I find the Snape/Lily narrative to be really horrific, honestly. The fact that we are asked to feel oh so bad for poor little Snape makes me a little bit queasy.
Because, yes, I do sympathize with Snape for having a rough childhood.
But he was a horrible friend to Lily. He ignored her feelings. He screamed racial slurs at her. He favored the idealized version of her he had built up in his mind over the REAL her (I think it is significant that James’ patronus is a STAG, showing compatibility with Lily; while Snape is a DOE, showing a mimicry of Lily). That idealization and inability to reconcile how his own actions contributed to the failure of their friendship literally KILLED Lily.
I understand that we can show some sympathy for him. Watching someone self destruct their own relationships because of abuse and peer pressure and the tribulations of childhood? That’s tragic.
But then he grows up to emotionally abuse Lily’s son for having a physical resemblance to her husband.
And we’re supposed to feel sorry for him? We’re supposed to think it’s lovely and sweet that Harry names his child after the teacher who emotionally abused him for years? Who emotionally abused OTHER children for years as well?
The fans who sit around and cry about how Lily SHOULD have picked Snape, how Snape DESERVED her? How James was a horrible douche and Lily was a bitch for choosing him? Ugh. No. nno no no no on oonononononononoooooo.
also snape actually ruined a mans career fully knowing he probably couldn’t get another one.
Oh the shit that went down with Remus makes me really want to break his teeth.
Remus had been HOMELESS. Remus had spent much of his adult life implied to be on the streets, unable to find work, and completely unable to make new friendships or relationships after Lily and James died, Peter vanished, and Sirius went to jail (ALL of which is DIRECTLY Snape’s god damn fault.)
And then just as Remus picks himself back up again? Becomes a positive force and father figure to Harry? Snape deliberately and purposely gets him FIRED so that he will be unemployed and potentially homeless AGAIN.
How the fuck am I supposed to show any sympathy for an adult who completely lacks the ability to show sympathy, or even human decency, to others?
Don’t forget Snape’s bullying of his other students a.k.a. the children he was hired to teach and nurture. When thirteen-year-old Neville Longbottom was confronted by a boggart for the first time, his worst fear was Severus Snape. Most of his classmates saw monsters or creatures, things that could do you physical harm (Harry’s boggart literally turned into a SOUL-SUCKING PERSONIFICATION OF DEPRESSION) but Neville, whose parents had been tortured by this point, Neville’s worst fear is the emotional abuse of his potions teacher.
And when a fourteen-year-old Hermione was cursed by one of her fellow students, amplifying a physical feature she was already self-conscious about, did he defend her or punish the boy who cursed her? Did he offer her the barest form of human decency by sending her to the hospital wing or undoing the curse himself? No. He looked at her and said, “I see no difference.”
Snape apologists can get out of my face.
This post is gold.
personally, i think it’s telling that when the books ended in 2007, i was filled with remorse and sympathy for snape: in seventh grade, i was open to the idea that snape verbally abusing his students, outing someone as a werewolf, and getting people killed was ok because he had lost the love of his life.
it was only later, after i had gotten into social issues, feminism, and learned about the patriarchy that i realized that this kind of excuse is not acceptable for what snape did. it’s not ok that he did all this because he basically couldn’t get over a crush he had for a few years. if this had happened in the real world; say a man had gotten a woman and her husband killed and the reason he gave was “she rejected me in high school.” no one would believe this man was deserving of pity or sympathy. snape is not a good man or role model because he “loved” lily until he died.
it’s also telling that he asked to look at harry’s eyes before he died: he wasn’t doing anything for harry. he was doing it for lily. even as he was dying, he used harry as a replacement for lily. at the end, he might have performed a heroic action, but he is not a hero.
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Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.
The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?
Perfect commentary is perfect.
more fanfictions about muggle-borns sneaking in pencils and calculators, and trading them illicitly, little black-market eraser dealers and “yo I got some graph paper if you wanna fuckin pass astronomy this year”
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There’s something moving out there.
This is like if I went, “Hey mom, I need to go get a couple shirts and like…maybe a jacket? I dunno, I just gotta pick up some stuff.”
And my mom was all, “I guess we’d better go to….WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTER.”
And then smiled meaningfully.
Like, I really wish they’d stayed on this scene just like enough for Fred to be like, “…no shit, mum.”
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