do you ever stop to think what it would be like if the dursleys were nice to harry? what if their reason for hating magic wasn’t simply that it was magic and they were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much but that it took petunia’s sister away from her and then killed her? what if it wasn’t even really hatred bc wizards are different and not normal but accumulated pain and fear bc some wizards kill?
imagine harry actually being able to call priver drive his home. imagine him having a room like any other kid and playing with dudley and eating full meals every day. imagine dudley defending harry instead of being the one to bully him. imagine the dursleys celebrating harry’s birthdays as well, having his pictures on the walls next to dudley’s, buying him new clothes, hugging him. imagine if they actually told him the truth about his parents, that they had magic and they were killed but they loved him so so much. imagine harry being able to talk with petunia about his mother, to hear stories about her childhood and what was she liked and that he has her eyes and they’re beautiful. imagine harry getting to read his letter at breakfast and be excited bc he’s like his mum and dad, he has magic too.
imagine harry knowing love from the very start.
but now think about this happy harry who would have a family to go back to and ask yourself: would he be so eager to sacrifice himself in the forest? would it be so easy for him to accept death? would there be any reason for him to do just that? of course not. and of course dumbledore knew all that. if the dursleys were indeed nice people dumbledore would probably find a different place for harry bc he needed him broken, he needed him selfless to the point where it’s unhealthy, he needed him to be the weapon to kill voldemort and nobody cares if weapons get a happy childhood, they’re just weapons after all.
‘Daryl, feeling her hug him from behind was larger to me than a
face-to-face hug. It was the support. Like she’s standing him up and it
wasn’t so much the visual of it that I was thinking about, it was more
of, he’s lost in this — him screaming and all
of that stuff — it’s coming from a place of fear. He’s afraid and to
watch a tough character be afraid and lash out like that and go full
circle and end in tears, is such a heavy thing, but to have someone come
up behind him and lean against him and hold him up, even symbolically
is like, I was going off what that would feel like to Daryl more than
the visual of it and I just felt like if he could feel that behind him,
it would be more of a moment.‘
Well, you know the thing is, as an actor, you actually do have a good deal of down time sometimes. So I’ve had spans of time where I’ve had the ability to see people that I care about and to live in the city that I’ve chosen to live in as opposed to constantly traveling everywhere. But then you get busy at unpredictable times. See, I don’t have a family or anything, so it’s been more or less easy to keep up with whatever the job has asked me to do. Now I have a dog, which makes it a little more difficult, but so far I’ve been able to leave town, do jobs, work, and the dog hasn’t died yet, so that’s cool!