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Why I think the ‘Severus being in love with Lily’ thing in Deathly Hallows is complete bull

Hey guys.

Again, it’s been a while since I last posted; I guess I’m waiting for topics that I know I can write a lot about.  So, even though I finished the ‘Deathly Hallows’ a long time ago, and doubt I’ll read it again- due to the fact that reading it made me cry the whole way through- whatwith the new movie and all, I have gotten back into the fandom ie. reading fanfics, looking at fanart etc.  From the time I read the chapter that detailed Severus’ supposed love for Lily, I didn’t buy it, and now I think I’ve gathered my thoughts enough to explain why.

There is absolutely nothing in the prior books that suggests that Sev was in love with Lily; in fact, after the fifth book, I was under the impression he loathed her almost as much as James.  This seems really out of place since pretty much everything that shows up in the seventh book is hinted at in the previous books.  One of my favourite part of Rowling’s writing is the fact that there were so many little things in the previous books that seemed insignificant enough for the reader to forget but then proved to be important by the end of the series.

So, why does Sev’s ‘great love’ for Lily come as such a surprise? Personally, my thought is that Rowling was halfway through writing DH when she suddenly realised that she still hadn’t given Sev much of a backstory.  So then she decides, why not insert a little twist and say that he loved Harry’s mom all along?  Wouldn’t that be shocking?  Now, I’m not trying to disparage J.K Rowling or anything-I still think she’s a brilliant writer- I just think she did that particular part of the story hastily and poorly.

Now, looking past the fact that the only prior depiction of an interaction between the two is negative, let’s actually analyse the interaction.  The explanation for what happened in the memory is that Severus had just been tortured by the marauders and so was lashing out at the first person he could, namely Lily.  Most people accept that explanation. I don’t.  Not for a second. Here’s why.

The term ‘mudblood’ is considered an extremely insulting, derogatory term in the wizarding world, somewhat similar to the word ‘nigger’ in ours but in some ways worse because whereas some people actually use the word ‘nigger’ as a term of endearment, or ‘cool’ term, the term ‘mudblood’ is always considered offensive in the wizarding world.

So why, pray tell, would somebody who is supposedly ‘so in love’ with somebody else, call them such an abhorrent name on a whim?  Well, somebody might say that he said it out of anger and he didn’t really mean it.  Again, I beg to differ.

Anger is an emotion that, like all emotions, when felt strongly, can loosen one’s inhibitions.  That is to say, anything a person says while angry; that person truly believes at some level.  Another way to explain it is; when people are really angry, they tend to just spout things off, right? So, how could they possibly have time to make anything up?

This is why I think that the fact that Sev called Lily a mudblood belies the fact that at some level, he truly believed she was.  And now, I must ask, how on earth could somebody be as ‘in love’ with somebody as Severus claims to be with Lily in DH, and still think of them as being deserving of a derogatory, offensive name? I don’t believe they can be.  As much as the idea is kind of nice and fits in with the majority of the plot, I just don’t think it’s realistic in the slightest.

So there you have it; my thoughts on why Severus couldn’t have been in love with Lily, or at least, as in love as he suggests he was.

Catch ya later!

-Daine

The name I’ve chosen

Okay, I do have to do some chemistry homework before going to a Yule celebration but Idecided to first make a quick post here.  I said in my last post that Daine isn’t my real name, so I thought I’d give you a little insight as to why I chose that name. 

Daine is the main character in The Immortals quartet, written by Tamora Pierce.  Although she is Veralidaine Sarrasri throughout that quartet, she shows up as Veralidaine Salmalin in the proceeding one.  There are currently three quartets and one series consisting of two books by Tamora Pierce that are placed in the fictional kingdom of Tortall. 

Perhaps one of the things I love about her work is that she keeps the quartets connected; the main character in one quartet will most likely show up once or twice, if not be a constant secondary character in another.  In chronological order, the quartets (and series) are The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, and the Trickster series.  I would strongly recommend books written by Tamora Pierce, she is definitely one of the top fantasy writers of this time.

Now, one of the major reasons I like Daine so much is probably the fact that she has the ability to speak with and shapeshift into animals.  You’ll learn in future posts that I am a big animal lover.  Also though, she has a strong sense of right and wrong.  When she is hunting, she closes of the part of her mind that normally calls animals to her, and in doing so, makes sure that she doesn’t have an unfair advantage over the animals.

So now that you have a better idea on why I chose the name Daine, I will leave you with another hilarious citation from “How to be a Canadian”

“Lunenburg was also the home of the famous Bluenose schooner, as seen on Canadian coins.  What few people realize*, however, is that the portrait of the Bluenose that appears on the 10-cent piece is a life-size rendering.  Understandably, many visitors to Nova Scotia are a bit disappointed when they first see the Bluenose tethered in its harbour”

*I was shocked and appalled to see realise spelled with a z in a canadian book.  I am very proud of the fact that we spell some things differently from americans, e.g. realise, colour, favourite, and hope that those differences remain in tact in Canadian literature.