Why is Snape so mean to Harry?

Snape was in love with Lily Potter since he was a boy; they were best friends from childhood and through much of their time at Hogwarts. Eventually, however, Snape began hanging out with the soon-to-be Death Eaters and adopting their beliefs about mudbloods and the superiority of pure-blooded wizards (probably because of his awful experience with his Muggle father). He and Lily grew apart in their later years at Hogwarts because of this. At the same time, Lily began dating Snape's greatest enemy at school, James Potter. James and Sirius Black enjoyed teasing and harassing Snape, partly because he was weird, but also because James had a crush on Lily.

For Snape, Harry is the physical embodiment of Lily and James' love — he reminds Snape that Lily never loved him that way, and that she instead loved his rival. Additionally, Harry looks and acts a lot like James (Snape also says several times that he is "as arrogant as his father").

Finally, I think that Snape is probably also bitter/sad/angry that Lily sacrificed herself for Harry. If it weren't for Harry, Lily could still be alive.

19 Replies to “Why is Snape so mean to Harry?”

  1. ***Spoiler Alert***

    For the love of Lily

    Snape is an interesting character shaped by a life begun with immature love to Harry's mother, Lily, then side-tracked by being placed too soon into Slytherin. 
                          I sometimes think we sort too young…

     said Dumbledore to Snape at one point, musingly.  His philosophical stance was no comfort to Snape who had essentially lost his best chance at a life of love and happiness with Lily, because he was sorted too young.

    The essential trait of a Gryffindor is courage, and as Harry says at the end, he had never known anyone more courageous than Snape.  Snape should have been sorted into Gryffindor but this mistake and his ultimate coming over to the side of good, made him a powerful fit for helping to do the most heroic good. 

    In Slytherin, he lost his tenuous grip on virtue and followed with his peers the allure of evil.    The more time he spent in Slytherin and Lily spent in Gryffindor the more their paths diverged, Snape into darkness and Lily into light.
      He suffered at that point the injury of his greatest loss which he could ultimately only redeem after death.

    His cruelty to Harry is consistent with his need to maintain the appearance of a Voldemort supporter and probably made easier because Harry looks like James Potter, who bullied Snape and took his girlfriend.

    The end of the books reveal how he cared for Harry—-for Lily's sake.

     And Harry named his own son, after him as well and called Snape the bravest man he ever knew. 
    But that is all at the end that we find this out. 

    If we place our unquestioning trust in Dumbledore we must suspend to some degree all the evidence of Snape being evil because Dumbledore trusts Snape.  Naturally, Hermione understands that Snape isn't evil before Harry and Ron. 

    We understand at the end why this couldn't be explained while Snape lived. 

    The decision to give Harry this information had to wait for him to mature and become stronger, braver and wiser.
    Learning isn't at its best when it's learned by rote.
    Dumbledore knew that learning had to be done in part by making an effort to grasp something on your own and trying and failing and trying again.

     In the process of Harry growing up and developing his character we tend to continually dismiss all the evidence that reveal Snape to actually be good.  Because we see it largely through Harry who can't understand the back story throughout most of the books because all of that is a secret.  A secret that is eluded to throughout with little snippets of the past coming together and finally at the end, all the pieces fall into place and we see the underlying connections making a grand and beautiful picture telling and teaching a heart breaking, enduring struggle to a heartwarming end.

    It takes courage to stand up to your enemies, but much more courage to stand up to your friends.   —Dumbledore

    This isn't a perfect fit for what Snape did…he was an undercover agent.
    So he had to stand up to his enemies, Voldemort and his cohorts.  He had to play the part of the enemy to his friends and a friend to his enemies.

    No one knew.   Except for Dumbledore, who was the only one who was in on the deception until it's revealed in hindsight, after his death.

    How much harder it is to live a double life, pretending to be on the side of evil in order to fight it.  Without Snape's seeming friendship with Voldemort, and remarkable skill, a key element in triumphing over evil could not have happened.
    He surely recognized Harry's need to have difficulties to make him strong.  And to stay in character as evil, to maintain his cover, it helped for Snape to seem to despise Harry.  In fact I think he does not really like Harry.  He only does what he does, for the sake of Harry's mother.

    Who saved Harry in the first book?  Snape.

    Who put the sword at the bottom of the pond and whose petronus as a doe, led Harry to the pond?  Snape.

    He helped Harry at a difficult time but took no credit.
      That is courage and kindness in the most difficult form.

  2. Let’s start with why Snape is generally unpleasant. He’s a lonely and bitter man. He was never a merry, social person, and he lost the one person he loves, at least partly through his own poor choices. He develops a friendship with Dumbledore; however, Dumbledore’s failure ever to repose all his confidence in Snape until absolutely necessary makes the friendship bittersweet. While Snape seems to get along with his colleagues well enough, the House System reduces them to frenemies rather than friends.

    Teaching is probably not a profession Snape would have chosen, and Potions is not the subject he would have chosen — not because he dislikes the subject but because he likes it too much to teach it to pupils who often have little aptitude. He probably feels he is casting his pearls before swine. He undergoes an annual disappointment when Dumbledore gives the DADA job to an often questionable candidate. Snape teaches adolescents when he is himself stuck in adolescence. In his determination not to let the pupils bully him, he bullies them with harsh, sarcastic and inappropriate comments. He probably sees in the faces of his current pupils the same expressions he saw in his classmates who ridiculed him. His treatment of his classes is part revenge and part fear of ever showing weakness.

    Harry, of course, is a special case because Snape displaces all the anger he has for James Potter onto Harry and projects James’ personality onto Harry.

  3. First of all, Snape is simply not a very nice guy. I mean, that's pretty clear, right?

    To understand why he is particularly nasty to Harry (and also Neville) look at “The Prince’s Tale” in Deathly Hallows and then re-read “Snape’s Worst Memory” in Order of the Phoenix. When I first read the scene of the Marauders hazing Snape, I thought it was his worst memory because he was humiliated. But once you understand how deeply Snape loved Lily, it's clear that this memory is his worst because it's the moment when he turned on his best friend and irrevocably drove her away.

    Harry had Lily’s eyes set in James’s face; Harry was a living rebuke, a reminder of what Snape had done and what he'd lost. Not to mention to whom he'd lost her.

    And Neville had the audacity NOT to be the Chosen One. If Voldemort had gone after the Longbottoms instead, Lily might not have died — and Snape wouldn't have been directly responsible for his beloved’s death.

    Which is no excuse. None. But that's why.

  4. * Imagine being mistreated from your family for over a decade of your childhood.

    * Now imagine having just one friend whom you can trust and start to feel safe around

    * imagine falling in love with that girl befor eyou even knew what love means.

    **** fast forward a few years ****

    * Imagine you get into a really good school where the love of your life also studies

    * Now imagine having to face a constant bully group of 4 mischevious kids.

    * Now imagine one of those kids starts to hit on your love.

    * Now imagine getting bullied by those bullies in front of your love.

    **** fast forward a few years ****

    * Imagine you loose that girl to your stupid obsession with bad influence

    * Imagine that bully now dating the girl you loved once and still do.

    * Now imagine the girl who was your dream marrying your all time enemy and bully.

    **** fast forward a few years ****

    * Imagine the bully and your love having a child, you're sad but also you think that she's happy so you're content with it.

    * Now considering snape's dark year's persona in miind, Imagine Voldemort planning to kill the bully and his child.

    * Also imagine begging Voldy to forgive your love as she's done no harm to her.

    * Imagine thinking after all this is over, you have nothing to worry but a good life again with the love of your life.

    * Imagine hearing that voldy ends up killing your love of life because of an information you gave to him. and worst of it the child of your sworn enemy lives.

    * Now imagine seeing the child of your bully who looks exactly like his father, who is more famous than his father was in his school years daily as a reminder of the fact that your love is dead and the worst part is it was all you fault.

    **** Now for you question, why did snape hate harry, i think that part you can imagine yourself ****

  5. Snape is just not a nice person.

    He is not a good teacher, in the sense that he plays favorites and belittles certain students constantly. He doesn't really seem to do much explaining; Potions lessons seem to consist of "Here is the recipe for a potion, now make it! Correctly!"

    Now, Snape has every excuse to be a not nice person. He was mistreated as a child. His only friends, except for Lily, were Death Eaters (or even Death Eaters in training), not a group known for kind behavior to anyone, even their friends. And of course he did, through his own stupidity, lose Lily as a friend. And then he lost her to death.

    But, his inability to move beyond Lily indicates that he was not particularly emotionally well-developed.

    I really quite dislike Snape. Yes yes, he is very noble and brave and all that, but he is just not a very nice person. A person in a place of authority over kids should not, no matter the logic behind it, treat anyone how he treats Neville and then treat another kid like he treats Malfoy. People argue that it's all a cover for his double agent work, but it is pretty clear that he truly hated Harry in spite of his efforts to protect him and give him the chance to take Snape's revenge on Voldemort. It is ridiculous that he is unable to move past his hatred of James, Sirius, and Lupin.


  6. Firstly, we nearly always see Snape through Harry's eyes, so we don't get to see much of how he acts towards other people. We know that his Slytherins seem to like him, that Narcissa is fond of and trusts him and that he treats her kindly, that he and Dumbledore seem to be quite good friends. Harry's resemblance to James is "triggering" for Snape, it reminds him of being frightened and humiliated and subjected to a minor sexual assault (James stripped him and displayed his genitals to a baying mob, or at least threatened to), so whenever Harry is around, Snape is automatically tense, unhappy and in a foul mood, making him even more short-tempered than usual. I'm going to paste in here a chunk from one of my essays: bear with me, because it's quite long, but it's much easier to copy it than to have to type it all out again.

    In the first book, Dumbledore suggests that Snape dislikes Harry because of his contorted feelings about James – but this forms part of a conversation in which Dumbledore is, at the very least, being "economical with the truth". Dislike of James may well be a factor for Snape, but we've no firm evidence that it's a major factor.

    He has plenty of other reasons to dislike Harry – a lazy, cheeky student who cheats, lies, steals, copies other people's work and deliberately causes a potentially life-threatening explosion in class, and who begins their relationship by communicating with Ron in class just after Snape has finished making his keynote speech, and then is arrogant and chippy about his own inability to answer three increasingly easy questions. Plus, Snape the Legilimens can probably sense the taint of the Dark Lord which surrounds Harry's scar, without knowing that it's not coming from Harry himself, and even before that first disastrous lesson Draco may well have whined to Uncle Severus, his parents' friend, that Famous Harry Potter was nasty to him on the train. As a Legilimens Snape will also be able to sense Harry's hatred of him and sense that Harry constantly lies to him, but probably without knowing that Harry often has virtuous reasons for lying.

    So, the fact that Snape dislikes Harry is not evidence that his understandable dislike of James is anything more than an additional irritant. When Snape feels that Harry has done a good job during an Occlumency lesson he praises him, in a dour sort of way, and unlike Sirius he isn't at all angry with Harry when Harry behaves sensibly and impartially and breaks up the building fight between Snape and Sirius. This strongly suggests that Snape's primary problem with Harry is that Harry is a bad student: when he thinks Harry has done a good job, he no longer has a problem with him.

    Insofar as his bad history with James makes him more sensitive to bad behaviour by Harry, and more likely to react strongly to it than he might with another student, it's going to be a lot more complex than the "I don't like your dad so I'm going to take it out on you" that powers Hagrid's unprovoked attack on Dudley. As the fanwriter duj puts it, "Harry embodies all Snape's regrets, mistakes and miseries rolled into one." In no particular order:

    ¤ Harry has Lily's eyes in James's face, constantly reminding him that the bully who made his life a misery also got the girl.
    ¤ Harry looks at him with hatred in Lily's eyes – the same hatred he saw in her eyes when she rejected him.
    ¤ Harry hates Potions which Lily loved, and that seems like an insult to her memory.
    ¤ Harry hates Potions even though (according to Pottermore) the Potter family have a long history of Potions excellence, and Harry's failure at the subject seems both perverse and a disappointment.
    ¤ Harry reminds him of his confused and guilty feelings about James, who tormented him, saved him, tormented him again and then died through his fault, and if the bullying by James happened on a very regular basis (as the phrase "relentless bullying" used on Pottermore suggests) then he probably feels a twitch of fear and nausea and humiliation every time he sees Harry. In modern psych-speak, seeing James's face on Harry is probably "triggering" for Snape, it will activate his fight-or-flight reflex, and flight isn't an option when he's teaching.
    ¤ When Harry looks in the Pensieve he appears to Snape to be continuing the bullying by James and carrying it forward into the present day, as if it had never stopped. If James did indeed go on to strip him and display his genitals he will expect that Harry has watched this, and will feel therefore as if Harry has taken part in a minor sexual assault against himself.
    ¤ The fact that Harry is an orphan is a constant reminder of Snape's fault in relaying the prophecy to the Dark Lord, and his failure to put it right by saving the Potters.
    ¤ Harry is the thing Lily died for and because of.
    ¤ Harry's fame as The Boy Who Lived is stolen, it was Lily who was the heroine.
    ¤ Snape has dedicated his life to protecting Lily's child, it's partly for Harry's sweet sake that Snape is stuck in a teaching job he appears not to enjoy instead of pursuing a glittering career in Potions research, but Harry seems Hell-bent on getting himself killed – and the fact that Harry continues to despise Snape even after knowing that Snape is trying to protect him is a slap in the face, a rejection of his efforts to put his error right.
    ¤ Harry was raised by Petunia, and Snape expects Petunia to have taught Harry to hate him.
    ¤ Harry is a Parselmouth who smells of the Dark Lord.
    ¤ Harry is supposedly the best hope for a free world, and for Snape's own survival, but he really doesn't look like he'll be up to the job and has little interest in learning the skills he'll need.
    ¤ Snape's experiences with Lily must leave him fearing rejection, and now he thinks Harry is supplanting him in Dumbledore's affection. Which is true up to a point, except that it's partly guilt because Dumbledore is taking a bigger risk with Harry's life than with Snape's (even though it didn't pan out that way in the end) and not even giving Harry much choice about it, whereas Snape does at least have the option of walking away.

    Harry is very annoying in his own right – any teacher would be annoyed by a student who behaved towards them the way Harry behaves towards Snape – and Snape is a twitchy, excitable person at the best of times. Given the combination of Harry's poor behaviour with the whole extra layer of misery and guilt which he represents to Snape, it's really not surprising that Snape finds him very hard to take.

    On one level, Snape seems especially harsh and cruel, or especially, irrationally jealous of a James-lookalike dating a redhead, when he gives Harry a long series of detentions after the Sectumsempra incident and so prevents him from spending the summer days at the end of sixth year with Ginny. This is especially noteworthy since we know from The Prince's Tale that by this point Snape believes that Dumbledore has raised Harry as a kamikazi sacrifice and that the boy may not have much longer to live. But there are several layers to this.

    To start with, neither Harry nor Draco tells Snape that when Harry cut Draco he was acting in panicked self-defence as Draco tried to Cruciate him. Harry does not allow Snape to see how shocked he was by Draco's injuries but instead behaves in an arrogant self-righteous way, as if Snape is committing an offence by being angry with him for half-killing another student. Harry's apparent lack of remorse after nearly killing a classmate must remind Snape all too horribly of Sirius and James (who also showed no remorse for what they had nearly done, since even though James drew the line at actual murder he continued to bully and humiliate Snape even after having saved his life). Snape must feel that the horror and grief he had felt when he learned of Harry's likely fate had been wasted on an unworthy object, and he may also hope to drive a wedge between Harry and Ginny – red-haired Ginny for whose sake he had clutched at a chair-back when he heard that she had been taken to the Chamber of Secrets – because she is still only fifteen and he is afraid that Harry's private war with Voldemort will get her killed, as it did Lily.

    Nevertheless Pottermore stresses Snape's continuing unwillingness to hurt Harry physically, even when Harry is trying to hurt him. Referring to the aftermath of Dumbledore's death, it says: "… we completely understood Harry's blind rage when he chased after Snape and the Death Eaters. // What was really interesting was Snape's reaction to Harry in the aftermath. Initially he deflected every spell and didn't return fire, rather than jinxing Harry or putting him out of action, which would be a lot easier. Snape only returned fire when Harry persisted in chasing him while taunting him, and even then he used spells to keep Harry down rather than actually injuring him significantly. It must have taken a surprising amount of skill and control to keep Harry at arm's length and out of harm's way."

  7. It is because Snape chose to see James Potter in Harry rather than choosing to see Lily. And his decision to protect Harry was more to redeem himself of the guilt of indirectly being the cause of Lily's death. It is my opinion that though Snape had strong love for Lily, the same couldn't be said for Harry. He saw protecting Harry as only a duty and an obligation but he made sure he fulfilled it until his last breath.

    As for being mean to others, the possible reason may be Snape's childhood and upbringing. But the point to be noted here is most of the contents in the book involving Snape are his interactions with Harry and Harry's friends like Ron, Hermione and Sirius Black. Since he had an inherent hatred towards Harry (because of James Potter), he was mean to him and his friends. But if you concentrate on the smaller parts of the book containing Snape's interactions with Dumbledore, Narcissa Malfoy and the beautiful part at the end of the seventh book with Snape and Lily's friendship (my most favorite part), you wouldn't judge him as an overall mean person.

    Severus Snape is one of the toughest characters to understand in Harry Potter but he is the most intriguing and the one that readers can't help but fall in love with at the end of the book.

  8. There are multiple inter-connected incidents that explain Snape's mean behavior towards Harry:

    • Harry father James had always been very mean to Snape during their school days. James had humiliated Snape publicly on many occasions. As a result, Snape considered James his enemy. Harry's behavior reminded Snape of James.
    • Snape loved Lily with all his heart. But Lily chose James instead of Snape. Harry, being their son, reminded Snape of the fact that the girl he truly loved (and still loves) chose his enemy instead of choosing him.
    • Snape's meanness might actually have been borne out of guilt. It was Snape who had told Voldemort about the prophecy, and in a way considered himself responsible for Lily's death. Snape might have felt guilty that he was the reason Harry became an orphan, and that guilt might have turned him sour from inside. Maybe he wanted Harry to hate him.
    • Generally, the people who are bullied as kids turn out to be bullies themselves when they become older. This might have happened to Snape as well, and might explain why he was mean to everyone in general.
    • Snape was playing a very difficult role of being a spy for Dumbledore. He knew that Voldemort would one day come back, and he had to make sure that he had Voldemort's trust so that he could tell Voldemort's plans to Dumbledore. This tough task required Snape to be extremely cautious at all times. Snape might have wanted to avoid being close to anyone so that he would have no problem hiding his identity. The fact that he was mean to everyone might actually just have been a way to ensure he did not grow close to anyone.

    I personally believe Snape was very good from his heart. The incidents from his childhood and his mission to protect Lily's son had forced him to adopt a persona of meanness. His love for Lily was pure and immortal. A person who is capable of such true love cannot really be as mean as he tried to portray himself.

  9. Snape was someone who never had happiness in his life. He wasn't treated well by his father; he wasn't rich or anything; he was constantly bullied in school; his magical talents (his prodigious potion-making skills and his ability to actually invent spells) were never appreciated. That is one reason why he's always bitter to everyone in general.

    Now Lily was his only source of happiness right from childhood. In fact, Lily is probably the only true friend he ever had in his entire life and probably the only person that he truly loved.

    She eventually married James (the person who bullied Snape the most and the one person who Snape was always jealous of) and had Harry through that marriage.

    From Snape's perspective, Harry is living representation of the fact that Lily chose the one guy he hated the most. That could be the reason he is so mean to Harry.

  10. [Major spoilers]

    Snape is bitter about his life and in particular how things turned out regarding Lily Potter. Snape was in love with Lily and felt responsible for her death. It doesn't seem like he got along with others very well even as a student at Hogwarts. Having Lily's death on his conscience probably made his demeanor even less friendly.

    It is clear by the end of the last book that deep-down he cared for the well being of others, especially Harry. However, Snape was mean to everyone, including Harry, in his day-to-day life because of the inner pain and sadness he felt over events like Lilly's death.

    Below is a summary of what we learn about Snape in the last Harry Potter book:

    In this vision, Harry learns that Snape befriended Lily as a child when they lived near each other. Upon their arrival at Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat placed Snape and Lily into Slytherin and Gryffindor Houses, respectively. They remained friends for the next few years until they were driven apart by Snape's interest in the Dark Arts; the friendship finally ended following the bullying episode that Harry had briefly seen in the fifth book. Despite this separation and Snape's animosity toward Lily's eventual husband James, Snape remained in love with Lily.

    Harry learns that Snape had revealed the prophecy made by Sybill Trelawney (not knowing, at first, that it was referring to Lily and her family) to Voldemort, prompting the Dark Lord to attack the Potters in an attempt to prevent its fulfilment. Though he asked Voldemort to spare Lily, Snape, still fearing for her safety, went to Dumbledore and begged him to protect the Potters. Dumbledore agreed and ensured that they were placed under the Fidelius Charm. In return, Snape became a re-doubled agent for the Order of the Phoenix against Voldemort, using his powers of Occlumency to hide his betrayal from his master. Even with his efforts to protect her, Snape felt responsible for Lily's death when the Potters were betrayed by their Secret-Keeper, Peter Pettigrew. Snape demanded of Dumbledore, however, that his love for Lily (his reason for switching sides) be kept a secret. Dumbledore agreed and he kept the secret for the rest of his life.


  11. Harry is the spitting image of the man that Snapes time as a student a living nightmare.

    Harry is identical to the man that 'stole' his one true love.

    Snape sees all of James's worst qualities in Harry, the arrogance, the disobedience, the belief he is above the laws of mere mortals like him and Malfoy and he disliked Harry because Harry was popular.

    Snape disliked Harry because he and his father were everything Snape wanted to but never could be.

  12. It seems rather obvious to me that it has something to do with Lily… Snape had an obsession with Lily, and the feeling was certainly neutral. It was only when James Potter, who had ironically been Snape's greatest enemy, came along. Snape loathed James for this, an unforgivable crime. Snape's hatred for James was so great that, as we find out in the pensieve in number 7, Snape's only reason for not torturing Harry was because of Lily.
    Dumbledore reminds him that Harry is Lily's legacy and must be treated so. It is Dumbledore's power of persuasion and ability to convince that is the reason that Snape ends up helping and ultimately saving Harry!

  13. Snape was incessantly bullied by Harry’s father, James Potter, for the entirety of his young life. Snape was also obsessively in love with Lily, and when she and James had a child, he was hugely disappointed to see that Harry looked like James, rather than the woman he loved, especially when she was killed by Voldemort. Snape’s hatred of Harry is a misdirection of his resentment towards Harry’s father, as a living reminder that Lily chose James over him.

  14. He was mean to Harry, to Neville, and probably almost every student at Hogwarts except Slytherin. We don't know how his way of teaching affected other students, but Neville could have solved his lack of self-esteem earlier without him.

    Of course the fact that Harry was alike his father didn't help, but a teacher must be a professional and don't let him guide by hates from the past.

  15. Snape hated James. Harry reminded him of James. That is one way to look at it.

    But Snape loved Lily more than he aversed James. Snape was mean to Harry, because he didn't want to show him how much he actually loved him. Infact he loved him so much that all he did ever was for the boy. He died to save the boy.

    Harry had Lily's eyes, how could he not love him? He pretended otherwise. That's the other way to look at it.

  16. I am not quite sure if I am right but I have two assumptions why he is bitter to Harry. The emotion that controlled his actions (in my opinion) was self-hatred, hatred for James and guilt. Snape was bitter towards Haarys as he had hated James as James bullied him and it reminded Snape that it was James Lilly loved and not him. Another reason I thonk why Snape was bitter was due to self hatred. I am not sure if I am right but I think Snape would have been reminded constantly that he was the reason for Lilys death whenever he saw Harry and that would have been unbearable for him. So he would have tried to ease the guilt by blaiming Harry instead of dacing it. The reason why he is bitter to othet, it might be because as he never got proper care from his parents, I think he never learnt to care for others properly. He also is overwhelmed by guilt and hatred which forbade him from being happy or being caring to others. Poor (idiotic??) Snape T_T

  17. He was mean to Harry, because he looked more like his father. Keep it in mind: his father and his friends bullied him. Would you like somebody who had bullied you? Naaaa, I wouldn't. His father was his biggest enemy.

  18. He hates Harry because if Harry was never born then Lilly would not have died, (this is a bit of placing blame that people often do when they are hurt. In actuallity Lilly likely would have been killed during the war since the death toll was so high.)

    He hates everyone else because life sucked and he has poor emotional awareness. It's kind of ironic that the very thing that makes him a great occlumens also makes him an awful person. He struggles with feeling like he belongs anywhere, and he feels like the only people who ever cared about him are Lilly and Dumbledore. Both of whom sacrificed their lives for Harry.

  19. Why is Snape so mean to Harry?

    Well, Snape loved Harry’s mother: Lily. He loved her so much that he went as far as to ask Voldemort to spare her. He loved her so much that he switched sides and worked as a double/triple agent for Dumbledore.

    And she married his high school bully. James Potter. And they had a kid. Harry Potter.

    Snape’s probably wondering why Lily had to die and not Harry.

    Snape’s probably wondering what Lily ever saw in James.

    Snape’s probably missing Lily every time he looks into Harry’s green (blue) eyes.

    Snape’s probably bitter that James got to have a kid with Lily and not him.

    Snape’s probably got a boatload of internal conflicts, some of which bite and snap at him every time he sees Harry.

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