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It’s been a week since Alan Rickman’s death, and both the wizard and muggle communities are still mourning over the irrevocable loss. There will never be another actor who can portray the sheer brilliance of our beloved Professor Snape with such precision and authenticity. Here’s reminiscing the memories of one of our favorite characters in the Harry Potter series and enlisting the reasons why he deserves a place in our hearts forever.
1. An ideal lover
This obviously stands as the undisputed winner among all the points. How else do you manage to gain a top spot in “most romantic quotes of literature” by uttering just a single word? His “ALWAYS” is the dream of all love birds out there.
Be it the change of his Patronus to a doe, the same as that of his love – Lily or his relentless effort in saving the child he despised – Harry, because he was Lily’s child; Snape is THE MAN to look up to for love goals. No character can portray “unconditional love” in such an immaculate manner as he did. He is the example of how true love can bring an absolute positive transformation in a man (well, technically a wizard). Love made our dear Professor Snape.
2. An epitome of valor
Well, back off Voldemort and get over yourself. “He Who Must Not Be named” was the nightmare of every wizard, and rightly so. The wizard community had never seen a villain so lethal ever. Still, this man challenged both Voldemort’s intellect and power all by himself, and we can’t deny the fact that Voldemort possessed an immeasurable amount of both these qualities. To fake being a confidant to the most dreaded wizard and play the role successfully till his last breath makes Professor Snape the best teacher of courage and strength and, of course, valour.
3. A combination of wit, wisdom, and intellect beyond comparison
You don’t just become “The Half-Blood Prince” out of the blue. From his mind-boggling puzzle for guarding the philosopher’s stone to his innovative notes that made Harry a genius at “potions,” Snape surpassed the definitions of smart and canny. Well, it takes a genius to dupe the most powerful wizard and devise plans beyond human imagination to bring about his downfall.
Wisdom, you ask? – “Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair” is what he tells Harry in his private occupancy classes.
Wit you ask? – “Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent.” Yes, you all can let out a “high-pitched giggle” now.
4. A stolid man uninterested in appreciation and certification from the world
Isn’t that an answer to how a perfect man should be? We don’t need to stress that the world today is all about pretentious people sacrificing their values for fame and recognition from strangers and acquaintances alike. And here was this man, alien to diplomacy, ready to be hated for who he was not, obscuring from the world all his remarkable traits. If you do not idolize this man, we know not who you do.
5. A self-made warrior
It is clearly implied that Snape had a tough time during his childhood. He was a half-blood and belonged to a poor family. His relationship with his father was an unpleasant affair, and he grew up as a socially awkward and reserved child with little amenities at his disposal. He is also shown to be bullied by James and his group. He lost the love of his life to another man and ultimately to death. But all this didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greatest wizards playing a pivotal role in cleansing the wizard community from the greatest evil that the wizarding world could witness.
What more can I say about Professor Snape? He was simply the best, and it took us so long to realize that!!