Cha-Ka Khan wrote:I should also mention that the quote from Dumbledore to Snape "perhaps we sort too soon" broke my heart.
When you consider all that had come before, and when you think of everything that Snape had done and how their lives are possibly shaped by being sorted at age 11... Dumbledore's remorse, his pride, etc., all wrapped up neatly into one beautiful little moment in the book.
I'm not going to argue that Snape's mom and his upbringing didn't do a number on him psychologically, but one has to consider that if he really did love Lily, then why didn't the Hat pick up on it and put him into Gryfindor with
Obviously, little Severus didn't know what Harry knew later, that you can choose
which house you want to go into, but do you think that the Hat took a while to sort Severus? Did the Hat read into him to ask him which house he would've preferred?
I guess it's sort of implied, that maybe he did take a while to sort, because he was absolutely crushed when Dumbledore mentioned it...but would it have made a difference if they would've sorted a year or two later?
Interesting line of thinking, regardless...
Personally, I'm an atheist in the voting booth and a theist in the movie theatre. I separate the morality of religion with the spirituality and solace of it. There is something boring about atheism.