Ya know, it makes me sad that there’s Snape-hate out there. We all know he was mean to children and wasn’t overall a pleasant man, but it seems like Snape-haters never once took a psychology course. The poor dude was physically and mentally abused throughout his childhood! I mean, come on. That obviously makes a big impact on a person. It wasn’t a shock he grew up to be the kind of person he was - well, apparently to Snape-haters it was.
I keep thinking about the people who relate to Snape because they’ve been abused and whatnot and then them seeing people bashing him and trying to justify his abuse. They must feel terrible because “wow I relate to Snape and everything he went through, but people seem to really hate him and - whoa, they’re trying to justify the abuse he went through and somehow make it his fault. Does this make me a bad person too and that I deserved what happened to me?”
And please don’t try to comment “how would you know what they think?” And whatever comments you Snape-haters come up with because I relate to him. I used to think that by relating to him I must be a terrible person somehow, but now I don’t because I realize everything that happened to him as a young boy wasn’t his fault so it’s obviously not mine.
I’m sure nothing I just said will make a difference, but Snape-hate actually makes me sad and I wish people would actually dig deeper into him and evaluate everything canon and understand him instead of only seeing him say something mean to a student and automatically saying “omg what a bad man I must hate him forever and not bother to understand anything about him. Oh, and I must continue to praise the Marauders because yeah they might have been bullies and harassed Snape physically and mentally, but James was Harry’s father so he’s automatically redeemed, Sirius was good-looking so yay him, and Remus was a nice werewolf who died for the cause later on in life. (Ya know, UNLIKE SNAPE OR ANYTHING) Wait, where was I? Oh yeah - BOO SNAPE HE WAS A MEANIE.”