Tiny_Teddy_Bear would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Misanthropy

By Tiny_Teddy_Bear

Children / Drama

The First Class

Severus loathes children. Loathes them.

Utterly.

Of course, there had once been a time when he had entertained vague and misty pictures in the dark recesses of his imagination; hazy pictures of a thin black-haired child with green eyes, brilliant at Potions and Defence. He had been very young then, and had still nourished a tiny pitiful hope that Lily – that something might –

What a fool he had been. And now she is gone.

He shakes the black thoughts away now. They are irrelevant. More to the point, on this, his first day of teaching, was his utter, total, complete loathing of children in all sizes and houses and levels of growth.

He fixes the offenders with his best, most chilling Look. He has been practicing it in the mirror for the last few weeks, in preparation for this day. They are two Little Girls, wretched things with shiny pigtails and tip-tilted noses, the sort of creature that is to Severus as a kitten is to a vulture. And they are - giggling. He had swept past their cauldrons in supreme disinterest, and they had put their featherbrained little heads together, and whispered, and giggled.

If there is one thing that infuriates him, it is whispering, and giggling. It's a fury that has its roots back in his teenage years, when he was always the odd one, the black crow, greasy-haired and big-nosed and unsociable. There had always been a couple of girls who giggled together, and he'd always known that it was himself they were laughing at, and hated it.

(Lily had never giggled and whispered. And now Lily is gone.)

And now, on his first – his very first day at this new teaching position that Dumbledore had been so certain was right for him, and there were more girls, laughing at him; stupid little Hufflepuff girls who had hardly two brain cells to rub together. Well, he was not going to have it, not anymore. He is the teacher now, and he will not have disrespect in his classroom. He swoops over them, using his height for intimidation.

'Miss Bagnold. Miss Cornfoot. Is something… amusing you?'

They freeze, looking terrified, and Severus feels an odd, bitter stab of pleasure. Vindication, at last. The hunted has become the hunter.

'I will not tolerate rudeness in my classroom,' he says silkily. 'Ten points – each – from Hufflepuff.'


Pomona Sprout is concerned, of course, at two of her first years coming back to the Hufflepuff common room in tears. Severus feels a twinge of something a little like guilt, but it fades quickly when he remembers all that he had suffered as an unattractive teenager, by the hands of girls just like these. He refuses to back down. A point has been made, and there has been no more giggling in his classes.

And so the legend of Severus Snape is born, amongst the students of Hogwarts. Snarky, unpleasant, greasy, unfair; he knows they call him all of these things, and takes a kind of spiteful unhappy pleasure in it. They loathe him, and he loathes them, and that is the way things have always been with Severus Snape and the world.

And so it remains.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Chapters
1. The First Class
Further Recommendations

Michelle Boshoff: Really enjoying this book! Can’t wait for the updates! Something different!!

booklover0: OMG! This book is lit! Its amazing! I'm in love with it...The author updates regularly and each chapter has a cliff hanger which anticipates the readers...The characters are really good, and you feel yourself getting involved in the story,..The grammar isn't very good and their are a few spelling...

Chey Pohl: I love this book so so much! I wish the updates happened more often, but I'm completely okay with the updating schedule now though!

Tinkerbelle Leonhardt: I'm such a sucker for this story, yes there are small spelling mistakes normal human errors, nothing major. you fall in love with the characters and wish to be apart of their lives from the start. You feel their happiness, their sadness and I found myself smiling through most of it, I love that i...

Reyna deLeon: This story was great. It had insight from both the male and female protagonists. I really enjoyed the chemistry between both characters.

aanniemaazziinnggzz: I love the story itself. I love how Sophie moved on, love herself more and never going back to the person who hurt her so much. She learned enough! I also love how Andrew love Sophie! Hey, he wait for so long! I love it sooooo mucccchh!

whitti❤️: One of the best stories I've ever read❤️

Alicia Cameron: A rich business CEO (Tobias) has never had a girlfriend because he doesn't date, instantly promotes one of his fairly new employees (Ruby) to be his PA for no real reason other than her education. Tobias has a reputation, and is known to be cold, but Ruby breaks through his wall and gets to know ...

BelovedMarionette: A definite must read. I was riding the emotional rollercoaster with each of the characters through the entire first and second story and by the end of it all I was very happy with the outcome. I would have loved some background plot expansion and closure on certain things that happened between sp...

More Recommendations

Sank105: Just wow! The writing style, the story plot, the characters- it was a blessing reading this story! Loved it every bit💖 looking forward to reading more of your works✌️

Silently_Writing: This was my first book read on this site, and I'm so happy it was! I loved this from beginning to end. There were so many little details added in the greatest places, suspense and mystery at unexpected times, and a wonderful story built and concluded.

Jules0jewels: Beautifully written. Her books are amazing and just filled with emotions. Amazing author

Garrett Lawry: The plot thickens.

creativecrazydevils: Just started reading this book and I already love it!Hoping and waiting to find what happens next.Great Plot!

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.