Any fan of Harry Potter knows that Severus Snape was neither completely good, nor completely bad. He was shades of grey, both selfish and selfless, and that’s probably why fans all over the world adore him. Despite being a “villain” character and consistently antagonizing Harry Potter throughout the entire book/movie series, he remains one of the most popular and recognizable characters. Why?
Here are 5 reasons Harry Potter fans just can’t help but love Severus Snape:
5.) His sass – Snape was without a doubt, the sassiest and most sarcastic character in the series. He was, at times, cynical, commanding, bitter, and malicious … and the audience loved him for it. It just goes to show that everybody loves a good sasshole.
4.) His flair for dramatics – The head of Syltherin House never simply walked, he strutted. He never simply looked, he glowered. He never just walked out of a room, he always had to make an entrance. Despite being so stoic, Snape definitely had a low-key love of drama.
3.) He was myserious – Harry Potter is truly a literary masterpiece, but it’s not like most characters were hard to figure out. Voldemort, bad. Harry and friends, good. Severus was the only character that kept the audience on their toes throughout the entire series, and his actions always kept fans guessing.
2.) He was relatable – Okay, the whole “being a wizard” thing is probably not something most of us muggles can relate to. But, like most people, he was neither completely good not completely bad. J.K. Rowling herself tweeted “Snape is all grey. You can’t make him a saint: he was vindictive & bullying. You can’t make him a devil: he died to save the wizarding world.” Basically, Snape was imperfect and human, just like everybody else.
1.) Everything he did, he did for love – Snape’s unrequited love for Lily is one of his most distinctive traits. He grew up troubled and neglected, and it wasn’t until he met Lily Evans that he ever found his first friend. Over the course of their friendship, he fell in love with Lily. Lily may have chosen James Potter and even gave birth to Harry, but Snape never got over his first and only love. Her death and the grief and guilt he felt because of it drove Snape to make all the decisions he made, like turning against Voldemort and secretly helping Harry the entire way, and it ultimately led to his death. When Dumbledore asked, in astonishment, if Snape still loved Lily, “after all this time?”, Snape responded with “Always.” The Half-Blood Prince had his faults and was definitely no hero, but he lived and died for love, and for that, fans will always love him.
Sadly, the wonderful actor Alan Rickman passed away January 14th, 2016, after a battle with cancer. Whether you loved or hated Severus Snape, let us put our wands up for the actor that brought a little more magic into our lives.
Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.