Hermione let out a whimper, her eyes filled with tears, she turned on her heel and ran, ran all the way up the corridor and out of sight."
A little something for all “Snape was a nice dude who was just misunderstood” people to remember (via theresavoidinmypolaroid)
Yes, yes and yes. The full implications of this scene escaped me the first time I read it—hey, I was a kid—but as I got older I realized: this isn’t just Snape being a dick. While it’s already been made obvious in the way he treats Harry and Neville, this scene cements the fact that Snape abuses his students. Any other teacher would love to have a student like Hermione, but Snape has no qualms about being openly racist towards her. And now, with the emotional maturity of a six-year-old, he shows that he also has no qualms about telling an already-sensitive fourteen-year-old girl that he a) doesn’t give a shit that she’s just been jinxed and b) thinks she looks deformed.
You. Son. Of. A. Bitch.
"But he had an abusive father," you bleat, "and he was bullied at school." I do concur. Yes, from what little we know of him Tobias Snape (way to steal the name of my favorite Animorph) was indeed abusive; and we’ve all seen how he was treated at school. HOWEVER, this does not give Snape the right to act the way he does. Yeah, he’s gone through some serious shit, but so has Hermione. Let me talk about Hermione.
It’s explicitly stated that everyone in Hermione’s class has called her a know-it-all at least once, and I doubt that’s a new thing. If we were to get a glimpse of Hermione Granger pre-Hogwarts, we would probably see a friendless girl that everyone hated for her know-it-allness. Hogwarts was a chance for her to start anew, but almost as soon as she arrived she found herself in the same situation, only this time she was bullied for her blood status. All she ever had was her brain. Eventually she found herself some friends, and even then her friendship with Ron could be very tenuous.
Enter looks. Hermione is not introduced as being especially attractive: she has terribly bushy hair and oversized teeth (picture a very bossy squirrel). At one point she tells Harry that she’s been wanting to magically shrink her teeth for ages, but her parents want her to continue wearing braces, and if anyone in history has ever looked good in braces, I haven’t heard about it. She knows how she looks. So this is the state of affairs: everyone thinks she’s annoying; she looks like a rodent; she’s treated as an inferior being just because her parents are Muggles. She knows that she’s smart, but she also knows that this puts her apart from everyone else. Her self-esteem must be on a level with Goyle’s intelligence.
And then comes the above quote, and this time it isn’t just another student harassing her. This time it’s a teacher—and keep in mind, Hermione’s the kind of person who sees teachers as demigods—this time it’s a teacher being an asshole to her, and that’s worse than being picked on by the whole school combined.
Fuck you, Snape. Fuck you.
COMIC FUN FACTS WITH CORZA:
This is not the first time Captain America has been black.
hell, even the role of Bucky, as sidekick to Captain America hasn’t always been a white man.
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