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kittylefish 2009.01.22 - 01:27PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
this is so sad. i really appreciate this glimpse into what it must have been like for snape as a young man, taking on this horribly difficult job. you've done an amazing job of illuminating what his feelings might have been.

Author's Response: Thanks, it was not a fun one to contemplate.

Trickie Woo 2009.01.08 - 04:12PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
I agree with this: "the betrayal is that Dumbledore allowed Slytherin to become (stigmatized as and separated as) the house of evil". I also agree with you about his morality, that didn't come until he realized what he had gotten himself into when he joined the Death Eaters and his consciouence started to develop. His conscience and his morality were hard won and he (unconsciously, I think) prized them because they are what made him a worthy human being. That was the only semblence of dignity and respect he had from the world. No one else repected him or acknowledged his dignity or his integrity until it was too late, he was already dead by then. I don't agree with Rowling, even without the threat to St. Lily he would have seen the evil and turned from it because he didn't want to be a part of it. Dumbledore's biggest betrayal was knowing that Snape hated that evil, but still he made him go back and face it and be forced to participate in it. I feel that Rowling's ego doesn't realize what her id has created in Severus Snape, her conscious mind is in denial that Snape is the most epic and romantic hero created in many, many years. Thank goodness for Snape fan fic writers (even the ones who write SS/HG, a category I hate), they have recognized his heroism and the romance of it and went on from there.

Author's Response: Actually, according to Voldie all but four of his followers were happy to see him gone as of the Godric's Hollow fiasco--why else would they never have looked for him? Severus, though... have you read Rex Luscus's "Snape's Supposed Great Love"? Talks about how (the thought of) Lily led him to virtue, but Severus was the one doing the slogging. Also some great discussions on Snapedom....

johnbly341 2009.01.05 - 07:27PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
Though canon might not be nuanced your stories always are and, because of that, are a true pleasure to read. I often finding myself coming back for a second reading to see what layers I might have missed in the first reading.

Author's Response: Thank you! I like the stories I can reread and find more in--and I might mention I sometimes find things that reviewers say that I hadn't realized I'd put in there, a reason besides ego-gratification to like reviews.

Trickie Woo 2009.01.05 - 03:40PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
Severus Snape was betrayed from the moment he was sorted, actually I think he was first betrayed at conception. The sorting hat was considered infallible, it was almost a god to them and I feel it must therefore have known what was going on with the purebloods, and especially what a threat Tom Riddle was. No matter what his personality or predilection, the hat knew he was a half blood and should never have sorted him into Slytherin, I think he was just as much a Ravenclaw. That was the first betrayal by Rowling and he was betrayed again and again by the author and the characters, both dark and light, until the final betrayal in the Shrieking Shack by Rowling. He was the one truly moral character in the whole series, he realized his sins, confessed them, repented them, and atoned for them for the rest of his life. I think he would have done that even without St. Lily because he was the only one who displayed a conscience and the capacity for feeling guilt. He didn't betray them; life, Dumbledore, and 'He Who I Find Most Tedious & Tiresome' betrayed him.

Author's Response: I think, myself, that (though Severus was certainly intellectual enough for Ravenclaw)the hat did right to put him in Slytherin--the betrayal is that Dumbledore allowed Slytherin to become (stigmatized as and separated as) the house of evil. But yes, everyone betrayed him--as, on a level, the double-agent role Dumbles forced him into required him to betray everyone. (Look if Minerva & Hagrid didn't feel betrayed by his murder of Albus!) I agree that I felt betrayed by JKR's treatment of him, and that I trust his morality(as an adult) more than any of the other Potterverse characters. I also think he came by his morality very hard.... JKR, of course, has said that Snape would never have repented w/o the threat to St. Lily--but since she wrote in the Voldie rebirthing scene that ALL the Death Eaters (except 4: BC Jr. and the Lestranges)were accused of having been happy to (as they thought) been rid of Voldie by his first death/defeat, I can't see why Severus would have been an exception. Thanks for your review!

morgaine_dulac 2009.01.05 - 02:44PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
Wow, very intense, very good! Thanks for sharing. /M

Author's Response: I'm glad you found it good. It was intense to write.

star_girl 2009.01.05 - 02:38PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
This was fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.

Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing!

Rose of the West 2009.01.05 - 02:36PM 1: Too Long a Sacrifice Signed
That's quite a perspective of a time that we don't have much information about.

Author's Response: Thanks! Hope you enjoyed--if enjoy is the word I mean.

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