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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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            Published on May 4, 2021

            How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

            How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

            They say we are the average of the five persons we spend the most time with. For a minute, consider the people around you. Are they truly who your “tribe” should be or who you aspire to become in the future? Are they really genuine people who want to see you succeed? Or are they fake people who don’t really want to see you happy?

            In this article, I’ll review why it is important to surround yourself with genuine individuals—the ones who care, bring something to our table, and first and foremost, who leave all fakeness behind.

            How to Spot Fake People?

            When you’ve been working in the helping professions for a while, spotting fake people gets a bit easier. There are some very clear signs that the person you are looking at is hiding something, acting somehow, or simply wanting to get somewhere. Most often, there is a secondary gain—perhaps attention, sympathy, or even a promotion.

            Whatever it is, you’re better off working their true agenda and staying the hell away. Here are some things you should look out for to help spot fake people.

            1. Full of Themselves

            Fake people like to show off. They love looking at themselves in the mirror. They collect photos and videos of every single achievement they had and every part of their body and claim to be the “best at what they do.”

            Most of these people are actually not that good in real life. But they act like they are and ensure that they appear better than the next person. The issue for you is that you may find yourself always feeling “beneath” them and irritated at their constant need to be in the spotlight.

            2. Murky in Expressing Their Emotions

            Have you ever tried having a deep and meaningful conversation with a fake person? It’s almost impossible. It’s because they have limited emotional intelligence and don’t know how they truly feel deep down—and partly because they don’t want to have their true emotions exposed, no matter how normal these might be.

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            It’s much harder to say “I’m the best at what I do” while simultaneously sharing “average” emotions with “equal” people.

            3. Zero Self-Reflection

            To grow, we must accept feedback from others. We must be open to our strengths and to our weaknesses. We must accept that we all come in different shapes and can always improve.

            Self-reflection requires us to think, forgive, admit fault, and learn from our mistakes. But to do that, we have to be able to adopt a level of genuineness and depth that fake people don’t routinely have. A fake person generally never apologizes, but when they do, it is often followed with a “but” in the next breath.

            4. Unrealistic Perceptions

            Fake people most often have an unrealistic perception of the world—things that they want to portray to others (pseudo achievements, materialistic gains, or a made-up sense of happiness) or simply how they genuinely regard life outside themselves.

            A lot of fake people hide pain, shame, and other underlying reasons in their behavior. This could explain why they can’t be authentic and/or have difficulties seeing their environment for the way it objectively is (both good and bad).

            5. Love Attention

            As I mentioned earlier, the biggest sign that something isn’t quite right with someone’s behavior can be established by how much they love attention. Are you being interrupted every time you speak by someone who wants to make sure that the spotlight gets reverted back to them? Is the focus always on them, no matter the topic? If yes, you’re probably dealing with a fake person.

            6. People Pleaser

            Appreciation feels nice but having everyone like you is even better. While it is completely unrealistic for most people to please everyone all the time, fake people seem to always say yes in pursuit of constant approval.

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            Now, this is a problem for two reasons. Firstly, these people are simply saying yes to things for their own satisfaction. Secondly, they often end up changing their minds or retracting their offer for one reason or another (“I would have loved to, but my grandmother suddenly fell ill.”), leaving you in the lurch for the 100th time this year.

            7. Sarcasm and Cynicism

            Behind the chronic pasted smile, fake people are well known for brewing resentment, jealousy, or anger. This is because, behind the postcard life, they are often unhappy. Sarcasm and cynicism are well known to act as a defense mechanism, sometimes even a diversion—anything so they can remain feeling on top of the world, whether it is through boosting themselves or bringing people down.

            8. Crappy friend

            Fake people are bad friends. They don’t listen to you, your feelings, and whatever news you might have to share. In fact, you might find yourself migrating away from them when you have exciting or bad news to share, knowing that it will always end up one way—their way. In addition, you might find that they’re not available when you truly need them or worse, cancel plans at the last minute.

            It’s not unusual to hear that a fake person talks constantly behind people’s backs. Let’s be honest, if they do it to others, they’re doing it to you too. If your “friend” makes you feel bad constantly, trust me, they’re not achieving their purpose, and they’re simply not a good person to have around.

            The sooner you learn to spot these fake people, the sooner you can meet meaningful individuals again.

            How to Cope With Fake People Moving Forward?

            It is important to remind yourself that you deserve more than what you’re getting. You are worthy, valuable, precious, and just as important as the next person.

            There are many ways to manage fake people. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.

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            1. Boundaries

            Keep your boundaries very clear. As explained in the book Unlock Your Resilience, boundaries are what keep you sane when the world tries to suffocate you. When fake people become emotional vampires, make sure to keep your distances, limit contact, and simply replace them with more valuable interactions.

            2. Don’t Take Their Behavior Personally

            Sadly, they most likely have behaved this way before they knew you and will continue much longer after you have moved on. It isn’t about you. It is about their inner need to meet a void that you are not responsible for. And in all honesty, unless you are a trained professional, you are unlikely to improve it anyway.

            3. Be Upfront and Honest About How You Feel

            If your “friend” has been hurtful or engaged in behaviors you struggle with, let them know—nicely, firmly, however you want, but let them know that they are affecting you. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, you’ll feel better and when you’re ready to move on, you’ll know you tried to reach out. Your conscience is clear.

            4. Ask for Advice

            If you’re unsure about what you’re seeing or feeling, ask for advice. Perhaps a relative, a good friend, or a colleague might have some input as to whether you are overreacting or seeing some genuine concerns.

            Now, don’t confuse asking for advice with gossiping behind the fake person’s back because, in the end, you don’t want to stoop down to their level. However, a little reminder as to how to stay on your own wellness track can never hurt.

            5. Dig Deeper

            Now, this one, I offer with caution. If you are emotionally strong, up to it, guaranteed you won’t get sucked into it, and have the skills to manage, perhaps you could dig into the reasons a fake person is acting the way they do.

            Have they suffered recent trauma? Have they been rejected all their lives? Is their self-esteem so low that they must resort to making themselves feel good in any way they can? Sometimes, having an understanding of a person’s behavior can help in processing it.

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            6. Practice Self-Care!

            Clearly, putting some distance between the fake person and yourself is probably the way to go. However, sometimes, it takes time to get there. In the meantime, make sure to practice self-care, be gentle with yourself, and compensate with lots of positives!

            Self-care can be as simple as taking a hot shower after talking to them or declining an invitation when you’re not feeling up to the challenge.

            Spotting fake people isn’t too hard. They generally glow with wanna-be vibes. However, most often, there are reasons as to why they are like this. Calling their behavior might be the first step. Providing them with support might be the second. But if these don’t work, it’s time to stay away and surround yourself with the positivity that you deserve.

            Final Thoughts

            Remember that life is a rollercoaster. It has good moments, tough moments, and moments you wouldn’t change for the world. So, look around and make sure that you take the time to choose the right people to share it all with.

            We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so take a good look around and choose wisely!

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