Thursday, 27 July 2017

S.B. Book Tag: Day 5

Day four of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag has arrived. You can go here to check out the host's post. The tag today challenges participants to discuss one to two characters that you have connected with on a more personal level. And then pick a situation that the character was in and discuss what they should have done differently if you feel that they should have done something differently. It is possible that you don’t think a character should have done something differently.

I am a fan of the Harry Potter books. They are a phenomenon for a reason. But there are character's that stand out more personally to me than most. Hermione is one but I'll discuss a different character today.



Snape from Harry Potter



To me Severus Snape was a complicated man. From the start, he was viewed in a negative light by the protagonist Harry Potter. Sometimes for fair reasons like having your house lose points just because a Professor prefers another. Other times less so like when Harry assumed Snape was evil in book one just because he wasn't a nice teacher. Evil is serious business and thinking your teacher works with Voldemort just because he's not a kind man and dabbles in the dark arts like other teachers (especially the one who teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts) is rather petty. Of course, later in the series Harry does get better reasons to distrust Snape. Still it was Hermione who had some issues with Professor Moody after he used forbidden curses in class but Harry played it off. I truly doubt he would have done the same if it were Professor Snape.

Snape over time was revealed to not only not be on the side of evil. But was undercover for Professor Dumbledore and stayed the course even after the headmaster's death. Say what you want but that's loyalty. He did have a temporary alliance with the Death Eaters when he first joined. But when Lily was up for death he was willing to do anything to save her. Including indebting himself to Dumbledore right up to his death. Ironic but understandable, Harry ended up respecting his sacrifice after learning the truth. Snape's not perfect or anyone's soft sweetheart. But he was a warrior for good and too many seem to forget that because he wasn't sweet and dapper. 

A situation where he should have done things differently.

None. I believe everything he did lead to the hoped outcome. The end of Voldemort. Though I have a tiny wish he could have been nicer to houses that weren't Slytherin. But that's petty when it comes to the big picture.

Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post. Snape really was complex. I must have been difficult to run Slytherin.

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