I will never be team Snape.
Everyone disliked him for the mental anguish he caused, then after the **soo special** reveal, suddenly everyone was all *pulling hair out, tears streaming down face* “IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!!” *gasp sob choke* “He loved her FOREVER!!! Do you know how long that is??!”
Yeah, he fucking loved her, big whoop. He had no principles of his own. Everything he did was because of this obsession he had with a girl he didn’t end up with. Yeah, he really loved her. How does that mean everyone can suddenly overlook and forgive his constant verbal abuse? I’m sure he damaged Hermione’s confidence. He lowered Neville’s already low self esteem. He probably made the kid suicidal at times.
He was abusive. Severus Snape was an abuser. Him being capable of love doesn’t change that fact. The side he was on doesn’t change that fact.
The dismissal of his abuse and sheer adoration for his *oh so tragic and beautiful* story gives me so much disgust for that part of the HP fandom.
Just another example of how people dismiss verbal abuse as not being the serious kind.