Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"When one wizard saves another wizard's life, it creates a certain bond between them [...] and I'm much mistaken if Voldemort wants his servant in the debt of Harry Potter."
"I don't want a connection with Pettigrew!" said Harry. "He betrayed my parents!"
"This is magic at its deepest and most impenetrable, Harry." (22.3.44-6)
The idea that emotions are linked to magic is a running motif in the Harry Potter books. We see it with Harry's anger, as when he inflates his aunt, and here when he acts with compassion.
"I knew your father very well, both at Hogwarts and later, Harry," he said gently. "He would have saved Pettigrew too. I am sure of it." (22.3.48)
This little detail makes us intensely curious about Dumbledore's relationship with James. But beyond that, we love the fact that Dumbledore reassures Harry and tells him that James would have spared Peter too. We even get confirmation of this through a past act of James's: when he saved Snape from a prank gone awry. James clearly wasn't a violent man and didn't want to see people get hurt, even if they were punks.