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people are really sensitive about tagging hate, but I’ve noticed that nobody seems to shy away from doing it in the Snape tag. *twitches*
harry potter named his child after severus snape, a character who mercilessly abused his students for years, and not remus lupin, a character who watched his best friend die but forced himself to hold harry back so he wouldn’t hurt himself
but snape is “the bravest man he’s ever known” instead of lupin
Harry Potter named his child after the man who although incredibly flawed and incredibly mean, sacrificed himself to save Harry’s life, a man who spent years of his life spying and putting his life at risk, facing and pretending to obey the creature who had murdered the person he had most loved.
Snape was the bravest man Harry knew. This doesn’t mean he’s perfect. But the fact that he was a bully, the fact that he had flaws, doesn’t make him any less brave, doesn’t take what he had of good in him, doesn’t diminish his pain or his sacrifice.
Yes. One man’s heroism does not erase another man’s heroism. Just because Harry respects Snape’s memory and venerates the good he did, does not mean Harry does not respect and venerate Lupin. It’s not a case of “You have to choose one or the other!”
So the book showed that Harry named his child after Snape. Maybe he had another boy and named him after Lupin, who knows. In any case, I imagine the author thought it was important to show that Harry loved and venerated Snape’s memory because it shows that Harry forgave Snape his flaws, which he spent a large part of his childhood hating him for. It shows character growth on Harry’s part, just like the fact that Harry and Draco finally grew to respect one another shows character growth and development. Harry knew the truth about Snape, both good and bad, and he was perhaps the only one alive who did. He was willing to stress the good about him and pass on his memory, celebrating Snape’s love of his mother and the sacrifices he made for him.
Couldn’t put it much better—the commentary, not the OP.
The importance of Harry naming his child after Snape isn’t just him saying, “Fuck everyone else, Snape was the BEST MAN EVER.” Notice that he doesn’t say “the greatest man” he ever knew. It isn’t a damn contest, either.
More than anything, I feel this gesture illustrates the power of forgiveness. Snape and Harry have been at each other’s throats since Book 1. To finally see them reach an understanding, and for Harry to find it in himself to forgive Snape, is powerful.
Forgiveness is so important, you guys, even if it still hurts. Even if they don’t necessarily deserve it. (if anyone snarks back that Harry should have just forgiven Voldy then, I’ll stab you in the heart because you’re comparing apples to oranges and I’m sick of it).
People need to be forgiven. Have you ever done something wrong, and known you were wrong, but your best friend still forgave you anyway, even though you couldn’t take it back and they had every reason to hate you for it? Yeah.
Hanging on to Snape bullying Harry probably seemed to pale in comparison to everything he did in the service of the Order, after everything that had happened in his lifetime that steered him down this road, and his attempts at redemption (yet failures at being a nice person regardless), as he was literally dying in Harry’s arms. You’re telling me you wouldn’t be able to forgive? I feel very sorry for you if that’s the case.
The fact that so many people still can’t forgive Snape for all the horrible things he did, something he couldn’t even forgive himself for (which didn’t help his attitude), only shows that you didn’t get the point of his story at all. You choose to see only the negative things and refuse to forgive. That’s a miserable way to live, and the book is trying to tell you that it’s okay to let it go—that you need to let it go.
Forgiveness isn’t just about the other person—it’s for your own state of mind as well. Hanging onto that hate for the rest of his life would have made Harry into exactly the same person Snape was. It just starts the cycle over. Fucking forgive.
Dumbledore and Harry both forgave Snape (does that mean Snape is now a sweet baby angel in anyone’s eyes? NO. But nobody ever tried to paint him that way). I’m pretty sure if their characters were capable of it, you are too.
Snape was brave. Despite all the wrong he did in his life, he owned it. The contempt he had for Harry was born out of absolute misery. Snape’s biggest problem? He probably didn’t want it any other way. He was comfortable there.
The book never tried to make apologies for the things he did or the way he acted—but it did urge you to let it go. To forgive. To see the good in a man who the world has always spat on and written off as bad, a world where darkness was the only thing that ever embraced him.
Snape was certainly a massive gray-area anti-hero, but Harry got to see how a boy in oversized gray rags came to be that way. Harry even felt bad for Voldemort, despite all the horrible things he did. Harry was a genuinely good person, and could relate to Snape’s abusive childhood and Voldemort’s orphanhood and feelings of being an outcast in Muggle society—among a shitload of other things at Hogwarts. Harry turned out decent, where the other two men chose darkness. Yeah, that’s what makes a story dynamic, ya dingos. Stuff like that turns most people towards darkness—Harry was a glorious exception, and sometimes only able to keep himself from going down that road because he had loving friendships and Dumbledore at his side. The power of love molded Harry into who he is. Snape’s entire life was loveless, and he was intentionally written that way to show you what kind of man that makes (aside from Voldemort, who absolutely shunned love, which is a case all in itself). Snape wasn’t a GOOD person. We all know this.
And yeah, Snape loved Lily. It baffles me that the fans act so offended about this, as though he should have just not done that—like he had a choice. He went about it in the wrongest way possible, but that’s the thing: there were consequences to his behavior. I think Snape’s story, while tragic, never condones what Snape did or apologizes for it. And even Snape fans (like myself) don’t apologize for it. People certainly ship Snily outside of the series, but people also ship Hagrid and Hedwig, so get the fuck over it. Nobody (that I know of) is trying to make a case for how Snape would have actually been good for Lily, or how that would have actually worked out, or how Lily should have just given Snape a chance. The element of Snape loving someone so wrong for him, and how that basically changed his entire life, is something I could probably go into more detail on, but I will spare anyone who has made it this far.
He’s just a fucking amazing, interesting, dynamic, brave character, is all. He just is. Nobody who actually understands Snape’s character is trying to say he was better than anyone, morally adjusted or a good man in general. He’s personally my favorite character because of how dynamic and morally gray his story is. And I don’t understand why that’s seen as a bad thing.
Just let your Snape hate go already, it’s not even worth it.
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"But this is touching, Severus," said Dumbledore seriously. "Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?"
"For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!”
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.
He hid that memory from Harry because he was still ashamed of himself for calling Lily a Mudblood, and losing her as a friend.