It occurred to me how different the Harry Potter series would be if Severus Snape hadn’t had a broom up his ass and instead of being a pissy jerk about Harry being James’ son focused only on the fact that he was Lily’s son and instead of being an abusive dickwaffle tried really awkwardly to like….
Well, sure. And if any character had had a different past life (for example, no poverty, abusive/neglectful parents, social outcast, bullied etc.) and also had a different personality, things would be ….different.
Although it’s questionable whether Snape could have still been as effective a double agent with a personality transplant and therefore as successful in saving Harry / informing him of his true destiny. But hey you can write what you want with Fanfiction right? People do it all the time in the Snape tag. They even convince themselves their fanfiction is Canon! lol
I’m not even talking about a personality transplant, I’m talking about a single shift in focus. Like I said, he’d still be an abusive stuck up elitist asshole with an abusive family and a shitty past who repeats the cycle on the ten-year-olds in his care, just what if he took that ‘love’ he had for Lily and transferred it towards Harry in a more obvious ‘This is literally all I have left of the woman I loved’ kind of way. What if he’d tried to have a relationship with Harry?
Hell, I’m not saying he’d be good at it, I’m not even saying it’d be entirely healthy at first (Like, expectations versus reality, Harry turns out not to be a mini Lily but his own person. We already see that Snape sees a ridiculous amount of James in Harry, because confirmation bias, but what if he took that confirmation bias in Lily’s favor? Can you imagine how much he could have identified with Harry? Being young, friendless and unwanted? Or being furious on Harry’s behalf for being treated the way he was by the Dursleys?), seeing as it’s Snape it’d probably be incredibly self-centered and self-serving. I’m just saying it’d be fun to watch him try.
And yeah, it would probably pose some obstacles when Voldemort rises again. But we’ve already proven that Snape’s a damn good liar, I mean. If he can practically stand in Voldemort’s face countering Quirrel’s hex and still be considered a loyal servant a few years later I think he can fence some awkward ‘hey weren’t you and Potter kind of close?’ questions.
Mostly it’s just a thought if we had the Lily-Snape story more up front or more to the middle than plunked at the end like the awkwardly not-really-redemptive plot twist it was.