man as i’m rereading the entire harry potter series there is one main idea/headcanon that’s been stuck in my brain like a shitty radio pop song
like can you even imagine how very different the series would’ve been if snape had been so horrified at lily and james’ deaths that he turned from the dark side completely and vehemently protested dumbledore putting him with the dursleys? maybe even advocating to be his adoptive parent??
imagine tiny little 11 year old harry walking up to the sorting hat and snape sees him and gets super excited because holy shit that is the spitting image of james and lily and then harry is appropriately weirded out because who the heck is this weird emo guy staring at him from the staff table?
and then snape takes it upon himself to be the most dedicated guardian ever and is basically this weird uncle figure to harry because on the one hand it’s like ‘yoooooooo you and my mom used to be bffs’ and on the other hand ‘omg you SUCK at potions how are you lily’s kid FffFFFFffffF’ and on weekends harry goes to see snape for tea and they break out his old photo albums so severus can regale him with stories of his parents
trying his damned hardest to not bitch about the animosity between him and james
and then in 3rd year when the dursleys don’t sign his hogsmeade permission form severus is all I VOLUNTEER and won’t take no for an answer with dumbledore and can u even IMAGINE the epic pissing matches between severus, sirius, and remus about who harry’s fave uncle is and trying to one-up one another??
in the end harry just shoves them all into the kitchen so he can get a group photo of them sorta cooperating so he can always have all his fave uncles with him
harry coming to severus for the sex talk when he’s thinking about who to ask to the yule ball and severus just freezes and turns a spectacular shade of crimson while mcgonagall nearly chokes on her tea from laughing
harry being stubborn and proud and not letting severus help him with the triwizard challenges and severus is absolutely fuming because how dare someone threaten his
harry finally breaking down and showing severus what the marauder’s map actually is and what it can do but rather than freaking the fuck out at the outright rulebreaking he just yells aHA THAT’S HOW THOSE LITTLE WEASLEY SHITS DID IT
harry being invited to the burrow for part of the summer holidays and molly tries to out-mother him and severus is having none of it so they spend the entire time trying to passive-aggresively make sure that harry is looked after (“he’s my nephew molly!” “well he’s my special guest severus!”)
luna bringing harry to severus after he sees the thestrals for the first time and severus just sighs quietly and asks them to close the door so he can explain
harry spending the majority of the summer travelling the globe with severus and exchanging pop culture references, severus teaches harry about where certain magical music groups originated from and where the best place is to trade chocolate frog cards, and harry dragging severus to the movies to see the avengers and superman and the expendables
everything going downhill when harry introduces severus to star trek and star wars and they end up having epic debates over which series is superior
FLUFFY DOMESTIC ADOPTVIE FAMILY HEADCANONS
just remember that had voldemort picked neville to kill instead of harry and nevile was the boy who lived/the chosen one if neville had that lightening bolt scar severus snape would still be a death eater
it’s not like he thought being a death eater was wrong — it wasn’t until something directly affected him did he reconsider and idk about you but that is not my definition of “bravery” in the slightest
That…is actually a really good point
While I totally get that, I think that’s missing the point a bit.
One is that sometimes it takes hard events to make one realize the truth of a situation. While his decision to change was for incredibly selfish reasons, it was a wake-up call to the choice he had made and the master he had chosen to follow. People make bad decisions, and sometimes it takes extreme events for them to realize their mistakes. He joined for most likely misguided reasons when he was a troubled teenager. And I will point out he didn’t switch because he was scared, he switched because someone he cared about was killed after he specifically asked and begged her to be spared—and he realized that this group or its leader was not what he thought it was. He wanted power and he really didn’t seem to have any.
Secondly, despite the reason for why he switched not being as noble and pure as some people’s, it shouldn’t discount his work he did. He COULD have defected to either side permanently, screwing either side, and it probably would have been the death eaters because that honestly would have been safer than Voldemort going after him and/or being in hiding the rest of the time. OR, he could’ve left both sides and fled, though he would’ve been in hiding the whole time. Instead, under his own guilt and new sense of duty, he stayed a double agent. He doubtlessly suffered endless amount of torture for his efforts, had to do awful things he most likely never wanted to, let alone the mental and emotional hardships. He had nobody to rely on or really talk to, no support system. He only had an immense guilt to propel him in this.
So yes, he only switched because of selfish reasons and guilt. But he didn’t have to do what he did. He had other options. But he chose instead to work to try and assuage his guilt.
Sometimes bravery is for the pure, noble, obvious reasons, like the Golden Trio’s convictions. But it isn’t always so obvious, such as with Neville Longbottom. Bravery doesn’t come with just one setting, and people’s motivations are not always so pure. Snape was not a particularly good man, but it shouldn’t underestimate what he did in an attempt to atone for his mistakes.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, all of the students Professor McGonagall is teaching to dance are Gryffindors. Which means, Hufflepuffs would be taught by Professor Sprout, Flitwick would be teaching the Ravenclaws, and guess who the Slytherins get to waltz with?
“Put ………your hand …………….on ……..my …………….waist.”