Well, anon, assuming by “them”, you mean Severus and Harry, it started four years ago on a late night in my dorm room. I had just gotten into Black Butler and ended up writing my first ever fanfiction for Ciel and Sebastian. After writing that, I had a craving for more slash. Didn’t matter who or what fandom, I needed more slash in my life. I was already an avid Naruto and Sasuke fangirl, but I needed more. So what did I do? I google searched “Harry Potter fanfiction” and I came across a writer by the name of Arsenic Jade. She had an entire archive dedicated to her Potter fiction, which included pairs like Severus Snape and Hermione Granger, and Lucius Malfoy and Harry Potter, and (naturally) Severus and Harry. It was a story by the name of “Compromising Positions” that sealed my fate. After being in the Snarry fandom for so long, jade’s works are mediocre compared to Legends like Cybele and RaeWhit, but I hadn’t known any better back then. I thought it was gold, it was amazing.
I was super depressed with my life, my mother didn’t accept me being a lesbian and didn’t like my girlfriend, putting it nicely. I was failing college and skipping class altogether. I was harming myself by over eating and other issues I had at the time. I barely recognized myself because of the self esteem issues and love/hate relationship with my mother, who was supposed to be my support while I was away from home for the first time, and I felt truly alone.
At 5 in the morning one day, after crying my eyes out from the stress I had been feeling, I stumbled on a story called “The Boy Who Lived A Bit” written by Barbarella (( http://www.walkingtheplank.org/archive/viewstory.php?sid=719&warning=4 )) and I read that story so many times that I know it by heart, to this day. I laughed, I cried, I was able to escape.
Then, I read Cybele’s “If You Are Prepared”(( http://www.walkingtheplank.org/archive/viewseries.php?seriesid=29 )) and I crumbled. My girlfriend didn’t understand why I called her sobbing so hard. I couldn’t control myself, it was written so beautifully and captivating that I just shattered.
I ended up dropping out of college to live with my girlfriend, which my mom didn’t like and decided to drop a bomb on her family. I ended up getting kicked out and decided to stay with my father. When times got rough, I turned to my favorite author, RaeWhit, to keep me distracted with wonderful stories. Mixes of angst were my favorite. “Filtered Past Boredom” (( http://archiveofourown.org/works/92158/chapters/125682 )) and “Second Best” (( http://archiveofourown.org/works/42455?view_adult=true )) are just a few of my favorites from RaeWhit, and I am forever grateful to her and I honestly feel that if it weren’t for her stories, I would have gone insane back then.
Which brings me to where I am today, a 23 year old Snarry fangirl who has published a few Snarries of my own (( my favorite- http://archiveofourown.org/works/936969 )). I will continue to ship them probably well into old age and death.
So, anon, what I have done is provided you with several examples of the dynamic of a relationship between Severus Snape and Harry Potter. I know for certain you inboxed me with malintent, but the bottom line is this: it doesn’t matter why I ship them, I just do. Just like people ship Drarry, Snamione, and other ships— someone has written fanfiction that was amazing enough that other people read it and say, “hot damn, what a show.” And it works.
What you have to realize is that, in fanfiction, nothing else exists. Not the fandom with the negativity, not judgemental people who think it’s gross, wrong, or pedophillic. Fanfiction is fiction, and people go looking for fanfiction for all kinds of reasons. Just like people write fanfiction for all kinds of reasons. What you can do is read a few I’ve decided to share with you and see for yourself what you think about the dynamic, and stop falling in with popular opinion and judging it without trying it. Because if you hate something without trying it, how do you know you really hate it? Do you just look at a person in real life and hate them by looks alone? Or are you wise enough to peel a layer back and get to know them and then make a judgement on their character?
If you hate someone or something based on looks or hearsay, that would make you very ugly on the inside, and I don’t like ugly people.
Thank you for your time,
I don’t read pedophilia ewIf that’s all you can say after reading this, then you missed the point. It’s not pedophilia if Harry is an adult, which you’d know if you bothered to read a few.
It doesn’t matter if he’s an adult. Snape was a supervising figure over Harry as a child that is pedophilia-like and simply inappropriate as well as abusive and problematic. Abusive and problematic also because of how Snape treated Harry. I would never subject myself to such disgusting reading material I have better things to do with my time. I do find it mind-boggling that people love talking about how abusive things like Twilight are yet ship things like snarry, snamione, dramione, Snily, etc.
Of course it matters if he’s an adult. It is only paedophilia if someone is under-aged. Moreover, according to Wikipedia “As a medical diagnosis, specific criteria for the disorder extends the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13”. At any rate, if both are above the age of consent, it is most definitely not paedophilia, and it’s also legal.
As for problematic. That depends, each writers chooses to tell a different story. “Snape / Harry” is not intrinsically problematic and while Snape might have legally been a “supervising” figure, he was in no way a parental figure, so when meeting again as adults, things really could go either way. Every writer will write the story a different way and some choose to deal with the problematic or abusive aspects of a relationship, which are valid literature, as long as you are aware that’s what you’re writing / analysing, and some will write a more balanced, healthy relationship, which canon also allows for. You are of course entitled not to like it, or not be interested, but there is no need to put others down.
If you have better things to do why bother criticising other people’s choices. You don’t even know whether it’s disgusting or not because you haven’t bothered to read. So abstain from judgement.
No there is definitely a need to put it down. As a double major in CJ and psych I really don’t need you to tell me the ages for pedophilia. Snape was an authoritative figure over Harry when Harry was only 11 creating a creepy pedophilia-like quality to the relationship. It’s disgusting. And very abusive and problematic regardless of how it’s written. No, the canon does not give room for a healthy relationship. It doesn’t give room for any relationship if you think it does you are delusional. I will definitely give shit to people who glorify abusive relationships get over it.
If you have so many majors, put them to use. It’s only paedophilia (or paedophilia-like, whatever that means) if Snape is attracted to Harry when he is under the age of 13 (and I’d even agree it’s paedophilia-like until he’s at least overage). Any other scenario has nothing to do with paedophilia. Age difference is not the same as paedophilia, even if you met them as children.
Shipping Snape and Harry has nothing to do with glorifying abusive relationships and I’m not delusional but thank you for your professional diagnosis. I’m not saying there aren’t crap writers in the fandom, or people who misunderstand it, or even, possibly, some who romanticise problematic things (which I will personally not read). But all this is not intrinsic to the pairing; there are a number of time travel fics where they are even the same age. And we could discuss it case to case if you bothered to read any. As it is, you’re just basically insulting people based on assumptions and your personal interpretations of canon (let me guess: you love Snape). Well, hurray for you, I guess, what a mature thing to do.
I’m not sure why you are too dumb to read yet you’re on here. I didn’t say it was pedophilia I said it was pedophilia-like because Snape was an authoritative figure over Harry as a child. Also very creepy and disgusting. And my personal interpretation? Are you fucking kidding me? Wow you are delusional. You actually think there is any indication in the books of them being together?! I can’t stand people like you. Not only do you obsess over gross things, you are actually delusional enough about it to pretend it actually happens in the book. And no matter how fan fiction is written, the fact of the matter is that Snape bullied Harry and them being a relationship is extremely problematic. Fan fiction is crap. Based on the BOOKS their relationship is very problematic
Oh goodie, you can swear, that means you must be right.
Let me quote you:
“I don’t read pedophilia ew”
Now let me quote myself:
"It’s only paedophilia (or paedophilia-like, whatever that means) if Snape is attracted to Harry when he is under the age of 13"
Not only did you say paedophilia the first time around, I also included “or paedophilia-like” in my reply. Read it a few times and let it sink in. I’ll take “creepy” and “disgusting” because those are subjective terms and you’re entitled to ignorantly judge stuff you haven’t even read if you’re so inclined, but it still continues to have nothing to do with paedophilia if they are both adults.
Also, do not pretend to know what kind of people I am or what I obsess about. You have no idea who I am, except for this brief exchange in which the only thing you seem to be able to do is call names and jump to conclusions without even giving my posts a decent read.
I did not say the books hint at any kind of romantic relationship between Harry and Snape. I simply said your interpretation of the character of Snape may be different to that of other people in the fandom.
As for “Fan fiction” being crap… I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m sorry that you haven’t discovered the joys of fanfiction, its power, the way it inspires people… or in some cases, like the OP, the way it gets them through a rough patch. But who cares about the OP and her story, right? Because ew.
I sincerely hope your CJ + psych majors don’t mean you’ll end up working with people because man…
^^ this is what I have to deal with. This right here. A+++ reason why I published an answer to this question. #1 reason why I hate this fandom.
How in the hell are we “delusional” for reading fanfiction? Lmao. Do you say that to people who ship Drarry? Or Dramione? Or Nuna (Neville and Luna btw)? Do you even read fanfiction? Jesus Christ.
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im glad god made you.
FUCKING KILL ME I AM SCREAMING IT WORKS PERFECTLY NO MATTER WHERE YOU START?????????????????????//
I think I’ve grown up to be snape from AVPM…
no really, this is me all the time:
and then sometimes I’m like:
but mostly, I run around telling everyone:
and then react to them taking offense to that like:
Sex workers are human beings…. from cam models to strippers to porn stars. It may not be your cup o’ tea (mmm, tea), but it doesn’t give you the right to disrespect or shame them.
Reblogging this again because people think that just because someone is a sex worker, means that they are not intelligent, can’t have normal lives, and treat them like complete shit.
YES WENDY. [x]
He is a rude and disrespectful person and is being given very little press attention for his atrocious behaviour. Whereas Miley is being blasted by EVERYONE for her artistic choices.
Hes not disrespectful he saved life’s thanks to all the haters he could be quitting music. The media is trying to tear him apart.. Look he was only 13 when he got signed. Hes been through a lot just respect that. Hes saving life’s right now and every second of the day. Yeah he can say things but he doesn’t mean them.
Reasons why Justin Bieber is a disrespectful jerk:
- he said rape happens for a reason
- he wrote in a guest book at Anne Frank’s house that he ‘wishes she was a Belieber’
- he gagged and spat out a vegan steak that had been specially ordered for him
- he makes his fans pay tons of money to see him live, when he could easily afford tickets to be priced at like $40 instead of $100+
- he visited a children’s hospital in England and made them clear a space for him because he didn’t want to sit with the sick children. He stayed for 5 minutes while the cameras were rolling, then left without so much as a ‘thank you’
- he attacked a photographer at said hospital
- he peed in a restaurent kitchen
- he faked a really bad asthma attack, made his security guards call the paramedics, when they arrived he laughed his ass off and his people payed everyone to keep quiet about it
- he called a car to take him to the mall, then sent it back because he didn’t like the colour. he went to the mall and stayed for 5 minutes before leaving and saying it was the shittest mall he’d ever been to
- he got banned from Disneyland for punching Goofy
- he showed up to his own concert 2 hours late on a school night and then refused to give an explanation
- he is quoted as screaming ‘fuck bill clinton’ and attacking a cameraman, who is suing
- his mother is quoted as saying she ‘hopes he’ll mature soon’
- he spat on an old man’s face
- he threw a temper tantrum in a theatre because he was told he couldn’t bring his subway sandwich in because it was against the rules. he made a huge mess of the theatre and had to be carried out by bodyguards kicking and screaming that they were all worthless monkeys
- he showed up at disney unanounced and demanded that an entire restaurent be cleared so he could eat there, although people had had their reservations booked for months.
- he laughed at and told a woman in a bikini at a hotel swimming pool that she looked like a beached whale
there’s no point in trying to defend him, his actions are disrespectful and wrong and there are no excuses for them
reblogging again bc this^
whose lives are being saved by Beiber seriously?
also, for the argument that he was 13 when he was signed and that he’s acting out because “he never got a childhood”… Daniel Radcliffe was in Harry Potter, one of the biggest movie series ever, and he was 12 when the first movie came out. You don’t see him, Rupert Grint, or Emma Watson doing stupid shit like this.