One thing that spoke to me in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was the way Harry is treated by Snape. This spoke to me because I do not like the way he treats Harry as if he is stupid and won’t and can’t learn anything. He basically acts like an asshole towards Harry. I understand that he does like Harry and he wants to protect and help him but the way he is going about it is wrong. He treats Harry in the wrong way,
‘Potter!’ said Snape suddenly. ‘What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?’ Powdered root of what to an infusion of what? Harry glanced at Ron, who looked as stumped as he was; Hermione’s hand had shot into the air. ‘I don’t know, sir,’ said Harry. Snape’s lips curled into a sneer. ‘Tut, tut—fame clearly isn’t everything.’ He ignored Hermione’s hand. ‘Let’s try again. Potter, where would you look if I told you to find me a bezoar?’ Hermione stretched her hand as high into the air as it would go without her leaving her seat, but Harry didn’t have the faintest idea what a bezoar was. He tried not to look at Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, who were shaking with laughter. ‘I don’t know, sir.’ ‘Thought you wouldn’t open a book before coming, eh, potter?’ Harry forced himself to keep looking straight into those cold eyes. He had looked through his books at the Dursleys’, but did Snape expect him to remember everything in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi? Snape was still ignoring Hermione’s quivering hand. ‘What is the difference, Potter, between monkshood and wolfsbane?’ At this, Hermione stood up, her hand stretching toward the dungeon ceiling. ‘I don’t know,’ said Harry quietly.’I think Hermione does, though, why don’t you try her?’ A few people laughed; Harry caught Seamus’s eye, and Seamus winked. Snape, however, was not pleased. ‘Sit down,’ he snapped at Hermione. ‘For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well? Why aren’t you all copying that down?’ (137-138)
It even sometimes comes off as hate for Harry the way he acts toward him, As they climbed the steps out of the dungeon an hour later, Harry’s mind was racing and his spirits were low. He’d lost two points for Gryffindor in his very first week—-why did Snape hate him so much? (139)
This is not the way you should treat someone you want to help and protect this is being an asshole, treating someone like this makes them think you hate them. I understand that Snape did not like the fact that Lily had Married James Potter over Snape and they were harry’s parents and that Harry could have been his and Lily’s son and he wanted Harry to be his son but he was James and Lily’s son instead but he should not have treated Harry like he hated him when it was really James that he hated. I know that he was truly rooting for Harry and knew Harry was the one who would defeat Voldemort, so he wanted to make sure Harry did that but it was wrong for him to force things on Harry and force him to perform better than his classmates. He should have offered to be there for Harry if he needed help or needed anything at all to help him inches wizard studies so that he would have enough knowledge and the right skills to defeat Voldemort.
I hate this because I have had a similar experience to Harry. In my sophomore year of college, which was the 2014 to 2015 school year, I went from an on campus student at DelVal to being a commuter student. That year in the Fall semester of 2014 I met a guy in the commuter lounge. I liked this guy and I developed a crush on him. In the following semester, Spring of 2015, I finally got the courage to ask him out. He said yes if we could find a time we were both available. A week later he texted me saying we couldn’t go out because there was someone else he liked and he didn’t want to tell me in person because he “didn’t want to hurt me.” After he did that to me I realized how much of an asshole the guy had been to me. I remembered him telling stories about me being “trashed” when I was only tired and would say sexist things about me and make sexist comments to me and he would make racist jokes about the guy who was my boyfriend during the Fall semester, who was black. This was a guy who had first come up to me when he first saw me and introduced himself to me not the other way around and he claimed he wanted to be my friend and he claims he still wants to be my friend and still treats me this way. This is not being a friend this is being an asshole, if you want to be someones friend or want someone else to be your friend this is no the way you treat them. You treat them with respect and you follow through on what you say you will do with and for them, such as going on a date when they ask you out.
In the same way Snape wanted to help and protect Harry but was being an asshole in the way he went about it, the guy I met in the commuter lounge was trying to be my friend but was doing it wrong and treating me like an asshole. Both Snape and the guy in the commuter lounge need to learn to love in the right way and show their feelings in the correct way, in a way that those on the receiving end of their actions want to be around them and want to have their help and want their friendship.