Um. No. I think I’d give up my selfish wants if my family needed me.
Except he wasn’t LOL.
This explains everything you need to know.
And so you can’t avoid it:
“1. Bringing in your personal experiences into the matter does not instantly make you qualified to judge Percy’s situation. It also deters people from trying to argue with you because they don’t want to start mucking around in your affairs and offend you. The circumstances in which Percy left his family are vastly different from the ones you’ve described.
2. Percy is a man of strong convictions. That is something in itself to be admired. He did what he truly believed to be right. It was not that he wanted to abandon his family. He allied himself with the Ministry because he was under the impression that the Ministry could not be wrong. The Ministry had always been pillar of strength and safety in the wizarding community, many people put their faith into it. (People seem to fail to realize that the Ministry itself is not an evil place. It’s political. Politics are tricky business. There are some good politicians, there are some crooked ones, and every last one of them tries to bend the truth, word things to glorify themselves and stay out of sticky situations. So there will always be some good and bad there, but that’s the people who are a part of it, and it was not truly evil or wholly wrong until it became corrupted by Voldemort’s Death Eaters.) His parents had often sung fairly high praises of it. His father worked there. His mother urged her children to do the same.
3. Percy realized his mistake early on, but was too ashamed to apologize.
4. Percy must have been considerably upset when his father suggested that he had only gotten a promotion because Fudge wanted to place a spy within the Weasley family. He must have taken it as an insult that he could not achieve a promotion on his own merit, which most likely provoked many of the nasty things he said.
5. Percy did of course want to be successful, I will not deny that one bit. He is a very ambitious person. He did not, however, want to abandon his family. He did it because he felt they were wrongly criticizing him and he expected that he would be right and they would apologize to him and things would be fine. He did not leave because he wanted to be rid of them. He left because he had been under the impression they would always support him in anything he chose, anything he thought, and when he was met with the opposite of what he had expected he took it as his cue to leave.
6. While he is a very intelligent person, he was still very naive. Book smarts only get you so far. He still had some growing up to do, and he made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone gets into arguments with their parents and say things that they do not mean or regret terribly later on. It may take a while to apologize, to realize the error of our ways — but that’s the point. Percy did apologize, he realized he was wrong. He realized what he did was wrong and the incredible value of his family. Everyone makes mistakes — this was his. And he learned from it. He is a good person.
7. Everyone always disregards all the wonderful things he did prior to his estrangement from his family. He was a good son, a good brother. He was obedient, he cared deeply for his siblings and though they saw him as a stick in the mud he was always, first and foremost, looking out for their best interests. He is often described chasing after them like a ‘mother hen after her chicks’. He wants to care for them, keep them out of trouble, set a good example for them, be their role model, someone they admire. He loves them dearly. A particular scene left a deep impact on me. It’s in the Goblet Of Fire, where Percy is described as looking “very white and somehow much younger than usual” when Ron emerges from the water. He rushes out to meet him. He runs into the freezing cold water in his clothes, to rescue his little brother. He dotes on him and fusses over him to the point where Ron starts whining. Percy is very high strung and emotional; he easily angers but he just as easily frets, worries, and panics.” -Housewareshero