Lupin literally coached Neville about the whole boggart-Snape (it could have easily been his grandmother, but I'm not sure how reliant that statement is seeing as I can't remember a source so take it with a grain of salt) And as a counterargument-why isn't Harry's boggart Voldemort then? After all that should have been his biggest fear ever considering he's not only orphaned but so far the past two years at school Voldemort's attempted to kill him, so you can't even use the excuse of "Well he was a baby he wouldn't remember him" because that exact line can be said for Neville. We don't know what age he lost his parents but we know he was young when it happened.
That part annoys me a lot. You can hate Snape, nobody is saying you can't but its a little frustrating when nobody wants to take canon into account (again like how you bring up on how Snape only cares about Lily and not James, but then you backpeddle with "well I can understand why tho" you forget that James horrifically bullied Snape and exposed/stripped him in front of others. That's sexual assault by all means, its not any less traumatizing just because Snape is a dude) and secumsempra?? That was ONE dark spell that was genuinely harmful, and if you were regularly being ganged up 2-on-1 you'd want a defensive spell that goes "Hey FUCK OFF" and we even see Snape use it on James in Snape's Worst Memory, and James didn't go down dying of blood loss, Harry was a dumbass who fucked around with a spell FROM HIS PERSONAL BOOK that I'm sure Snape never intended to get out of his possession in the first place.
Speaking as someone who was severely bullied (because god forbid disabled gays be allowed to exist) I don't blame Snape at ALL for inventing that spell. When the people who are attacking you fight dirty, there's no honor in fighting back nicely, especially when they intend to physically harm you as much as they can (as noted when Sirius literally tried to murder/severely him at sixteen and no, James did not save him out of the goodness of his heart, he saved him to prevent Sirius and Lupin from getting in serious trouble as noted when James still continued to harass Snape well into seventh year, as noted as Lupin "it was a..special case". If you're going to try and blame Snape by saying that he shouldn't have been out of bed, neither were the other Marauders, and already being bullied and hoping to catch your bullies up to no good doesn't deserve death/being turned into a werewolf.)
yes, Snape did bad things, nobody is denying that, but my issue is when you're not taking canon into account and exaggerating certain key points to make him worse than he is and its annoying when you've decided to place this in the Severus Snape tag instead of just keeping the tags to anti-Snape, we KNOW already.
Another thing that is a big head shake is the racist bit. A more appropriate comparison would be classism, not everything is centered around an American view, you know, and given Snape's own blood status it wouldn't even make sense regardless.
I adjusted the racist bit as well as the general tag. It now only says anti severus snape.
And I can sympathize with getting bullied, really, I can. I recently came out as bi and let me tell you, the gay propaganda laws only make things 200 times worse then they would be elsewhere. But Snape shouldn’t have created the spell, because even if he wasn’t going to show anyone, he wouldn’t have created it without at least subconscious intent to use it. Besides, wasn’t he the only one that knew the counter curse? If he used it on someone they would died from blood loss.
And Harry and Neville are different. At that point Harry’s already given up on having a semi normal life, and with Voldemort at the center of it, he can’t exactly fear him if he’s given up. Neville still has a normal life. At Hogwarts at least. Also, about Lupin coaching Neville through it, he only chose Neville to go first because Snape told Remus, in front of the class, that Neville wasn’t very capable at magic. It may have been true, but he could’ve said it behind closed doors.
Also, I’m not even American (why did you assume I was? I’m honestly offended). I’ve been to America three times and one of those times I was a baby so I don’t know if that even counts. I’m Russian.
And yeah, James and Sirius were way out of line, I’m not excusing what they did to them and I’ll always harbor a little hatred for what they did (especially the whole tricking Snape into facing a werewolf on the full moon bit). But from what I’ve gathered (this is just what I, personally, have seen in canon (books, not movies)), Snape was harassing them almost as much as they did him.
Besides, Snape created levicorpus so how would they even know the spell if he hadn’t used it on them or someone else? Doesn’t excuse to borderline sexual harassment, I know.
I’m not excusing anyone’s actions. I’m just saying why I don’t like Snape. That’s all.