my theory about Harry’s around-average performance is he that he didn’t really have anybody to please right? Like who’d be proud if he came first in the class? Who’d give him tips on memorising techniques? Definitely not the Dursleys yeah? And it’s not that Harry isn’t intelligent, he is. He is a whiz when it comes to DADA, and a bamf seeker. So why doesn’t that intellect reflect in his grades? If we recount Harry’s outstanding performances with magic, they’re solely situation based. He learned the patronus charm because he wanted to fight dementors, a very difficult charm, but again, Harry mastered it because of dementors. Not for academical curiosity. In Deathly Hallows, when Hermione is grieving Ron’s betrayal Harry is the one who puts up their protective charms - the same ones that kept them safe from the nation-wide hunting spree. Again, an impressive feat, considering that’s fair bit of advanced magic, but again born out of need, not from the desire to learn. So may be, the constant abuse at Privet Drive fucked him up so much, that nothing absolutely nothing,could reinstate his lost sense of self worth, not even an entirely different world where he’s worshiped as a hero. And that makes me really sad because here was a young boy with so much talent and promise and had so many hopes and dreams and he suffered so much. And noone, not even the great mighty I-have-too-many-middle-names-Dumbledore bothered with it because it would’ve hindered their plans for greater good if Harry had a shred of self esteem. The blame of Harry’s abysmally painful childhood can never be placed entirely on Dursleys. Yes, without a doubt they ARE the main culprit, but It is also on every single person who saw a malnourished boy, with throw-away clothes and shoes too big to fit him, and did nothing about it.