I've always wanted to start a thread on Severus Snape!
(three years on the site and my ambition has been fulfilled ...)
The thread reached 150 posts mid-discussion so here is what was last said:
Originally Posted by leahsm2
Originally Posted by cmwinters
I'd say Severus was very brave to take that post at such a young age. When I was sixteen to eighteen I became very aware that the 'student teachers' of my school were only about five years older than me, and very inexperienced, and it was very easy to take advantage of that. I think Severus' only way of ensuring that he wasn't laughed at or disrespected by his students was by being the dire, strict and intolerable teacher we knew him from Harry's time. Obviously by then he had dealt with an awful lot in a very short space of time - Lily's death, Voldemort's height of power etc - and so a classroom full of students might not have been as intimidating for him. He probably used them to vent out the cruelty and bitterness he felt, because they were easy targets, and sadly that attitude to teaching never changed.