Why we hate Dolores more than Snape
Why do we hate Dolores more than Snape? It seems ridiculous to even ask that. But ask yourselves... why? Why do we hate Dolores so much? There are a variety of other characters that are far worse in actions yet far more loved.
Bellatrix LeStrange killed Sirius. Snape killed Dumbledore. James tortured Snape. Wormtail ratted out James and turned to Voldemort. Voldemort himself is even far more liked than Dolores. But why?
Backstory. That's the one word answer. Many of you may be wondering, why does that matter? Because, objectively... many of us can say that what Voldemort did was far worse, murdering people and trying to take over the world as opposed to... moving up as a political officer, yet we HATE Dolores so much more because of her actions to Harry. And she never even tries to flat-out kill him. She tries to have his soul sucked out, she tortures him, but she never really tries to kill him, and put him in the ground. But we like Voldemort more. I'll say that that's because we can kind of see HOW he was made evil. He was the end result of a loveless relationship. He was abandoned by a mother that couldn't care for him and a father who was effectively drugged. He was allowed to fester and given a reason to hate muggles, to hate people who liked muggles, and what's worse, he was given the power to act on that hate. Whether you want to say Voldemort was born evil or made evil... it's agreed that he's evil, and he does so for a cause that there's a logic to it. Bellatrix is the same, and the reader can imply that she's in love with Voldemort. Wormtail it's implied that he was a weak-willed boy that went to the popular groups. Snape it's essentially shown how he grew into who he was as he was bullied and watched the girl he cared about go with the guy that bullied him. The man he hated, and even THEN he's shown to act to redeem himself. James himself isn't shown to be *that* bad, as his older dialogue after being brought back by the stone shows that at the very least he might have made a good father, and he grew out of being a snot-nosed brat.
Dolores has none of that. She arrives as she is appointed by the Minister. She hates half-breeds. She tortures Harry. She goes along with Voldemort's reformation of the ministry. She wears Salazar's locket without any ill effects. So why does this woman get so much hate? It's because we don't know a thing about her. We can "fix" her character so easily by saying that as a young slytherin, she was mocked for being a half-blood, she was never in the top of her classes nor was she popular with many people because of how she looked. When she was younger, she nearly got attacked by a werewolf and has hated werewolves and "half-breeds" ever since as a result, not so much because of who they are, but how she is afraid of them and wants to be safe and in control. This makes her fate at the centaurs FAR more poignant, as she effectively re-lives that terror with the werewolf, having these creatures, human like beings attack her.
That little story would more or less cover the following:
1) her attacking Harry was less out of malevolence than loyalty. She wanted to assure that Dumbledore would not go after Fudge, so she wanted Dumbledore's spokesperson, Harry, out of the picture to ensure she could stay.
2) As she DID stay after Fudge, she may have had a hand in picking the next Minister, and it's perfectly possible that she was kept for doing her job to the best of her ability at Hogwarts (because the Ministry most likely would not want to hear about her wrongdoings because it would further tarnish the already tarnished reputation)
3) Her hatred for muggle-borns was feigned to protect herself as she was most likely born from at least one muggle parent
4) Her hate of "half-breeds" was something due to a traumatic experience in her youth, and she did not have the fortune Harry had of meeting the right people at an early age.
So would this convince you that Dolores doesn't deserve as much hate as you'd give her? Or should it be back to the centaurs with her? Leave your comments below!