Severus Snape is my favourite ficticious ‘villian’. Villian is the wrong word. Character I love to hate? But that’s the thing, I don’t hate him. Try as I might, there is something about Snape that just makes me feel sorry for him and want to reach in and give him a big hug. I guess you could say I hate to love him. He is so evil to Harry, so vile and repulsive that you’re meant to despise him. You’re meant to wish death upon him, but when death does come upon him, I can’t help but shed a tear.
Of course, he was never really bad, but you don’t discover that until the seventh book. That’s something that really annoys me about the series in general; Harry spends so long hating him and thinking he’s a Death Eater and then all of a sudden he admires him so much he names his son after him? (Side note, Albus Severus is one of the more disgusting names I’ve ever heard of.) I just don’t think that after seven years of pent-up hatred (plus the inherited hatred of his father and god-father) he should be so… forgiving. So quick to forget one of the main underlying story lines of the series? Sure, he had reasons, and good reasons at that, but I honestly don’t think anyone is really capable of that kind of instant forgiveness from a hatred so strong.
Whatever. Not what this post is about. It’s about how awesome Snape is. I mean, he’s been in the storyline from before day one. He and Lily were childhood friends.You can’t get more involved than that. The fact that he was a double agent? Cool points. We know he was the weird kid at school, the one you laugh at (or, you know, in the case of the Marauders, hang him upside down and take off his pants), the one who doesn’t take care of his appearance and is well, simply odd. He’s the underdog in every sense of the word. He never finds love, his enemy marries his life-long crush, so as much as he wants to hate Harry, the spitting image of James, one look into his eyes and he sees Lily, and he feels a certain need to protect him (as first seen in book one at the quidditch match). As much as he detests ‘Potter’, and wants to, he simply can’t hate him with every fibre of his being. And that’s why I love him.
JK Rowling has stated numerous times that Snape is one of her favourite characters to write, and I can see why. He has so many levels. He’s so complex, you can’t help but get drawn into his absorbing storyline.
And let’s face it, if he wasn’t one of the coolest of them all, he wouldn’t have the key role in ‘The Mysterious Ticking Noise’. So let’s hear it, an ode to Snape:
Snape, Snape, Severus Snape…
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