Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Wormtail Character Analysis

As a teenager, Wormtail—Peter Pettigrew—was best friends with James, Sirius, and Lupin, but as a young adult, he began working for Voldemort and ultimately gave away James and Lily's location to Voldemort. He's interested mostly in serving whoever is the most powerful, which is what led him to Voldemort in the first place. He possesses one silver hand, which Voldemort gave Wormtail to thank him for sacrificing his original hand to bring Voldemort back to life. He owes Harry a debt, since Harry refused to kill him years ago, and Wormtail is forced to pay this back when Harry reminds him of it. Wormtail's silver hand strangles him, showing Harry that Wormtail did feel some sense of remorse and had the capacity to show mercy.
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Wormtail Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Wormtail appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...one to kill Harry. A scream comes from somewhere in the manor, and Voldemort sends Wormtail to deal with it. Voldemort asks Lucius Malfoy to borrow his wand. Malfoy hesitates and... (full context)
Chapter Ten
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...hangings, motorcycles, and Muggle girls in bikinis. There's one photo of Sirius, James, Lupin, and Wormtail, but it's stuck to the wall with a Permanent Sticking Charm. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...and say that there's a lot Voldemort doesn't understand. Lucius hears Dobby Disapparate and sends Wormtail to check on the prisoners. Harry and Ron tackle him as soon as he opens... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...though he no longer cares about the Horcruxes and thinks of how Dumbledore predicted that Wormtail would show Harry mercy. Ron and Dean join Harry to dig and, finally, Harry wraps... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...from their owners. He thinks that Draco's wand is now loyal to Harry, and that Wormtail's wand is loyal to Ron. Harry asks if it's necessary to kill to take control... (full context)