“Oh, Malfoy.” Draco looked up to see Harry, nearly an hour late, standing in the doorway of Andromeda’s kitchen. “You’re still here.”
“No, actually I’m not here.” Draco said dryly as his eyes went back to his book. “This is just your imagination acting up. Tell me again Potter, why do you fantasize about a pissed off Draco Malfoy in your cousin’s kitchen?”
Teddy snorted and looked up from his History of magic homework as his hair turned from red to light blue. “Wow, my cool uncle and my fun uncle in the same room. It’s just like that crossover episode between icarly and Victorious.” He looked from Harry to Draco and back. “Wicked.”
“Well, since your funny uncle has arrived I’ll get cracking. Try not to die while I’m gone.” Draco stood up and gathered his coat, book and phone. Then however, he stopped, because Harry was still blocking the doorway and he had no plans to walk up to him and have an awkward which-way-shall-we-go moment. Harry, however, didn’t look like he was going anywhere anytime soon.
“You think you’re the cool uncle?” There was an undertone of pity in his amused comment, and hearing it sent a wave of nausea through Draco’s stomach. He didn’t know where that had come from, but he knew he wanted to leave. Now.
“I don’t think, I know. Ever heard of that word Potter? It means you’re actually certain of something before you blurt it out. Now move out of the way I have better things to do than sit around here all day while you’re neglecting Ted.” He stepped forward, in sync with Harry stepping sideways. Not to let him through, but to block his way out even further.
“And what the fuck is that supposed to mean?” Every hint of amusement had melted away from his green eyes, and what was left now wasn’t pity, but anger.
“What that means is that you ought to start acting like a responsible adult and become a person Teddy can actually rely on.” Where Harry’s eyes were gleaming with fire, Draco’s eyes glittered with ice. Anyone but Harry would have trembled under the stone cold look he shot him.
“Well excuse me Malfoy, but last time I checked I had a job that sometimes runs late while you sit on your arse all day doing nothi-” Crack. With a loud snap Harry’s glasses froze and the glass inside them broke. Not a second later Draco shoved him out of the way and stalked towards the fire.
“What the fuck Malfoy?!” Harry spun around towards the now blurry figure of Draco and stared at it with bafflement, though that was quickly overcome with anger.
“Surprise surprise Potter, you’re not the only one with powerful accidental magic.” He grabbed some floo powder and stepped into the heart. “Next time try to use some of those grey cells of yours before you open the sinkhole on your face.”
Then, with a swirl of green flames, he was gone.
“And that’s why he’s the cool uncle.” Came Teddy’s voice from the kitchen. Harry frustratedly tried to run a hand through his hair. Tried, because it was frozen solid.
I get so mad when people say ‘Oh even because he had a shitty childhood gives him no reason to be a
complete ass’ well, it gives him perfectly good reason to be one. Let me
tell you why…
Some people are more vulnerable to be psychologically traumatized
by a bad childhood than others. Snape was one of them and you may say ‘but what if it wasn’t his childhood that
made him an ass? ‘ Well, shit dude I don’t know what else I mean that’s all
info we get in the books/movies about him.
Snape had a very shitty time growing up at home
and at school he was bullied and abused. He didn’t have any support at that
time (his mom didn’t seem to give him any affection whatsoever). The only person who did give him even the
slightest bit of attention was Lily and even she seemed to be somewhat of a
distant character towards him. It’s saddening, for me, to think that Snape
seeks comfort from someone who just acted nice towards him. Remember that Remus
and Sirius all said how nice Lily was, how do we know she even gave Snape
special treatment? What if she just treated him like a human being and that
meant so much to him that he fell in love with her, just because she treated
him as a human being. Can you imagine how horrible his life must have been for
him that even those small acts of kindness Lily gave him meant so much to him? Lily
was his safe haven when nobody else was there. When he was begging for
affection she was the only one willing to give it to him and it meant so much
to him that he devoted his entire life for her even after her death.
Also the fact that Snape distances himself emotionally from
others is completely understandable. When you’ve experienced so much pain and
disappointment from others you are quite likely to be distant from people to
prevent yourself getting hurt more. This
can also explain his odd sense of humour, as well as his fondness of venting
his anger on innocent students. I think these are all unhealthy coping
mechanisms he’s using to deal with his troubled past. Maybe, it’s because he
was also bullied in his youth that caused him to bully students.
Also, Snape was most likely never taught as a child how to
deal with anger and pain, because (duh) his parents didn’t teach him, because
they were abusive assholes too. He might have learned how to be an ass from
them! And anyone who has learned a habit can tell you it’s hard to break it.
Some are able to do it, but they are likely to be mentally and emotionally
strong enough to do it. Snape, on the other hand, was not. That’s why it’s hard
for him to not do the shit he does and say.
Also not just his childhood caused this assholeness of his
but also his teen years where he was (from the book) rejected from Lily as
well, so honestly he’s been through some pretty rough waters. It pains me to
read how insensitive and uninformed some people are when they think about Snape.
He went through extreme psychological trauma as a child and it caused him to
become a mentally unhealthy person. You cannot say his actions are totally
unjustifiable, but reject his rough childhood/teens as a cause of it. I expect
you to be the same person to tell someone who suffers from anxiety or
depression to snap out of it? You are being hypocritical to the extreme.
But, then again I cannot blame you for thinking that way.
Snape was portrayed from the start as an ass. So obviously that 1st
impression stayed with you which is how we operate. We remember people based on
our 1st encounter with them. So people who hate on Snape may be so,
because they remember he was an ass from the start so he stays an ass no matter
what good he did in the end. Other’s look past that and realize that even a bad
person can be good.