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Posted on Mar 31, 2014
11 Reasons Theon Greyjoy Is The Peter Pettigrew Of Westeros
As the fourth season of Game of Thrones swiftly approaches, let's take a moment to analyze the similarities between our favorite Greyjoy and one of the least-liked characters in Harry Potter. Spoilers for seasons 1-3 of Game of Thrones and all of the Harry Potter books and movies.
Peter Pettigrew's nickname is "Wormtail" because his Animagus form is a rat.
Theon Greyjoy was given the nickname "Reek" at the end of Season 3, emphasizing his horrifying transformation.
2.They're overshadowed by their more powerful friends.
Peter Pettigrew was not as intelligent or likable as the other Marauders.
Theon was a ward of the Starks and never truly part of the family.
3.They both begin fighting a war on the good side.
Peter Pettigrew was a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Theon pledged his allegiance to Robb Stark and fought with him on the battlefield.
4.They're both desperate for approval.
Pettigrew attached himself to powerful people in an effort to stay alive.
Theon wanted to earn his father's approval after receiving a less-than-warm welcome after years of separation.
5.They both participate in an important ritual.
Pettigrew helped restore Voldemort to his full power at the end of "Goblet of Fire" in a ritual that involved cutting off his hand, taking Harry Potter's blood, and throwing them in a pot alongside Creepy Baby Voldemort.
Theon Greyjoy participates in a good old-fashioned ironborn baptism to affirm his faith in the Drowned God and allegiance to the ironborn.
6.They betray their friends.
Peter Pettigrew "ratted" out James and Lily's location to Voldemort after they made him their Secret Keeper.
Robb Stark sent Theon to convince his father and the ironborn to join Robb's cause. Instead, Theon takes over Winterfell while it is undefended.
7.Their betrayal leads to their friends' deaths.
After learning their location from Pettigrew, Voldemort killed Lily and James Potter.
Theon is goaded into beheading Ser Rodrik, Winterfell's Master-At-Arms.
8.They use faking deaths as a way to solve their problems, killing even more innocent people in the process.
Peter Pettigrew fakes his own death to escape Sirius Black.
Theon is unable to find Bran and Rickon Stark after they escape with Osha and Hodor. Unwilling to admit defeat, he orders two farm boys to be killed and burned.
9.They both fall under the control of a super evil guy who loves torturing people.
As one of Voldemort's followers, Pettigrew was complicit in the deaths and torture of many innocent victims.
Theon is captured and tortured by Ramsay Snow.
10.The evil guy cuts off an important body part.
Technically Pettigrew cuts off his own hand, but Voldemort orders him to do it.
Unfortunately for Theon, he doesn't get a replacement for the body part Ramsay Snow cut off.
11.When they try to correct their mistakes, it backfires... big time.
In the books, Pettigrew remembers he owes Harry a life debt and decides to spare him. However, his metallic hand strangles him for his disobedience to Voldemort.
When Winterfell is surrounded, Theon refuses to follow Maester Luwin's advice and flee to the Wall. Instead, he gives a rousing speech and intends to die alongside his men in a courageous battle.
We'll have to wait to find out if Theon Greyjoy will meet the same end as Peter Pettigrew, but if the similarities continue, the outlook isn't bright. However, with GRRM's history of playing with expectations, anything could happen.
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