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I am of course not actually doing anything. Why am I so lazy? WHY?

I have been poking around on HP Lexicon, however.

This essay is fascinating, although I think she draws perhaps too many conclusions (I mean, can we really say that Terry Boot must be an evangelical Christian by his name alone?) and it was written pre-HBP:

And this essay is seriously in denial:

I also listened to this bit of interview with JKR:

So… Snape falling/having fallen in love is a Very Significant Question, and has something to do with a redemptive pattern, and will all be explained in Book 7.

To which I say, therefore, Snape is not evil. Obviously.

I'm sort of worried that I want Snape to be on Harry's side in the end so much. I really will feel let down and betrayed if he turns out to be a loyal Death Eater, or, more likely, an utterly amoral Slytherin opportunist. It certainly isn't that "oh, there must be good in everyone" sentiment. Snape is a nasty, bitter, unpleasant person. I had him for a quartet coach once, actually, and it was a horrible experience. On the other hand, being a loner and hating everyone I meet I can identify with. I think it would be pushing it more than little a bit to say that I want Snape to be redeemed because that will prove that I can be redeemed too: I don't really think I'm in need of redeeming.

I suppose it's because he's a fascinating character -- the most interesting character in the whole series. He's also a tortured and angst-ridden character: I like those, too. And I'm a naive romantic this way. I don't find the Evil Side attractive because it's rebellious and edgy and alternative: in fact, Slytherin-apologists, wannabe Death Eaters, and Voldemort-adorers kind of bother me, because I am not really a moral relativist that way. There are things that are wrong, and torture, murder, and tyranny are rather high among them. I don't wear teeshirts that say "Voldemort Votes Republican" and "Bush is a Death Eater" because I like the Republicans. Evil that is glamorous and lives in a mansion and can trace its ancestry back 700 years is still evil. I must retract some of this: there is something attractive and exciting about the DEs. I suppose danger is thrilling, and absolute power, and charismatic and cruel leaders who are as likely to torture their subordinates as their "enemies" have some sort of draw. Hierarchies are exciting things. I've always been fascinated with hierarchies, and who has power over whom. I still am. For me, this is all the same pull that fascism has: so simple, so powerful. The power, I think, is the main thing. But, I believe that we can do better than that. I am a child of the Enlightenment; I can recognize that this sort of primitive power-structure and I can fight against its attraction.

I can see this in Snape, as well. He was a sort of twisted idealist, I think; when he was in school, the old, shadowy darkness must have seemed more meaningful than the bright-lit cheer of egalitarian New Hogwarts represented by Dumbledore. But if the darkness is more exciting, the light is preferable for actually living. I want Snape to realize this, or to have realized it. It's all very well for Barty Crouch to be deluded; Lucius Malfoy, in spite of his name, has a stake in the hierarchical power-driven world. But Snape… he invents his own spells; he makes potions: creates things. There is an element of knowledge to his character, and an intellectuality that means he should be able to realize how worthless the vision that Voldemort presents is.


Oct. 14th, 2005 03:53 pm
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So, contrary to what it may have seemed, that last post was not made because of any connection between Severus Snape and Severus Bishop of Melevis. However, while we're on the subject…

St. Severus of Treves
A missionary of Gaulish descent who seems to have lived slightly after Augustine, his feast day is October 15 (tomorrow).

St. Severus of Avranches, who lived a few hundred years later in Normandy. His feast day is February 1, and his patronage(s) seem to involve clothmakers and -workers and those who suffer from migraines.

This last should not be confused with Severus of Ravenna, who was a weaver himself, until he was miraclulously elected Bishop of Ravenna in 382, and whose Feast is also February 1.

St. Sulpicius Severus was made the Bishop of Bourges in 584. His Feast is January 29. He is notable for writing a Life of St. Martin of Tours

St. Severus the Prebestyr is an Orthodox saint whose feast day is June 27. He brought a man back to life long enough to give him the last rites. This would seem to be the same story as that of Severus of Androcca, who is celebrated on February 15.

Severus of Barcelona was martyred by Visigoths in 633. His Feast is November 6, and he is also known as Severus of Rome.

St Severus of Antioch, also known as St. Severus the Great, was the Patriarch of Antioch during the early sixth century, and formulated a lot of very complex theology which apparently is integral to Eastern Orthodox Christology. His Feast is celebrated (at least in the Syrian Orthodox Church) on the Thursday after the tenth Monday before Easter Sunday.

Emperor Septimius Severus effected many reforms in and brought stability to the Roman Empire, ruling from 193-211 AD.

Alexander Severus (ruled 222-235) was a more or less well-meaning but ineffectul wimp, who was killed by his own soldiers when he tried to buy off the enemy rather than fight them.

Severus II, or Flavius Valerius Severus, was a late emperor who only held the title for a year (306-307). There was a two-emperor system going on anyway, and a civil war on top of it all. He tried to seize power and basically failed.

Libius Severus, nicknamed Serpentius (now that's interesting!) was a "Shadow Emperor" from 461 to 465: a puppet of the patrician-barbarian powers that actually held sway in Rome.

More peope named Severus )

Severus: a perfectly good Roman name that probably won't be getting revived any time soon.

Here is a site about St Augustine's very good friend (as we saw below) Severus of Milevis
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It comes to my attention that this journal has been severely neglecting two of its favorite subjects.

I don't think that Snape is evil, I really don't.Some more about Snape )
So, that was a rather long digression. The point I wished to make was that I definitely espouse good!Snape. I also, as is very clear, am a partisan of Richard. I don't believe that he was evil, either. In fact, I've made some comparisons between Richard and Snape in this very journal. But, really, all of those comparisons relate to my perceptions of the characters, not to the characters themselves. Snape and Richard, as I see them, are very little alike, if at all.

The similarity, however, is between an ambiguous to evil Snape and what we might call evil!Richard or Shakespearian!Richard.

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;
Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.

Couldn't this be Snape speaking just after Voldemort's first fall? Everyone's celebrating, everyone's cheerful and happy and relieved. Dedalus Diggle is sending up shooting stars in Kent, etc. etc.

Click for continuity )
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

This is Snape exactly. He's been tolerated as long as the war was going on: he was useful, as a spy. But no one really liked him. He didn't really have any friends. I doubt whether anyone in the Order really trusted him to begin with. Assuming they even knew he was one of them. And, certainly, no one is going to be inviting him to any celebrations. He's bitter, he's angry, he's hurt, but he's too proud to admit that he's been slighted. So he mutters to himself, all alone, in the shadows.

So I've been putting a fairly benign spin on it so far. Really, you could read the connection as describing an evil Snape. Look at the whole play. Look at the next line: "Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous." This is Snape who has tricked his way into Edward's Dumbledore's good graces. He's playing the loyal supporter as long as it furthers his own desires for power. No, I am not suggesting a correspondence of plot. Even as far as character, Voldemort is a more suitable match for his Richard. But I am interested in Richard and Snape. When they are both evil, they are not dissimilar.

Oh, and, incidentally, Snape Castle (owned and possibly inhabited by Richard), is fairly close to Hadrian's Wall, which was repaired by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in the City of York.

Today has been a fairly good day. In spite of my forgetting my Latin notebook and having to sprint back to my dorm to get it. That was actually okay, because I did it in five minutes, actually making it back into the classroom before the professor arrived.

ramblings about latin )
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Examine this, if you please.

Yes, that's right. Snape Castle. But that's not all. Snape was the property of the Neville family until the 16th century.

No, that is not the connection I'm making. (Though it is interesting. More proof that Neville is going to get the DADA job (ie the Snape patrimony)? You heard it here first!)

You may or may not remember that after Richard "the Kingmaker" Neville died at Tewkesbury, his extensive lands were divided between his daughters. The younger daughter, Anne, married Richard of Gloucester and brought the northern Neville properties with her. Richard became Lord of the North, where he governed very competently, kept the border relatively peaceful, etc. etc. Middleham, which is not far (I believe) from Snape, was his favorite castle; the North was where he felt most at home.

In other words: Richard III quite probably stayed in Snape Castle at some point in his life. He definitely owned the place.

Although my link between the two was primarily based on the ways that theories they spark, the ways they are viewed, and the problems their characters present to me, there does exist a concrete connection as well. Ha.

(If you are confused as to what this is all about, you might examine this recent entry, being ware of HBP spoilers.)
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This Call for Action in regards to Severus Snape will spoil HBP )

In other news, look at this really cool piece of HBP art.


Aug. 11th, 2005 04:49 pm
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So, today, in L&T, we talked about Abu Ghraib, and 'cultural consent.' I wonder about this. When a book or a movie trivializes torture or death -- am I responsible for something like Abu Ghraib if I see it?

And no, it isn't enough to say, "That's the way things are. You aren't responsible if you don't do it. You have the right to see or read anything you want." Because movies/books where such things are used as casual plot devices -- not ones where it is implied that they are okay, mind you -- don't they give the impression, don't they foster the opinion that they're normal? That they're no worse than, oh, anything else, lying, stealing, that they can be rationalized away.

This the danger of romanticizing Death Eaters, I think. Of romanticizing Darth Vader (iharthdarth notwithstanding). Possibly, I shall write an essay about this. On the other hand, I don't think that the perpetrators at Abu Ghraib were the obsessive HP or SW fans who go around rationalizing that kind of stuff.
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First of all, unceremoniously yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] voglia_di_notte:
Harry Potter Character Meme )

So. As some of you know, summer vacation is a time to read and re-read St. Nicholas Magazine, and immerse myself in good, wholesome, Victorian era children's literature.

This is the summer of the Annoyingly Sappy Historical Ballad. My favorite specimen of which was "Crooked Dick." Stop that right now! I know what lewd thoughts you're having! Stop. No. Bad. This is the 1890's. People don't even kiss eachother on a general basis.
Anway, it is moderately cringe-worthy, but actually presents a fairly decent Richard, for a n essentially Shakespearian model. Here it is:
Crooked Dick )
Well. Amusing, n’est-ce pas?

The idea, of course, is that even evil cannot stand up against the innocent trust of a child. Hmm. So, l could not, of course, resist trying one of my own.

And as I had already made the Severus-Richard comparison in a previous entry (not a comparison of character but a comparison of my reaction to the character), I had a logical subject... yeah, spoilers for HBP, I think.

This is an Unabashed Parody )
There, now. Don't you feel like a better person?
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(Okay, so this entry really should be back-dated to July 17th, that being the day on which I finished Half-Blood Prince.)

ENTER ANYTHING UNDER PAIN OF BEING SPOILED MASSIVELY FOR HARRY POTTER (And I don’t care if you don’t care about spoilers, Anna. Don’t read it anyway!)

”Spoilers )

”Defense )


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