It’s funny, because the more I think about Harry and his experiences in the Muggle world, the more surprised I am that he’s so relaxed about it.
The Dursleys treat him appallingly. Aunt Marge despises him. The school ignores Dudley’s gang bullying him, and the Headmistress writes home to lament about Harry’s behaviour, not Dudley’s. It’s mentioned that Dudley and Piers have a ‘favourite hobby’ of hitting Harry, and the rest of the gang enjoy Harry Hunting. Mrs Figg is the best of a bad lot, because she’s merely described as being mad and having a house smelling of cabbage - and it turns out, she’s a squib.
The most heartbreaking line is: At school, Harry had no one.
In fact, in his whole ten years in the Muggle world, the only nice interactions Harry has with anyone occur when wizarding people stumble across his path.
Given all that, it’s therefore somewhat surprising that Harry is so well adjusted when it comes to wizarding and Muggle relations. Not at any point does he balk at the idea of integration and go, “Oh my days, Muggles are insane! They treat wizards like dirt!”
I suppose it would be a very different series if he had.
I can just imagine McGonagall raising an eyebrow at Dumbledore and saying, “I told you not to leave him with those particularly awful Muggles…”
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