Back again. So much to read so little time to indulge. I read your replies to my last two comments. Thank you for taking the time to respond. Not many authors do and it always impress me when it happens.
You pointed out that I rushed to conclussions and you're absolutely right. Not knowing the plot is only natural to make assumptions and believe me, I love to speculate only to be proven wrong, is part of the fun for me. See, you know the why, when, what and how in your story, I don't. Add to this that I am rather dense and miss subtleties and you have this reader speculating and rushing to conclussions. I did it with the books. When Snape killed Dumbledore my hatred for the poor man grew a hundred times. Imagine what I felt at the end of the books: awful and so guilty! In fact Dumbledore became one of my least favourite characters at the very end.
And yet, as far as Snape's dealings with Harry, Hermione and Neville, all Gryffindors by the way, I can't justified his actions. There isn't any excuse for transfering his hatred for James and all of Gryffindor to Harry and Hermione. It has been said to me that Snape had to behave that way toward Harry so as to not draw attention to the fact that Snape was a spy and that he was protecting Harry. Fair enough. I still think as far as the books are concerned, he might have been a brilliant potions master, a masterful spy, and heroe but as a teacher he took the joy of learning potions away from most of the kids. It was obvious he hated teaching and couldn't stand most of his students. Imagine living in fear of going to a particular class, dreading being asked a question, sitting at the very back in order to avoid eye contact or being noticed. It's an awful way to learn. In fact I can assure you one learns very little. One of the reasons I hated math and chemistry was because both of my teachers were mean spirited and cruel towards students who weren't as smart as they thought we all should be. I owe those two teachers the worse memories I have of high school and the fact that I'm awful in math and dreadful in chemistry.
One of the things that stuck in my mind is your reference to Snape's physical appearance. You made a very good point. Our picture of Snape is through Harry's eyes. Never thought of that, so thank you, it has helped me a little bit when I envision this character. A little because Snape has a permanent scowl, dresses in black and speaks as if he is bored, annoyed or just pissed at somebody. Most fanfic authors portray him as such.
Oh my! This is one long comment. Pardon me, really. I should stick to what happens in the chapter. Bad habit of mine, going on and on. Back to the chapter then. Okay, so three Bludgers one of which came from the spectators and said Bludger belongs to Hogwarts. Hmmm, a professor took it? Could it be a student, why not? Krum was watching the game, and he wanted to see Hermione. My question is, is there more to Krum's visit? I like Hamilton Cosworth, he reminds me of Slughorn. Snape is sick because of Nagini. The poison affects him to the point that he loses control of his temper. Hear me out before you feel like punching me in the face and remember that I'm in the education and that I have no idea as to why things are happening in your story. Why is he allow to teach? Does the Headmistress knows of the rage incidents in the class? He is obviously very sick and deteriorating. Why is Snape taking so much extra work? At least Cosworth is going to try to help Snape.
Answers to my questions are in the next chapters but it's late. One more thing, your writing is excellent, your new characters, mostly the four Snape girls and their classmates are so real to me. I can't deny that the pairing is a challenge for me but it doesn't mean I can't appreaciate the great quality of your story. Did I mention I have more Snape/Hermione stories as favourites in this site than I do in other sites? I promise not to babble so much. Until next time.
Thank you. Glad you're enjoying it and like my writing. As a writer, that's encouraging to hear.
I admittedly find it odd though that you struggle with this pairing so much if you have more SSHG favorites than anything else..