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things that people forget when talking about james potter:

  • james potter befriended one of the quietest, frailest, shyest, weakest children possible and later trusted him explicitly, enough that he would name him Secret Keeper, the protector of his family, despite the fact that he wasn’t outstanding or particularly brilliant in any way. he gave him a chance
  • james potter befriended a werewolf in a time that they were ostracized from the rest of the wizarding comunity - not out of pity or mockery of him, but because he genuinely admired him as a person
  • james potter broke the law by illegally becoming an unregistered animagus simply because he wanted to keep one of his best friends company through an extremely traumatic times every single month
  • james potter had a crush on lily from the first time he met her and he didn’t tease her or mock her. yes, he pestered her and he should have taken a hint, but he never turned against her for her refusal of him or scorned her the way certain other boys did
  • james potter became a member of the order, putting himself at risk, because he believed in freedom and equality enough that he was willing to die fighting a malevolent force. we honour our soldiers for their dedication and bravery, yet people forget that james did the wizarding equivalent
  • james potter was mentioned to have jinxed other students - he did not bully them. he did not pick out targets, it was implied to be done at random. fred and george pranked other students in the same way, and they would often have more disastrous effects, possibly harmful, but no one calls them bullies
  • james potter bullied a bully. snape was awful to lily, one of the only people - maybe the only person? - who treated him kindly and with respect. james doesn’t have much of an excuse for bullying snape because he did that before the slytherin treated lily badly, and i’m not going to say that snape deserved his childhood abuse from the marauders, but people glorify snape and vilify james when they were both horrible to people in their childhood
  • james potter, a pure-blood wizard, married a muggle-born witch. at the time of the marauder era, that would have been looked down on and yet he did that because he loved her
  • james potter was completely dedicated to a life with his talented, intelligent, kind, beautiful wife and their gorgeous new child and that was snatched away from him before he could enjoy it
  • james potter was wand less and essentially defenseless, powerless against voldemort when he came to slaughter them, and yet he told lily to take their child and try to run whilst he did his best to hold them off. sending his wife and son away showed that he knew he was going to die doing this and he was laying down his life to give them a precious few seconds more

things that people remember when talking about james potter:

  • james potter was a dick when he was young

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