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Old August 21st, 2008, 10:11 pm
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Re: Severus Snape: Character Analysis v.8

In my opinion, the lesson of Snape's life is that even with a dysfunctional family, you can still love people and rise above your bad beginnings. All it takes is one friend who treats you like a human being.

Harry's life is quite similar because his homelife with the Dursleys is totally dysfunctional and he is treated like dirt. But that doesn't make him a throw-away child, anymore than Severus was.

One of my favorite lines from Prince's Tale is when Snape and Lily are in the forest and through Harry's eyes:

"Even with his poorly cut hair and his odd clothes, he struck an oddly impressive figure sprawled in front of her, brimful of confidence in his destiny."

That's reminiscent of when Harry comes to Hogwarts and in spite of his baggy clothes and Uncle Vernon's old socks, he is able to make friends right away. It has nothing to do with his scar or popularity, but his inner self.

And compare both Severus and Harry to Tom Riddle, the other "abandoned boy of Hogwarts," and it's obvious that Snape is light years ahead of him as a human being.

And as with Dumbledore's life, it's not the mistakes Snape made as a boy, but the correct choices he made as a man that matters the most imo.


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~ Severus Snape, OotP movie

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