Severus Snape Appreciation Week Day 4: Favourite Relationship
At first I wanted to choose Draco, but later I decided to pick Filch. Through the books it seemed Severus was the only one who kept talking to him regularly and I always wondered about the reason. First I thought it’s pure strategy to keep the students under control at night, but it was Filch who cured him after the Fluffy accident, so I think to search the corridors at night was only a common agenda which kept them not really friends, but at least partners in that matter.
I’d like to think that Severus saw the loneliness and rejection towards him and the same anger and bitterness he too had to cope with every day. He was the only one who listened to Filch’s ‘reforms’ about punishing students and mostly agreed with them (and the strongest link in relationships is often common judgement). However the strongest bond between them was the fact that they couldn’t trust Dumbledore in some cases - the headmaster never really paid attention to Filch and even Severus couldn’t go to him with his personal problems and views (except they were useful to Dumbledore). [Remember, he didn’t go to him first when Fluffy attacked him. He didn’t questioned him when Moody/Crouch Jr. searched his room, claiming it was the headmaster’s command. I don’t agree that Dumbledore was Severus’ friend - their relationship was an abusive and exploitative one and Dumbledore was the bully.]
I like their connection because it’s not real friendship (it presumes common trust), but to the point when Severus became useful again to Dumbledore, this relationship was almost equal - later it faded away or Severus traited him as a subordinate. I’d like to know what happened. Severus’ relationships are the most interesting to me anyway - he claims Dumbledore a mentor and friend, yet scared to talk to him about himself; with McGonagall he’s witty, but distant and I’ve always felt he’s still her student in some way, except the delight that he can talk back to her freely. ^ ^ To Draco, he’s a mentor and we know almost nothing about his relations to the Malfoys and other friends from Slytherin. (I.e. Crouch Jr. and I’d like to know whether Barty treated him with despise back then or he just played the role of Moody when he ordered him to go back to sleep.) It’s very interesting to see his relations to others - the only one who traited him equal, died (and Lily also started as someone who looked up to him and it developed into friendship later), everyone else is a subordinate or a superior to him, never an equal. He can’t really befriend his colleagues because he respects them and he can’t imagine to honor and be friends with someone at the same time (i.e. Dumbledore, McGonagall and his former teachers in Hogwarts, even when he’s teaching) and he can’t speak to his subordinates freely because he’s used to power games, therefore coping them all the time (Lupin, Sirius etc.). He’s a true Slytherin in terms of traditions and respect for the titles, ambition and control, but rather shy in his connections.
But for some time, Filch was the only one he could talk to without assuming power games - maybe because he underestimated him; however Filch saw him as an ally and someone who understands him and whom he can look up to. It’s also possible that Severus chose him as an ally when he went back to Hogwarts as a new teacher - he was under constant pressure, everyone judged him, he had to spy, later got despise from others for his DE past; so he started to talk to the old caretaker, a quibble with sadistic tendencies, because he didn’t feel he deserves better. Although it’s not important in the series, I’d like to know more about their dynamics and shared stories.