Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
*sirius black voice* remus will you kill this spider for me
*remus lupin voice* is it trying to hurt you, sirius
*sirius black voice* its on my bed and hurting my heart
*quiet james potter voice* engorgio
*loud, horrified sirius black shrieking*
Imagine Teddy Lupin very carefully gathering Remus’ old cloak and robes, putting them on before he settles in front of a large mirror and closes his eyes, mind focused on the one great picture he has of his parents. When he opens his eyes again his face breaks into a sad smile because for a moment he can pretend it’s his dad sitting in front of him.
books and cleverness … there are more important things.
The image of Ginny sitting there next to Rita Skeeter for almost 3 hours, grinding her teeth to keep herself from hexing Rita into a pulp, willing herself to be professional, and finally losing it at the end of the game gives me life.