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!