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Posted 5/27/14
Stop sugarcoating everything.

I've already said it but I'll say it again: NOTHING excuses his behavior. I understand why, but that doesn't excuse it. You didn't see Harry turning into a bully because of the Dursleys. People CAN overcome those things. Snape DIDN't. Yes, his life was sad and pathetic but nothing, I repeat. NOTHING excuses how he treated Harry (even when he supposedly 'cared' for Harry) or ANY of the other students!
Posted 7/1/14

anchore wrote:

Snape was always my favorite character. He's interesting and dark, and I think he's probably the deepest character in the series. Also, he was a puzzle, whereas the rest of the story was easy enough to figure out. Harry's actions were always predictable, because the story is the Hero's Journey, and therefore follows a certain pattern. Most of the supporting characters existed to fulfill certain narrative functions, like Hermione providing information about the world (for the reader and Harry). And I suppose because he works as an interesting foil to the messianic hero type that Harry is. Voldemort's complete evil is more like a force of nature than a human phenomena, and his utter sociopathy makes him unrelatable.

Snape is neither a good person, nor an evil person, and in a story about good triumphing over evil, his human conflictedness makes him compelling. The entire story, as a whole, displays certain aspects of the psyche, but Snape is interesting in that because he is very human, he acts in ways that are selfish and destructive, and also with incredible sacrifice and love. I suppose the other character I would pull out as being interestingly human is Ron, because he also is neither truly good or bad. He struggles with jealousy and inadequacy. But Ron is generally a child, and his struggles are never as terrible as Snape's.

I think when Snape bullies Neville, for example, that is terrible. He is not on the side of the good guys for a reason. But that does not take away from the fact that he is the most damaged character, and that he spends his entire life, he gives his life, trying to atone for what he had done. And when it comes right down to it, I'd rather have him on my side than Dumbledore, because he saw Harry as a person, rather than as a hero who must play his part.

Agreed 100%, except Hermione is my favorite character.

My personal opinion, I thought Snape was kind of pathetic. The fact that he let what happened in high school basically define him was weak. However, I did think it was cool that he was an incredibly powerful (and righteous, in the end) wizard and a great asset to the good side while still being a really pitiful person.

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