"offhand mention of horrible torture that ~seems normal now~, causing looks of horror"
Yeah - the horrible torture that seems normal to him because he voluntarily joined a hate crime group designed to do exactly that to others, and oh whoops the psychopath in charge doesn't mind aiming it at his minions too if they screw up. JFC. I never cease to be amazed at how so many fans seem genuinely convinced that Snape had been wronged by a bigoted society more than, say, Remus or Lily. I mean, the way that they go on about 'anti-Slytherin bigotry' you'd think that they honestly believe that Slytherins are harder done-by in the wizarding world than werewolves or muggleborns.
Can I have a link to this fic series? I'll read it if I ever need something to mentally spork.