Why so severe with Severus?

Yesterday I read how the phenomenal JKR expounded upon why Harry named his second son after Snape. It was the most appropriate explanation. However, you could see few irated fans retaliate here.

I don’t quite understand why people hate Snape after knowing who he really was. He was an unsung hero and indeed the bravest of all. Who could dare to keep double-crossing such a consummate Legilimens as Voldemort? Nearly everyone in the wizarding world, including his own followers (the Death Eaters) feared him. Snape risked his life in every way by playing double agent. Had it not been for him, the Order of the Phoenix would have finished once Dumbledore died.

It was Snape who made things easy for the Order by leaking information about Voldemort’s plans. It was he who was always there to save the day. Never did he let Harry be harmed; he was a martyr just like Remus, Tonks, Fred, Lavender, Colin,  and every other person who lost her/his life in the war.

He was loyal to his love until his last breath. It was out of this loyalty that he gave his own life to protect her son. He was always there whenever the trio was in trouble; be it when they were alone in the Shrieking Shack with Sirius and Lupin or when Quirrel was trying to jinx Harry’s broom.

One of the prime reasons why fans hate him is the hostility he showed towards the trio. Aren’t we the same? Don’t we continue to be prejudiced and bigoted towards the ones who are close to the ones we hate? Would we try socializing with the best friend of our worst adversary? It is human nature to be bitter to all those who are connected with the ones we hate.

Besides, we all love the Marauders but we cannot deny that somewhere they had been unkind to Snape. Harry too agreed that it was wrong. Probably if they weren’t so rude to Snape, he would not have taken to the Dark Arts. He would not have lost Lily. It was the continuous humiliation he underwent that might have fostered within him a thirst to prove himself and he  unconsciously chose the evil path . History would have been very different if he had not been bullied. He could have been Harry’s father.

Harry constantly reminded him of James and one cannot completely blame him for being antagonistic towards Harry. I do not contend that Snape was right in everything he did. Rather, I argue that he was imperfect like all of us are. He had his flaws but he was a hero. The wizarding world did owe a lot to his heroism.

There is nothing wrong with Harry naming his son after him. He honoured Snape’s love for his mother, his dedication and loyalty to Dumbledore, his fearlessness, selflessness, sacrifices, valour and intelligence that were crucial in turning the game in favour of Harry.

JKR rightly described him as neither a saint nor a devil. Every character in the series had her/his good and evil side. Perhaps Snape is the most evolved character in the sense that we closely know him. We have seen the best and worst of him; we have seen the cause and effect of his every action. We have seen his selflessness and love, anger and hate, strength and weakness.

There is no point hating him, fellow Potterheads. If you hate him, you miss out on the very essence of Harry Potter- forgiveness, being unprejudiced, valuing bravery, loyalty, seeing the best in everyone and realizing that heroes could lie in the most unlikeliest of places. I was stupefied with the way JKR summed it up:

Snape deserves both admiration and disapprobation, like most of us.



Serious like Severus! Are you kidding?

He liked her even since their childhood. She was beautiful. They spent time together. He rescued her every time she was bullied by her sister. Some years later, they went to the same school. However, they were sorted into different houses. He never stopped liking her even then. She met another boy in her own house. They went along well. They fell in love with each other and grew up to get married. Meanwhile, he was heartbroken. He loved her as much as he did years ago. Some years later, she had a baby with her husband. He discovered that she, along with her husband and son were going to be killed. He approached the world’s greatest, most righteous and experienced person to protect her family. However, her fate was sealed. She was killed but her son escaped only with a scar. He rushed to her, hugged her corpse and cried. He never loved anybody else. Years later, he took up a job as a professor in the same school where they went. Her son joined school after a decade. He seemed to be quite a strict professor but he saved her son’s life on numerous occasions. He never let anyone harm her son. He protected him out of his love for her. He died seventeen years after she did. In his last moments, her son was with him. He told him that his eyes were just like his mother’s. He loved her till the end and always.

This is the story of Severus Snape and Lily Evans, from the amazing Harry Potter series penned by J. K. Rowling. We can’t really categorize it as a tragic love story; it is much beyond that. It is the story of staying when one has all the reasons to move on. It is the story of being loyal when one is not bound or expected to be. It is the story of loving beyond everything- beyond the fact that she would never reciprocate the feelings. It is about choosing between what is right and what is easy. (Prof. Dumbledore says that). He simply considered it right to stay loyal to his first love.

Comparing it in today’s context, we would tend to consider Severus insane and an emotional fool. Today is the age of moving on. People tend to remarry soon after the death of their spouse in order to overcome loneliness. People move on with another partner often to prove to their ex-partners that they can do without them. The present scenario is such that all relationships come with an expiry date.

Some people might argue that Severus is a fictional character. Reality is nowhere close to fiction. Okay, he is fictional. But the feelings that he had, they were real. Doesn’t each one of us tend to love somebody? Be in family, friends, a spouse or even a fictional character, for that matter? How many people do we see today who can love like he did? He had no reason, no motivation and absolutely no compulsion to go on loving her. Seventeen years after her death, he loved her as much as he did when he was a kid. Maybe more, owing to her absence, but nowhere less. Isn’t that a big lesson Professor Snape taught us, even more than his subjects ‘Potions’ and ‘Defence against the Dark Arts’?

I’d like to defend Lily Evans, though. She was nowhere at fault. She simply did not feel what Severus felt for her. She’d have been in fault only if she’d have given him any false assurances. She was always a friend to him. She loved James and thus married him. She nowhere cheated Severus. It was just that they were not meant to be.

Coming back, there’s a lot we can learn from Severus. In an age where affairs conclude with break-ups really soon, we ought to realize that love doesn’t diminish. Death, distance or rejection cannot be deterrents to true love. It is all about being loyal and loving without any reason why. We love our family, friends and life partners because we should. It shouldn’t have any backing of a cause- it is because it is. The power of love is strong enough to let one go on all alone. Loneliness can never kill anyone if he/she loved someone truly. It’s not about loving; it’s about loving truly. It’s about loving till the end without having any specific purpose. J. K. Rowling has impeccably conveyed this message throughout the story. So go out, tell your loved ones that you loved them, you do and you always will. Remember, if Severus could, we all can do it too. If you wish to love, love like he did. I admire Severus for his love and loyalty. Can we be like him? Think it over and tell me what you thought. I’m waiting.

Until the next post then. Keep calm and love like Severus! :*

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