The Repugnancy of Severus Snape

Allie Brennhofer
abrennhofer@css.edu

I detest Severus Snape, a highly debated character from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Now, hear me out. I know I just lost about half of the readers, but I have reasons for my opinion.

First, he was a lousy friend to the only real friend he ever had, Lily Evans. He turned on her, calling her the worst insult in the magical community, the instant she tried to help him when he was being bullied by James Potter. Let’s add onto this train of thought by reminding everyone that his other group of friends in Slytherin is a group of future Death Eaters he became involved with who literally hated the blood status of his best friend. Who befriends a hate group whose sole purpose is hating your best friend? That would be Snape.

I do have to admit, Snape did not have the greatest childhood. I understand that and I do sympathize with him, to an extent. I lose that sympathy as Snape’s manipulative and cruel personality begins to emerge. I also sympathize with his rivalry with James Potter and the Marauders. As much as I love the Marauders, I get that they were bullies, plain and simple. The fact of it is, they grew out of being stupid teenage boys and Snape didn’t. How many of us still hate a school bully so much that you would bully their child when the child started school? I would presume not many (mostly because teachers that act like Snape are usually fired pretty quickly).

Snape not only bullied Harry Potter, he also bullied pretty much every student that wasn’t a Slytherin. Sure, someone might claim he was trying to act the part so Voldemort wouldn’t get suspicious he was a double agent. But there’s a difference between blatant favoritism (which still isn’t great) and actively bullying and verbally abusing the children he was in charge of protecting and teaching. Neville Longbottom’s parents were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange, but she was was not his greatest fear, as evidenced by facing a boggart in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Instead of the woman who destroyed his family, his greatest fear was… you guessed it, Severus Snape.

My last point to emphasize Snape is a horrid human being is this: he delivered the prophecy to Voldemort (which is still a bad thing regardless of who the prophecy was about). When he discovered it was about the love of his life, Lily Potter and her husband and son, he felt guilty and tried to save her. Noble, perhaps, until you take into account that Lily loved her husband and son so much. There was literally no way she would have been fine with Snape sacrificing James and Harry so she could live. Also, what was his great plan? Save Lily and marry the mother of Voldemort’s arch nemesis? First of all, Lily would not have wanted that. In addition, I doubt that Voldemort would have been okay with that. Also, Lily made it quite clear she did not miss her childhood best friend. I certainly wouldn’t.