Alan Rickman, one of the most loved and most warmly admired British actors died in London today at the age of 69. Rickman had been suffering from cancer. His death has shaken many and as a tribute, we would like to give you 17 reasons why Severus Snape was the best Harry Potter character of all time.
All hail Severus Snape!
There is, of course, no disputing the fact that Snape is the best character in the Harry Potter universe – but just what makes him so compelling?
Originally cited as a villain, he kept readers guessing to the very end and years later, with his story complete, fans still remember him fondly.
These are just some of the reasons that no other Harry Potter character can come close.
1. He has the best lines. He is cutting and scathing throughout and his withering put downs are simply unbeatable. From the legendary ‘Mr Potter. Our new celebrity’ to ‘What would your head have been doing in Hogsmeade, Potter?’ the guy has a unique way with words – if there was a sport of Quippitch, Snape would be the Seeker.
2. He doesn’t get starstruck. The Harry Potter being a celebrity thing got a bit tiring, but Snape never bought into the fandom. Regularly reminding Harry that he was nothing special, what better way to keep the lad grounded while Colin Creevey was taking snapshots?
3. He keeps Hermione in her place too. Look, we love Hermione, but the desperate hand waving when she knew EVERY answer must have grated a bit on students and staff alike. Therefore Snape calling her an ‘insufferable know-it-all’ was a strangely enjoyable moment.
4. He keeps you guessing. Few literary characters have provoked such discussion as Snape. Not until the very end did we know what he was truly all about. And it really kept us readers on our toes.
5. His look. For every school’s Gilderoy Lockhart with their showbiz smile and glittering teeth, there is a Snape in the building who just doesn’t give a sh*t. Vanity is lost on Snape – hooked nose and greasy hair are all part of his charm.
6. He is sensitive. He may put up a barrier or ten, but beneath the dark and sinister exterior beats a heart of true love. We all teared up at him revealing he had always loved Lily.
7. He’s unpredictable. Whenever there was a Snape chapter, you just had to sit up a little straighter and pay attention. You just never knew what he was going to do next – especially when he was in a bad mood during double Potions. *gulp*
8. Because Alan Rickman. Was any actor born for a character in a more perfect way? Rickman IS Snape.
9. He’s actually a hero. Look, forget Harry ‘Never Out Of The Hospital Wing’ Potter – Snape had the balls to infiltrate Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters and risk his life on a daily basis. He even went as far as becoming more loathed than the Dark Lord himself by killing Dumbledore just because the Headmaster asked him to.
10. He’s loyal. And that act of bumping off the beloved protector of Hogwarts just proved that there was a reason Snape was the one Dumbledore trusted most in the world. He was prepared to put himself in danger for the good of Hogwarts and the wizarding world. And no matter how many doubts we all had along the way, he proved himself again and again.
11. He has many layers. He’s a lover and a hater. He’s sarcastic and scathing and yet has a heart. He’s strong and yet he’s vulnerable. Snape took on every personality. And nailed them all.
12. He protected Harry. Harry wouldn’t have got past book one if it weren’t for Snape. Rescuing the boy wizard he felt contempt for from Quirrell’s spells was just the start of Snape being a very secret bodyguard. From Duelling lessons to Occlumency training, Snape had Harry’s back. And Harry was pretty useless without him, let’s be honest.
13. He gave zero f***s. If Snape had something to say – or wanted to convey his loathing for something – he would do it. From that very first glare in the Great Hall, Harry and co knew that Snape would always play by his own rules. And we just loved the fact he didn’t care about upsetting people. Except Lily, of course.
14. He’s intelligent. There’s something deeply attractive about a clever character – and Snape was always ahead of the game. Except for Dumbledore, he was the only one who always had his finger on the pulse on what was actually happening. Add in his curt, eloquent way of delivering insults, and we were dealing with a serious brainbox here.
15. He was the underdog. Bullied at school, not exactly easy on the eye and the victim of unrequited love, Snape was someone we ended up feeling sorry for. Not only that, he was completely relatable to readers. Or, is that just me?
16. He’s corrupt – and it’s hilarious. Fifty points from Gryffindor for breathing. Yep, Snape really wanted Slytherin to have that house cup!
17. He went from being hated to loved. How many characters start off being the most loathed and end up being the one we all love the most? Snape had the power to turn us from seething wrecks to his biggest fans – and there’s a huge power in that as readers can be very hard to win round.
There will never be another character quite like Severus Snape!
RIP, Alan Rickman! We will forever miss you.
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