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Harry Potter MotW: Favourite James Potter Moment

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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.”

Which is your favourite James Potter moment?

7 thoughts on “Harry Potter MotW: Favourite James Potter Moment

  1. I don’t really have any strong feelings towards James either – he did pretty regrettable stuff as a teenager (who hasn’t) but generally seemed to be a decent person. I love that quote though!
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  2. Great pick =D. I never really thought about the moment he figured out Lupin was a Werewolf. I guess I only thought about the moment after he figured it out, but it is a great moment :D. It shows how even when he was young he wasn’t a complete jerk, he was loyal to his friends.
    I really like James. He was horrible when he was younger, but he got past that and became a really good person. And it takes a lot to go against Voldemort, or any person intent on killing you, without any chance of living just so your family has a better chance of getting out alive.
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  3. I think that the way James reacted to Lupin’s furry little problem is just as important and significant as him giving up his life for Harry and Lily. It shows how loyal and true he is and how he was able to see past Lupin’s predicament and focus on the human inside. I LOVE that James was so accepting and that without being in Harry’s life, Harry ended up having James’ tolerance and acceptance!
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  4. I love that about James. It would have been really easy to just drop Lupin as a friend or to ignore him once a month, but he doesn’t. He even goes as far as to learn some incredibly difficult magic to help protect Lupin from himself when he’s in werewolf form. It’s amazing to me that kind of dedication to a friend.
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  5. I can’t say James is among my favorite characters although I do believe he was a great parent and a very loyal friend to Sirius and Remus. The things he did to Severus when he was younger sure are nasty but he did grew more mature later, as shown by the support he lends to Remus.
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