The masses have a tendency to be pretty split up on how they feel about Snape. Some hate him, some love him and some don’t care because that’s how they roll. I got into an argument with someone a while ago who refused to accept my love for Snape and couldn’t understand why I would love him. So here, I am, writing this post as a tribute to one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series (and also in some ways to Alan Rickman because…)
Snape isn’t a good person, he is awful, mean and bitter as fuck but he is a fantastic character and one I relate to a lot. Snape, you see, was a child who was bullied. James and his friends were huge jerks to him because he was a tattle-tale. Their antics almost resulted in his death and he ended up losing his best friend to one of his bullies (although admittedly, it was also his fault for being a jerk.)
As an adult, he joined the death-eaters and finally came back to to the light side when the love of his life (aka his ex-best friend) was threatened and eventually died. So. At Hogwarts. Snape is a horrible human being. He bullies Harry Potter, becomes Neville’s worst nightmare and does many other horrible things that would make anyone worry about Dumbledore’s sanity since he hired him and continued to support him. But is Snape really a bad person or did his circumstances make him this way?
Clearly since the post is called On Why I Love Snape, my answer to this question is that circumstances made him this way. Here is the thing, as someone who has been bullied, I can tell you that bullying leaves an emotional scar no matter how long ago it was. To this day I have a low self-esteem and still have a tendency to think EVERYONE hates me. So yeah, I can understand why all the things that happened to Snape turned him into a bitter, vindictive man. My experiences haven’t turned me into a bitter human being but I am still hurt years later and hurt manifest itself in cruel ways over the years especially if it isn’t given the chance to heal. I don’t think Snape ever got that chance since he cut off the only person he cared about and they in turn went and married his worst enemy (I know some will have a different perspective on the whole Snape/Lily thing and that’s okay, you’re not wrong. I am not wrong. NOBODY IS.) Snape never got a chance to get the closure he needed and that hurt festered into this horrible anger that made him lash out at innocent children in an attempt for him to get some sort of revenge, closure on all the hurt that has been caused to him by the world.
So do I think he was completely 100% redeemed at the end of the book since he saves Harry’s life and we all find out that he killed Dumbledore because Dumbledore made him do it? I don’t think so. Snape is a grey character. He is good and bad, but I love him because I can understand and relate to the way he is. And yes, I do kind of want to kiss it and make it better but only because I wish Snape had gotten the closure he needed. Only because I wish he had been more receptive of the kindess Dumbledore showed him and only because I wish Snape could have had a happier life. I mean can you imagine a non-angsty Snape? Me either.
To conclude this post I would like all of us to take a moment of silence to mourn the loss of Alan Rickman. Thank you for bringing Snape to life the way you did and thank you for being a wonderful human being. You will be missed.
What do you think of Snape? Do you love him? Hate him? Love to hate him? WHY? Tell me stuff.
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