Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Posting at HogwartsProfessor: I had initially put up this quote at BabyBlueOnline.org from Wuthering Heights:
“Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you. ” -From Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1818-1848)
But the more I think about Snape’s love for Lily, the more it seems to me to be more than “unrequited” love - though he did suffer greatly. But it seems to me that Snape’s love for Lily was an example of agape love, that he put his own suffering aside (though most often just barely), to protect her son at all costs. In that way, he is more like Sydney Carton - who sacrificed his life for the woman he loved. Heathcliff never does that. Snape is a brooding Heathcliff who does not let his love consume him (though it could have done that), but instead focuses outside himself to protect and help Harry to the very end.
Now we will read the first six with new eyes, as Harry has new eyes in the end. All those times that Snape was staring in to Harry’s eyes may not have been about legimency, but looking at the eyes of Lily - which had to be extremely painful for him. His last dying request to have those eyes look at him and that is the last thing he sees are Lily’s eyes.
Snape has to hide any affection he might feel for Harry from Snape - and so he channels all his hatred of James into that cover. We never, ever, hear from Snape how Harry might be like Lily (and is like her very much). That would just completely give him away. And the fact that Lily was excellent at potions (one wonders if Snape became excellent as well to impress her) and Harry didn’t take it seriously was so frustrating to him. In Potions Class Harry did behave like James - though Snape could never give him room to be any different because to do so, to talk as Slughorn did would have completely give him away. Voldemort never suspected - even after he killed him - that Snape was a spy. Snape successfully carried out his mission - he saved Lily’s son and he never betrayed Dumbledore.