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Why Severus Snape Is Seemingly Evil But A Great Man To Love

Why Severus Snape Is Seemingly Evil But A Great Man To Love

Even though I believe that this extraordinary man doesn’t require an official introduction, I came to realize that not everyone is in love with the Harry Potter series as I am. He goes by many titles – a Muggle-Born, a Slytherin, the Half-Blood Prince, a Death Eater, a professor, a man who’s bitter and spiteful, and a loyal man in love. This is how I see him.

1. He Is Powerful

01 Potions Master

    In the beginning, we get to know Severus as a great Potions Master. He’s obviously extremely talented and very aware of it. As the story reveals itself through the books, the fifth one, “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix”, tells us another two quite distinguishing skills this troubled professor has – occlumency and legilimency.

    For those who are less familiar with the HP dictionary, when a wizard develops these particular powers, he’s capable to close his mind from foreign attacks and even enter another and basically read it. Finally, the whole series shows us how “enthusiastic” Severus is about the Dark Arts by his constant efforts to finally become the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.

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    If there’s something that the HP series taught us, as far as I’m concerned at least, it’s that power comes with great responsibility. This set of skills is quite brilliant and it was up to professor Snape to decide whether he will use them for good or bad.

    “But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible! Yes. But great.” – Mr. Ollivander about Lord Voldemort to Harry in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

    Although this gifted wandmaker was talking about Lord Voldemort here, I believe that we can apply this quote to Severus, as well. He would be magnificent on both sides, and we can feel rather fortunate that he chose the good one. However, the amount of his power often led us to think that he just might not do that in the very end.

    2. He Is Mysterious

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    02 Protective

      If we neglect his dark and sudden appearance, it’s still difficult to discover professor Snape’s intentions throughout the HP series because of that veil of mystery he’s constantly covered in. The first book, and the movie accordingly, shows him as the main suspect who seems to go after the Sorcerer’s Stone, that gives immortal life to the one who possesses it.

      Although the third book sheds a bit of light on his character, because he jumps in front of a werewolf in order to protect the protagonist trio – Hermione, Ron and Harry – he still has an awful desire to give Harry’s innocent godfather to the authorities. Be that as it may, Dumbledore gives him a crucial part in the Order of Phoenix, when he once again confirms how he trusts him completely and allows him to act as a spy.

      All this trust we came to put in him, just as the characters did, crumbles into the ground when he kills the greatest headmaster that Hogwarts had ever seen, Dumbledore himself. Unfortunately, his intentions weren’t clear until the very end, when everything is explained to Harry and us, the anxious readers, in one of the final chapters when Harry uses the Pensive – a smart little object that can revive memories – to find out the truth about how professor Snape never stopped loving his mother.

      3. He Has His Mind Made Up

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      03 Spiteful

        There are many things Severus teaches us, but being indecisive isn’t one of them. The first three parts are very clear about how much professor Snape hated Harry’s father, James, but not until the fifth book did we get to realize why.

        During Harry’s occlumency lessons, he seems to manage to penetrate Severus’ mind and accidently sees a couple of disturbing memories when Severus is at Hogwarts and he’s being, well, bullied by James, Harry’s father, and his friends. That’s also when we catch a glimpse of Severus’ fondness for Lily, Harry’s mother.

        I can’t bear to imagine having this terrifying internal battle. Harry’s resemblance of his father made professor Snape despise him and make him suffer throughout the series, but he also felt responsible and eager to protect their whole family when the prophecy found its way to Lord Voldemort’s ears. And not only then – when he came to Dumbledore and begged him to protect him and that failed, he remained in Hogwarts as a permanent teacher, and protected Harry until the very end.

        4. He Is Flawed

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        04 HBP

          Although J.K Rowling described professor Snape’s appearance as a shadow that lurks in the dark, a powerful incarnation of magic, he is only human – and a flawed one for that matter. He’s not quite capable when it comes to showing facial expressions, except maybe when he’s expressing disgust at the sight of Harry, but he has very strong emotions that enabled him to visualize his goals and eventually accomplish them.

          This fact brought Severus’ character closer to me as a reader than anything else. As the HP series progressed, professor Snape gradually became a person, not someone untouchable, distant and inexplicable. He’s capable of love and hate, of bravery and patience, spitefulness on the other hand, but also being driven and determined, which kept him going the whole time.

          5. He Is Loyal

          05 The End

            Severus is not black or white, or necessarily good or evil. This is probably one of the greatest dilemmas I head with this layered character J.K Rowling so skillfully created; I was absolutely sure that Severus is unquestionably loyal – but I wasn’t sure where his loyalty lies.

            Before the series ended, there were so many different theories that could point to one or the other, and both sides had strong arguments that couldn’t be so easily disputed. Even now, when the Second Wizardry War at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ended, there are still confronted sides about this issue.

            Nevertheless, this is my humble way to pay tribute to two great men, Severus Snape and Alan Rickman, who both left a great void in the Wizarding World. Both of them will have a special place in my heart – always.

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            Last Updated on September 18, 2020

            13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

            13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

            For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

            “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

            “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

            Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

            You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

            Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

            1. Take a step back and evaluate

            When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

            1. What is the problem?
            2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
            3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
            4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
            5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

            Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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            2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

            If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

            At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

            Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

            3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

            Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

            4. Process your thoughts/emotions

            Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

            1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
            2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
            3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
            4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

            5. Acknowledge your thoughts

            Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

            By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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            Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

            6. Give yourself a break

            If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

            7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

            A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

            Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

            After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

            8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

            As Helen Keller once said,

            “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

            Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

            9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

            In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

            1. What’s the situation?
            2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
            3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
            4. Take action on your next steps!

            After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

            10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

            A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

            Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

            For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

            11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

            No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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            12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

            No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

            13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

            There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

            After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

            Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

            Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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