"Not strictly their own memories," Padma admitted. "Hermione took the memory of our even talking about obliviation, her and I. The only reason I know it happened at all is because I can read a journal and I left myself a separate reminder as well. I can't concede on the leeway point, however, because by that logic anyone could justify obliviating the person who had their memories. I know you chose it and if it's what you wanted, that's fine. But, even if you hadn't, they'd have done it anyway because they think they have the right to do it."
She shook her head. "And Marietta was only doing what she thought she needed to do in order to protect her mother. But, no, Peter wouldn't have fared well. However, he has been very sweet with me and if we were to treat everyone here as though they had done what their future selves did, then there's no incentive for them to do better this time around."
Padma sighed. She didn't want to feel sympathy for Harry. She never did. Yet, she always wound up feeling it anyway and letting him get away with things because he was Harry Potter. "As much as I don't want to, I can feel bad for him. But, if all of that's true, it means he's one of the very last people who should be running things here because you can't lead people you don't understand and he doesn't even seem inclined to try to understand. He's just decided he knows best and we're the stupid ones for not seeing it his way."