friendly reminder that if harry would have been a girl snape would have treated her like petyr baelish treats sansa stark ✿◕‿◕✿
not really tho bc she would have looked like james still??
Well, if we’re going by the JK Rowling theory of genetics, Harry probably would look like Lily. Because all boys look like their dads and all girls look like their moms. I mean, it’s not explicitly stated that way, but Dudley definitely inherited his father’s metabolism, it’s said more than once how much Draco and Lucius look alike, same for Neville and Frank…the mother/daughter relationship isn’t portrayed as heavily in the series; Ginny is our main example with a living mother who interacts with her frequently, but the Weasleys are all redheads with freckles, because Molly and Arthur are both gingers themselves. Hermione’s mom - I think we get something vague about her being a brunette? Luna’s mom is dead.
Harry might still have his father’s hair color, as darker hair colors are more dominant traits, but omg could you imagine a cutie Harriet with FRECKLES
Those big green eeeeyyyyeeeeeessssss
And if she’d been more like Lily - because I think Petunia might have been a little more okay with a niece, rather than direct competition with Dudley. She would still have had a shit childhood, most likely. But maybe the seen and not heard mentality would have been pushed harder than the you-are-a-freak-don’t-touch-me. Quiet, polite, studious Harriet and if Snape just ignored the hair - except Harriet is more damaged than Lily, more like Snape in a lot of ways.
I think it’s very likely he would treat her as Petyr treats Sansa. Except with a lot more creepiness and touching and probably some more rape attempts. Snape is a fucked up individual. A seriously, seriously fucked up individual. If he could find a way to take this "Lily" and mold her into someone who - who needed him, depended on him - gods, the potential for abuse is horrible. Especially if Harry was in Slytherin, which could very well be the case if things went differently enough. The choice he made to be a Gryffindor was informed by three things: Hagrid’s assertion that all bad witches and wizards were Slytherins (conveniently forgetting about the primary betrayer of the Potters - whether he believes it’s Black or Pettigrew is immaterial, since both were Gryffindors), Malfoy’s status as a Slytherin and his disdainful treatment, and Ron’s judgmental attitude towards non-Gryffindor houses. Well, and Hermione’s similar but not-so-harsh opinions of non-Gryffindor houses, within hours of Ron’s ranting.
Imagine if Snape volunteered to shepherd little Harriet instead. Scared the bejeesus out of Petunia in particular and Vernon in addition, which might enamor him to Harry almost immediately. Was present to keep Malfoy from being a complete tit. Explained the platform trick (because seriously, Hagrid, what the fuck).
So she looks for an empty compartment, but who’s to say Ron finds her at all, or that he would stay if he did? He doesn’t know her. He’s eleven, girls are icky (HP1 has very little activity among the Gryffindor girls aside from Hermione, and even less of the sexes mingling).
Control for just a handful of events, and Harriet ends up in Slytherin after all. There’s no changing houses afterwards…and if Ron wasn’t interested in an unknown girl, he definitely won’t be interested in a Slytherin girl.