Is it understandable that Snape feels the way he feels? Absolutely. Is it acceptable that his actions in response to his own feelings continually harm others? Not so much.

The point is not that Severus Snape was a monster and no one should ever think well of him. The point is that Severus Snape is not a hero, and wouldn’t want to be called one. He is a man burdened by real demons, who makes the wrong choices, who pays for it with everything that is dear to him. And he’s the one who makes that bed. He knows he has to lie in it, knows that’s what he earned for himself, and that’s why he does everything in his power to make it right.

It’s what makes Severus Snape such a mesmerizing character in the first place. He doesn’t want to be coddled by anyone who feels for him, who wants to ease his pain. He would probably feel pretty awkward about Harry using his name to christen one of the Potter brood. Severus Snape doesn’t need pity because he’s not meant to be pitied—the owning of his failures are what make him exceptional.

And that is far more interesting than being a martyr any day.

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I felt this was relevant due to the drastic vilification, and martyrization on the other side, of Snape that has been occurring recently.

(via dracodrawled)

krystalrneth:

U know you’ve grown up when you don’t find the same people on YouTube funny anymore

Literature Meme: (3/10) Prose
Le Petit Prince / The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince  is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid.

The story is philosophical and includes societal criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world.

Though ostensibly a children’s book, The Little Prince makes several profound and idealistic observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth.

The story’s essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. (“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”) (x)

rachgeller:

Friends season 2

I’m in the shower and I’m writing a song, stop me if you’ve heard it. My skin is soapy and my hair is wet, and ‘tegrin’ spelled backward is ‘nirget.’”

ET