So I prepared this piece on Scabbers, and I’ll let ya’ll read what I wrote, but at the end, I want to take a few minutes to deal with another S subject that I have a huge issue with.
So first, Scabbers:
Scabbers, also known as Peter Pettigrew, is an important part of the storyline in Harry Potter that I think is overlooked a lot. He was an insecure, impressionable young boy, who was just trying to feel validated by those around him and ended up with the wrong crowd. How often does that happen to people that we know in real life? His betrayal is made even more tragic because Sirius and Lupin both say that they would have died before giving up Pettigrew to the dark side. So even though he felt underappreciated and undervalued, his friends still would have died for him before betraying Pettigrew, unlike how he treated them.
Pettigrew and Neville are tied together in many different ways. The fandom likes to show how they are essentially the same person for each generation. How their choices in life lead them to be so similar in their character development. (Jump back to my post for N to see more about that).
The thing that I really admire about Pettigrew, is that in the end, he makes the right choice for his friends’ memories and for Harry. When Pettigrew is helping Voldemort come back to power, his life is only spared because of his dedication to the dark side and to Voldemort himself. He cuts off his own hand to complete the spell which brings Voldemort back to power. In return, Voldemort gives him a metal hand. This hand is bewitched, however, and if Pettigrew betrays the dark side again, the hand will end his life. Pettigrew knows this, but in the end, he still decides to show a little bit of sympathy Harry. The hand, knowing of the betrayal to the dark side, turns on its host and strangles Pettigrew. Such a horrible end for someone who was just trying to finally do the right thing.
But now for some rage: Severus Snape.
How can anyone justify Snape? I think that we are all getting sucked into the power that was the late Alan Rickman – he was amazing. I’m not denying that. But not Snape. Snape was a monster and no one can change my mind on that (sorry if you disagree, but I’m not changing my mind).
Sure he was a good potions master – notice how I didn’t say, teacher.
If you didn’t read the books, then you’re missing all of these points as well:
And what about this: