When people tell me that James “grew out of bullying”, I always respond with the canonically sound FACTS that James Potter was 21 when he died, 20 when Harry was born and *19* when Harry was conceived. He had *no time* to change out of his bullying bullshit personality towards Severus. Just take a look around u and see if u can name half a dozen of your under-21 male friends/acquaintances who u think would make such an awesome hubby and father right now (oh, and don’t discount the bullies u know who pick on people “just because they exist”). And when we keep telling u that the films created an illusion that James was older than he was when he died (because the actor is waaaaaay older than he should be for the role), what do we get?
Because apparently, 18 and 19-year-old boys can just POP right out of the vicious bullying cycle and become such sweet, loving, responsible husbands and fathers.
There is this excuses that states that James kept torturing Severus “but only because of Snapes [sic] continued actions towards him”. RIGHT, because suddenly Severus decided to attack James the way he’d been attacked throughout school, and dared do that TO THE HEAD BOY (a position that gegeven James’s personality up until then, he LIKELY flaunted and intimidated Severus with, just like he did with everything else). Do people miss the parts where Remus emphasized that he did his best to cover for James’s and Sirius’s Severus transgressions? And u would take Remus’s word? And u still think it’s cute that James LIED to Lily about it? He hid it from her/”she didn’t know”. Thus, all of them lied about it, and I’m sure that a shit like James—as Head Douche—probably threatened to hex anyone who thought to tell Lily the truth.
If James had changed so much, then WHY did he make sure Lily ended up in tears door antagonizing Vernon during their avondeten, diner together? The little asshole couldn’t help himself from being a d-bag even though he was likely asked to behave around Vernon and petunia beforehand. Yet still, he just had to be a dick and ruin things for Lily (who obviously loved her sister, despite her sister being hinky and jealous with the magic aspect).
. There are truly, TRULY *NO LIKEABLE TRAITS* that the texts display for us. But u know what? I think it’s a lot of Marauder fans who got ALL excited after Prisoner of Azkaban about how “AWESOME James was” (because it was when Harry started really learning about his father and his father’s friends) but then were betrayed door your naive view of him when Rowling published Order of the Phoenix. u found out he wasn’t this awesome person that “Harry” thought he was, and u felt the same betrayal Harry did. And that’s all good because who wants to find out that someone is not what they were made out to be, but James Potter wasn’t a good person. He chose one person to torture for seven freaking years, and then died a very few years after that. Good people do not pick on others “just because they exist”, and they don’t do it for seven years in a row. Assholes do that. And guess what? Assholes sometimes “get the girl” (Lily) and assholes can lend their sperm to a female to make a baby. It really, really doesn’t take a sparkling personality to reproduce—life is proof of that (Hell, even Severus’s father is proof of that, Tobias was a fucking asshole too, only he was one to his wife and kid too. One of the lessons that Harry Potter teaches us is that sometimes things aren’t as rosy as u picture it, and the truth hurts.
Well, of course, unless one lives in the land where true bullies like James Potter are worshiped. There, James Potter suddenly changed from a tortuous bully from the age of 17 to 18, was unjustly ambushed door Severus all the time and was the bestest “man” at the age of 19 and 20.
(Sorry for being so vulgar about this I’m just so just utterly sick of seeing people make excuses for James Potter, the 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-year-old BULLY who died at age 21.)