Poor Petunia! As much as she wants to make Lily suffer, she herself is suffering much more. In the beginning she is smiling and dreaming of all the things she can make go wrong for her sister, but after all these things have gone wrong, Petunia is not smiling at all â€” quite the opposite.
The tragedy is that she can never see that her troubles stem, not from her sister, but from herself. Her viewpoint is so impassioned, so self-centered, that we will never know what the family dynamics in that household really were. Did her parents really pay more attention to Lily than to her, or was she just so jealous of her sisterâ€™s gift that she could see only their love for Lily and never their love for her also?
An interesting glimpse into how the relationship between these two sisters had deteriorated.
Author's Response: Vicki, thank you!!!!! :) Even after you gave me a last minute beta job, you still find the time to read and review and praise my work! I'm glad that you like the dynamics, and also happy that you picked up on the fact that there is a skewed viewpoint. Since we see everything from her eyes (or rather, yours), we get everything from her view, and therefore do not see the thoughts of her parents, nor even Lily's. Maybe Lily reacted more strongly, but Petunia was determined to show Lily as being weak, a cry baby, a liar, and a freak. But even with the skewed narrative, Petunia still had to admit to herself that she had done some things she wasn't proud of. I think it goes to show that everyone can have regrets and feel guilty over something. Thanks again for the review! ~Nagini