If he breaks at this stage, I'd say he might not come out again.
I'm sorta afraid of that too. Well, if he never finishes A Peccatis
, for whatever reason(s), I've seen and captured an outline that tells how it was supposed to come out and Whodunnit. (No, of course
it wasn't Hermione!)
With that in mind, I find it interesting that the break came at the point he was trying to nerve himself up to kill off Professor McGonagall
He stalled for at least two chapters - and I could tell he was stalling - and then the crash.
I don't think the "harm" was physical, but I certainly wouldn't rule out psychological pressure to conform to gender norms that he was, or became, completely incapable of fitting into. It sort of smells like that. Transgenders have it bad even with
parental support - and if the parents are the reverse of supportive...?
Hmmm, no wonder he was so drawn to Harry Potter fandom - Harry being a clear case of a boy whose (foster) parents were hellbent on squashing what he was and making him over into something he could never be. (Dumbledore was
playing with fire - he could have wound up with another Snape, or worse yet another Voldemort.)
edited 29th Feb '12 8:22:43 PM by Maven