The song Shake it Out by Florence + the Machine could really work for Lily.
Okay, so recently, an anon asked me why I ship this pairing. This is what I told them:
“First of all, I trust JKR enough to believe that she knows her characters well enough to know how they would feel about each other. It’s canon, so I ship it. That’s the short, simple answer. However, there are all of these other little (but actually ridiculously huge and important) reasons to ship these two characters.
I’d just like to quickly address the fact that I know James was a jerk/bully/downright asshole. I know this, and I totally agree that there is no excuse for his behavior. However, I think it’s clear that something must have happened to him. For Lily to even consider being with James, he would’ve had to change drastically. And she ended up marrying him, so I think it’s safe to assume that he wasn’t the same James Potter that we actually got to see in the books.
To me, though, even when he was a prat of a teenager, there was always something inherently good about James. He may have been a bully, but there was never anything… dark about him, like there was to Snape. To me, James was never just your average bloke. I mean, one of his best friends was a werewolf. The other came from a family of notoriously dark witches and wizards. And still the other was somewhat of an outcast who didn’t fit in anywhere else. James Potter is far from shallow. Not to mention, he doodled Lily’s initials in the margins of his papers. When was the last time you saw a teenage boy do that? I never have. And, in my opinion, that really just shows the depth of his feelings for her; that she was, quite simply, always on his mind. Lily was never just some “conquest” to James.
And, because you can’t talk about Jily without also mentioning Snily, I just need to say that, honestly, Jily has just always made sense to me. And Snily never has. Because, remember, while Lily was alive, Snape was not a good guy. At all. He was fascinated with the Dark Arts while at Hogwarts, and he went on to become a Death Eater after. In my mind, Lily isn’t the type of person to hold a grudge against someone for something they’d done if she truly believed that they had changed. I think it makes sense for her to forgive James in the books, but not Snape. She was alive to see James change right before her eyes, but it took her death to finally transform Snape’s mind and heart.
Ultimately, James humbled and changed himself for Lily, and that’s something that I will always respect and admire. Because, when you really think about it, that’s not an easy thing to do. In order to change yourself, you have to first be willing to admit that there’s something that needs changing. I think that James finally took a hard look at himself, and had to confess that he didn’t like what he saw; that, if he stayed the same, he really didn’t deserve Lily. There’s nothing trivial about James’s transformation; it was difficult, frustrating, and I’m sure that, at times, he felt like it was hopeless. But you know what? The thought of being with Lily got him through it, the thought of even being close to being worthy of her. And it was so incredibly worth it.”
Submitted by heteronsexual.
It has become all too clear now that no one really read this part. At least, not the fans of Severus, declaring that his only mistake was calling her a mudblood. Wrong, ladies and gentlemen. Lily hated that Snape was doing dark magic, and even states to him when he tried to apologize for calling her a mudblood, that she has, and I will quote the scene…
“…I never meant to call you a mudblood, it just…”
“Slipped out?” There was no pity in Lily’s voice. “It’s too late. I’ve made excuses for you for years. None of my friends even understand why I even talk to you. You and your precious little Death Eater friends - You see, you don’t even deny it! You don’t even deny that’s what you’re all aiming to be! You cant wait to join You-Know-Who, can you?”
He opened his mouth and closed it without speaking.
“I can’t pretend any more. You’ve chosen your way, I’ve chosen mine.”
Lily had been covering for Snape’s actions for years. She knew what he and his friends of the time we’re aspiring to be, and so many people think that she should have given Snape a chance? How many people out there would deal with a friend that started to hang out with…lets say…Nazi’s? And you tried hard to not let it bother you, and even made excuses to other friends about them. All this time, your friend is involved in some very dark acts and deeds. How long would it take before you said ‘no more’?
Ladies and Gentlemen of Tumblr, what I show you here is Lily Evan’s statement that she could no longer turn a blind eye to what Snape was doing, and she wanted no part of it.
I think the main problem here is that so many of you out there can not tell the difference between Alan Rickman and Severus Snape. The movies portrayed Severus as a good man, when the truth of the matter is that he was not a good man at all. His actions made him a rather evil person, and while he may never have meant to truly hurt Lily, he still did. When Severus pleads with Dumbledore to help him save Lily he was a Death Eater. And here is the best part….
HE TOLD VOLDEMORT ABOUT THE PROPHECY.
Snape had relayed everything, and Voldemort wanted to act on the instinct to kill the parents before the child was born. Snape didn’t want Lily to die, but didn’t care about Harry or James, a fact that disgusted Dumbledore. Yes, he loved Lily, but by then, it was too late. Snape had made his choices in life, and as a result, it’s his fault that Lily and James died. If Voldemort didn’t know, they would have lived. Of course, that would probably have meant that Harry would not have been able to stop him, but that’s not what this discussion is about.
Now before people start declaring war on me here, I will say that Snape was still a brave man. After Lily and James’s death, and Harry started attending Hogwarts, Snape played double agent, putting his life on the line every single day so that he would know about the Dark Lord’s movements. He knew that the Elder Wand did not listen to Voldemort, and lied to his face about it. And Voldemort never even knew it. In doing so, he hepled protect Harry. It was the least he could do. After all, since Harry arrived at Hogwarts, Snape hated him because of his likeness to James. But he protected him all the same, weather or not he liked doing so is another story. He didn’t do it for Harry though. He did it for Lily. Even so, he was still a brave man.
As for the statement that James Potter was a bully and a wanker. Well, sure enough, he was a prankster, but it was not always James that was the antagonizer. In fact, most times, it seemed to be Sirius. James, on the train ride to Hogwarts, had merely over heard that Snape wanted Lily to be in Slytherin, a group that had the most notorious reputation in all of the schools history. (From HP and the Philosophers stone “There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad that wasn’t in Slytherin. You-Know-Who was one”;Hagrid.) He questioned why anyone would want to be in such a house, and when asked by Sirius what he wanted to be in, he declared “Gryffindor! Where dwell the brave at heart! My dad was one.” Severus snaps back with “If you would rather be brawny than brainy.”, and It was Sirius who pressed it into a snide comment at Snape, NOT James. James merely followed along with it.
The hatred between James and Snape is not unlike that of Harry and Malfoy. And no one really hates Harry for hating Malfoy, do they? Double standards, perhaps? That could be followed up with “But Harry didn’t pick on Malfoy!” My response is simply “No, but Malfoy picked on Harry, and everyone loves Draco, don’t they?” The scene with the Marauders picking on Snape needs to be read more carefully. James was merely pranking, much like that of the Weasley twins, and it was Snape who drew blood. With a spell that he had made to hurt James. He used Sectum Smepra on him. He didn’t need to say it out loud, because it was his spell. (Remember that in the Half-blood Prince, Harry yelled it at Draco, which caused Draco to bleed out profusely.) Snape had every intention to hurt James. Snape’s wounded pride caused him to lash out with the one thing that would push Lily away. James was shocked by what Snape had said, and continued to bully him, more than likely as punishment for what he had called Lily.
James wasn’t a bad guy. He was just a little troublemaker, like his son, and like a lot of boys at that age. Severus was more than that. He was performing the Dark Arts, and with several other Slytherins, and all of them became Death Eaters. Snape turned over to Dumbledore, but only because Lily was dead, and Voldemort had fallen. He redeemed himself eventually, but far too late. James redeemed himself while they were still in school, managing to mature so much that Lily didn’t detest him, and even fell in love with him.
Again, I don’t hate Snape. I rather liked him. But as a friend of mine had just said, “The sun doesn’t shine out his ass, and he doesn’t shit rainbows.” Like him, but don’t try and say that James was evil and that he tricked Lily into getting with him. It’s an insult to women, an insult to J.K Rowling, and an insult to Lily’s character. She didn’t get with Snape because of the choices he had made. His hatred of James, led to his hatred of Harry, an unfair hatred when he didn’t know a thing about his family. Snape may have protected Harry, but he did not do so willingly.
Remember, this isn’t me bashing the character, merely saying that people really, really need to read properly before they jump to conclusions.
Really. This whole “James fucked everything up” or, “I should hate Lily, ‘cause she ended up her relationship with Severus because of something that he said in the heat of the moment”. Really, just stop. This’s just bullshit (and I don’t really care if you’re all going to threaten me to death or whatever). Before book 7 everybody was all “oh, James and Lily are so perfect, oh, I love them so much, oh, he was a huge prat and changed for her”, and then everybody’s like “OH, DAMN YOU JAMES POTTER, WHO COULD YOU DARE STAY BETWEEN SEVERUS AND LILY, YOU LITTLE PIECE OF SHIT”.
I remember the time when everybody just hated Snape, and I remember myself hating him too! And I know that when we get the whole story, we get to understand his part of things and the reason why he was such a little bitch, but even Jo said once that Snape wasn’t truly good or bad, that it was better for us to just sleep with an eye open. So just stop being all stupid about all of this. Love Snape all you want, but don’t you dare say that he deserved Lily more than James or that James was the reason why the two didn’t make it. Truth is their friendship ended ‘cause Snape couldn’t see past his nature, and that’s all.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t ship the two of them. I’m only saying that the ones who put the blame on James should just open their eyes and realise that Snape was really the only one to blame. He loved her for real, I know, I read, I saw. But she loved James for real too, I know, I read, I saw.
People insult Lily’s intelligence and memory by saying Snape loved her more than James ever could.
By Snape’s own admissions (his memories) he calls her a mudblood when she is trying to defend him; why people think this is acceptable and worth ignoring is beyond me. I cannot comprehend how people can ignore the evidence of Snape’s bad character (his repeated behavior toward Lily’s son) and build up his love up for Lily.
She quite clearly gave him the option of choosing between the dark arts and her and he chose the dark arts—end of story.
Notice how she scorns James for his bullying behavior but ends up with him in the end…it’s obvious that he (JAMES) was willing to make changes in his character to be with Lily. Changes that Snape was also clearly UNwilling to make.
Also, something that Snily fans regularly overlook: the chapter is called “Snape’s WORST memory”. AKA that was the meanest and the WORST the Marauders had ever treated him. I’m not justifying their bullying, I’m just asking people to put it into perspective…the Marauders obviously weren’t that cruel to him all the time because it was his WORST memory.
And in the end, James died for Lily and Harry; which in my opinion is pretty telling in how much he loved them.
Adjective, superl. of bad and ill.
1. bad or ill in the highest, greatest, or most extreme degree: the worst memory.
2. most faulty, unsatisfactory, or objectionable.
3. most unfavorable or injurious.