Thursday, March 6, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #32

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  James Potter VS Severus Snape

Oh, this is an interesting juxtaposition, both of them did some truly terrible things, along with some incredibly heroic things.  To be honest, I've always been conflicted about both of them...to some degree.  Yes I'm grateful that Snape eventually did the right thing and from that point on, dedicated his life to protecting Harry.  Yes he was incredibly brave for risking his life every day playing a triple agent right under ol' Voldy's nose *ahem* (hehe, what nose?) and Yes I understand that Snape needed to play the part, so his jerk personality should be ok right?  Only it isn't. He was a terrible bully, not just towards Harry but all the non-Slytherin students.  The worst was how he terrorized Neville, not to mention poor Hermione and Ron.  Sure he gained sympathy from me when his memories were revealed in DH but I've never been able to say I love the guy so I'll pick:
James Potter

Sure he was a prat in his younger years, but all we know about that is something that came from Snape's own memories.  James certainly was good enough to attract two of my favorite characters ever (Sirius and Lupin) to him and keep their devotion for life.  I don't know but that seems like all the proof I need.  He was also a pure-blood wizard who dedicated his adult life to standing up for what was right...and I'm sure that was one of the many things that eventually won Lily Evans over.  Yes he bullied Snape and that wasn't cool but I don't know many kids who haven't acted  like jerks during their childhood.  Not to mention that little bit about dying to protect his wife and son (UNARMED nonetheless).  So yeah, I'm team James all the way!

"Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!"
—James Potter stands between Lord Voldemort and his family.
James Potter (27 March, 1960 – 31 October, 1981), also known as Prongs, was a pure-blood wizard and son of Mr and Mrs Potter. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1971 to 1978, and was sorted into Gryffindor House. When James started at Hogwarts, he met and befriended fellow Gryffindor students Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew. He also met Severus Snape, a Slytherin student whom he frequently antagonised, and Lily Evans, a fellow Gryffindor whom James fell in love with. - Harry Potter Wikia

10 comments:

  1. FINALLY SOMEONE THAT GETS ME. I have the same feelings towards both of them. Not a fan of either, though I admit they did great things. But Snape was absolutely terrible. It didn't even occur to me to talk about Neville, you are right!
    I so agree with this, absolutely!

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    1. HAHAHA yes! Yup they both kind of sucked when they were younger and then they were both incredibly brave as adults but neither are a favorite character of mine. NOTHING excuses how truly vile Snape was to most of the students though! I just can't get over that. I can forgive James for being a prat and a bully a lot easier. And the adult James seemed perfectly charming, not to mention brave.

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  2. "What nose?" HAHAHA! Maybe that's why Voldermort didn't catch on. ;) Ah, all of your points about both characters are so valid; neither was perfect. Snape did bully his students horribly, especially the Gryffindors, and there's no justifying that. I am, however, a sucker for villain-y types who turn out not to be quite so bad, and I had to give Snape some credit for what he secretly did to protect Harry.

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    1. LMAO I love it XD I know what you mean about the villain-y types who turn out to have a heart though, and Snape's revelation at the end there was thrilling and heartbreaking to read...and see - Alan Rickman's take on Snape makes me a little more sympathetic haha And you're right, saving Harry gives him some extra points too ;-)

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  3. Hahaha love your nose comment! Both of your points I agree with. I'd forgotten about his treatment of Hermione, Ron and Neville. I dunno though, I really felt for him in Deathly Hallows. His memories broke me and it explained so much about him as a character. It doesn't help that we know nothing about James really except for his bullying tendencies!

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    1. Ahahah XD I certainly felt for Snape too in DH but it always bugged me that he could never at least TRY to be more fair towards Harry. Like if you love Lily so much, you should be civil to her kid dammit! >.< I do wish we'd gotten to know James better too, although his final scene with Voldemort always tugs at my heartstrings ♥ hehe

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  4. Awhhhh, we disagree here :p I'm a firm Snape lover, always has been, always will be. James is just a bully to me.. I don't think Snape acted the right way, but I don't know.. I just find him such a sad, tragic figure <3

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    1. hehe, that's ok! :) I agree with you that Snape is a sad and tragic figure...and that definitely gains him some of my sympathy....but it still doesn't excuse how terrible he was to Harry. Not to mention, Hermione,Ron and Neville...and any other student not in Slytherin. I agree that James was a bully when he was young but he must have turned it around to win over Lily. It's a tough question anyways cause both of them did some truly heroic things, along with some really terrible things as well!

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  5. Something that I absolutely love about Jo's characterization is that none of her characters are perfect. They're all flawed in some way and all of them are shades of grey (except maybe Voldie who is completely black). But I do agree with you that James Potter is the better man here. James' love for Lily was genuine while Snape's love was actually obsession (which Jo clarified the difference between in HBP). If Snape truly loved Lily than he wouldn't have sacrificed the people she cared most about - James and Harry - on her behalf. That is not something good people do. That's not to say that Snape isn't brave and tried to atone for his mistakes later, which is commendable, but I don't believe he was ever quite the man that James was. Great response!

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    1. I love how you worded this whole comment Aylee ♥ especially the bit about Jo's characterizations. And I couldn't agree with you more about James being the better man here. His love for Lily was indeed pure and YES Snape's feelings for Lily were possessive and obsessive. Like you, I feel like if Snape really did love Lily, he would have been kinder to Harry and able to see that Harry was not just James Jr., but a perfect combination of both his parents. I don't think Snape ever managed to be the man James was either! Thanks for stopping by xx

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