Missing moment stories are always intriguing. This particular story caught my attention not only becuase it was a missing moment but becuase it also focused on a character who does not always get a lot of attention. Peter Pettigrew is an interesting character and the question of why he turned on his friends is always an interesting one. You have certainly provided an interesting perspective.
I like how you incorporated Harry into this tale and Harry being nice to the rat Scabbers as far as he is concerned. It is very much in Harry's personality to be nice to even Scabbers.
I also like how you gave a reason why Peter could not return to human form. It was something I had wondered if one could change at will wouldn't it be tempting to change into a human if only for a few minutes before going back to rat form. I like how you make it a requirement ot have a wand on hand even if it can't be theoretically used by a rat to turn into a Human once more. It ensures that Peter kept his form.
It is interesting that you write that Peter is still loyal to the Dark Lord, wants to rise among the ranks and does not believe him to be gone. I would not have seen or interpreted in that way but it works. A very nice job in telling an interesting story from a very unique perspective. I enjoyed the read.
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Peter Pettigrew is such a fascinating character to me, so I hope you don’t mind that I’ve stopped here. It’s always interesting to see how people interpret just why he betrayed his friends. Sometimes people write that he regretted it, or that’s he acted out of pure fear. But I always enjoy seeing how you’ve written it, and that it was out of spite, anger and just pure evilness. You can feel how much he grew to hate James and Sirius particularly. Remus, it didn’t seem as if he exactly hated him, but was hurt and felt abandoned by him. It’s always so sad to me that he never realized how much his friends truly did care for him. Or maybe he did, and just didn’t care. Who knows.
I also really loved his thoghts around Harry. How he wasn’t taken in with how much he looked like James, and didn’t even seemed to notice or care that he had Lily’s eyes. All he was focused on was the fact that being so close to Harry would put him in good favor with Voldemort when he returns. This was a very dark Pettigrew, and I loved it. He wasn’t sniveling or any of the many cliches that I myself have even been guilty of writing. This was a great oneshot! I really enjoyed getting into Peter’s head here. Thanks for sharing!
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I thought this was just adorable. I thought it was a really unique concept to see Peter as a rat. I really love how you've written this, just come out like the stream of thought which I think feels really quite natural way that human mind kinda jumps around between different thoughts. What I liked so much is that it wasn't too dark even though the address themes of jealously but it feels quite a fun piece too.
I assume Peter says 'that thing Sirius use to fly around on' is his motorbike? I love that you compared Ron's snoring to a motorbike. brilliant! It was really cool to bring Harry into this story because we don't really get to see Harry voicing his thoughts about being a wizard and stuff to anyone really. I like that he is sharing with scabbers, sat down together with their milk is quite nice mental little image.
This was a really lovely piece that you've created, I love how you crafted Peter's thoughts as scabbers and have a good balance between having a fun side eg. Peter craving food and exploring some darker issues eg. jealously/alliance with voldemort.
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Juls! What a lovely story. I had never really considered what life would be like for Pettigrew in the Weasley household, but I reckon you've got it down pat. How Ginny would give him scraps but none of the boys would think to. How he'd sneak around the kitchen at night looking for a snack; how he loved the smell of freshly laundered sheets.
It took till the end for me to figure out how it was AU, but Harry talking about a Hogwarts he'd never been to was clearly what you meant. I loved the mistake in Mrs Norris' name, how she became Mrs Norbert, as it's a lovely foreshadowing of Hagrid's dragon in Harry's first year.
I also really liked the way Peter was ruminating on his past. How he still blamed James and Sirius for what happened to them, and how his mother should have known he wasn't really dead if she *really* loved him. It fits how we have thought about Peter's motivations and how he assigns blame - because it becomes so much easier to betray your friends if you believe they had it coming to them anyway. I can just see Scabbers raising a frustrated claw and stomping it on the ground, screaming internally that it WASN'T HIS FAULT. Beautifully done.
All in all a really well crafted story, and a scenario that I'd never even considered, let alone read before. Great work!
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Thank you so much for your review, Mel! I always want to feel bad for Peter, but everything that happened (while influenced by the other Marauders) was truly his own fault. He could have found other friends, or he could have just said 'Hey look...' to the others. Esspecially to Remus. He would have understood and helped. It's just a shame that things went down as it did. But, it was all a part of the plot.
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Okay, so... I really enjoyed this! I think you have a lovely style and pacing, the story just read so easily and I really loved it! :)
I also really liked the idea behind it. I haven't really seen Peter's perspective in Scabbers form written before and I found it really fun to read. I really loved how you painted his personality, too. How he's constantly playing the victim and blaming everyone but himself for everything that has happened... that's very Peter. :P (I mean, as you probably suspect I have a lot of thoughts regarding Peter, and I do believe that if the other Marauders had payed a bit more attention to him he might have made different choices... still, his selfishness and victimhood were spot on.)
I loved the irony of Harry coming and pouring milk for him and then starting to just confide to him, unknowingly giving him information that might be precious in future. It honestly made me a bit angry, because Harry was taking care of him in that moment and all he could think of was how he could stab him in the back later... which, once again, is very Peter, but it still makes me extremely angry. Honestly, Pete, do you even have a conscience!?
One thing that confounded me a little... when is this story set? Because the way Harry talks, it seems that he's never been to Hogwarts, but how was he at the Burrow before ever being at Hogwarts? But I think you listed this as AU, so probably that's the reason? Anyway, I don't think it really matters.
Anyway, this was such a nice little one-shot to read. Thank you for requesting. ;)
Lots of love,