The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is ‘Favorite James Potter Moment?’
I know people seem to feel really strongly about James, one way or the other, but I don’t have especially strong feelings about him – he was an obnoxious teenager, he got over it, and aside from being a wizard, he’s always just seemed like a pretty normal guy to me. If I had to pick a favourite moment, I think it would be his reaction to discovering Lupin was a werewolf. Despite widespread prejudice and hatred, James didn’t turn his back on his friend, or even just sit back and avoid him for the three days a month where Lupin wasn’t himself, he instead actively tried to make that miserable time better for Lupin.
I know it’s not the most dramatic moment, but while James standing up to Voldemort for Lily and Harry’s sake was undoubtedly brave, it’s very different to stand up for the love of your life and your newborn son (who you’re trying to protect from death) than it is to stick with a friend, especially when you consider that not many would have blamed James for abandoning him.
“But you are normal!” said Harry fiercely. “You’ve just got a – a problem -”
Lupin burst out laughing.
“Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my ‘furry little problem’ in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.”