I appreciate your honesty.
A colour palette based on the only thing more beautiful and awe-inspiring than nature:
Steve Buscemi’s face.
stolen from inspired by Landscape Palettes)
It’s never said though that the Evans parents loved Petunia any less for not being a witch; Petunia mentions in The Philosopher’s Stone that they were “so proud to have a witch in the family”, but it’s never stated either directly or indirectly that they paid less attention to or were less interested in Petunia. Her anger stems solely from jealousy.
IDK you make a couple valid points, in terms of Petunia potentially having regrets about being as huge a shitbag to her sister as she was, but everything she ever did I think she did more out of spite than anger at herself. Petunia I don’t think is a self-loathing individual.
Just because they never actually paid any less attention to her, doesn’t mean that she didn’t see it that way. People can be really stupid and touchy about that sort of thing. I mean, Petunia’s obviously the jealous type, so it would make sense for her to see it as her parents loving Lily more, even though they almost certainly didn’t.
And like… I dunno. There’s definitely a lot of her acting out of spite, but I think there’s some self-loathing there. There would have to be; hating yourself is something that naturally comes with enormous regrets. As far as I can tell, she’s really repressed about it all - like the proper English lady she is - but whenever she sees Harry, she can’t help but remember that she was always horrible and never apologized and so she lashes out.
I DUNNO MAN. COMPLEX CHARACTERS.Source: rampallion
Deleted scene - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
WHY WAS THIS DELETED
Because it didn’t deserve to be in the film. This woman harbored a thirty-something year-old grudge through a seventeen year-long period where she treated her murdered sister’s son like shit. She helped and let an ignorant, angry, selfish man physically and emotionally abuse a small child all the way through the most sensitive periods in his life, denied him a bedroom and basic comforts like clothing and glasses not held together with tape, and all because of a selfish wanting for something she couldn’t have, and a jealousy she knowingly and willfully misdirected at a fucking child. She never apologized, not once, and never gave half a shit about Harry or her sister after Lily turned 11. She’s a bitch. This scene had no place in Deathly Hallows, I’m glad it was cut out.
The scene I do wish was in it is THIS ONE: where Dudley acknowledges Harry against his parents’ wishes and says goodbye to his cousin.
I dunno. I always viewed Petunia’s attitude towards Harry as a lot more human than that. Yeah, she was abusive and neglectful and just generally terrible to Harry, but I don’t think it was simply because she was a straight-up bitch. I saw her as a woman who hated magic because it drove a wedge between her and sister, whom she loved dearly.
Up until the point when she learned that Lily was a witch, the two were basically inseparable. But once Lily started going to Hogwarts, Petunia’s whole world fell apart; her best friend spent most of the year learning to do magic (something that Petunia desperately wanted to do), and her parents seemed only to care about their special, magical daughter. And when one of Lily’s friends used his magic to hurt Petunia, their bond was broken for good.
Petunia grew to hate everything about magic because of that, but I don’t think she ever stopped loving Lily, or ever forgot the wonderful times they had as children. She probably dreamed of reconciliation, but every time she saw Lily she couldn’t help but think about how her sister turning out to be a witch destroyed her relationship with her entire family and presumably ruined quite a lot of her childhood, and she just wound up lashing out to try and make Lily feel as bad as she did (which is a terrible, but frighteningly common, thing that people do).
Did this scene deserve to be in the movie? I don’t think so, but not because Petunia didn’t feel this way; it didn’t deserve to be in the movie because Petunia would never, ever admit to it. The anger and sadness and regret had been too deep for too long, and she would never confess to anyone that she was devastated by the fact that Lily had gone to her grave under the impression that Petunia hated her.
Petunia lost her sister and her best friend, and she knew that Lily had died thinking that she hated her, and it ate her up inside. So she lashed out at Harry, because he was a constant reminder of all the mistakes she had made and she hated him for it. Was that wrong of her? Of course it was. Does that excuse all of the horrible things she did to Harry? Not in the slightest. But she was only human; she had to take it out on someone, or she would wind up taking it out on herself.
That’s my interpretation of her, anyway.Source: rampallion