I know, it’s ridiculous.
James sexually assaults Severus and Sirius tries to murder him for a laugh and they were “just teenagers”.
Nine year old Severus drops a branch on Petunia when she insults him due to not being able to control his magic and he’s “displaying evil tendencies before he even joined Hogwarts!”
They’re just looking for excuses to hate him and their explanations are getting worse and worse, they’re just showing no compassion for an abused, poverty-stricken little boy.
This was so beautiful to read.
Exactly, pay attention Snape haters.
"You know what I mean! He thinks it means her son, he is going to hunt her down - kill them all -"
“If she means so much to you,” said Dumbledore, “surely Lord Voldemort will spare her? Could you not ask for mercy for the mother, in exchange for the son?”
“I have- I have asked him -“
“You disgust me,” said Dumbledore, and Harry never heard so much contempt in his voice. Snape seemed to shrink a little. (Deathly Hallows, page 543)
Notice how straight away Severus is concerned about all of them being killed? That’s what he says, kill them all. That’s where his concern is, otherwise he would have just said that he was concerned about Lily and Lily alone. When Dumbledore asks what Severus asked of Voldemort, he starts to stutter, goes to explain what he asked Voldemort, only for Dumbledore to talk over him with an insult. This is a boy who came from an abusive household, this is a boy who most likely saw this father talk to his mother that way and was forced into silence by his father, kept quiet during the abuse he suffered. Often with victims of abuse they learn not to speak up or defend themselves because nobody cares anyway, they don’t deserve to speak and/or they’re not going to be believed. As Dumbledore has cut him down, telling him that he’s disgusting, he doesn’t think it’s worth defending himself. Where have we seen Severus defend himself before? Never, because he’s learned not to. See where Severus has stuttered, messed up his words and been spoken over before? Oh right, with Lily.
Remember the scene where he was saying they were supposed to be friends only for the great “We are Sev, but I don’t like some of the people you’re hanging around with!” She interrupts him twice during this conversation, telling him off for his savoury friends only to then justify the Marauders bullying of him. It ends with him in a stuttering mess, barely incoherent and being spoken over and criticised again. I’m not giving the exact quotes because it’s too long but it’s on pages 540-541 of the Deathly Hallows.
At this point he’s been interrupted, spoken over and assumed that he’s evil many times. He comes from a place of abuse where he was forced into silence about the things he experienced and saw, he ended up panicking and stuttering when Lily spoke over and criticised him before, and now Dumbledore’s doing it.
In his mind, it doesn’t matter what he says.
They’re going to assume the worst of him no matter what.
He’s going to be accused of lying, or being evil, or all sorts of horrible things is he tries to explain himself. They don’t care about him or what he thinks/feels, why would they? He’s just Severus Snape. Disgusting, evil, horrid, Severus Snape. Who would care about him?
"Save them all, then."
Sirius Black also chose to attempt to murder Severus as a laugh. Hm.
I never said he wasn’t cruel to Neville, but the whole “it was because he would’ve been the chosen one” thing is fanon.
Actually JKR never stated that, that’s fanon unfortunately. The whole hating Neville thing.
But yes, Severus didn’t have any other way of releasing his anger, he didn’t know what to do.
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He was pushed to it.
James Potter enjoyed physically, emotionally and sexually abusing others because it made him feel powerful.
Severus literally had nowhere to go, it was the only way he was able to express himself. He was spoken over, interrupted and silenced (and kept quiet because that’s what people who are abused do, due to feeling that they don’t deserve to speak and nobody will listen to them anyway). When he came out to Dumbledore as suicidal, Dumbledore brushed him off, essentially telling him that it didn’t matter.
He shouldn’t be demonised because he didn’t cope as well as he should have.
It’s terrible that people have this “better than thou” attitude. I’m sure most people would’ve dealt with abuse and that a lot worse than Severus did. Really the odd insult and frustrated comment because they were messing about or not listening in class is hardly abuse.