The Love That Shattered a Man


Rating: PG

Summary: Love, hatred, and death all spin a web of pain into Severus Snape's life and only one person can save him

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by J. K. Rowling. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended. It's just fan fiction!

Author's Pre-Note: Thanks to all of you who have read and reviewed this story since December 1999. It always surprises me to find out how many people remember it and how many people like it. In fact, a lovely lady named Carol Graymalking liked it so much, she translated it into Portuguese! Here's the translation.

< >That said about how this story is, it was obviously written before Goblet of Fire and doesn't completely connect to what we learned about Severus Snape in that book.

Dear Readers,

< >I've basically made myself cry here - ::people hear quiet sobbing in background:: - truthfully, people. This will, however, still be a lengthy note. I think, though, you should read it, anyway, no matter what my emotional status is. :-)

< >Imagine, all of you, a love so strong for someone, that when you lose that someone, your heart truly breaks, and all you can do is hate, hate everyone who is happy, everyone who has a lover, everyone who has what you don't - love. If you sit and think about it for a while, it's terrible - even to lose a friend or family member, as many of you reading this probably have (I know I have, at least).

< >"The Love That Shattered a Man" was based on my belief that Severus Snape is mean, angry, and cruel, because he has a reason. And that reason is that he may have lost a loved one, though I guess if I'm even right about the part that he has a reason, it doesn't necessarily mean it was love and loss that caused it, although I thought that would make an interesting story. I don't really think that he's mean to everyone because of the incident told to us in Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire (hating James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus J. Lupin), I really don't. There must be a deeper reason and I figured, at the time of this story’s writing (December 1999), it just might have been love, and I’d like to note that J. K. Rowling has alluded to Snape having or falling, actually, in love, by the seventh book.

< >I also found out later (February/March 2000) that J. K. Rowling said Snape might have had/will have love, so . . . you never know! Could she use mine? Hehe. ::doubts it, but it is a nice thought::

< >To those who want to know, this was written in about four days, parts on sheets of paper during science, social studies, language arts, and math class (Did you see me? Could I sit right next you? BUWAHAHAHAHA! Er, I doubt it, so moving on . . .) while I was in eighth grade when I had spare time and put myself out of hearing with the real world and when I was bored, but mostly this was written on the computer. I also had a snake in my hands during science, so that kind of helped my spirit (as the serpent is the symbol for the Slytherin house), although he was annoying me half the time by curling up in my jacket. ::smiles at the fact that the snake liked her clothes a little too much::

< >Anyway, I really hope this story has broadened your horizons on the fact that Snape may just be a sad, lonely man, who lost something or someone he deeply cared, even loved about.

< >This story is dedicated to all of those who have loved and lost. We've all loved and lost, no matter how much we deny it to ourselves or not - so this story is dedicated also to you, the reader. Thank you very much for reading my story.

Love to us all,
Gypsy Silverleaf
Always and forever . . .

Finishing date: December 8, 1999
Updates: November 24, 2000; January 11, 2001; January 26, 2003

< >All characters in this story that have appeared in the Harry Potter books are copyright J. K. Rowling (specfically, 1990-2002); Scholastic, Bloomsbury, and any other publishers of the book, trademarks & copyrights ranging between the years 1997-2003.
< >However, the characters of Samantha Halloway, Dorian Pawel, that annoying Ravenclaw prefect, and any other characters not pertaining to the Harry Potter books are copyright Gypsy Silverleaf, 1999-2003.

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