I hate when people don’t consider Peter a Marauder. Sure, he betrayed them later on, and he was an selfish prick who ratted out his friends. But when they were young, he really did care for them. He made bad choices later, but he was pretty ok then.
Regulus Black, the loyal son. Regulus Black, the Slytherin. Regulus Black, with grades just good enough to please his mother.
Regulus Black, who keeps his hair neat and is polite at family gatherings. Regulus Black, who does not pick fights, who does not ride a motorcycle, who does not hang out with werewolves or get disowned.
Regulus Black, who Phineas Nigellus keeps an eye on from the portraits on the walls. Regulus Black, who occasionally hears whispers of kindness from random frames, and catches winks and thumbs-ups from oil-painted old men and women as he walks to class.
Regulus Black, who sits through painfully long and dull Slug Club dinners, and writes thank you notes, and attends quidditch matches in the Slytherin bleachers with the right kind of kids.
Regulus Black, who graduates with a freshly healed tattoo on his forearm. Regulus Black, whose brother will not speak to him. Regulus Black, who makes his family proud.
Regulus Black, who lies to his mother when he says he will be staying with friends, who tells her he will take care of himself, with a knot in his stomach and an old necklace in his pocket.
Regulus Black, wandering the British coastline, only Kreacher for company. Regulus Black, angry, disillusioned, miserable. Regulus Black, finally doing something on his own. Regulus Black, disobeying everything he’d ever quietly and mild-manneredly adhered to.
Regulus Black, smearing his blood on the stone door, seeing it, with no reference for it except childhood scraped knees and bloody noses and cracked lips in dry weather. Regulus Black feeling important.Regulus Black, an individual.
Regulus Black taking the boat with Kreacher across the glassy water.
Regulus Black, cold, scared, drinking from the basin. Regulus Black, weakening, writing on a scrap of parchment, sending Kreacher home.
Regulus Black, fighting the undead.
Regulus Black, dead at nineteen.
Regulus Arcturus Black, the unsung hero of the House of Black, never burnt from the family tapestry, never again spoken of by his brother, never buried, never honored. Never remembered as anyone but a good pureblood boy who kept his head down and disappeared.
having low self esteem and anxiety isint fucking cute dont you dare saying that bc i will punch you, i dont think not being able to smile or not cry at the mirror is cute, i dont think not being able to meet or talk to new people is cute either it is shaking is social events or any of that shit so stop saying mental disorders are cute bc no one says cancer is cute
James Potter being the first of the Marauders to realize that Remus is still their friend, as Sirius would be conflicted over his parents’ beliefs and Peter would be conflicted over fear.
James Potter sneaking down to the library at night beneath his invisibility cloak to do research on lycanthropy.
James Potter trying to act nonchalant but secretly fussing and worrying during the week leading up to the full moon.
James Potter convincing Madam Pomfrey to teach him first-aid so that he’ll always be prepared to help Remus after the full moon.
James Potter staying up on the night of the full moon (in the years before he was an Animagus) sitting on the marble staircase in the Entrance Hall so that he can be nearby in case something goes wrong.
James Potter being caught by Filch but surprisingly not getting in trouble when he is taken to Professor McGonagall’s office and instead being told that she will make an extreme exception and allow him to remain in the Entrance Hall, so long as he doesn’t go outside.
James Potter falling asleep in class the next morning but not being reprimanded by any of the professors.
James Potter making up wild stories when asked why Remus looks so fragile/injured. These stories range from Remus fighting off the giant squid to fighting off Voldemort himself.
James Potter hexing anyone who laughs at Remus’ scars.
James Potter keeping an extra stash of potions/herbs/medicines in his bag in case Remus ever needs them.
James Potter using the term ‘furry little problem’ in public.
James Potter yelling at Remus for two hours the first time Remus refuses to ask a girl out because he doesn’t want to hurt her.
James Potter secretly donating a large amount of money to charities that help werewolves.
James Potter spending hours learning how to become an Animagus, risking his health and a life in Azkaban in the process.
James Potter assuring Remus that being a Marauder is definitely more interesting than being a werewolf and honestly he doesn’t know why Remus gets so dramatic all the time.
James Potter willing to make an Unforgivable Vow to never tell anyone about Remus’ lycanthropy without his permission and though the vow never occurs, the mere suggestion of it shows Remus how far James is willing to go to keep the secret.
James Potter doing all of the above in secret while also spending a majority of his time getting the top marks in the class, running around with the other Marauders and causing mayhem and mischief, playing Quidditch, worrying about growing up in a world where war is right outside the Hogwarts’ boundaries, forming a crush on Lily, having a few other crushes and heartbreaks along the way, and going through the turmoils that any other teenager goes through.
But most of all…James Potter being a three-dimensional character who certainly has flaws but also has great moments, like when he supports someone who is like a brother to him, thus proving that he’s not a one-dimensional jerk.