I am DONE. I am SO DONE.
I have tried for MONTHS not to freak out about this, but it has gotten to the point now where I can’t handle seeing all these posts anymore. I want to address a few points. I know I am going to have people freaking out at me and giving me the exact same arguments they always do, but I don’t really care.
I’m going to address a few points that I think are VITAL for people to understand. I’m tired of seeing all the Snape vs. James shit.. or anything hating on Snape. You don’t have to like his character, but my god, you don’t need to DEGRADE his character development and how BEAUTIFULLY written he was. Have you ever thought that is WHY people like him?? People don’t like him cause he was a bully, or because of the mistakes he made. They like him for all the POSITIVE things he did. I’m going to get to the important points now.
1. YOU CAN LIKE JAMES POTTER AND SEVERUS SNAPE AT THE SAME TIME FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE A HUGE WAR WITH SIDES??
I LOVE both these characters. My opinions on Snape have nothing to do with “me hating James.” Don’t even try to pull that crap on me. James Potter and Severus Snape BOTH made mistakes. James bullied the hell out of Snape, and Snape bullied the hell out of his students. No one can say one was better than the other, I don’t care what you say. Snape made worse DECISIONS than James, but people don’t even consider his background about WHY he made the decisions he did or HOW he was even feeling. I do not tolerate bullying, I do not tolerate being prejudice, but my god, I understand this thing called FORGIVENESS. You are all able to forgive James, but not Snape? James selflessly gave up his life to protect his wife and son. Snape ALSO gave up the rest of his life to protect a kid he HATED. He did it to redeem himself for Lily, to apologize, because he felt GUILTY. He wanted to do what was RIGHT because he didn’t do what was right before.
2. IF SNAPE WAS A BAD PERSON AT HEART, DEEP DOWN, HE WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO CAST A PATRONUS OR EVEN REMOTELY FEEL GUILTY ABOUT WHAT HE DID WHEN JOINING THE DEATH EATERS.
I don’t know HOW much more I can stress this. Just because you have bullied, or made really bad decisions, it doesn’t make you a BAD person forever. You can’t let a few actions define you. If that’s the case, James is also a bad person for BULLYING SNAPE ALL THROUGH SCHOOL. James is FAR from a bad person. Snape should have found a different coping mechanism rather than bully his students. It was wrong, SO WRONG. People are still going to attack me and say that everything he did was unforgivable, but I cannot stress enough how I DON’T SUPPORT THE BAD THINGS HE DID.
3. I do NOT think Snape’s “romantic feelings” for Lily were healthy, but YOU CAN’T EVEN PROVE THEY WERE ROMANTIC. IT WAS HEAVILY IMPLIED, BUT PLEASE DO NOT USE THAT AS YOUR MAIN ARGUMENT ABOUT WHY SNAPE WAS “CREEPY” FOR “OBSESSING OVER LILY.” HE LOVED HER, AND LOVE CAN BE IN MULTIPLE FORMS. I SUPPORT THEIR FRIENDSHIP, NOT THE IDEA OF THEM BEING ROMANTIC.
What people also fail to realize is that Snape obsessed over things with Lily because he felt GUILTY for what he had done, not because she “rejected him.” Do you really think SEVERUS SNAPE of all people would really let a crush rejecting him bother him that much? If he doesn’t care about the feelings of his students while bullying them or anything like that, he is not going to care about some crush. He cared because she was his BEST FRIEND and he BETRAYED HER. Guilt makes you obsess when you feel like you can’t fix something. There is a reason he gave up his life to protect Harry. TO MAKE UP FOR HIS MISTAKES.
4. Lily Potter would have never been friends with Severus in the first place if she THOUGHT HE WAS TRULY A BAD PERSON.
This just shows how misunderstood and awful his past was. Lily eventually became fed up, but anyone would. She was completely justified to stop being his friend, and he deserved to lose her friendship for the things he has done.That is final.
5. Draco called people mudbloods, was a death eater, and bullied people around him.. and you forgive him so easily. Everyone loves him so much. Think about how hypocritical that is.
I UNDERSTAND that Snape willingly joined the Death Eaters and Draco didn’t, but please hear me out. Draco still said all the racial slurs and such that Snape did to Lily, and he ran around with a similar crowd like Snape did. He bullied people all the time too, and he only cared about himself.. but Draco did redeem himself, and you all love him. You forgave him. Snape did all these positive things to try and make up for the things he did, yet you can’t let go of his past? If you can let go of Draco’s past and the things he CHOSE to do, why can’t you do the same for Snape?
6. Harry named his kid after Snape because he realized the sacrifices he made for him so he could even HAVE THIS FUTURE AND HAVE THIS CHILD.. not because he personally LIKED him. He was honoring him for the GOOD THINGS he did, not the mistakes he made.
Harry can forgive Snape, so why can’t you?
I just feel like SO many people don’t understand what forgiveness is. Everyone makes mistakes. Snape is NOT a real person, he is a fictional character. PLEASE stop sending DEATH THREATS to people who don’t agree with you. You can like James and Severus. This doesn’t have to be some huge competition. It is getting old and ridiculous. The reason people like Snape is because he is complex. Can’t you think about the BRAVE and WONDERFULthings Snape did for the story and for Harry, rather than the mistakes he made? You don’t have to support the bad things he did to think he is a good character. I certainly don’t.
I just feel like people miss the main point of Snape’s character. Snape shows what CAN happen if you are bullied, have bad influences surrounding you, have been hurt, and feel guilty. He turned his character around, why isn’t that something to praise? If he was only a bully, didn’t help Harry, and was STILL a death eater.. then I get why people shouldn’t like him.. but he actually ended up being a person who made a HUGE difference and HELPED. You don’t have to say that Snape is a good person, you don’t have to respect him or support what he did, but will you please respect the people that like his character development? That is seriously all I am asking.
I have never seen so much hate towards one fictional character before. It is getting old, so please stop.