no ok forgive me for bringing this up but i’m rereading deathly hallows and i have a lot of thoughts like
it’s honestly no surprise people who have only seen (or like predominately watch) the films love snape. why did the films not have snape call lily a mudblood? why did the films not include any notion that snape was really a death eater fresh out of hogwarts, that his friends were death eaters, that he was the one to provide voldemort with the prophecy? if you watch the films, and either forget about the books or have no knowledge of them, then snape does seem like a very tragic and heroic character. and i’m not saying that his character wasn’t interesting, i’m not even saying it’s a problem if you DO like snape
but erasing all of his characterizations from the books makes him unrecognizable. snape fell to the same issue that hermione did in the films – they became characters who were not at all like their book counterparts. hermione, who was bossy and dreaded any sort of failure and was relatable with like anxiety and shit, became the ultimate warrior-woman who could do no wrong in the films. snape, who bullied his students, called his ‘best friend’ a slur, but actually had a more fleshed-out background and characterization, became a martyr who marginally picked on kids and made snide remarks and died for unrequited love in the films. in the films, snape literally appears as the innocent kid who got bullied for no reason and completely ‘deserved’ lily’s love because he never insulted her. the books, because snape was actually, y’know, written well, provided the conflict. they made you have to decide if you actually liked snape or not, they made you unsure if you felt sorry for him or not. the films stripped all that away and said “here’s the poor kid, oh no his crush doesn’t love him back :(( he was a double-agent how brave he died for love!” and the craziest part is like there’s no emotional build-up between lily and snape in the films (or books honestly like as i’m reading the prince’s tale there’s no real romance but that’s beside the point) but like particularly the films because we don’t see young lily and snape talking, we don’t see them argue or any real aspect of friendship. we’re just supposed to understand that snape really really loved lily which apparently really really made snape a good guy. and that’s just not the case?
but what i LOVE about the books is that snape IS a grey character. i don’t want to have to like a character just because that’s the only option. it’s what harry struggles with when he experiences SWM and sees what his father was like. it’s about seeing a character for all of their traits and figuring out how you feel about it. and that being said, snape was an absolute bag of dicks. it’s all written there. what he did as a spy WAS brave, his death WAS sad, but that doesn’t automatically negate all of snape’s characteristics. cause the way i see it if i knew someone like snape in real life i wouldn’t automatically forgive him if i found out he was in love with my mom and was a double-agent, i’d still have very mixed emotions. but like when you see snape FEEL remorse it actually seems really cool because you can see he’s experienced some sort of growth as a character. and before you point it out, i’m not here to justify james potter either. i’m not even here to say one was better than the other because if that’s what you think you’ve missed the entire point of my post
what i’m here to say is i’m really mad at the films for stripping the actual content of who snape was and what he did, and how like snape’s complex character from the books is what MAKES him interesting