but what's more horrible than severus' life

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THE MAGIC BEGINS » 10. saddest scene / the prince’s tale.

     "I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter – “
     "But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”
     "For him?“ shouted Snape. "Expecto Patronum!”
     From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
     "After all this time?“
     "Always.” said Snape.

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Since the Snape debate came back to life thanks to JK Rowling’s tweets, I decided to speak up. I received these asks between April, 2014 and July, 2015. Why? Because I don’t hate Severus Snape. I like to read metas and fanfictions about him and even pair him up with other characters. With Lily, too. At first I tried to reason with anons, then got angry and snapped. What struck me was the fact that they all thought I was by default a horrible person since I liked Snape, or at least someone who needed to be “corrected”.

More than once I was insulted for privately and politely asking people to tag their hate – and then they blocked me (?) One of them asked Snape fans to stop following them immediately after our brief exchange, implying it was because they were scared of what kind of [bad] people Snape fans could be. It was humiliating, disappointing, and it made me feel unwanted in my own fandom. But the last straw was that sixth ask you see up here. I didn’t even publish it. I stopped blogging about Snape and turned off anon for months. Do you realize we’ve gotten to a point where an anonymous stranger may tell you that your children are going to be sex offenders or silent victims of these crimes just because you like a fictional character? This campaign of hate has gotten too far.

Do you understand how unhealthy and harmful is the whole “I don’t enjoy it, so I’ll make you stop enjoying it too” ideology? Especially if you’re maliciously trying to guilt-trip gullible teenagers into believing that if they don’t hate Snape they’re sexist, racist, or whatever. It isn’t true. First, because it doesn’t work like that. Heck, if I enjoy Hannibal it doesn’t mean I’m an actual cannibal. Second, because there are many users who spread fanon theories or blatant lies to depict characters they despise as misogynists, racists, or homophobes, so more people will back them up in their hate against other users. Third, because if you harass people to achieve your goal then you’re a fucking moron.

Luckily now I’m a stronger person. I grew up and experienced life – hardest teacher ever, Snape is no match – so I can take it. But I used to be a lonely, depressed, suicidal teenager. I don’t know if I could have taken it back then. I saw anons telling Snape fans they deserved to be raped, to die, to get cancer. So please, for the love of everything you hold dear, don’t condone this behavior in our fandom. If you’re really so concerned about people’s mental health and emotional well-being, then respect everyone equally, no matter what character they like or despise.


META: SEVERUS SNAPE IS FAR MORE THAN THE BITTER AND CRUEL POTIONS PROFESSOR!

honestly, i know how sev treated his students was abhorrent, and that you don’t have much of an excuse to treat people horribly, but people fail to realize that that is what makes him such an interesting and complex character? how much of his past shaped how he treats others, including how he treats HIMSELF, throughout his life. the fact he felt joining the death eaters and befriending these people who were vile was the only way to be apart of SOMETHING is actually, quite fucking sad. he wanted to be part of something impressive, and he is (was) a selfish person and i cannot deny it. but can you blame him? years of neglect, incessant abuse… the enticement factor of the de was almost irresistible for him (even more so since dark arts interested him — and such interest does NOT entail him as being evil — that’s just HOUSE PREJUDICE). there is just so much to him, so when i do see people praise sirius im like ‘you do realize he was just as SHITTY as sev was in the early years? and they both turned it around?? why is one getting shit and the other not??’

 AND PEOPLE DONT NEED TO CHANGE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. sev changed his entire life around to serve dumbledore after knowing the only love of his life was in danger (and eventually killed) AND HE WAS THE ONE WHO TOLD THE PROPHECY TO VOLDEMORT IN THE FIRST PLACE!! so he is so guilty by it too. he has so many reasons as to WHY he became a double agent leading up to the second wizarding war. part of it selfish, part of it redemptive. was he a mean & bitter person? yes. does that mean he has no chance at a redemption arc? absolutely not. and you do not have to become the nice guy in order to obtain one.

you know what else gets me going?? how people are like 'oh james is a better person (& for lily) bc he is good at heart (by defending his friends and helping them in need) but snape is just pure evil’ LIKE UH???? NO??? he was never outright evil nor wanted the destruction of the world??? like where tf ???? he associated himself with the wrong people, he made wrong choices, he fucked up bad and he felt that these decisions were the ONLY THING HE HAD GOING FOR HIM. he never thought he had much of a future for himself, so why NOT join the de? he never went against his de friends when they tormented others because honestly, i dont think he knew what to do, nor did he want to be outcasted YET AGAIN. SEVERUS NEVER HAD ANY FRIENDS GUYS. these disgusting individuals were the only ones to accept him into this group. he had no where else to go. his home was shit, he was poor and neglected and depressed suicidal. james didnt seem to HAVE the issues sev did, especially in terms of bullying (it looks like james was pretty popular with friends and such) so people cannot compare these two together because neither HAVE EVER WALKED IN EACH OTHERE’S SHOES.

plus, people react differently to different situations. snape was not evil, he just made the wrong choices. and his bitterness was something he wore rather proudly.  it wasn’t right of him to do so, and he should have treated the students and people more fairly (after all, he should know what it feels like to be outed and HURT by others). but he just wasn’t that person ; he DISPLACED HIS GUILT AND ANGER AND HATRED AND SELF-LOATHING to whatever and whomever. i do not believe he was ever that mean, or that rude and vile all his life. i think it’s a way to protect himself, to keep his emotions HIDDEN, because the last time he let it slip, he lost the only thing he’s ever loved. it doesn’t make it okay, but it DOES provide us a reason behind his bitter facade. and quite frankly, instead of hating severus snape, you should feel bad for him. feel bad that he felt the only way he can cope with this life was to be someone you could hate. even despite his redemptive actions in the end, sacrificing himself (and still carrying out dumbledore’s wishes by giving the memories) AND never wanting the glory of protecting harry potter.

what a sad, sad life.  but there was always one thing he was NOT, and that was a coward. harry is right ; he was a brave man , who’s complicated persona digs way deeper than the outer surface.