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Harry as Spoiled Rotten

I just read post where someone said she didn't like Gryffindors, which is, of course, a matter of opinion.

But someone responding to her post said that Harry was a spoiled rotten brat, and, well.


I don't get it. I really don't get it. I mean, I'm not saying people have to like the character, but "spoiled rotten brat"? Brat is a matter of opinion, but "spoiled rotten"? The boy who lived in a cupboard until he was almost eleven? (I have to say, when I first saw "The boy who lived", I thought of it as meaning, "The boy who did nothing but live. Didn't hope, didn't dream, didn't care. Just lived." And, you know, that pretty well describes his pre-letter life.)

He was made the youngest Seeker in centuries and given a fancy broom. This is special, but A. he didn't ask for it and B. it wasn't personal. That is, McGonagall had a hole in her House Quidditch team roster. She needed it filled or there would be no Quidditch cup, and I'm guessing none of the second years qualified enough. She looked out a window and saw one of her Gryffindors flying spectacularly, and took action. It happened to be Harry. If it had been Neville or Dean or Hermione or Lavender who was doing that sort of flying, it would be one of *them* on the team, not Harry. If, on the other hand, there had been a decent Seeker on the team already, Harry probably would have lost some points. As it was, he managed to lose more points with McGonagall than Snape ever took off. Because he does get punished for his actions when he gets caught. And he doesn't protest those punishments, either. Not even in book five, when he should have.

He gets punished for Dobby's actions both at home and in the Wizarding world. He doesn't get punished in PoA for similar actions because Sirius escaped and he needed to be kept safe. And, yes, I do think that was because he was Harry, but *Harry* didn't ask for or expect such treatment. He expected to be expelled and wasn't even going to protest it. Because, you know, spoiled rotten kids never protest fair treatment.

When it comes to GoF - the only reason he got special treatment at all was because of Barty, Jr, and he'd have been extremely happy to not have gone through the Triwizard at all, thank you very much. He didn't want to do it in the first place.

As for OotP - he's left alone with those relatives of his after a major trauma - seeing a friend die, seeing Pettigrew maim himself, seeing his own blood being used to resurrect Voldemort and then fighting him, and let's not forget the ghosts of his parents and taking Cedric's body back to Hogwarts. And how is he rewarded? By being threatened with expulsion for saving his and his cousin's lives. Is he over the top? I'm surprised he didn't scream and shout so much in earlier books. In fact, he's remarkably nonviolent given everything - just loudness until the very end, and then he took all his anger and grief out on nonliving objects.

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I venture to say that Draco hasn't the slightest idea of what Harry went through, beyond being raised by Muggles. I don't think anyone outside of, possibly, Dumbledore, knows the full extent of how the Dursleys raised the two boys under their care. Harry doesn't talk about himself and he doesn't complain. They only know what they've seen for themselves and the one or two things Harry told them - the Weasley boys know he was locked up and starved in the summer before Second year. Arthur knows they don't care about him enough to say good-bye (and he was shocked, but he would be.) Molly could tell he was underfed, and later she contributed food in the Summer before fourth year. However, Harry probably phrased the request like,"Help! My cousin's on a diet, so I am, too! Send food!" Beyond that, I don't think even Ron or Hermione know more, and Draco doesn't even know that much.

Because, if he did, he'd *use* it. Draco doesn't miss a chance to hurt someone verbally. He learned that lesson quite well from his father. Which is not why Harry's keeping it a secret. He's keeping it a secret because he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him, because he doesn't want attention. Attention is *bad*, after all. It gets you pulling weeds all day without lunch, or locked in your room except for meals and bathroom., or nearly expelled from Hogwarts.