Re: Snape's Parents
- From: Louis Epstein <le@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 17:35:40 -0500
DaveD <davedn1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
: "Isengrim" <isengrim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
:> OK, so I'm new here. I just read the books (one after the other) a few
:> months ago. I've since bought the first four DVD's too. Yeah, I now se
:> what the fuss is about. :)
:> One apparent
:> plot hole" does puxzzle me, though. It is shown where Snape's parents
:> fought a lot, and the father was intimidating the mother. Yet Snape's mom
:> was supposed to have been a witch, who married a muggle.
:> How on Earth does a muggle bully a witch?
: Bullying is often more about psychology than physical power.
: One of the things I like about the Potterverse (as I identify with it
: strongly in an allegorical (?) fashion) is the way that despite - perhaps
: even because of - the way the Dursleys tried to "squeeze the magic out of
: him", Harry still ended up being ok, and a good wizard. Now imagine if he'd
: accepted their teachings that magic was terrible and he was evil/ unclean/
: second rate because he was a wizard. He'd probably have little if any
: self-esteem, a bit like Merope.
: Snape's mother may have been similar in that she may have accepted being a
: witch was wrong and so didn't have any self-esteem and/or hated herself in
: which case she'd have been an easy target for an abusive muggle husband and
: probably wouldn't have felt able to fight back; even that she *shouldn't*
: fight back using magic as that would prove how bad she was.
The problem with that theory is that she clearly taught him to aspire
to be a Slytherin,with the attitudes that characteristically went along
with that...quite the opposite of its being wrong to be magical.And who
else would have been the source of his disturbingly-advanced Dark Arts
knowledge when he got to Hogwarts?
It's possible that she had low self-esteem because of being rejected
by Hogwarts boys her age and felt she had to stoop to marrying a Muggle
and beat herself up about that.
I have a hunch she left Tobias as soon as Severus was grown.
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.
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