People go on and on about how obsessive, controlling, unhealthy, and negative the main relationships in other popular YA franchises are whilst ignoring the most questionable one of them all. This caused his Patronus to take the form of hers. I don't own anything. Snape never insulted Harry regarding his mother, which was a huge clue to foreshadow why he bothered to ever help the boy in the first place. As much as people romanticize Severus Snape's infatuation with Lily Evans, the fact that she did not love him back, at least in a romantic fashion, seems to go ignored by many fans of the series. He is not her mate, he is not her other half, he is merely obsessed with the idea of her to the point where she is little more than a concept to him. While Snape and Lily try to remain close despite their differences, Lily disapproves of Snape's friends — all of whom later become Death Eaters under Voldemort — while Snape … His hair was unwashed and very poorly cut, and he had to wear baggy, overlarge clothes that seemed sev… If he could have found a way to convince Voldemort to spare her, I doubt he would have even batted an eye at the fate that waited for the Potter boys. So can we trust his representation of the Marauders? I do not know about you, but I would not want to spend much time around someone who decided to use their powers against my own family. Snape's loyalty to the Dark Arts ultimately won over his loyalty to woman he loved in his youth, and he spent the rest of his life trying to make up for it. Petunia even accused him of spying on them when the sisters played together, although she also exhibited enough jealousy and priggishness to condemn anyone who might wish to take her sister away from her. And Snape never let the poor boy forget it. Some could read that moment as his reaction to the names Petunia called the two of them but when Petunia tried to call Lily away from him, he went after her and then praised wizards and the sacred place that Hogwarts would be for muggles would not be welcome. It is hard to side with the guy who takes out his childhood grudges on underaged children. I don't know, just something about that seems a little familiar to me. It is entirely possible that they were little more than casual acquaintances and he created this star crossed lovers narrative entirely on his own. I don't know why but something about those communities reminds me of how Snape reacted when rejected. Or do you stomp your foot, call everyone slurs, run off and join the anti-muggle group, and bother children for the rest of your life? He convinced himself that Lily would be his if he could tear her away from James and never let go of that dream. Snape had a very difficult childhood; his parents fought and argued often, and he was neglected. It is incredibly important to remember that Lily cannot speak for herself so any account of her will be biased by the person telling it. After Snape changed sides and begged Albus Dumbledore in tears to hide Lily Potter, Dumbledore didn’t accept this as a suspicion of Snape might be a spy. And remained to be for the rest of his life. Not only did Snape ignore that Lily didn't return his feelings and resent her choice even after he was emotionally abusive to her, but he also blamed James Potter instead of himself and his own behavior. See more ideas about snape and lily, snape, harry potter. So, without further ado, here are 25 things about Snape and Lily's "relationship" (I mean, technically a friendship is a relationship but even that was relatively short-lived) that warrant a closer look. For so long we believed him to be the enemy, a professor to be feared and resented. He idealized her to the point where she was no longer a human being but, rather, a concept and he projected all of his fantasies and dreams onto her. That does not seem like that big of an issue, as everyone had such a positive opinion of her, but it is important to note the possibility that Snape's obsession with her tainted his memories. Snape was born to a pure-blood witch, Eileen Prince and a Muggle, Tobias Snape. To comfort her and replace them. It hurt to know that I was seen as a finish line and was being objectified by people that I thought were my friends. He explicitly chose the Dark Arts over his friendship with Lily after she made it clear to him that she wanted nothing to do with him if he chose to lurk down that path, yet he continued to care for her, and even protected her son, long after he lost her. The real question is whether or not Lily would want her grandson named after the man she'd befriended so long ago. Realizing that Dumbledore held Snape's past over him, reminding him to remember Lily's green eyes and manipulating him into serving the Order out of guilt, was difficult for many fans, but Rowling is a master storyteller who understands human nature and gives us real, relatable characters. It does not matter whether Snape did or did not truly lover her nor how kind he may or may not have been towards her, she did not owe him anything that she did not want to give. Albus Dumbledore is not immune to this. But Lily could have just as easily made another choice, and despite some of Snape's more obvious negative qualities she certainly did have strong feelings for him as well. Lily’s parents were Muggles (non-magical people) and when people discovered she was a witch, then a whole world of strange names opened up to her. Basically, a man named Tom falls for this girl named Summer who makes it very clear that she does not want a relationship. 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Snape was extremely strict with students as was demonstrated multiple times throughout the movies and books. He was her first wizarding friend and her introduction into the magical world that became her home. We have only ever seen his teen self through Snape's memories and those, honestly, cannot be trusted. In Latin, ‘Severus’ translates directly to ‘stern’. For those of you who haven't, allow me to break the plot down for you as quickly as possible. However, her family was apparently better o… It is exceptionally clear that the films want us to be on Team Snape as most of his darker/more unflattering moments were cut entirely. Have fun taking the quiz! Lily and Severus remained friends until it became clear to her at the end of their fifth year that he had been seduced by Voldemort’s notion of pureblood supremacy. Say it louder for the people in the back. While the picture points toward his guilt and regret, giving Alan Rickman an incredible scene, it also uses Lily's demise to further his development and demonstrates that while willing to protect young Harry, he sure isn't willing to raise another man's child. I have never understood why some people find the moment in the films in which he holds Lily's body and weeps anything but utterly alarming. Shouldn't someone who spent their formative years as a punching bag do everything they can to protect the next generation to prevent them from growing up hurt and vindictive, as he did? Petunia even told her sister that there was no such thing as a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but Snape confirmed that it was real for them, but not for Lily's envious sister. When you love someone, you put their own happiness before your own, as many lovers, parents and caregivers know well. I cannot put my finger on it directly, but something about him holding her in such a way (that I do not think she would have permitted in life due to their strained relationship resulting from the way he handled rejection as well as the side he took early on in the war) makes me uncomfortable. Those children were not even born yet when the Marauders sent you up a tree. I have never understood why some people find the moment in the films in which he holds Lily's body and weeps anything… But who is telling us this story? Today marks the 11th anniversary of the release of J.K. Rowling’s final installment of Harry Potter – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This causes his memories of James to twist and turn in his mind until he has created a monster worthy of his animosity out of the boy. From being old friends to a lifetime of atoning for past sins, here are Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Revelations About Snape And Lily’s Relationship. Snape, however, took only seconds to hurt Lily Evants, calling her the hated wizarding slur "Mudblood" when she came to his defense in Chapter 28 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Snape's entire mindset is based on a lie. It's a bit startling, to say the least, when Harry discovers that James Potter had been every bit as arrogant and mean as Severus Snape claimed-- or, at least, as Snape remembers, given that James was one of Snape's bullies. He turned every ounce of kindness Lily extended towards him into a sign of her secret affections, making him feel betrayed when she revealed that she did not feel that way about him. Over and over again, Harry questions Dumbledore's trust for Snape, but it was actually because of Harry's own mother that Dumbledore fully trusted his spy. Lily is often hailed as one of the brightest witches of her age, and some of that may be due to knowledge she received from the bright, if sullen, half-blood prince. 1. Let me make myself perfectly clear. Severus Snape (31) Lily Luna Potter (29) Harry Potter (14) Ginny Weasley (8) Albus Severus Potter (6) James Sirius Potter (5) Draco Malfoy (4) Original Female Character(s) (4) Scorpius Malfoy (3) Hermione Granger (3) Exclude Relationships Lily Luna Potter/Severus Snape (34) You are not a product that can be acquired by using kindness as a currency. In her fifth year, Lily stood up for her then best friend, Severus Snape, when he was being bullied by James Potter. Summary. Once again, we have to note that we have never met James Potter. Lily was born to Mr and Mrs Evans, two Muggles of the Evans family, on 30 January, 1960. This was not an opinion that came after years of pain nor after his rejection. The sign of love is the sharing of a patronus, right? 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Snape attempts to explain that he never meant to call her such things but she interjects that he calls every one born like her by that word so why should she be any different? For Harry to give his child with Snape's name after all of those years, he had to really admire the man he knew Snape to be, and much of that admiration comes from Snape's protection. She had an older sister named Petunia, whom she was quite close to. Some additional tidbits about the Etymology of Snape. Many readers miss the fact that Petunia recalls Severus Snape. Make no mistake: Severus Snape did not die for Lily … The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. This may reference James Potter, whom she certainly deemed to be awful simply due to his wizard status, but given how Petunia felt about Severus, it may prove that she remembers Lily's relationship with Snape after all these years. While we're meant to believe that Lily eventually knocked some sense into her future husband before marrying him, it doesn't change the fact that she married the person who bullied her best friend. Not bully their child for ten years a decade after their passing. The same man who bothers children because he never recovered from his less than ideal upbringing. Seriously, why would Snape bother children if the entire reason that he is the way he is is due to the fact that he was harmed as a child? And while it’s fun to discuss Ron and Hermione or even Harry and Ginny, I want to instead put the spotlight on the epic unrequited love sto… Lily Evans and Severus Snape were best friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is confirmed in the text when Snape demands, "Thought we were supposed to be friends? DCEU: Every Major Species Ranked From Weakest To Strongest! Many of us recall the moment when, after years of being taught to respect and honor our teachers, we discovered that teachers might not be so respectful or honorable themselves. Her friendship was what kept him in defense of the dark arts and his unrequited love what was drove him to become one of the darkness itself, dooming their relationship for longer than either of them could have foreseen. "Always." Even those of us who remained skeptical about Severus Snape following the books, particularly after witnessing his involvement in the Potters' demise and Dumbledore basically blackmailing him to be a double agent at his own risk, had to admit that Snape was truly a hero after reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in which the potions master chooses the safety of the world over his own life. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. Voldemort chooses Neville but the Potters do not escape unscathed. Best friends?" Harry had no way of knowing that his father was a rival of the potion master once upon a time, and even if he had known, it wouldn't have made it any more bearable on a young boy who barely even knew his parents. Likely partly due to her own jealousy, Petunia would taunt Lily and Snape, demanding that Lily not be Snape's friend. This shows that they are soul mates, or, at the very least, held together by the hands of fate. That is, until she rejected him and he showed his true colors. He is an exceptionally skilled wizard whose sarcastic, controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish. Snape, who found Petunia and presumably other muggles (and squibs) repugnant, given his propensity for the Dark Arts, despised her and instructed Lily to not care about what her sister thought. It doesn't outweigh the harm, trying to turn a boy against his lost parents, his prejudiced beliefs, nor the way that he acted when rejected. He objectified her and treated her like a broken toy when she did not respond in the way he expected she would. The photo showed her smiling and laughing because of the love and joy she felt being around her family but he ripped her away from that in order to pretend that the joy was because of him. I mean, it is not the fault of an eleven-year-old child that a muggle-disliking loon didn't target him before he had even mastered object permanence. At the age of nine, Lily became friends with Severus Snape, who lived down in Spinner's End, which was within walking distance of the Evans' house. "That awful boy," is what Petunia called Snape. Some fans even theorize that Harry could be Snape's child given how Lily hated James at one point, was close friends with Severus, and could have been involved with him at times, but between Harry's looks, which are the spitting image of his own father, and their shared patronus, the theory doesn't hold much water. Harry, of course, shares a patronus with his beloved father. However, it's obvious that Snape harbored unrequited feelings for Lily for many years. Snape's request, although ultimately ignored by Riddle, is important not only because it points toward how much he cares about Lily-- despite not giving a whit about whichever other family, or any baby, Voldemort might destroy-- but that in those few seconds of giving Lily a chance, he also inadvertently helped to save Harry's life. As mentioned earlier, Snape cannot be trusted as a narrator. When Lily found herself accidentally practicing magic, Snape emerged and the two soon became friends. Obsession is not love. Severus Snape is often described as a person who resembles "an overgrown bat," and his clothes are one of the things… Severus Snape was born 9 January, 1960 to Eileen Prince, a pure-blood witch, and Tobias Snape, a Muggle, making him a half-blood wizard. Had he mourned Lily because she was a dear friend to him when no one else was, it would be much more palatable. He was raised in Spinner's End in Cokeworth. Or, as Tumblr user tomhiddles describes, Snape is essentially saying, “I bitterly regret Lily’s death.” Either way, it doesn’t seem likely … He metaphorically tore Lily away from her own family to keep for himself. Harry, who also realized that all people make mistakes, in turn named his child after both Severus and Albus, opting to recognize their goodness. Whether you catch a teacher make a mistake, blame someone who doesn't deserve it, or otherwise act just as human and imperfect as the rest of us, it's such a jarring realization. In the memory, he comes off as smug, arrogant, and vindictive. Some fans have painted Lily as this shallow girl who abandoned her only friend the second the most popular boy in school gave her the time of day. 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