Marietta, Marietta, Marietta. What do we know about her, anyway? She’s Cho’s friend. She reluctantly joined the DA. She betrayed them to Umbridge, and wound up with a memory charm and a SNEAK written across her face. She doesn’t, as far as I can remember, speak a single line in the book, but she seems to have left an impact nonetheless.
So who is she and what’s she for? Is she just to show the good side’s philosophy of ‘the ends justify the means’…it was alright to memory charm her because something bad could’ve happened? Is she just to show Hermione’s arrogance…branding someone was alright because she betrayed them? Is she going to redeem herself later? Who knows?
Thus far, I have written one Marietta fanfic and am now working on a second. And she has become a favourite character of mine, for reasons I can’t fathom. She’s betrayed the DA, after all. She doesn’t seem to have many redeeming qualities.
I don’t know. I think in the end, a lot of people would do what she did if they were put in her position…as in, let parents down or let friends down and choose parents over friends, if they were putting pressure on you. I know it’s not much of an excuse, since as Harry pointed out, Ron’s dad also worked for the Ministry and he didn’t betray them…but Marietta was only sixteen (I think), hadn’t been through as much or seen as much or well, loved as much as Ron had. She wasn’t a heroine, just a normal, probably quite popular, slightly bratty, ordinary teenage girl…and she took the easy way out. As many people would.
Hopefully, though, she won’t next time. Who knows?
There’s also the SNEAK thing to think about…whether she still has it or not, whether Hermione was justified…but I’ll leave that to you to discuss. ;)