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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-19 03:29 pm

[ SECRET POST #3728 ]

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Eh, I don't mean to trivialize them, because they ARE flaws for sure. They're banal in the sense that they're flaws a LOT of people have though.

I don't generally pick sides in this fight mostly because I find Snape was very inconsistently written (like a lot of the characters, and I say this as a fan of the series), I just find that I'd rather deal with someone who tries to see the good in Snape rather than someone who stands their with their virtual arms folded all, "Nope. He was an asshole to kids so clearly anything good he ever did is irrelevant." which I see a lot.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 12:07 am (UTC)(link)

What if someone hates every character with those flaws though? Just because they're common flaws doesn't make them less unlikeable.

Also, I'd personally rather deal with someone who says "he did do good but he also did a LOT of bad" than someone who tries to downplay the shitty things he did just because "oh he's a HERO though, so it doesn't matter that he was a shitty person" as if the two can't exist at the same time.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 08:51 am (UTC)(link)
Are they really THAT common? I think people being cruel to kids whom they have power over is definitely something that we as society take exception to.

It just goes back to my original point, really. Snape's good side is very well-explained in the books: he fought Voldemort out of love for Lily. Okay. And some of his bad qualities are justified too: he was bullied by Harry's dad so he hates Harry, he had a bad home life so he turned to the dark side. Still fine so far. But throughout the books, his behavior to his student crosses the line seemingly for no good reason; it never seemed like he had any cause to treat Neville or Hermione the way he did in many of those situations. Pointlessly cruel, and that's what tips the character from 'nuanced' to 'kind of obviously a dick' to me.