I know that I'm going to get hate for this but...
The Amount Of Times In The Book That James Potter “Ruthlessly” Bullied Severus Snape
The short moment on the Hogwart’s Express
James lifted an invisible sword.
“‘Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!’ Like my dad.”
Snape made a small, disparaging noise. James turned on him.
"Got a problem with that?"
"No," said Snape, though his slight sneer said otherwise. "If you’d rather be brawny than brainy ¨C "
"Where’re you hoping to go, seeing as you’re neither?" interjected Sirius.
James roared with laughter. Lily sat up, rather flushed, and looked from James to Sirius in dislike.
"Come on, Severus, let’s find another compartment."
James and Sirius imitated her lofty voice; James tried to trip Snape as he passed.
"See ya, Snivellus!" a voice called, as the compartment door slammed…
- The incident in Snape’s Worst Memory which is too long to copy/paste.
And…that’s it. I mean, I’m sure that there were other times. But these are the only two that we see. These are the only two that Snape remembered. If he “justifiably” hated James Potter because James bullied him again and again, why didn’t we see any more examples? Why weren’t his memories filled with scene after scene of James bullying Snape? In fact, whenever Snape talks about James in his memories, it’s very much implied that the rage is spontaneous and coming out of nowhere:
- ”What about the stuff Potter and his mates get up to?” demanded Snape. His color rose again as he said it, unable, it seemed, to hold in his resentment.
"I’m just trying to show you they’re not as wonderful as everyone seems to think they are." The intensity of his gaze made [Lily] blush.
- Snape’s whole face contorted and he spluttered, “Saved? Saved? You think he was playing the hero? He was saving his neck and his friends’ too! You’re not going to - I won’t let you - “
"I didn’t mean - I just don’t want to see you made a fool of - He fancies you, James Potter fancies you!" The words seemed wrenched from him against his will. "And he’s not…everyone thinks…big Quidditch hero - " Snape’s bitterness and dislike were rendering him incoherent, and Lily’s eyebrows were traveling farther and farther up her forehead.
Harry doubted that Snape had even heard her strictures on Mulciber and Avery. The moment [Lily] had insulted James Potter, his whole body had relaxed, and as they walked away there was a new spring in Snape’s step…
He never mentions how James bullied him and therefore that’s why he hates James. He just lets his rage build up, until he was incoherent. Until even Lily was surprised. Again, I’m sure that James did bully Severus more than any other student. But people make him out to be this cruel, ruthless, narcissistic, malicious, sociopathic, monster who wakes up and thinks of new schemes to make Snape’s life miserable. I’m not saying that what James did was right. Far from it. But…isn’t it possible that some people might be overreacting?