Sometimes i get really bummed out at the misogyny you see in fandom. Like treating Lily like a trophy to be awarded to either James or Snape because they ‘deserve’ her, or the hate Ginny gets for being a smart, athletic, pretty girl or the whole concept that she’s somehow a ‘slut’ (or that, if she were, it would be bad and shameful). I know a lot of y’all are only teenagers but you should really examine your internalized misogyny sometime.
Especially the lack of understanding for Lily as a character in her own right.
This is not to say that I don’t feel for Snape, because I do find his story extremely tragic and heroic, and I understand the motives behind his actions. But the whole scene just creeped me out a bit.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I also find this scene creepy. With their history, it just feels like a giant violation of Lily for him to even be there. At a really basic level it just makes me shudder and think ‘don’t touch, you don’t have any rights to her body’. But in all honesty, what creeps me out most about this is what it has come to represent to me. This moment to me has come to represent how the films pretty much slaughtered the beautifully complex relationship & history between Lily and Snape. There’s always more on the page that could ever make it to the screen, but I get so pissed with the way the meaning of The Prince’s Tale was twisted in the films.
Replacing Sirius finding the Potters first with Snape, downplaying or deleting pretty much every one of his moral failures and shitty actions*, making sure to still include James’ asshole behaviours/moments, and refusing to touch on why Lily chose James (fuck, they didn’t even suggest Lily and Snape weren’t even friends anymore!) is such a manipulation of the story. All I see in this picture is the film trying to shove down my throat “Look at poor Snape. Poor innocent Snape who tried so hard, never did anything wrong, and didn’t even get the girl in the end. And he tried to save her, but now she’s dead. Poor Snape, how heartbreaking this all is for him.”
Well, fuck that, to be blunt. This scene pretty much makes Snape the biggest asshole I’ve ever known to be shoved into the unrequited ‘Nice Guy’ trope. (And LOL @ Snape as a Nice Guy, love him or hate him, we know he was never nice.) When I see this moment, what I see is a perfect example of how so much of the Marauder Era stories were stripped down and reappropriated to cast Snape in a more sympathetic light. And that creeps me right the hell out.
* Even as a DE, there’s nothing about him as a Death Eater but that he turned to Dumbledore when Lily was directly threatened.