I think Harry likes to have recognition for what he has accomplished, but he doesn't like the whole-famous routine.
I'm less sure of that than you seem to be. I do
think he likes the attention, at least on SOME level -- although he might not be comfortable with what the whole Fame package entails. (Most people wouldn't be -- there are lots
of drawbacks to it, as Harry finds out.)Harry was really upset about what he saw in Snape's pensieve, but I don't see any reason why he should treat Snape better or worse because of it. Harry is not his father
Harry may not be his father, but he certainly treats Snape with a similar level of contempt. And since both he and Snape had been bullied, I'd have liked to have hoped that he would have shown more empathy than he did and a better understanding of a man who had good reason
to dislike his father and god-father.from his first day in his class-when Harry did nothing but forget the names of herbs and fungi-Snape has been nasty to him. Harry wasn't the one who started their antagonisic relationship.
In that scene Snape was being fairly equal-opportunity in spreading the snark around. Plus Harry was cheeky with him to boot.
He certainly continued
the bad feelings, pulling pranks and acting badly towards Snape. Even AFTER he found out that he had been wrong about Snape.
I think he just needs someone to rebel against and he's chosen Snape as the safest target. (See this comment
for more.)Snape could have tried not to be horrible to Harry-whose only sin at that moment was looking like his father
true -- Harry was also the cause of Lily's death. If she hadn't tried to save him, she might still be around. Voldemort would have spared her, according to the text. If you believe that Severus Snape had a "thing" for Lily, the child who was the direct reason for her demise would inspire at best mixed feelings in Snape.As far as pushing people to excel-why does he scold Hermione for being driven?
He calls her an insufferable know-it-all -- because she is.
He's actually trying to do her a FAVOR, believe it or not. He's been a social outcast himself and probably for similar reasons. He's learned the hard way and would probably prefer that Hermione avoid what he had to go through, if possible. So he calls her attention to her behavior -- perhaps not in a nice way, but he gets his message across. Don't forget that throughout most of the first book Hermione was disliked intensely by her fellow students and had absolutely no
friends -- BECAUSE she really was
insufferable. She had to change her social interaction style before she was able to have others like her enough to want to be friends with her.
In his own snarky way, Snape helped her avoid the fate he had suffered when HE was in school.His bullying of Neville doesn't make him any better of a potions student, it just makes him nervous.
I beg to differ here.
Neville is a blatant disaster at Potions, and most likely a lot of other things as well. Yet Snape is able to motivate him sufficiently to learn the material well enough to pass finals and even his Potions OWL.
While his methods may not be pleasant, they ARE effective.
And Trevor obviously survived.Him chucking stuff at Harry when he intruded on his privacy wasn't justifiable. It was wrong for Harry to look at that, but Snape was the adult in a position of authority who could have taken house points or given detention, or talked to Harry about what he did wrong instead of having a fit of rage.
This being a British school, Snape could also have given him a thrashing. But he didn't. He just threw him out and tossed a few things. So to my mind Harry got off fairly lightly, given the egregiousness of his offense AND its deliberate nature.
(Corporal punishment of students is mentioned a few times in the books, including one time when Harry wonders if McGonagall will cane him. There's even a special form to be filled out, so it obviously was a disciplinary option available to members of the staff, even if most chose not to use it.)