My poor Sev, I woul go to a teacher not is there do nothing.
Harry is James, Sirius is Ron, and Remus is Hermione xD
His few acts of kindness do not make up for being a disgusting individual unworthy of being called human for all through the books and his back story.
1) Harry was lazy and broke rules, alright
2) but he wasn't spoiled nor a puffed up guy as Malfoy ane many ones thought
3) Harry wasn't a bully, and had no faults for James's horrible behaviour
4) Snape never punished Slytherins for bullying, or, at leaast, books show this
What about bullying?
1) James, sirius and Lupin stopped
2) their victim snape became a Death Eater
3) but Minus too, who was a bully, didn't change in better
This doesn't mean that I don't dislike the Marauders for being bullies, some victims of bullying kill themselves for being ashamed. The things James and Sirius did at the O.W.L.S. just for being bored, they're altready disgusting, so that I don't know what to think about snape calliong lily a Mudblood. And what about Sirius leading snape under the Whomping Willow when Lupin was transforming? Snape could die
Later (from Harry's 3rd year to the following ones) Sirius is still rude against Snape, and Lupin and Dumbledore don't do a lot to make them be calmer and reason: Lupin just tells Snape "you're wrong and risk to pass as an idiot", Dumbledore just forces Snape and Black to be allies because of the war and stop arguing for the past life at school (stop arguing, NOT make the things clear and explain things to each other!). Lupin and Dumbledore don't make Snape and Lupin make peace in a complete way
Maybe it wasn't the Marauders' fault if Snape lost Lily's friendship and became a Death Eater, but the awful prank of the Whomping Willow and Wormtail's deception seem to be enough to give Snape some prejudices agains Sirius and Lupin (the last one was actually innocent because hadn't called Snape), because bad habits hardly die, and nobody but Lupin, Harry, Ron and Hermione had listened the truth from Sirius in the 3rd book. Besides, the books don't tell us if after 3rd book anyone (Dumbledore, Lupin's memories...) could give Snape the proof that Sirius was innocent and Wormtail the real culprit of James' and Lily's death
Anyway the prophecy could well have both Harry and Neville as a matter, and the two boys were never informed before Sirius' death, what would you do if a friends wouldn't tell you a dangerous thing that could be concern of you?
I agree about Snape not thinking about the cruelty and consequences of his actions until Lily was in danger. I don't know if this was for James too (maybe hating a person because he/she's a bully it's a matter, wanting him/her dead is another one)
I still don't know if Snape's partiality as a teacher was a consequence of his past (bullied, so he gets revenge being a "bully" or tolerating bullying for Slytherins? actually Malfoy and other ones bully non-Slyterin students, but in a hidden, not when Snape or other teachers can see and punish them) or of hating James (for having mistreated Sanpe? for having married Lily?). Is this that "give two shits mean"? "punish/accuse someone for another one's bad behaviour"? surely Snape tells Hary a lot that the boy's arrogant because of his fame, but this is a prejudice that Harry never managed to destroy
I sometimes thought that Snape's partiality as a teacher (towards Harry too) was a fake, not to make the Death Eaters and their children think he had abandoned Voldemort and worked for Dumbledore now
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eh well but bullying is always a bad thing, and Sirius' "prank" in the Whomping Willow could cost even Snape's life and therefore it could become even a a crime, not simple bullying! Not to mention that Sirius had awfully taken advantage of a friend in that case, a thing for which I would be ashamed if I had done it
And to me, maybe it's not the Marauders' fault if Snape became a Death Eater, but if he liked Dark Arts and followed Slytherins and their blind hate towards Muggles ,it is the Marauders' fault too: if you read the first meeting between Snape, Lily and the Marauders on Hogwarts Express, we see that the Marauders too had bad prejudices:
SNAPE: I like knowledge, I want to use brain and therefore hope to be a Slytherin
SIRIUS All my relatives were Slytherins, they hate Muggles, I hope I would never be in their House
JAMESI could die if I was a Slytherin, I hope I'll eb a Gryffindor
SNAPE Do you prefer musc les to brain
JAMES Always better than Slytherins, Snivellus
The Maraufders' bullying didsn't do but make Snape think that really all Gryffindors were some idiot arrogannt bullies without a brain, and that Slytherins were the good people becusse they used the brain, and that knowing Dark Arts would neve harm anyone. A prejudice that maybe Snape kept as a teaccher too? Anyway, instead of bullying Snape as aeifor being ng him a Slytherin, Marauders should have treated him better and inform him as I had imagined above "be careful of Slytherins' opinions... etc". Sirius especially hated his family's "racism" against Muggles, and their idea of being better than other people: but bullying students, Sirius was not better than his Slytherins relatives
The Marauders' ideas about Slytherins gave them no right to bully Snape and so many other schoolmatessnt schoolmates, but Snape's horrible experience anyway gave him no right to harass Harry " because he's an arrogant brat like his father" he sould have been less partial and,, as Dumbledore said, "Sop seein in Harry only what Snape wanted to see": maybe Harry was "arrogant", lazy and didn't respect rules, but was not a bully (Draco Malfoy and Dudley Dursley and their respectibve freindsa are more similar to Marauders than Harry was!)