Yup. Saving Harry’s life on multiple occasions. He’s such a dick.
It would be nice if you would actually pay attention to the things we’re saying instead of choosing only selective parts of our…
It would be nice if you would actually pay attention to the things we’re saying instead of choosing only selective parts of our arguments to take exception to.
Alright. I got out of bed. Let’s do this.
Because it doesn’t matter that he saved Harry because of his guilt over getting his mom killed. And here is why.
He was a horrible person who bullied children
Okay. Cool. Fair enough. Can’t really refute that one.
got a teacher fired because of a childhood grudge that said man was no part of
And to be fair, also brewed the potion that kept said teacher from going wolfshit on everyone. And as I recall, Lupin was totally there with James, Sirius and Peter.
gave a kid a hard time just because he didn’t like his dad,
Okay, understatement here. It isn’t like James cut him in line once. He publicly humiliated him. He bullied him, quite viciously. Lupin and Sirius cop to it. Harry is disgusted by it. You can’t just act like “oh, Snape is blowing shit way out of proportion.” He doesn’t have to like him. Liking Harry is definitely not in his job description. He protects him on NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. Not like, he drove him to school once. He’s definitely saved his life a shit ton.
and agreed to protect that same child only because of his creepy obsession with the kid’s dead mother.
Okay, Snape is creepy. He was also a socially inept kid who comes from an abusive household with next to no support.
You can go on all you want about how he had a bad childhood. Remus Lupin had an awful childhood
Wait. Wait. Wait. Their childhoods aren’t comparable. Lupin always had an extensive support system. Don’t get me wrong, being a werewolf sucks dick. Not saying it doesn’t. I’m saying that he had things that Snape never really had. Loving parents, friends, etc. He had the luxury of being kind. If during your formative years, you are taught that shouting and arguing are the most effective forms of social interaction, you probs aren’t going to be the kindest person in the world.
Snape chose to hate the world and be a dick who preyed on those weaker than him.
He was a foul and miserable creature and nothing he did ever redeemed the wrongs he committed, because no matter how you dress up a pile of shit, it is still, in fact, a pile of shit.
So while it is true that Snape did some things that helped out quite a bit, he did it all for selfish reasons and the only thing he was ever sorry for was getting the girl he was obsessed with killed—oh, and calling her a horrible racial slur, which he very much meant at the time. Never mind the death of her husband or orphaning of her child.
So, here’s where we reach an impasse: “Everything he ever did he did for selfish reasons and therefore it totes doesn’t count.” Once again, don’t misunderstand. Snape did a lot of horrible shit. HE ALSO REPEATEDLY RISKS HIS LIFE IN ORDER TO SAVE HARRY AND OTHERS. HE ALSO KINDA SORTA IS ESSENTIAL TO VOLDEMORT’S FUCKING DOWNFALL.
You know what, I’d probably be cool with your hatred of Snape if you hated Dumbledore as much. Remember that whole part when Dumbledore brings a yound sociopathic Tom Riddle his letter to Hogwarts? And that part where he neglected his younger mentally ill sister in favor of his evil lover? Do you turn around and say “welp, then everything that he ever did was selfish, so he’s a piece of shit”? (If you do, then please summarily ignore this part) No? I think we call that a double standard. Because maybe it’s just me, but setting THE TWO GREATEST DARK WIZARDS EVER LOOSE ON HUMANITY AND THEN GROOMING A CHILD SINCE AGE TWELVE FOR THE DAY THAT HE WOULD DIE, IN ORDER TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT HE STARTED is more than a little messed up.
tl;dr Severus Snape is definitely dickish, but let’s not act like he has zero redeeming qualities. Or that it’s inconceivable that anyone could sympathize with him. Plus the double standard for Dumbledore is a load of horse shit.
Oh btdubs I didn’t mean to pick and choose, I was too lazy to get up.