|You make an excellent point. I have long believed that of James' three friends, Peter was probably the most intelligent of all of them. I personally think that Voldemort acquired Peter not because he was so wishy-washy or inclined to align himself with more powerful people, but because he really was the most intelligent of the three|
As much as I would like to think that Peter is going to do the right thing and not harm Remus, he hasn't proven to me, at least in the canon, that he can stand up for himself beyond a few whiney words. I hope, obviously, that it is not the case.
I think that the silver hand will play a role. It is quite possible that Voldemort could have given Wormtail a normal hand. The materials exist to do it. It is stated in CoS that Madame Pomfrey had potions to grow Harry's bones after the Quidditch match, and I would assume that skin could be regrown as well. Personally, I believe that Voldie gave him a silver hand to impress those around him with his "awesome" power, not realizing what the possible ramifications of such an appendage could be.
On another topic, does Voldemort even know that Remus is a werewolf? I don't remember reading it anyplace in the canon. If indeed he is aware I can forsee a possibly terrible scenario...and I don't know if Peter will "grow a set" and stand against the Dark Lord...but I hope that he will.
For me personally, I didn't like Peter when I began "The Devil's Deal." He was only meant to be a minor supporing character. However, after chapter 5 where he behaves like a complete twonk, I asked myself, why does he do this? Now no one really knows why for sure, but I felt that if I was going to write him as an evil rapist-wannabe, I'd better have a darn good reason. If I was going to be successful with the fic, I had to get into the heads of the characters. When I looked into Peter's head, I hate to admit it, I saw myself, in a way. When push comes to shove which path are you going to follow? The easiest path is not necessarily the best one, and I think that perhaps Peter was faced with this dilemma in a stressful situation and made the wrong choice. He's paid dearly for it ever since. Thus, sympathy for the rat was born.
Also, when the canonic portrayal of him is foggy at best, you can create a character in any way you like. I portrayed his as human with very human foibles. He wants what we all do ultimately...love, compassion, acceptance.
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