Date: 08/27/2007 08:30 PM Title: Chapter 1
This one is the hardest for me. I understand that we now know that Dumbledore wasn't perfect and some people do suffer for 'the greater good". But I believe that no matter what was necessary, Dumbledore genuinely viewed Snape and Harry with affection and he would rather have not put them into the positions that he did. There is so much more to explore here; I hope your Snape will come to see that. We also need to realize that everything that happened to Snape was part of his own redemption for the part he played in the death of the Potters. He has done his penance and been revealed to be on the side of the Light to all who would defame him. I think that ultimately, other than that nasty snake bite to the neck, of course, he came out pretty well considering where he could have ended up.
Funnily enough I agree with a lot of what you say. This drabble was actually more about my views of Dumbledore changing so much and my feelings of betrayal essentially. I tried to put myself in the mind of an 11 year old Snape who came to Hogwarts from a disfunctional family and a perhaps abusive father and how he would be looking for a father figure. He would try really hard to find that in Dumbledore. His affections where tested way before he betrayed the Potters, way before he was asked to turn spy. I believe it was first tested when the boys who almost killed him with a "practical joke" got off with little or no punishment. I imagined that had to have hurt a boy who never had anyone stand up for him. So yes, Snape paid for his mistakes by doing Dumbledore's bidding, but there is no denying that Dumbledore used Snape's guilt against him. Does that make any sense?
Can you tell I've put way too much thought into those 100 word stories? Thanks for you reading and reviewing them!