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In the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hagrid says: "A few years ago there was one wizard who went as bad as you can go." What does "went bad as bad as you can go" mean? Why does he say "as bad as you can go"?

  • I edited the title of the question to make it match the actual quotation. – Jason Bassford Mar 17 '19 at 13:59
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Went is the past of go, in all its senses.

Went bad is the past of go bad (= become bad, colloquially)

So Went as bad as you can go = became as bad as it is possible to become.

You here is an indefinite pronoun, equivalent to one, (but much more common than one in everyday speech)

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  • And understand that "go bad"/"went bad" is an idiom, as when bananas go bad and turn black. – Hot Licks Mar 17 '19 at 2:22

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