Yes, this really gave me a better appreciation for Snape's hatred of Sirius. After reading your story, it seems to me that it stems not so much from the prank itself as from his own loss of control over his emotions. He is such a self-possessed person: along with the fear, his humiliation at them seeing that fear must have been unbearable. And I could totally imagine them being that callous in the face of his suffering. Excellent job tying it back to parallel scene in PoA--again, I never thought of what he must have felt going back into that tunnel! Another very persuasive treatment of a truly complex character!
Author's Response: I'm one of those people who believe the scene in "Snape's Worst Memory" is *really* one of his worst memories - I think Snape definitely has more trouble digesting a humiliation than being tortured of something of the kind... I'm really glad the story worked for you; I have something special with it :-). Thanks for reviewing! -S.
Very well done. You were able to show us how paniced Snape was rather than tell us (you should get some kind of bonus for that). Well written indeed.
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing, rgreen - I'm glad you enjoyed it (and LOL about the bonus... :-) -S.
Fantastic story! You did a remarkable job of capturing the panic and claustrophobia that Snape felt. It was enough to make me quite edgy reading it. There's such vulnerability in Snape's character; I can't imagine how humiliating it was for him to freeze, be dragged away by James, and then lose all control once inside. "He closed his eyes and let his head sink on his knees, wishing the three of them would disappear. He couldn’t stand up to them anymore. He was finished." That part just broke my heart. It really explains the incredible animosity that remains between him and the Marauders; that's not something to forget soon. The only thing I found odd was how Sirius confessed so readily to attempted murder. (But then again, I find his actions in this "prank" very odd as a whole. I'm still waiting for a better explanation from JKR then "Sirius hated Snape.") I really liked how you made me look at the Whomping Willow scene in POA in a new light. Congratulations on your nomination; you deserve it!
Author's Response: Thanks BlackClaude! Yes, I understand what you mean about Sirius; but I always envisioned him as not really grasping the consequences of his deeds. In his book, he's not admitting to attempted murder, but revealing an ingenious plot to give Snape a good scare. He expects McGonagall to be impressed rather than angry. Does that make sense?
I felt very cruel writing Snape's collapse, I have to say; but I thought it was at once a natural reaction and one the Marauders would find despicable, and Snape would feel thoroughly ashamed of it. As you say, he's actually quite vulnerable, especially in his pride - if the chapter title of the "Worst Memory" was sincere, then yes, the humiliation would certainly stay with him forever.
Dear me, do I ramble ;-). Thanks for your praise! -S.
Aww this was really great! I dont think anyone has ever really considered how hard it must've been for Snape to go back down that passage. It was really very hard for him after the fifth year incident. Anyway, well written! I really enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Wheee, a review! Thanks Kerian!
What sparked off my imagination was Snape's hysterical reaction in the Hospital Wing in PoA. If the cool Potions master lost it completely, the werewolf incident must have been truly terrifying... -S.