Alright, so here’s what I’ve been thinking about
This has probably said before, but i’m gonna say it again because it actually kinda bothers me a bit
Veritaserum is a thing that is canon in the wizarding world. it was introduced and used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It forces people to tell the truth when they are asked a question.
Why wasn’t it used before? Think about it. Right after Sirius was arrested, they could have given him some and asked him a whole bunch of questions and just like that, Sirius gets to live a happy life with his boyfriend Remus. Best case, the ministry questions Sirius before Voldemort kills the Potters and they are able to get hidden and they live and Harry grows up happy with loving parents and godparents and friends, maybe even a few siblings. Worse case, Voldemort kills James and Lily, but shortly after, Sirius is deemed innocent and Harry gets to live and grow up with Uncle Moony and Uncle Padfoot.
Then, I was thinking, in the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione were telling Dumbledore what happened and that Sirius was innocent. He responded with something like – I believe you, but I have a feeling that not many people will be so willing to take the word of 3 thirteen year olds.– Why not give them the veritaserum? This is also another great opportunity to give some to Sirius. All to prove that Sirius is innocent. Take it in front of the ministry and clear Sirius’s name, even though it should have been done 12 years before.
Flash forward to the Goblet of Fire when Cedric is killed and Harry is saying that Voldemort did it. Fudge is denying it and refusing to believe that Voldemort is back. Now, stick with me here, but maybe if someone had come up with the idea to give Harry the potion, everyone would believe him. Everyone would know that Voldemort is back and have more time to prepare and go into hiding. If more people were aware sooner, part of the war and many deaths could have been avoided.
Now those probably aren’t the only examples, but these ones stuck out most blatantly in my mind. Giving Veritaserum, if the person was willing of course, would have solved so many issues. It honestly baffles me how the wizarding world stays up and running because it’s a disaster and a half most of the time. They have all of these ways to make their lives easier but instead they choose the hardest, most difficult way to go about things.
Anywho, that’s what I thought about for most of Physics today. Thanks for reading my headcannon and listening to my TED talk