I have to pick two for this one. Snape’s Worst Memory and The
Prince’s Tale to me are absolute favorites. I go back and look at them
frequently and even look up videos for them. They fascinate me and pull me in.
I always liked Snape and felt there was more to him and these both backed that
To me, SWM is a favorite not so much because we learn more
about Snape but we learn something that challenges not just Harry but the
reader. We learn that James Potter was an arrogant arsehole in school who
bullied another kid simply because his friend was bored. He assaulted a kid, humiliated,
undressed, and choked them out of boredom.
And we are forced to question this hero, this loving father, this loving
husband and who he really was. All while we are forced to wonder … is Snape
actually as bad as we think or just broken?
For me … it was always an easy answer.
While SWM starts the questioning, we are tossed around in
HBP (I can’t picked a chapter from that as the entire book as a favorite of
mine). We learn more about Snape and at the same time watch him kill a beloved
character. So, despite what SWM gave us we have to get to TPT to realize yet
again that Snape was not the bad guy.
And it is heart breaking. These chapters challenge our perceptions (even me who
liked him from the start) and force us to see this character we were instructed
to hate in a different light. I love these chapters because they tell us the
story of the silent hero, the unsung hero, the darken and bitter hero. And we
need that in life so much.
These two chapters not only served this purpose but they
held a personal one for me. As a child I was teased and bullied over things
that I had no control of at times. I was just a kid. A kid that never realized
her hair was too greasy or her teeth could be fixed, straightened and cleaned
up. A kid who never realized having all the answers was always the best. A kid
who never realized that just because a parent was distant didn’t mean you were
a bad person. A kid who never realized that the hope she saw within Star Trek
was something she could achieve. A kid who, with the help of a greasy haired
potions master, learned to hope she could be more than what she was told. The
moment I read these chapters … I knew I could be. I could be the hero of my own