A Dark Possibility
Torture. Now there is an incredably underrated device. I see it dismissed too lightly far too often, especially when I say, well you know, Peter could have been tortured into spying for Voldemort.
On common snap back is "then why didn't Peter tell Dumberldore."
Simple enough. One of the first thing you engrain into a torturee is that they will not be belived . The Environment Peter lived in would only serve to reinforce that idea. People were scared paranoid, and probably not wanting to hear an explanation. If you gave Voldemrot information, you were a spy now two ways about it, and we don't care why you did it. Now, I realize there's nothing canonical tos upport that, save Siriu's very brief explanation fo what life was like during those years. I'm extrapolating a little bit based on people's reactions during WWII, and applying those to the Voldemort years. However, things were extreme. People supported Crouch's authorization of the Unforgivable Curses, and there doesn't seem to have been a lot of protest when Sirius wasn't even given a drumhead trial. I can see why, in this envornment, Peter would not think that he could confess to anyone and be belived.
Also, generally an admission like that would have had terrible reprocussions on Peter's family. We know he at least had a living mother at the time. Again, people point out that Peter seemed primarly afraid of losing his own life (which is a form of torture I'll tackle later, however, I think that is overly cruel. that may ahve been the only thing he mentioned in the shrieking shack;however, I doubt that was the entire explenation either.
One of the things about my theory of torture that apeals to me so much is exlains everything, from why he would spy, why he would sell out the Potters, to his behavior in the shrieking shack and his "semi" loyalty to voldemort in GoF.
Torture can change a persons personality to the point that they will actually support, willingly, a cause they originally did not believe in.
I'd first came across that concept in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. By the end of the book, the main character, who started out as a semi strong person trying to fight the system, has been brainwashed , via torture, into believing the government is completely corect and right in everything it does.
Thus, I came to believe that torture can completely reshape a personality. But, I didn't want to just say that based on a piece of fiction by Orwell. Well I did research an you know what, I'm right.
"troture has been used: -at an individual level as punishment with intention to destroy the victim as a human being through a systematic method of the infliction of severe pain and psychological suffering, and to destroy his dignity in the most macabre forms of harm
- to destory the victim's identity by forcing him/her to give confedential information and names, to become a traitor to his/her idealogy and comrades (!!!!!!!!)
- In some extreme cases, to transform the victim into a collaborator, which is the maximum expression of identification of the victim with the agressor. (HA! HA! and HA! again.. ok sorry but I like when what I think is right is actually right)
I don't see why that can't apply to Peter. In canon, Voldemort uses the crucio technique on Peter, sowe know Voldemort would use torture.
And that is why I it so BUGS me to see the Peter was tortured theory dismissed lightly, because I was right you can completely alter a persons personality and make them act in ways they never would ahve normally acted. So no wonder people look at Peter and wonder why he as in Gryffindor.
I have actually looked up technigues of toture and their psycological effects and can make a fairly good argumetn for it, but i don't ahve my notes. I'll probably update this rant later, or just make a totaly new rant on the subject.
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