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Black’s so overdone as a nefarious color choice. In my current potter fanfic, it’s now canary yellow! Really helps distinguish this group from the others. (The next group in this story will be using bottle green.)
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Yeah, sterile white sounds good, especially when the nefarious group thinks/believes they’re doing the right thing. Even in my case, the canary yellow group thinks they’re doing the right thing too. As I re-read the material (rewriting), I did notice a lot of black, however, I think the switch to canary yellow is a *WAY* better decision.
For villains, I like to use colors that seem unnatural or out of place. I once wrote a Steven Universe fanfic about a nefarious collective intelligence called the Splinter, which could infect people and control their minds. Infected persons had swirling orange specks in their eyes. I chose orange because it's not a color you ever see in human eyes, or a color that was normally associated with any of the main characters.
I really make my plots complicated. In my case, it’s not the intention of the canary yellow group to be evil, the canary yellow simply being a close proximity to the Hufflepuff colors around the martyr that’s been chosen, and this group is being tricked/fooled into being evil toward Harry. Bottle green is by the next group is to (incorrectly) affiliate themselves with Harry, reinforcing the fears at the core of the slander/smear campaign being waged against him.
In prior drafts, I had both groups in black (ie “dark”). However, this pass through (of what I hope to be the FINAL draft), the canary yellow simply evolved, and I realized it was more effective than the black had been. I applied the same logic to the next group, and so they’re going to be in robes of bottle green, to match Harry’s eyes.