What else I need in season three?
Jane being all, “I can’t believe you never gave up, that you came all the way here to find me.”
And Kurt being all, “you’re my wife.”
BECAUSE NOW SHE IS ACTUALLY HIS FUCKING WIFE AND I JUST AHDJWKJSHFKSKSJFKDKD.
Why do you think JK never made Snape care about Harry? I always expected thats where the story would go at one point but then it didnt at all... like at least a moment of effection or something
Several reasons, I think.
First, as I said in the other post, it was too late for Snape. He is the antihero, much more than Voldemort ever was, and he was set up to fail from the start. He would die with his unresolved issues deep in his soul - the guilt, the rage, the inability to trust and love another person (perhaps for fear of what that love would do to them, because look at what it had done to Lily). By the time Harry crashes into his life, Snape has find a modus vivendi - it’s dark and unpleasant and it keeps him in a lot of pain, but it’s all he knows, and we’re all afraid to let go of things that have kept us safe for years - even if those things are chains and cages. So, even at this moment when Snape would have the chance to start over and teach Lily’s child in the way he wishes he himself had been taught (the fact he was disagreeing with old textbooks at the age of sixteen shows quite clearly what he thought of the whole system) - well, that’s not something he considers. Consciously or subconsciously, he must have worried about what would happen if Harry refused him and mocked him, like James had done. What is colleagues would say if he suddenly changed his demeanour. What Harry himself would know about him - Snape doesn’t know how Harry grew up - what if Petunia had told him everything about ‘the Snape boy’, the weirdo who stalked her younger sister, the kid with the drunk father who was never quite clean and never quite tidy? I sort of believe that’s why Snape was so harsh on Harry during that first lesson - not only he saw James on his face and that hurt him deeply, but he was probably terrified Harry would know things about him - things only Lily could know, and what if she’d told Petunia, or if Harry had found her letters? So no, Snape never tried a different way, because the one he was walking - that was painful, but he already knew that pain he could bear. What if a new path brought him a pain he couldn’t bear?
(Which would have been the case, because if Snape had allowed himself to care about Harry, to love Harry, even, in this clumsy, childish, unfinished way that seems the only way he knows how to love people, how could he have let Harry die? He would have turned against Dumbledore, would have done anything to keep Harry safe like he’d done for Lily, and Dumbledore’s plans would have failed, and Voldemort would have won.)
When I first saw Jason’s torture scenes in Arkham Knight I thought it was weird that the Joker kept him in his full Robin armor (including his gauntlets and utility belt even) but I attributed it to either a side effect of Bruce’s vision or the game devs wanting to be explicit about his identity; that is, until I realized how humiliating and demoralizing that must have been for Jason. That armor not only serves as a constant reminder of his mentor who “abandoned” and replaced him, but also a reminder of how Jason “failed” as Robin. Jason set out on his own as Robin to kill the Joker because he was haunted by the memory of seeing children’s bodies torn apart by one of the Joker’s cruel schemes, but instead he ends up captured by the very man he hunted.
Imagine how weak and pathetic Jason must feel knowing that even in full armor he can’t endure all of the torture. After months of suffering at the hands of the Joker, Jason whimpers at the sounds of footsteps and cowers in the shadows when the Joker comes near him. Any of us would react the same (and let’s not forget that Jason’s a 15/16 year old kid) but Jason probably held himself up to a higher standard as Batman’s protégé.
In one of Bruce’s visions the Joker says:
“This Robin seems like a real improvement on that last one, Bats. Remember Jason Todd? What a whiner. Always complaining. We’re both better off without that loser.”
I’m sure the Joker never lets Jason forget what a “terrible” Robin he was, using this as justification for Batman replacing him with someone “more worthy” of the title. And after the Joker has completely broken Jason down, ripped away every stitch of pride and self-worth until Jason views himself less than human, Jason probably feels ashamed to even still be wearing his Robin armor :(