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Review:Dobby is a hippogrif says:
Num num num. Candy

This is sort of anti-James, isn't it

Still good though

Author's Response: Well, you have to remember just what a jerk James was to Severus for all of his schooldays and Severus would not have any sort of kind thoughts about someone who made his life a misery.

Also, Harry would have more and clearer memories of his mother at that stage because Mom would be with him the most which is why he has nightmares of her--she died right in front of him. So, her death is the thing which traumatized him and impacted his psyche. My guess would be that Dad (James) was gone a lot, and Harry rarely saw him. So he has no concrete memories and if memories aren't there, neither are emotions. So Harry has nothing to connect him to James, except for the knowledge that he was his father and he died.

Because of that, in the books Harry idolized what he knew of his father and didn't want to hear the truth Severus knew--that James wasn't some perfect student--he was a rule breaking bully who was a troublemaker.

However, here Harry listens to both Severus and his mother, who returns to assuage both her son's guilt and Severus' and also her own for treating Severus so coldly.

James, on the other hand, doesn't regret his actions in his life and so has no need to return to speak to either of them. He obviously feels no guilt at misjudging Severus so he is content to stay in heaven.

I believe that if a spirit does return to the material world after death its because it left something unfinished in its former life and it needs to settle it before it can rest in peace. That's why Lily returns. So she can make peace with Sev and Harry.


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