Oh, this was hard. I feel awful for not choosing Colin, but in the end I picked Tonks. She was so young - somewhere around 24 or 25 when she died, and I think Teddy should have had at least one of his parents. I chose Tonks instead of Lupin because Tonks was younger than him and hadn't seen as much or experienced as much in life. It really is tragic.
It just seems like a cruel twist of fate that Teddy lost his parents just like Harry did. I was a bit miffed with Rowling for that, actually - making orphans out of both of them. I understand that death chooses its victims at random in war, and no one was safe, but I would have chosen to protect Teddy's mother.
Snape was my second favorite character in the books (Harry is first), but I didn't spare him because, like Lupin, he had lived already. His line of work aged him beyond his years, and I believe he was ready to go. For the past sixteen years, ever since Lily died, he just kind of went with the motions, allowing himself to be used as Dumbledore's spy and also putting himself in grave danger. His death was awful, but I think that bringing him back wouldn't be doing him any favors. He was a miserable, lonely, self-loathing individual. His death was nothing short of a mercy. His heart died with Lily, and he now he can reclaim it again.
That's the way I see it, at least.
Edited by ToujoursPadfoot, 11 April 2011 - 12:48 AM.