After almost two decades of diving into J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, our feelings about Professor Severus Snape have changed drastically. Though Snape redeems himself in many ways in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we cannot excuse his vile behavior that led him to become a Death Eater and tortured Harry and his friends. Sure, Snape’s upbringing was ghastly, and Harry’s dad James tortured him at times, but nothing excuses the fact that an adult Snape lashed out at children.
We thought we knew almost everything we needed to know about Snape during Harry, Ron and Hermione’s time at Hogwarts, but Reddit user always934 just proved that we totally missed something huge. Everyone knows that Snape lived for serving detention. Aside from Professor Umbridge’s horrendous special quills, many Hogwarts students would have probably preferred to serve out their punishment with nearly any other professor than Snape. Not only was Snape the absolute worst as Potions Master, his detentions weren’t for the faint of heart. Always934 pointed out something major when they said,
“Not sure how I missed it the first million times through the books, but when he has a Gryffindor in detention, he seems to make them cut up animals that they own. He has Neville disembowel a whole barrel of toads, and he has Ron and Harry pickle a whole bunch of rat brains. Kinda adds an extra level of malice to their detention.”
Somebody call PETA because seriously we can’t even!!!!!! We might have been inclined to sympathize with Snape who was played in the films by our beloved late Alan Rickman because we know how his story ends. However, this snippet just proves he was always pretty diabolical.
What do you all think? Is Snape still on your shit list or have you forgiven him? Let us know in the comments below.