Y’all are like “SNAPE WAS OBSESSED WITH LILY” but god forbid people care about their loved ones in war time
Slytherin is all about self-preservation, cunning, pragmatism.
To place Snape in a setting where he’s surrounded by Gryffindors judging everything he does from their standards while actively alienating, distrusting, or manipulating him, and then wondering why this Slytherin who came from an abusive household where the abuser was a muggle, whose only good friend (justifiably) cut ties with him, leaving him with peers who pushed him into the service of a dark lord who would actively threaten his life at the first sign of disobedience, is not at all eager to risk his life for people who hate him or have in the past harbored ill will and intended harm on him—is idiotic.
And what like 90% of Tumblr does all the time.
“He didn’t care about Harry and wouldn’t have cared about Neville, he must be terrible.”
How many of you guys would like to go to a war torn country right now and take a bullet for a random child? I’d like to know.
I would take a bullet for my friends and family. I might do it for a random child, but I’ve never been put in a position where I had to do that, and if I was told to do it I probably wouldn’t do it after a minute’s thought.
But yeah, Snape still risked his life and died for Harry anyway. Let’s not forget that.
He did it for Dumbledore, who, out of all the people in his life, he believed could protect him from Voldemort. Even in risking his own life on a day to day basis, he was being pragmatic.
The one thing that had him throwing pragmatism out the window was Lily. He did it for her, because she was the one person who showed him care and gave him friendship. He owed it to her to keep her son safe, despite the fact that her son was the wizard equivalent of a ticking shrapnel bomb in a time Voldemort was rising to power.
“But he overlooked Harry to clutch Lily’s dead body! He’s obsessed!”
You know if my best friend was killed and her son was safe in bed and not in immediate danger, I’d hold her and cry too. Same with any number of my family members. Does that make me obsessed?
I’d have figured it makes me a normal person grieving over the violent and sudden death of a loved one. Or something.
And he did save Harry’s life and guard him for years.
Does that justify him treating Harry and other children like shit? No.
But his shitty behavior doesn’t negate the fact that he died protecting Harry and helping the heroes on Dumbledore’s orders.
And it certainly doesn’t negate the fact that he genuinely loved Lily.
You don’t go to abuse victims and tell them “Your love for this one person is just obsession, not real love! You’re disgusting!”
But you all do that, constantly, with Snape.