first good guy gone bad.

Dumbledore's ex-friend, Gellert Grindelwald, was a good guy until he went mad with power and became obsessed with becoming omnipotent.


It's only a matter of time before wrathful Harry discovered Horcruxes.

I don't think he would have killed innocent people, but Slytherin Harry wouldn't have missed out on this opportunity to protect himself in his deadly quest to vanquish Voldemort. Like Dexter, he would have sought out bad, irredeemable people to kill to create his Horcruxes.


In the same way as Voldemort loses his features, Harry may have ended up disfigured and cursed by his path towards the darkness......

...just like this powerful shot from Horns. Yup, that IS Daniel Radcliffe.

Now, to clarify, I know that Harry Potter is GOOD and J.K. Rowling's story is the final word on his character. But everyone has a good and a bad side, and circumstances could have been very different...


Could Harry Potter ever have gone to the dark side?

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