Even months after its release, Netflix Squid game remains strong in the memory of his fans. The Korean survival drama revolves around contestants engaging in a brutal and sadistic battle to the death, all to win a financial prize that would free them from their heavy debts. As fans await news on a possible second season, many have started to piece together the childhood games that appear in the series.
Some unsuccessful attempts even resulted in serious injuries and hospitalizations. It’s for good reason that childhood games or not, the steps in the Squid Game are no joke. In fact, even the characters of JK Rowling Harry potter would find it hard to beat them without their magic. Some would probably survive, but others probably wouldn’t even make it through the first game.
ten SURVIVE: Tom Riddle’s determination to escape death makes him a top contender
Even without his magic and Horcruxes, Tom Riddle would have excelled at something like the Squid Game. Highly intelligent and cunning, Tom is above all determined to survive. His initial decision to create Horcruxes may have been influenced by the devastation of WWII, but the deaths in the Squid Game would have a similar effect. Tom’s charisma would easily allow him to form a team that would follow him and he could even guess some of the plays ahead of time. All things considered, he would be one of the best contenders for victory.
9 WON’T SURVIVE: Harry Potter’s Savior Complex would be his downfall
If there’s one thing Harry Potter is good at, it’s survival. Despite the fact that his blind courage could easily have doomed him, Harry escapes even the most difficult situations that present themselves to him. Raised by the abusive Dursleys, he experienced constant hardship and wouldn’t be too affected by the starvation or hostility often present within the walls of the Squid Game compound.
However, Harry’s savior complex could prove to be a challenge as he would be inclined to save others instead of himself. Raised to die by Dumbledore, he’s pretty much conditioned to think everyone is more important. Harry is far too noble and forgiving, and that would ultimately be his downfall.
8 WILL SURVIVE: Severus Snape’s cunning makes him a perfect competitor
Much like Lord Voldemort, Severus Snape is the epitome of what it means to be a Slytherin. The talented Potions Master acts as a double agent in the Second War against the Dark Lord, pretending to be a loyal Death Eater while also spying for the Order of the Phoenix.
Even without his magic skills, he would retain an understanding of science, as well as an enviable degree of cunning. Ruthless and determined, Snape would do whatever it took to win, as long as he didn’t have to face Harry at least.
seven WON’T SURVIVE: Peter Pettigrew’s cowardice set him up for failure
Originally one of James Potter’s closest friends, Peter Pettigrew becomes the secret keeper of Fidelius’ spell protecting James and Lily’s house. Becoming Voldemort’s spy, he reveals the location of James and Lily, resulting in their deaths. In the wake of the Dark Lord’s fall, he goes into hiding and spends years disguised as a rat. Despite being spread out in Gryffindor, there is hardly anything about Peter that is brave or noble.
His weak and cowardly personality is what makes him turn on his friends in the first place, and even among Death Eaters, he is not respected. Peter would probably panic during the first stage, Red Light Green Light, and try to run away. Of course, that wouldn’t work and he would meet a vile death.
6 SURVIVES: Barty Crouch Jr.’s resilience and cunning serve him well
Appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Under the guise of Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Mad-Eye Moody, Barty Crouch Jr. is a staunch servant of Lord Voldemort. Despite being locked up for many years in Azkaban Wizards’ Prison, he manages to infiltrate as a grizzled old Auror. Granted, Moody’s eccentric behavior may have helped, but that doesn’t make Barty’s strategy any less valuable.
Barty Crouch Jr. enchants the mighty Goblet of Fire by choosing Harry as a contender in the Triwizard Tournament, and subtly encourages Harry’s success in the goal of leading the young wizard to Lord Voldemort. His cruelty and cunning would serve him well in the squid game, where there would be no dementor to take him down.
5 WON’T SURVIVE: Lucius and Draco Malfoy rely too much on their privilege
Despite being a Death Eater like Barty, Lucius would have a hard time in the Squid Game. An accomplished politician, Lucius is at his best when manipulating things from a position of power. He would probably be a better fit for the VIP position, as he would falter as a competitor.
As evidenced by his behavior in WWII with Lord Voldemort, Lucius would crack under the pressure. He relies too much on his privileges and wealth to handle a fierce fight like the Squid Game. His son Draco couldn’t do better.
4 WILL SURVIVE: Ron Weasley’s strategic wit and occasional disloyalty is a deadly combination
Ron Weasley is Harry Potter’s best friend and has stood by his side since his first confrontation with Voldemort at Hogwarts. But the two weren’t always in agreement. On more than one occasion, Ron’s jealousy for Harry’s fame and his own inferiority complex has made him turn his back on his friend. Perhaps the most notable example is when Ron leaves Harry and Hermione behind while hunting the Horcruxes.
Ron is by no means a bad person, but his side could be lethal in the Squid game. He’s also a lot smarter than he looks, his chess expertise revealing a budding strategic mind. Between that and his sometimes reckless temper, Ron could very easily stumble upon victory. Of course, that would be a Pyrrhic victory at best, as the guilt would eventually consume him.
3 WON’T SURVIVE: Hermione Granger’s intelligence may not be enough to protect her
Squid game is a great show, but it has one major flaw: the show isn’t very kind to female characters. In the game, women are seen as burdens. The difference in physical strength between men and women is overestimated, with male players outright asserting their own superiority.
Unfortunately, this is exactly why Hermione wouldn’t fare well in the game. Although she is the brightest witch of her age and always prepped with a spell, she is not as physically fit as Harry. or Ron, who are Quidditch players. Her wits would carry her through the early stages of the game, but she would end up being killed.
2 SURVIVING: Bellatrix Lestrange’s ferocity is just as dangerous without magic
Hermione might not have what it takes to survive the Squid game, but the same can’t be said for Bellatrix Lestrange. Lord Voldemort’s most vicious Death Eater doesn’t need a wand to be mortal, as it uses a knife to kill house elf Dobby.
Having survived her long imprisonment in Azkaban, she is completely mad, but also resistant to hardships. Bellatrix wouldn’t need magic to kill people in the Squid game. She would easily find another way, especially since she enjoys the activity so much.
1 WON’T SURVIVE: Marbles would be the downfall of Fred and George Weasley
Twins Fred and George Weasley are distinguished by the depth of their relationship, the humor and the creativity they display through their inventions. One of the saddest losses in the series is Fred’s death at the end of the Battle of Hogwarts. It is likely that both criminal partners would fare just as badly in the Squid game.
They would obviously stay together until the marbles game, in which case one of them would be forced to die. The Survivor is unlikely to be able to persevere until the final stages of the game, as George never quite got over his brother’s death.
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