point: severus

  • Mom: *watching Harry Potter* So ... Snape's a spy?
  • Me: Yes.
  • Mom: How long has he been a spy for?
  • Me: About sixteen years. Though only actively for about four or five years at most, since no one knew what happened to Voldemort between the first and second war.
  • Mom: Shit .... so he had to face Voldemort every day.
  • Me: Pretty much.
  • Mom: Can't Voldemort read minds?
  • Me: Yep.
  • Mom: How did Snape never get caught?
  • Me: Master at lying, and occlumency.
  • Mom: What's occlumency?
  • Me: Blocking someone from reading your mind.
  • Mom: So if he slipped, would Voldemort have killed him.
  • Me: Probably worse. He'd probably torture him until he got bored and then killed him.
  • Mom: And he stayed at the school to protect the students?
  • Me: And played behind the scenes to defeat Voldemort, in the processes saving hundreds if not thousands of lives and had a major hand in Voldemort's down fall.
  • Mom: Fuck .... My ambitions sound petty in comparison to that. I'll never achieve anything close to that by the time I'm his age.
  • Me: You're older than him.
  • Mom: What?
  • Me: He's 38.
  • Mom: Fuck off. He's still a baby!!!
  • Me: Yep.
  • Mom: Aw and he died so young.
How Snape should have acted to make Snape haters like him (let's just ignore the inconsistencies, shall we?)
  • Snape on the train in his first year: I want to be in Gryffindor! I definitely don't want to be sorted into the house my mum was sorted into, and that I've only heard good things about in my childhood!
  • Snape after being sorted into Slytherin: Hm, these other eleven-year-olds that were sorted into Slytherin will probably turn out to be horrible people! I shall not befriend them.
  • Snape in his fourth or fifth year: Okay, Lily, so we've been drifting apart for years because you were sorted into the same house as my bullies, but now you want me to ask one of my friends, one who still regularly hangs out with me, to stop bully a Gryffindor? And you also want me to stop hanging out with him, as well as all my other friends in Slytherin? Of course I will! That's a completely reasonable request!
  • Snape in his fifth year: I'm sixteen years old, I'm terribly insecure, I was just sexually harassed, but of course I keep a cool head and thank Lily cordially for rescuing me in front of half the school. Thank you, Lily.
  • Snape at some point in his later Hogwarts years: Thank you, James, for saving my life! Oh, and of course I don't blame Sirius for this. I'm sure it was just a big mistake on his part, sending me down to a bloodthirsty werewolf. Yeah, of course giving him a detention is punishment enough, it was only a mistake, I understand that.
  • Snape throughout his school years: Four people bully me at every given opportunity for no real reason? Of course I won't get back at them when I can! Honestly, what do you take me for? No, no, no. I'll just take the bullying silently for seven years, as a good boy.
  • Snape after graduating: Hm, what should I do now? Join the handsome, charismatic Slytherin that all my friends are going to join, and whom I've heard good things about for the last seven years? And who also promises me power, influence and resources beyond my imagination? Or should I join Dumbledore, a Gryffindor who basically only recruits Gryffindors and the odd Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, and who a couple of years back threatened me with expulsion if I told anyone that one of his Gryffindors had tried to kill me? And who also thinks that people like my father and Lily's sister should be treated with respect? Well, obviously I should join Dumbledore! That's really obvious.
  • Snape when overhearing the prophecy: Ok, so I have no idea what this really means, but if I tell Voldemort then maybe he'll give me a better position! Lol, jk, of course I won't do the logical thing and tell him.
  • Snape when hearing that the prophecy is about Lily's baby: My lord, please don't kill Lily! Also, don't kill her husband or child, because ... you know ... it would be awful of me to only ask for the survival of the one in that family I care about.
  • Snape when asking Dumbledore to protect Lily: I'm frightened and desperate, because the only person who I ever really cared about is on Voldemort's death list, but I will make sure to explicitly ask you to save the whole Potter family. It would, again, be awful of me to only ask for the survival of the one I care about, even though I'm so frightened right now I don't even know what I'm saying.
  • Snape when Lily dies: I am an introvert who has a very hard time emotionally bonding with people, but when I do, those bonds are stronger than anything else. The only person I've ever emotionally bonded with is Lily, but as she is now dead, I will completely let her go, because that is definitely something I am capable of. I will keep putting my life on the line for the side of the light, not because I want to honour Lily's momory and protect her son, but because it's simply the right thing to do.
  • Snape when starting to teach: Half my classroom is filled with the children of Death Eaters and Voldemort supporters, and the other half is filled with Gryffindors. I shall, of course, treat all of them fairly! That makes perfect sense!
  • Snape when Harry arrives: Hello, Harry. You look exactly like your father, who used to bully me resentlessly, except that your eyes are hauntingly similar to your mother's. She was the only person I ever cared about, and she died because I overheard a prophecy about you. Also, you're in the house that has handed me one awful thing in life after another. Oh, and you're the arch enemy of the man I'm supposedly loyal to. Come here, and give me a hug!
  • Snape to Neville: I'm teaching a subject in which a single mistake could be fatal, and you haven't managed to brew one potion correctly yet without Miss Granger's help. It's sheer luck that you haven't blown us all up by now. Of course, little Gryffindor, am I going to guide you gently to become better at Potions. I mean, it's obviously my teaching methods that decide whether you can follow the simplest instruction or not. It's not, oh I don't know, the fact that you lack anything and everything reminiscent of talent in this subject. Of course not.
  • Snape in Harry's third year: Lupin! The werewolf who used to ignore that I was bullied throughout school by his friends, who is risking every student in this school by working here, and who's clearly helping Sirius, the man who bullied me and once tried to kill me, before he actually went and killed 13 people. What, you think I'm going to bring you two in? No, of course not! I'll help you out, despite that I'm convinced one of you is a mass murderer, and the other one is willing to help said mass murderer.
  • Snape in the beginning of Harry's sixth year: Nope. I will not take the Unbreakable Vow. Yes, I know this means that one of Voldemort's most trusted Death Eaters will lose all faith in me, and will tell her Master so, but nonetheless, I will not take the Unbreakable Vow.
  • Snape in the end of Harry's sixth year: Okay, Dumbledore, I know that I promised to kill you, I know I've taken an Unbreakable Vow to do so, and I know that if I don't kill you, I will die from breaking the Unbreakable Vow, and you will also die a painful death very, very soon. But of course I won't kill you, that would be awful. Instead I will take out as many Death Eaters as possible, before the Unbreakable Vow takes my life.

when snape realizes he’s dying he doesn’t care, in fact he’s happy because he knows in just a moment he’ll see lily again

but to his great dismay he’s greeted instead by none other than james potter

who promptly envelopes him in an awkward but genuine hug and says with a hoarse voice, “thank you for taking care of my son”

You know what speaks out about this photo? A few things actually. For one, Severus and Lily’s differences in the amount of books. Severus clearly has a love for school. You don’t see many first graders apart from maybe Hermione carrying that many books casually down the hall way. So from the beginning Severus really did love the work that they do at Hogwarts and wanted so very much to do well. Secondly, when James knocks the books out of their hands, although it’s clear he cared about his books he took the time to pick up Lily’s first. He showed friendliness, care. Lily was his best friend. He didn’t seem to care about what James did. He was more concerned about Lily and her needs. Which shows he did have compassion. Thirdly, the fact that he’s so super chill about walking down the hall with a Gryffindor. You don’t see that at all during the Harry Potter series. Maybe Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors, or something along those lines but NEVER Slytherins alongside Gryffindors. But he didn’t seem to see the difference. Once again proving Lily was his best friend and he was at Hogwarts to learn and to thrive.

My gif responses to comments I've seen in the Snape tag

“I hate people who like Snape”

“Snape was abusive. Why don’t people see that?”

“Snape died a virgin because he never got with Lily.”

“blah blah blah Snape apologist blah blah blah”

*Some random post about how JK Rowling got Snape wrong*

“Snape wanted to bone Harry because he has his mother’s eyes and Snape’s creepy”

“Snape is a stalker.”

“Harry made a mistake naming his son after Snape …”

“I had a teacher exactly like Snape and I would never have forgiven him.”

“Snape is a rapist.”

“James shouldn’t have saved him [snape] in the shrieking shack … he should have just let him die.”

“Snape is homophobic because he hates Lupin and his lycanthropy is a symbolism for homosexuality.”

“Snape’s misogynistic because he wouldn’t let Lily go.”

“Snape isn’t a hero nor is he brave. He’s a coward, and manipulated Harry into thinking otherwise.”

“*big long explanation as to why everyone should hate Snape and then fighting when people don’t conform to their opinion*”


Snape with a few hairdos, the manbun, the bowl cut, all the classics. 

860. The reason that Snape's patronus was a doe was because he was obsessed with Lily; he didn't love her. The reason that James' was a stag was because he loved her, and they fit together perfectly. There's a difference between obsession and love, and Snape never figured that out.