Peter was their friend
He was a Marauder
They trusted him
He wasn’t stupid
STOP DESTROYING THE TRAGEDY OF IT ALL BY MAKING PETER SOME STUPID IDIOT THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT AROUND BECAUSE JAMES AND LILY WOULD NEVER PUT THEIR LIVES AND THE LIFE OF THEIR SON IN THE HANDS OF A BUMBLING IDIOT THAT THEY DIDN’T LIKE AND CONSIDER A DEAR FRIEND
Now that I actually have / hang out with rats I’ve been thinking a lot more about Peter Pettigrew & about how chill of a dude he probably was, and how necessary that would have been to that high-fucking-strung group of (lovable) assholes.
Like, I’ve seen Peter portrayed as a real nervous type, & while that may be somewhat true, the thing about rats is - once they’re comfortable with you, they’re such fucking BRO animals. They just hang out and look for things to eat or sleep in lol. Reading the behavioural literature on rats, they get compared really often to dogs. And it’s true, they act almost like mini dogs - they want to be near you constantly, they want to sleep on you, they want to ride around on your shoulder, they want play games, etc. & They will literally die of loneliness if kept alone/without other rats.
& then I thought - what a funny dynamic it would be to have Sirius & Peter in the same small social group w. James Potter. They both are obviously such submissive social animals, in their own way - but Sirius acts like he isn’t. No wonder he got pissed at Peter for openly adoring James: you dislike in others what you dislike in yourself etc etc.
Sirius, James, Remus - they’re all such lofty assholes. What grounds them? Who is going to be the one to make an actual big deal out of their dumb group & give them a real sort of identity? Wouldn’t it be the member who feels maybe the least secure on his own? Whose identity, acceptance, even safety relies on the group exclusively? I think Pettigrew kept them all very close even if one (probably Lupin let’s be honest, but also possibly Sirius if he was in a mood) started to drift off or disengage.
People think Sirius would come up with a name like The Marauders? He’s too busy flipping his hair around & trying to act like he doesn’t give a shit. I think they all liked the idea but at this point I’m certain that Peter was the hard-liner on implementing the ~brand.
Anyway, this is my saga of How My Pet Rats Gave Me Greater Insight into a Minor Literary Character.