Arguing Corner

Created on July 11th, 2003

What is it?
In this new section, you will be able to share your thoughts about Snape.  I've been asked for this for a while now so here it is!  I've been reluctant to it because there are always so much stupid stuff being said in normal discussion pages all over the Internet, especially when it comes to fans arguing with fans.  That can become pretty ugly!!  But after a lot of people asking me, I've decided to do it anyway, but in my own way!  

Goal:
Fans should be able to argue about what I have written in my Book Analysis, what fans wrote in the Why do you like Snape? section or the Analysis & Theories section as well.  People should also have the opportunity to talk about subjects, themes or questions that I have not covered yet. You can talk about anything you want.  I have already provided some subjects, but if you have other ideas, please send them to me!  

Why not use a discussion forum?  
Well... this is a very delicate question.  I'll be very honest: I don't want this space to be a forum where anybody can write any stupidity, obscenity or angst about Snape or about the answers of others.  I also hate slang or non-punctuated texts, especially on an international site like mine. Keep in mind that people around the world are reading this.

 For these reasons, I want to keep control of what is being posted here without having to come everyday to delete unwanted messages.  To do so, the easiest way is e-mail.  With e-mails, you are sure to keep everyone's privacy and we're sure of the quality and seriousness of all posts.  Everything will be kept anonymous: each post will have a number plus your nickname to it.  No e-mail address will be given out ever unless the two parties agree to it.

Instructions:
1-Choose a subject
2-Argue, tell me your ideas, agree, disagree or share your thoughts about the chosen subject.
3-Choose a nickname (suggestion for more privacy: don't choose a nickname you are already known for through the Snape network!)
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Send me your e-mail discussingsnape@hotmail.com
(please use the same name as the suggested argumentation-subjects for your e-mail subject. If you have a new subject, write "new subject")
5-Screening process: I'll post it in the right section as soon as possible.
( If your answer is a response to another post, please mention the post number and nickname so I can put it next to it)
 My assistant, Ann, will help me in the task of screening spelling mistakes, angst, obscenities or incoherent or irrelevant comments.


Color code:

White: Original post
Brown: Answer(s) to original post
Red: My own views or opinions

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The Philosopher's Stone book analysis

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The Chamber of Secrets book analysis

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The Goblet of Fire book analysis

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Why Snape hates Harry so much?

Post 1 - By The Hooded Crow

I have my own theory as to why Snape hates Harry so much, and I've yet to find this discussed anywhere online, so I'm going to share it with you. I Personally, I think that Severus Snape is far too complex a character to allow a student prank to still affect him deeply some twenty years down the line. He was hurt by the deed, and still doesn't trust Sirius Black, that much is clear, but I think the true reason that he went so OTT about that incident in PoA, was that he was frightened that Harry Potter had once again put his life in danger. And Snape cannot afford for Harry Potter to be killed senselessly. Here's why..

In the Chamber of Secrets we learn that Voldemort passed some of his own power to Harry the night that he gave him the scar. And it's Harry's blood that is used in the rebirthing ceremony. Clearly then, the one wizard that has the power to defeat Voldemort is
Harry; he has that power running in his veins. I am sure that the whole story behind Snape's past has yet to appear, but JKR gives us a big clue on page 46 of the Philosopher's stone. Hagrid tells Harry that when Voldemort was defeated;

'People who was on his side came back ter ours. Some of 'em was in kinda trances.'

Now.. what if Snape was one of those.. what if he had no conscious choice over joining the Death Eaters? What if Voldemort had him under a trance? (This would explain why he was not sent straight to Azkaban perhaps?)

Having once been under such a trance, Snape would surely live in fear of anyone having that sort of power over him again - hence his determination for Harry to survive, he wants to be sure that Voldemort is finally destroyed.

But if that is the case, then why does he hate Harry so much?

Perhaps it is *because* Harry defeated Voldemort. If Harry had died along with everyone else, Snape might have remained under Voldemort's trance, blissfully unaware of the evil that he was being forced to do.. When Harry defeated the dark lord, he released Snape
from his nightmare, and forced him to face the horrific truth of who he had become.. What he had done..

And thus Severus Snape is a tortured soul. He despises himself for being weak enough to fall under Voldemort's trance in the first place, he hates Harry because if it weren't for Harry he would never have known about the atrocities he committed, yet he is dependant on the fact that Harry will one day defeat Voldemort once and for all. And no doubt he hates having to depend on Harry for that. The fact that Harry's father once saved his life only rubs salt into the wound - perhaps he feels that James Potter should have left him to his fate - he would rather have died than become a Death Eater against his will. And yet he cannot even despise James for doing what he did - if James had not saved him, then Remus would have suffered terribly for his death..

Maybe Snape also despises Harry because there is no way that he can repay him for bringing him back to the light. In effect, Severus owes his life to both Harry and James Potter.

 

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