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    September 16th, 2007

    And Yet He Flinched

    And Yet He Flinched by HLB

    Summary: McGonagall’s thoughts as she contemplates the mask Snape wears. Oneshot, 1,339 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This was written, I think, prior to the release of HBP and so the author did not at this point know that Snape’s father was a Muggle. However, the sentiment turned out to be (probably) all too accurate, even if the method is a bust. It is a terrible thing that people can be ruined so early in life, and Snape is one of the three lost boys of Hogwarts; I think his, in the end, is the most tragic story, because he isn’t able to chose the path of total darkness or total light, but rather is thrown constantly between the two as only a ruined man may be.

    Why You Might Not Care: This may not be entirely canon Snape; we don’t really get enough of him to know for sure. Something about McGonagall is… not quite accurate. But — and correct me if I’m wrong — the details aren’t the point, I don’t think.

    posted by afterthree

    One Response to “And Yet He Flinched”

    1. AML Says:
      September 16th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

      I enjoyed the writing and the turn of phrase “all too soon it was simply too late” is a keeper.

      Severus’ untold story helped tell the HP story to such great effect. It’s satisfying to imagine the plausible details of his life (which also gives Severus his due credit for pulling along the HP storyline in the direction it went). Hearing the observations come from McGonagall nicely shaped-up the scene.

      Thanks for the rec!