#one of the reasons i rarely read marauder-era fic is because it always either totally ignores peter’s role in the marauders or presents him as this doofus that the other three just barely tolerated. and it’s just wrong. i think peter’s betrayal is so powerful and heart-wrenching for sirius and remus because he was their best friend. do you really think people like james potter and sirius black would have kept peter around if they had had no use for him? we’re shown that they didn’t have too much trouble expressing their opinions on people when they were not fans of them. to put it in familiar terms, HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!!1! #we may assume that he betrayed them because they never really cared about him and were just friends with him out of pity, but i really don’t think any of that is true. i think that they valued him as a friend but peter just didn’t realize it, in the way that people with self-esteem issues have problems accepting that people love them. and so he saw a way to protect himself and figured, god, this is their fault. i’ll protect myself because they won’t protect me. and what’s tragic is that they would have. james and remus and sirius would have died for peter and i will never believe otherwise. these four boys were a package, not three plus one.