It annoys me how everybody always sayin my boy Harry James Potter is irresponsible and reckless
Because, okay, he does tend to jump into the fray when there’s imminent danger (because there is conveniently never an adult around), but he’s also careful and strategic in a lot of situations.
1. For example, in the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry carefully avoided Vernon when he went down the stairs, because “long experience had taught him to stay out of the reach of his Uncle Vernon.” Harry knew Vernon Dursley had a habit of hitting him and being physically abusive, so he was always carefully thinking about how to minimize the risk to himself.
2. In Prisoner of Askaban, Harry managed to not blow up at Aunt Marge (pun intended, haha) for six days, despite repeated insults towards him and his parents, by thinking about his broomstick servicing kit. He lasted a lot longer than even the most composed of us would have under the cirumstances, because he had a lot at state (his Hogsmeade permission slip, in addition to avoiding “having the stuffing beat out of him”).
3. Also in PoA, Harry, a thirteen year old boy with a very large inheritance and two weeks of unfettered access to Diagon Alley, bought nothing except his school supplies, despite being tempted by multiple items. Irresponsible? As if.