do we excuse james potter’s bullying and immaturity and foolish antics? no.
do we recognize that james potter, like most of us, was a flawed human being who did not emerge absolutely perfect from the womb? acknowledge his faults but also respect his growth as a person and friend and husband? admire someone who can face his own shortcomings and strive to better himself? remember his unhesitating sacrifice for his own son, for his cause? hell yes.