So, we have now seen into Snape’s worst memory. It’s the one that makes him both furious and super sad. It’s the one that haunts him at night and keeps him thinking ‘what if’ all the time. It’s the one that he just can’t forget, no matter how hard he tries. It’s the one that can’t be undone, no matter how amazing a wizard Snape is.
It’s the one where he lost his best friend…forever.
It’s the one where Lily defended him…and then walked away, fuming.
It’s the memory that proves Harry’s father really is a pompous, arrogant jerk.
Snape has to leave Occlumency because of someone appearing in a toilet and getting stuck…Weasley’s doing, of course. He rushes off, leaving Harry alone in his office, staring at the swirling gas/liquid/neither in the Pensieve. Harry isn’t very good at saying no to temptation…so he does what any boy would do with a teacher they hate. He sticks his nose in the stuff and zooms to Hogwarts several years before…when James, Sirius, Lupin, and Wormtail comprised the wonderful Moony, Lupin, Padfoot, and Prongs of the Marauder’s Map. It’s when they run the school, and everyone stands in awe of them. It’s when they’re kind of jerks and don’t really care about anything except impressing girls and looking as casually attractive as possible.
It’s when Snape is the most friendless person in the entire school.
Except for one thing; Snape’s one and only ‘friend’ [more like ally] is Lily Evans. And the only girl James Potter cares about is L.E. Lily, of course, thinks that James is kind of a jerk. Problem one.
Problem two, James and his friends pick on Snape. Actually…just James and Sirius, because Lupin is ‘studying’ and’ not intervening, and then Wormtail doesn’t exactly know how to do much with a wand…kind of a dunce, that one.
Problem three, Snape calls Lily a Mudblood [high insult, let me tell you what]. James instantly jumps down Snape’s throat; what a jerk!
Lily is defending Snape, who is being hexed galore by James and Sirius, and Lily jumps in.
“Leave him alone…What’s he done to you?”
“Well,” said James, appearing to deliberate the point, “it’s more the fact that he exists, if you know what I mean…”
Hmm. Potter is mean. And rude. And totally tactless with the lady.
Lily gets pretty frustrated at that.
Then, Snape tells her and James that he doesn’t need any help from a Mudblood. Stupid big mouth under that greasy nose, there, Snapey…
James and Sirius flip out and both point wands threateningly at Snape. He reacts by slicing open James’s cheek with the ‘sectum sempra’ curse that comes in later in the series. Woah buddy, all out duel now…except it’s more than just the two of them fighting…anywho.
Before this, James told Lily he’d let Snape go and leave him alone throughout the rest of their school years if she’d only go out with him. She won’t. Yet. I wonder when that all changed? I really want to see more of the Potter’s first few years; how they got together….tangent. Coming back now…
After Snape opens his too-big mouth and James tries to make him apologize at wand point, Lily retaliates;
“I don’t want you to make him apologize…You’re as bad as he is…Messing your hair up because you think it looks cool to look like you’ve just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down the corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can — I’m surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK.”
First of all, ouch, James…she really doesn’t like you.
Second of all, someone is really watching James. I mean, she has to know that he’s doing these things, and to know that he’s doing them, she has to be watching him. And seriously, the hair remark? I think someone’s got a crush…and they’re trying to deny it because he IS a jerk.
But seriously, Snape is a bigger jerk. After all, James would never have called Lily a Mudblood. It’s too ‘low’ for him…
I don’t understand this drama of theirs. It’s rather overwhelming.
Then the modern day Snape finds Harry in the Pensieve…
Occlumency lessons are canceled. Forever.