As one of my first Pure Good proposals, I'm proposing a rather devalued and wronged character on the Harry Potter saga, most due to his brief appearence.
Also a WARNING: This proposal is for the original timeline version of Cedric in detriment the alternate timeline version present in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
What is the work?
Harry Potter's franchise by J.K. Howling is a sucess book series, already adaptated to movies, games and even theater, focuses in the story of a wizard boy, facing since early threats as well a nazi-like supremacist dark wizard. But the work analyzed in that proposal is, most precisely, the fourth book of Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well its film adaptation. Here, Harry faces a conspiration to bring Lord Voldemort back, at the same time that Hogwarts gave in the legendary Triwizard Tournament.
Who is Cedric and what he did?
Cedric Diggory is an older student in Hogwarts that is 17 years old in Harry Potter and the fire globet. He is a promissing, but humble athlete, and is revered by the girls as a very handsome boy. However, despite being a populae and coveted athlete and student, Cedric is humble (unlike his father's book countepart) and despite being older than Harry, he does not mock him and even politely offers himself to help him, without discrimination. He belongs to Hufflepuff house.
In the book of Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a Quidditch match between Griffyndor and Hufflepuff during a thunderstorm, and Harry was disturbed by the presence of dementors, falling of his broom, while Cedric winned the match, but when he realized what happened to Harry, he selflessly asked to replay the match, althrought the request was denied. Having his broom damaged in the fall, Harry got a new one and Cedric was congratulating him.
In Harry Potter and the globet of fire, Cedric was, originaly, the Hogwarts student chosen to the Triwizard Tournament, before Harry being selected to despite the age restriction (thanks to Barthy Crouch Jr., a.k.a, "Alastor Moody). So, he competed along with Viktor Krum (from Durmstrang), Fleur Delacour (Beauxbatons). When he discovers that Harry Potter also had his name put on the globet, althought no one believed in Potter saying he was telling the thrut about did not put his name on it, Cedric was kind to Harry instead mock or hostilize him and thrusted Harry when he says that did not cheat the globet, despite initialy believing he did. Also, the entire school starts to suport and praise Cedric as the "real Hogwarts' champion" wearing badges that also changed to read "Potter stinks". Despite being praised, Cedric asks to every student stop mocking Harry with such badges, asking to stop wear them, always supporting him, what makes him stand out considering the fact he will have to dispute with someone who shouldn't be, even so, he never saw Potter as an enemy.
After passing throughout the first proof, winning a dragon egg, Cedric heard from Alastor Moody, who is actually Crouch Jr. disguised, that he should dive the egg on water to decipher the egg puzzle and later, he willingly gave the tip to help Harry to do the same, giving Harry the prefect's bathroom for this and helping him to prepare himself to the next challenge at the black lake. In that match, he also helps Harry telling him how many time he still has to complete the tasks and is tied on first place.
In the book, prior to the third task, Harry is confronted by Cedric's father, who acuse him to take coverage in the midia thanks from his son, and Cedric gives apologize to Harry by his father's behavior and explain to Amos that it's not Harry fault. In the third task, Cedric faces a imperious-cursed Viktor Krum, who tries to take the cruciatus curse on him. Prior to take the cup, they faces different threats in the movie and books. In the book, Cedric faces a acromantula, which attacks him, who is saved by Harry. In the movie, as there's no creatures on the maze the third proof sets place, rather than a acromantula, Cedric is attacked by living roots and the maze starts to close, so that forcing he and Harry to come to the globet. At first, in acknowledgment for Potter being saved his skin, both in the book and the film, Cedric gave Harry the chance to take the cup, but Harry manages to convince him to take the cup together, which suddebly takes both Harry and Cedric to the place where Voldemort will be brought back. Harry knowing the place they were, tell Cedric to go to the cup, but he is confused, and Harry starts to fell intense pain due the presence of Peter Pettigrew and an embryonic Voldemort. Cedric was not able to leave Harry alone and in pain here, despite his desperate requests to Driggory go to the cup. He faces Pettigrew, which resulted in Voldemort ordering him to kill Cedric. His death marks the return of Lord Voldemort and later, in the same scene, Cedric's echo, something ghost-like, but not an actual ghost, sommoned by the "piori incantatem" effect caused by the duel between Voldemort and Potter, aks to Harry take his body back to his father. Later, Cedric's death is mourned by the entire school and Dumbledore do a speech in which he sets up "Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come, when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory."
Admirable Standart/Why stands out?
In the books, Cedric easily meets the admirable standard, since, unlike most characters (including Potter himself, who has many corrupting factors), he lacks corrupting features and, particularly, stands out as a renowned athlete that avoids arrogance and presents himself as helpful and gentle to a younger and weaker one like Harry, despite being older and barely knowing him. But Victor Krum is also a humble and nice athlete, but he did less than Diggory to stand out. So what makes Cedric really stand out more than a standard merely lovable jock or nice guy like Krum?
- Prior to his death, Cedric chose to help Harry when he falls in pain and defend him from Wormtail instead of going to the goblet and save his skin and yet take the win for himself, leaving Harry alone, which resulted in his death. So Cedric died because he was not able to leave Harry alone in danger, showing others are more important for him than achievements.
- He also stands out in the third book when Harry is harmed by dementors during a Quidditch match and falls from his broom. Cedric wins, but thinks it's wrong since Harry would have winned if the dementators didn't invade the match. So, he asks for the annulment of his win, showing how selfless and honorable he is in AN unexpected feature for a renowned, popular athlete like him.
- His redeeming qualities stand out even more in the fourth book considering Harry was overshadowing his glory in participating in the Triwizard Cup. But Cedric does not get annoyed with this or have a grudge or anger of Harry, always threatening him well and even asking the other students to stop mocking Potter with bottoms, although the participation of Harry in such tournament be an error and Potter vying with him for a place that only he should be entitled to by the championship rules. In the end of the tournament, he shows his selflessness again by giving the cup to Harry instead of disputing with him and taking the entire glory of the Triwizard winner to himself and his house.
- In the book, he also has the corrupting influence of his own father, who, unlike the kind movie version, is an arrogant jerkass that insist in exalt his son's ego, but he remains incorruptible and rejecting egocentrism and superb, despite all the arrogance his father and popularity try to push to him.
- You can say that Hermione, Rony, his brothers or Longbottom would make for Harry the same things and for what, Cedric does not stand out. But unlike Cedric, the aforementioned are longtime friends of Harry. Cedric barely meets Harry and already is cordial to a younger student he barely knew. Also, Cedric was an older student who, unlike Rony's brothers, was not so close to the younger ones.
You can say Cedric did less than other major Harry Potter characters, thus, failing the admirable standard. However, it should be noted he died before Voldemort returns, so what other major threat besides Pettigrew entering the graveyard would he face? Until Voldemort returns, and Cedric's death, he did not face any major threat like major characters faced, with the exception of the death eaters invading the Quidditch world cup camping, but I would say this is the first and last major threat Cedric faces before his death.
The movie version, however, although does not have an actual corrupting feature, there's something that can make that version disqualified. Like what occur with Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf that is Pure Evil on the books, but not in the movie version, Greyback does not presents any redeeming qualities in the movie, however, what makes him not PE is the lack of screen time and not enough evil acts showed in the movie. I think the same occurs with Cedric's movie version, which doesn't stand out as he book's. Like the werewolf, his character isn't well worked in the movie, he does not present corrupting factors, but doesn't show us enough good actions in the movie to make that version qualify as Pure Good, with some of his actions being cut off, like what occurs with the Quidditch dementors scene in the third movie, in which Cedric also is shot down and didn't win. Also, in the Globbet Fire's film, Cedric's role is unfocused with few scenes and actions, like Fenrir Greyback is.
In Harry Potter: the Cursed Child, there's an alternate timeline in what Cedric becomes a villain and a death eater, but it looks like to be besides the original character, as like the alternate timeline one were another character other than the original Cedric, with a distinct development, and, unlike original Cedric, he didn't died. So, the original Cedric remains an incorruptible character. I'm proposing the Cedric of the original timeline. I personally though that version incoherent with the original Cedric's character, personality and actions, since the alternate reality version become a vile death eater for a petty reason for being loosed the Triwizard Tournament, while the original version was willing to give the victory to Harry or get ride of a win only because Harry had been defeated by dementors, accepting to leave the match as a looser to a people who not even should be at the Triwizard cup, what certainly caused that turnaround on his characters' role senseless and badly received by the public, like as many other things presented in Cursed Child that subverts the classic ideas and concepts presented in Harry Potter and sounded awkward for the public, like Voldemort having a daughter with Bellatrix. Further, what I'm going to say now can be considered fridge horror or common sense, but I already thought that many heroes or villains only could be considered Pure Good or Pure Evil because they died before being corrupted or redeem themselves. But I really don't know if the existence of an alternate timeline where that character does not die and it allows it to be corrupted or reddemed is a disqualifying factor to the died incorruptible (irredemmable, in the case of a villain) one in the original timeline.
Cedric’s page also does not have any categories that could applies to him considering his alternate timeline’s self, like as Fallen or Anti-Hero.
A say an easy yes to the book version, as one of the few characters in Harry Potter that can really qualifies as Pure Good due his kindness, helpfulness, sacrifice, lack of corrupting features (at least in original timeline, what is who I'm proposing here), selflessness and difficulty to corrupt himself in the full of arrogance environment he lives (both due his father and due his prestige). But I say no to the movie version, since it's not show us enough things to make that version stand out as he showed us in the book, with Cedric having a much smaller and less worked role in the movies.