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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:11 pm
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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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He is truly tragic.
Well, that is really up to the opinion of each of every person.

Maybe his life is a tragedy, but to me, I find the irony in his life to be so great, that is transpires beyond tragedy, to a state of dark humor and schadenfreude. But hey, that's just me.


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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:18 pm
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I think Snape was confident that he could "convince" her, not realising that she had already made her choice.
I would agree that Snape felt that he would impress Lily by joining the Death Eaters as JKR said as much as well - if that is what you meant by 'convince her'. However, I truly cannot understand how Snape felt that Lily would be impressed by him joining up with a group that was in the business of killing and/or disenfranchising/subjugating people like her. This is another reason I don't buy the argument that Snape was among the brightest, cleverest or more intelligent students in his youth. I think he had potential, but it had yet to flourish, imo.


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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:30 pm
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Well, that is really up to the opinion of each of every person.

Maybe his life is a tragedy, but to me, I find the irony in his life to be so great, that is transpires beyond tragedy, to a state of dark humor and schadenfreude. But hey, that's just me.
Rather than humor, I would call it tragic irony.

His only friend marries his worst enemy - that's ironic, and also tragic.

Then he unwittingly comes close to destroying only woman he loves, then he tries and fails to save her - through no fault of his own, because her death is caused by Peter Pettigrew and Voldemort.

Snape was killed due to the schemes of two old men and their obsession with the Deathly Hallows, which he didn't share. His death was bloody, violent, senseless, and meaningless because he was never the Master of the Elder Wand. And that's as tragic as anything in Shakespeare.


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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:34 pm
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However, I truly cannot understand how Snape felt that Lily would be impressed by him joining up with a group that was in the business of killing and/or disenfranchising/subjugating people like her.
Perhaps, because he never knew either. Regulus was another example of how he thought Voldmeort was all for the glory of the WW and wanted to fight for him. And I don't even think Snape thought of Lily a muggleborn; I think to him she was simply Lily.

Wicked, there was no on eto tell these kids that Voldmeort was not about glory, he was something else entirely.

Snape, comes from a home, where he is not even taught personal hygiene and is sorted into Slytherin, where most of them are old money and old family. Many of them, including the Malfoys and Blacks and many others from Slytherin had joined Voldemort, because everyone thought he was going to take the WW to greatness.

I think Snape wanted some of that greatness for himself, because he had had nothing.

Once he joined, there was no going back; he was marked and he was a DE until the end of time or until Voldemort or he died. Regulus too, joined and then he found that he could not get out; while I don't know if Snape tried to get out like Regulus, I think he had no choice except to do whatever Voldemort demanded him to.


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