Padma chuckled and shook her head. "If you'd gone to school with us, Parvati would have been in your house and you would have become immune to her charms eventually." If only because life changed drastically as they grew up.
"To eradicate it entirely? No, it's probably not possible," she allowed. "But, to bring merit into the conversation more? I think that's not only possible, but essential if we want to avoid some of the mistakes those who came before us have made. Because it never stays just 'friends you know'. It becomes 'people you want to impress' and 'people who have power you want' and 'people you want power over'."
Peter's comments could be an understatement. "It doesn't end well for anyone," she pointed out, thinking about the 'Golden' Trio and how much they had failed, despite their heroics. "I can't end well when it's all done in a bubble as if no one else matters." But, that was irrelevant to the conversation at hand and more something for Padma to continue to assess her own thoughts on what she'd learned...or maybe truths she'd just come to finally accept...from having Hermione's memories. "True enough. If Ron supports it, Harry will at least consider it." And Ron probably knew of her own reluctance to deal with them after the memory swap. So, if he still thought it a good idea, perhaps they could work something out. "Two sentences with practical applications is about all Harry will listen to, I think. But, what I was saying about about looking into related avenues of investigation was more to the point of clarifying between us what the scope of our research is going to be. I mean, there's no time like the present, surrounded with books, to get started rather than wait for approval. Also, I think we should speak with Nott," she added, remembering, finally, that if Peter had her memories, he already knew Nott was an Unspeakable. "His work in our time could help us with those other avenues."