After the war ends Snape and Dumbledore are asked to explain their actions. Departs from canon and has spoilers for whole series.
- The idea is good, but the punishment was way over the top. I think they should have been banned from teaching ever again, and public humiliation would have been in order.
Author's responseThanks! As for the punishment though,
according to teaching laws they are both guilty of neglect, child abuse,child endangerment, abuse of power, and probably other things that I can't think of right now. As teachers they are legally bound to act in the best interests of the child and there were many telltale signs that they ignored or missed and that would be considered criminally negligent. 15 years and some money is actually pretty modest.
- Ok not bad not great but not bad at all.
More an emotional response then I would have had for a court room. Judges rarely like emotional arguments and rather look at the hard facts of the case and the law.
The punishment was light for Dumbledore. His charging list would run to several pages. Illegal placement, misuse of power, crimianl neglect and endangerment (multiple counts) possiable conspirecy or accessory in the murder of the Potters (if he knew about Peter being a Death Eater and wanted the confrontation then its also conspirecy).
As for Snape. Canon Snape was lucky he died in the war. If he had survived he would have hanged just on his actions 5th & 6th year alone.
Author's responseThanks! Yeah, not my best work, pretty much just me venting about their treatment of Harry. And yeah, they both had sentences that are too late but sadly they don't always give harsh punishment for child abuse. Actually the whole school could have been charged since almost all the teachers missed the signs that were blatantly obvious, but Snape and Dumbles were the worst.
- Excellent story, though I think that both Snape and Dumbles got off rather lightly. I think that Harry should have been awarded much more in reparations and they should have spent more time in prison. Also, Harry wasn't the only student harmed by their actions and they should have been charged for those students as well. A case could be made that the entire student body had been harmed in various ways because of them over many years. Thanks for the vignette! :)
Author's responseThanks! I think they should have been punished more too but the courts don't always see it that way. And yeah, the whole student body probably could have argued but in these things it would either be the whole group accusing at which point the trial would have taken... I don't know how long and some wouldn't have wanted to sue and the evidence wouldn't have been as strong. Also, the whole school would have been restaffed since they all knew that Harry came to school malnourished, claiming his relatives hated him, ran away several times, and begged to be allowed to stay. Those types of things should have been noticed and reported but they weren't so legally all teachers could be punished for criminal negligance.
(#) Richardc269 2011-03-04 02:07:47 PMI like the story, but it's a little too short. What happens after the court? That's what I would have liked to see.
I have to say that both teachers were let off a little too easily. Snape should have been banned from teaching, and should have gotten 30 years instead of 15, which sounds more realistic. Not to mention other students could sue him for being a child abuser as well (including Neville).
I didn't read book 7 (sounds like a trash-hole to me), but I did read the Epilogue. Harry name's his kid "Albus Severus Potter". Wtf kinda name is that? It sounds like a gay three-some!
I think you should add a little more to this story. Maybe a second chapter to tell what happens after this. And maybe you could even take a shot at the part at the end of book 6 when Ginny tells Harry she seems to think he'd "only be happy if he's hunting down Voldemort". Wtf kinda stupid bitch is she? She obviously can't use her brain properly.
I did like this little story, but again, it needs more added to it.
Author's responseThanks! Sorry, but this is a oneshot and only with Harry's although you're right that lots of children could have sued them (and the whole school). I think the punishment isn't enough either but the courts seldom put people away for as long as they deserve (plus I figured that since Azkaban has dementors and the possibility of the kiss would make it a slightly shorter sentence.
This was pretty much me venting about the injustice of Dumbledore and Snape not being punished and them being hailed as heros. However, if you want to write something similar, I don't own the idea or the series so be my guest.
- A very good story, though IMNSHO, it could use some fleshing out. There are so many things in Harry's past that could have been laid at Dumbledore's feet.
Two minor errors in the court scene. First, you indicated they were both given Veritaserum when they entered. it would have had to have been given as each started their testimony and Dumbledore would have vigorously objected to it's use based upon his positions, his unimpeachable status etc.
Second, Harry was at the defendants chair. He would have been at the prosecutor's table.
The sentence was nice, specifically the time in Azkaban. Nether of them would survive. The gold is just icing.
Author's responseThanks! Yeah, now that I think of it, Dumbledore would have resisted. Oh, and I know that there are a lot more things (I thought about having the whole school being sued for all the things that happened to multiple characters) but this was pretty much a rant about the corruptness of Dumbledore and Snape in particular that I just had to write because I was rereading the Harry Potter series and I had just finished watching a documentary in class on child abuse, so I didn't put a whole lot of thought into it.