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20 Things Wrong With Snape We All Choose To Ignore

20 Things Wrong With Snape We All Choose To Ignore

The Harry Potter franchise has had no scarcity of controversies through the years. The books have been repeatedly banned and questioned, and even tops the record of the American Library Affiliation’s most challenged books of the 21st century. Even after the conclusion of the primary guide and film collection, the debates have solely grown extra heated through the years. J.Okay. Rowling’s statements proceed to ship shockwaves throughout each the Wizarding World and our personal, together with revelations about Dumbledore’s orientation, Nagini’s actual id, and even Voldemort and Bellatrix’s secret daughter.

Amongst probably the most polarizing characters of the collection is Severus Snape, the brooding Potions Grasp of Hogwarts. He exhibits an intense distaste for Harry proper from the beginning and continues to make the boy’s life more durable than it must be. Snape finally makes an awesome sacrifice, motivated by his love for Lily Evans, and it prompts Harry to call his personal son after his Potions Professor. Whereas some might view Snape’s timeless love for Lily as a love story to finish all love tales, there’s no denying that he’s accomplished some questionable issues through the years. Snape’s faults are a part of what makes him such a compelling character, they usually’re value analyzing with out making excuses for him.

The listing under accommodates supplies from the core seven books of the franchise and all eight of the primary films, so no want to fret about getting spoiled for any of the Unbelievable Beasts spinoff movies.

Listed here are 20 Things Wrong With Snape We All Choose To Ignore.

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Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

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20 He Torments Harry From The Begin

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Snape establishes himself as a bully proper from his first look in The Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry is already recognized all through the Wizarding World as “The Boy Who Lived” although he’s solely eleven years previous. Snape exhibits no sympathy for a kid who’s misplaced his mother and father and has spent all his life in an abusive family.

As an alternative of being knowledgeable educator, he makes enjoyable of Harry’s celebrity– although he himself is partially answerable for the boy’s tragic previous. Snape might have used the state of affairs as an opportunity to honor Lily’s reminiscence and maintain Harry. As an alternative, he chooses to admonish a mistreated youngster as a result of Harry reminds him of Lily and James.

19 He Is Neville’s Boggart

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape Taking the Form of Nevilles Boggart

First launched in Prisoner of Azkaban, a Boggart is a creature that takes the type of one’s biggest worry. As a testomony to how terrible a instructor Snape is, Neville’s Boggart takes the form of the poisonous Potions Grasp.

Some may view this as an indication of how timid Neville is, however take into account the context through which this occurs, too: Sirius Black had simply damaged out of Azkaban, the one recognized escape from the high-security jail on the time. Neville isn’t afraid of the convicted felony infamous for allegedly ending the lives of over ten people– what he’s really afraid of is his Potions Professor. As compared, Lupin’s Boggart is a full moon, and Harry’s is a Dementor.

18 He Makes Enjoyable Of Hermione’s Thirst For Information

Hermione Sorcerers Stone

Okay, Hermione might come off as a snobby know-it-all at occasions, particularly when she’s simply beginning out at Hogwarts, however that’s not a purpose for Snape to make enjoyable of her in entrance of her friends. To prime all of it off, he’s a instructor. If something, he must be encouraging her thirst for information whereas assuaging her anxieties about overachieving, not ridiculing her for being an keen learner. A proactive scholar! Oh, the horror!

Snape expects nothing much less of perfection from even his lower-level college students, however when one among them dares to excel, he makes enjoyable of her for it. Snape’s inconsistency is unprofessional and his continually shifting aim posts are arbitrary and unfair. It is yet one more aspect that undercuts his qualifications as an educator.

17 He Makes Neville (Virtually) Poison His Pet

Neville Longbottom

Neville—amongst many different college students—is afraid of Snape, and with good cause. Snape is imply to just about everybody for no purpose, along with being a reasonably dangerous instructor who expects no errors. To prime all of it off, Snape even threatens Neville’s pet toad, Trevor.

Throughout a very terrible Potions class, Snape makes Neville feed his Shrinking Answer to Trevor, including that Trevor will in all probability not survive it as a result of Neville had made errors within the course of. Neville is understandably shaken. Hurting a child’s pet is textbook youngster abuse. Plus, Snape is telling Neville to poison his personal toad himself! It’s astonishing that Snape is ready to do all of this and get away with it.

16 He Then Punishes Neville For Getting Assist

Neville HP Sorcerers Stone

A lot to Neville’s aid, Trevor doesn’t get poisoned. Actually, the toad efficiently turns right into a tadpole. You’d assume it’d be trigger for reward, or a minimum of only a silent glare from Snape. No, Snape takes 5 factors from Gryffindor as a result of Hermione had helped Neville make the Shrinking Answer.

Positive, it’s not probably the most moral factor to get exterior assist by yourself work, however Hermione’s assist might be the one factor that retains Trevor alive. Additionally, Neville having to ask for a classmate’s assistance is yet one more testomony to how poor a instructor Snape truly is. He supplies nothing however unfavorable suggestions that helps precisely nobody. There’s no profitable with Snape, and every little thing you do will get you punished a method or one other.

15 He Exhibits No Compassion

It’s crucial to be punctual and to stick to official gown codes, so we will perceive why Harry acquired factors deducted for being late to the primary day of Hogwarts in Half-Blood Prince. However right here’s the kicker: Harry is actually coated in blood as a result of he’d been attacked by Malfoy on the Hogwarts Categorical and left motionless underneath the Invisibility Cloak. He wouldn’t have made it off the practice if Tonks hadn’t discovered him and healed his damaged nostril in time.

As an alternative of questioning why a sixteen-year-old boy is drenched in blood, Snape chooses to punish Harry with out contemplating the context. Had Snape recognized that Malfoy did it, he in all probability would’ve let his cherished scholar go on his merry method with out punishment, too.

14 He Makes Enjoyable Of Hermione’s Look

Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban

Hermione’s mind and eagerness to study aren’t the one issues that Snape brazenly mocks her for. He has even made enjoyable of her look, and his cruelty is much more obvious once you put the incident in context.

Harry and Malfoy have a stand-off, and their curses hit bystanders as an alternative of one another. Hermione is hit by Malfoy’s Densaugeo hex which causes her entrance tooth to develop to alarming proportions, previous her collar. Not solely does Snape not do something about it when he intervenes, he actively shames Hermione, telling her that he sees no distinction in her tooth regardless that they’ve now been magically enlarged. However, Snape sends Goyle to the hospital wing instantly.

13 He is Unabashedly Biased In the direction of Slytherins

Slytherin Common Room

Based mostly on Snape’s differing angle in the direction of Goyle and Hermione, who had each been hit by stray spells, you possibly can already see his immense bias in favour of Slytherins. Snape is the Head of Slytherin Home, a task that makes him accountable of taking good care of and disciplining the scholars within the Home. Nevertheless, Snape conveniently forgets the second a part of his duties.

He routinely takes factors away from different Homes for the pettiest of causes, all whereas permitting Slytherins to run free. Positive, every Head of Home belonged to stated Home throughout their faculty years, so there could be a little bit of a gentle spot for their very own college students, however no one else exhibits such blatant favoritism.

12 He was all the time Fascinated With The Darkish Arts And Blood Supremacy

Born to the pure-blood witch Eileen Prince and the Muggle Tobias Snape, Severus Snape is technically a half-blood wizard. He takes on the nickname “Half-Blood Prince” as a strategy to determine together with his Wizarding heritage due to his poor relationship together with his father. This turbulent upbringing drives him in the direction of the Darkish Arts and blood supremacy from a really younger age.

His tough childhood isn’t his fault, in fact, however all through his years at Hogwarts, surrounded by probably the most sensible minds and numerous concepts, Snape solely will get extra fascinated with these disturbing ideologies. Even his life-long friendship and obsession together with his Muggle-born neighbour Lily Evans don’t make him assume twice about his help for blood supremacy.

11 He Calls Lily A Slur

Young Snape

Snape and Lily go approach again earlier than their Hogwarts days, and Snape has been enamored together with her for years. The 2 stay buddies at college, and Lily is the one one who involves Snape’s protection when the Marauders bully him when Snape’s worst reminiscence is revealed in Half-Blood Prince.

In response, Snape calls her a “Mudblood,” a extremely offensive slur for Muggle-born witches and wizards. Lily will get rightfully outraged, and understandably stops being pals with him. Snape regrets utilizing the phrase not as a result of it’s improper and bigoted, however as a result of he’s harm by Lily’s determination to cease speaking to him. Snape brings this skewed ethical compass nicely into maturity, making little or no progress in the direction of truly embracing Muggles and Muggle-born witches and wizards.

10 He Turns into A Demise Eater

Snape Deatheaters

Not all Slytherins are evil. We all have that one Slytherin good friend who’s nice at asserting themselves and defending their beloved ones– however Snape isn’t one in every of them. When he graduates from Hogwarts, he promptly joins Voldemort’s ranks as a Dying Eater, full with the Darkish Mark on his forearm. There’s no canonical proof that Snape immediately harmed anybody, however he’s a recognized spy for the Darkish Lord, facilitating Voldemort’s torment of Muggles and Muggle-borns.

Redemption isn’t unattainable. There are individuals each within the Wizarding World and in our personal universe who’ve turned their backs on their previous bigotry and altered for the higher. Nevertheless, Snape’s change in allegiance isn’t motivated by a real change in ideology.

9 He Solely Modifications His Thoughts For Lily

Lily Evans and Severus Snape

Snape’s change of coronary heart solely comes when he overhears Sybill Trelawney’s prophecy about Voldemort’s downfall. He eavesdrops on Trelawney and Dumbledore on the Hog’s Head and will get thrown out earlier than listening to all the prophecy. Nonetheless, he relays what he is aware of to Voldemort. The Darkish Lord decides that Harry’s the Chosen One, and Snape realizes that he’s simply doomed the love of his life, Lily. It’s then, and solely then, that Snape modifications his thoughts and begs Dumbledore for assist cover Lily.

Snape solely switches allegiance out of his obsession for Lily– not as a result of he’s come to the belief that his blood supremacy is pure bigotry and that harming Muggles is dangerous. Altering his thoughts out of selfishness is best than not altering his thoughts in any respect, however he definitely hasn’t earned his redemption.

eight He solely tries to save lots of Lily’s life

Harry Potter Couples James and Lily

Earlier than Snape runs to Dumbledore for assist, he approaches Voldemort first to plead for Lily’s life. At first look, that appears sweet– till you understand that his cope with the Darkish Lord includes exchanging Lily for Harry and James. Lest we overlook, Harry continues to be an toddler at this level.

Snape isn’t in any respect involved with Voldemort taking up the world by ending the lifetime of an harmless youngster and his father, so long as he might be with Lily in a world that deems Muggle-borns like her inferior. After Lily’s passing, Snape turns into a double agent to assist guarantee Harry’s security and honouring Lily’s sacrifice. How bullying an eleven-year-old counts as respecting Lily’s reminiscence is past us.

7 He Ignores A Crying Orphan

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape Holding Lily Evans in Harry Potter

Within the film model of The Deathly Hallows, Half 2, there’s a flashback to the night time of the Potters’ passing in Godric’s Hole. It’s an addition by screenwriter Steve Kloves that doesn’t seem within the ebook, nevertheless it illuminates Snape’s motivations even additional. Snape runs to the Potter residence after their confrontation with Voldemort, and makes a beeline for Lily’s susceptible determine mendacity on the bottom. He straight-up ignores a crying child in his crib, sitting proper subsequent to his deceased mom.

Grief for a misplaced liked one is horrible and could be incapacitating, nevertheless it’s fairly heartless to go away a toddler alone when you hug a lady you’ve been disrespectful and bigoted towards, regardless of your love for her.

6 He Tries To Out Lupin

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin takes days off from educating Protection Towards The Darkish Arts to accommodate his transformations right into a wolf throughout full moons, and to recuperate from the agonizing expertise. Snape has lengthy been eyeing the place of DADA Professor, and subs in for Lupin.

Lupin provides Snape directions and Hermione even explains the place they’d left off, however Snape nonetheless opts to dive proper into the werewolf part, hoping that a scholar would work out the rationale for Lupin’s absence. Snape does assist Lupin out with Wolfsbane Potion that makes transformations simpler, however that doesn’t negate the truth that he repeatedly tries to out Lupin, exposing him to intense systemic prejudice within the Wizarding group.

5 He Makes Enjoyable Of Tonks’ New Patronus

As if Snape’s prejudice towards werewolves— and Lupin particularly— isn’t sufficient, his distaste extends to those that related to them as nicely. After Tonks saves Harry from the Hogwarts Categorical in Half-Blood Prince, she conjures her Patronus to ship phrase to the fort. Harry merely perceives the Patronus as a four-legged animal, however Snape realizes that it’s truly a wolf that displays Tonks’ love for Lupin, very similar to how his personal doe Patronus symbolizes his love for Lily.

Snape promptly sneers at Tonks, saying that her new Patronus seems to be weak. Not solely is he insulting Lupin and his lycanthropy, but in addition Tonks, for falling in love with a werewolf whom Snape considers beneath him.

four He Will get Indignant When Harry Defends Himself

Harry Potter Occlumency

Legilimency is a approach to invade somebody’s thoughts and skim their deepest, darkest secrets and techniques. Occlumency is its reverse, a method of defending one’s thoughts from these makes an attempt. In an effort to shield Harry from Voldemort, a extremely expert Legilimens, Snape is tasked with educating Harry Occlumency.

On the floor it’s a noble and important a part of defending Harry, however the best way Snape goes about it’s too harsh. Dumbledore chooses Snape due to his expertise, however Snape’s hostility in the direction of Harry will get in the best way of their classes. Snape repeatedly invades Harry’s thoughts whereas giving him little or no information on the best way to defend himself. Harry actually tells Snape to cease, however Snape retains going. To shield himself, Harry makes use of Legilimency on Snape, who then will get enraged. How dare a weak fifteen-year-old defend himself from violation!

three He Created Sectumsempra For Enemies

Sectum Sempra Curse in Severus Snapes Advanced Potion Making Book

Throughout Harry’s sixth yr at Hogwarts, he finds a Potions textbook belonging to the Half-Blood Prince, a.okay.a. Snape. Within the e-book, he finds modified directions for numerous potions, in addition to unique spells, together with one referred to as “Sectumsempra.” Because it seems, it’s a extremely harmful curse that slashes individuals aside, inflicting deep wounds that put the sufferer vulnerable to passing. Plus, any physique elements which are reduce off can’t be regrown, like George Weasley’s severed ear.

To prime all of it off, a teenaged Snape had written “for enemies” subsequent to the incantation in his previous textbook. Whilst an adolescent, he had no qualms about damaging his fellow college students so severely that they could lose their lives from blood loss.

2 He Makes use of His Childhood As An Excuse

Okay, Snape had a tough childhood. He was born to a pure-blood witch and a Muggle father, and his mother and father typically fought with one another and uncared for younger Snape within the course of.  Nevertheless, Snape is way from the one tormented soul within the Wizarding World. There’s Harry, who loses his mother and father and is raised in an abusive residence, and is additional picked on by Snape himself. Neville can also be a toddler with a troubled previous, however nonetheless makes use of his trauma for good.

Somewhat than confronting his personal dysfunctions like a grown grownup, Snape repeatedly makes different individuals— even youngsters— bear the load of his ache. Like Snape says, life isn’t truthful, however that doesn’t imply he ought to make it more durable for different individuals, too.

1 He By no means Exhibits Regret

snape deathly hallows

In the long run, Snape redeems himself in lots of Potterheads’ eyes. Even Harry is so grateful for him and his sacrifice that he names his baby after him, sparking numerous memes. Nevertheless, it’s necessary to notice that Snape by no means truly exhibits regret or apologizes for his problematic conduct.

Recognizing that you simply did dangerous issues and made errors is an important a part of atonement, however at no level does Snape truly make an apology or come to see the error of his methods. He’s seemingly motivated purely by his personal egocentric obsession with Lily, with out regard to justice or peace. Sure, he does play an element in defending Harry, however he does it whereas unnecessarily making the boy’s life a dwelling hell.

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