my favorite one ever

Snape Appreciation Month (Day 22)

Favorite Chapter

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 up.

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 story.

YUURI IS SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER BECAUSE HE’S NOT ONLY INCREDIBLY COMPLEX AND RELATEABLE BUT ALSO 

SO BEAUTIFUL 

SO CUTE

SO HANDSOME

AND SOMETIMES ALL OF THE ABOVE 

not to be over dramatic but I’d die for Katsuki Yuuri he’s so 

I LOVE HIM SO MUCH HE’S THE BEST BOY 

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“It’s not about adding diversity for the sake of diversity, it’s about subtracting homogeneity for the sake of realism.”Mary Robinette Kowal