How could you not unconditionally love this little treat from Rowling?!
Published online in June 2008 with the sole purpose of raising money (while only slightly indulging our desperate yearning for Marauders stories), this short story does what it was created to do. Rowling is an amazing writer, always; nevertheless, I think it’s clear her purpose here wasn’t to satiate our hunger for prequel material.
In fact, I bet my wand she won’t write a fully-fledged Marauders story. That’s why I’m grateful for this snapshot of how young James and Sirius are in her mind. It’s not the usual 5-star, eight course meal she usually creates for us—it’s more like a home-made pizza she threw together really quickly. But is there such a thing as bad pizza?! NO. There isn’t.
But oh gosh, Sirius and James are so similar to Fred and George—it breaks my heart that Sirius didn’t form a bond with Fred and George the way I’d imagine possible. Now I wonder if there are hints in the books of sadness from Sir
ius watching Fred and George get into mischief because they make Sirius miss his partner in crime. …
Again, my love for anything Rowling writes on Potter is unconditional.