Harry Potter - Severus Snape: Heel or Hero? - Beyond Hogwarts
Every interaction Snape has with Harry, his other on him in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The relationship between Dumbledore and Snape would be one of an unusually In addition, Harry later named his second son Albus Severus Potter in honour. At the end of the epilogue, Harry says that Severus Snape was the bravest man he ever JK of course you are right about the relationship between the 3.
The memories also show that as a Death Eater, Snape had revealed to Voldemort a prophecy made by Sybill Trelawneycausing Voldemort to attempt to prevent it by killing Harry and his parents. Snape, who had not realised until too late that the prophecy was referring to Lily and her family, asked Voldemort to spare Lily. Still in terror for her life, he also approached Dumbledore, admitted his actions, and begged him to protect the Potters.
Dumbledore chided him for thinking only of himself and not of Lily's husband and child, but agreed and ensured that they were placed under the Fidelius Charm. In return, Snape secretly allied himself with Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix as a double agent against Voldemort, using his powers of Occlumency to hide his betrayal from Voldemort. However, Snape demanded of Dumbledore that his love for Lily his reason for switching sides be kept a secret, especially from Harry, because of the deep animosity he felt towards Harry's father and his mixed feelings towards Harry who reminded him of both his love for Lily Potter and her death, and his animosity towards James Potter.
Dumbledore agreed and kept the secret throughout his life, although questioning Snape's request to "never reveal the best of you". Even with his efforts to protect her, Snape felt responsible for Lily's death at Voldemort's hands. Snape's memories then reveal that Dumbledore had impetuously tried to use the Gaunt ringwhich had been cursed by Voldemort, and had been suffering from a powerful curse. Snape's knowledge of the Dark Arts enabled him to slow the spread of the curse from Dumbledore's hand through his body, but he would have died within a year.
Dumbledore, aware that Voldemort had ordered Draco to kill him, had asked Snape to kill him instead as a way of sparing the boy's soul and of preventing his own otherwise slow, painful death. Snape's memories also provide Harry with the information he needs to ensure Voldemort's final defeat, in the form of conversations Snape had with Dumbledore.
She adds, however, that she would like to think Harry made Snape's true loyalty and heroism known in the Wizarding world, and that he lobbied to ensure that a portrait be installed in the office. As Albus is about to enter his first year at Hogwarts, he expresses concern that he will be sorted into Slytherin.
Harry tells his son, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them [Snape] was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew. He finds that in this reality Snape is still alive and still teaches at Hogwarts, and asks for his help.
At first Snape is suspicious of him, since this timeline's version of Scorpius is a bully and a Voldemort stalwart. But when Scorpius shows that he knows of Snape having been in love with Lily, Harry's mother — Snape's most closely guarded secret — Snape becomes convinced that he does indeed come from a different timeline where Harry and his friends won. Snape then reveals that he, together with the fugitive Ron and Hermione Grangermaintain the last remnants of Dumbledore's Army — still waging hopeless resistance against the all-powerful Voldemort.
In talking with Scorpius, Snape had learned that Harry would name his son "Albus Severus" and would regard Snape as "probably the bravest man I ever knew" — and is deeply moved.
Though having guessed that in the other timeline he would die, Snape nevertheless willingly helps Scorpius recreate this timeline — and being discovered by DementorsSnape sacrifices himself in order to cover Scorpius' escape.
Rickman was Rowling's personal choice to portray the character. But in his defence, I will add that he didn't have an easy adolescence, particularly during his studies at Hogwarts. Entertainment Weekly listed Rickman as one of the most popular movie stars in for his performance as Snape, saying: He is sarcastic, stubborn, etc, etc.
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But he is also fascinating. I have a lot of fun impersonating him. Rowling, ruminating on the ten years of working on the Potter films and thanking her for telling the story. Ina fan film prequel, Severus Snape and the Marauderswas released online and Snape was played by Mick Ignis. He has shoulder-length, greasy black hair which frames his face, and cold, black eyes.
He wears black, flowing robes which give him the appearance of "an overgrown bat". Personality Snape is generally depicted as being cold, calculating, precise, sarcastic, and bitter. He strongly dislikes Harry and often insults him by insulting his father James.
As the series progresses, it is revealed that his treatment of Harry stems from Snape's bitter rivalry with James when they were in school together. In particular, James and Sirius bullied Snape, which according to Alan Rickman caused the already lonely boy to further "shut himself in".
His temper, however, is sometimes short where Harry is concerned and positively flares when dealing with his erstwhile tormentor Sirius, or when accused of cowardice. His otherwise impassive and aloof attitude seems to stem from his belief that people who cannot control their emotions are weak. In an interview, Rowling adds that Snape is immensely brave,  and when asked if she considers Snape a hero, replied: An anti-heroperhaps.
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He is not a particularly likeable man in many ways. He remains rather cruel, a bully, riddled with bitterness and insecurity—and yet he loved, and showed loyalty to that love and, ultimately, laid down his life because of it. He specialises in potion making and has talent and passion for the Dark Arts. Sirius claimed that Snape knew more hexes and curses as a first-year student at Hogwarts than most seventh-years knew. Also as a student, Snape shows a rare gift for discovering new spells.
Lupin describes Sectumsempra as Snape's "speciality" in Deathly Hallows. Despite Sectumsempra's deadly power, Snape can also heal the wounds it causes. Skilful in the arts of Legilimency and especially OcclumencySnape is able to both access the minds of others and protect his own thoughts—indeed, though Snape does not care for the term himself, Harry forms the uncomfortable impression early in the series that the Potions Master is able to "read minds.
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Professor McGonagall later implies that Snape learned to fly without the use of a broom, a rare skill previously displayed only by Voldemort. This is rare for a Death Eater, as remarked in the last book, though Voldemort himself also had a Muggle father. Snape spent his early childhood living with his parents in a small house in Spinner's End.
Snape's family was a poor one and he is described as wearing ill-fitting clothes "that were so mis-matched that it looked deliberate". As a child, Snape was apparently neglected and his parents often fought with one another. Snape was very eager to leave his home to go to Hogwarts. Although the first five novels depict him as unfair and vindictive towards Harry and his friends, he invariably ends up protecting or otherwise helping them when they or their allies are in danger.
Several characters express doubts about his loyalty, but Dumbledore's trust in him is generally taken to be the final word. In the second chapter, Snape claims to have been working for Voldemort ever since the latter's return, and only pretending to help Dumbledore.
However, near the climax of the book, Snape leaves Harry his dying thoughts to be viewed in the Pensieve and ultimately reveals to Harry that he had been loyal to Albus Dumbledore throughout the series. The issue was given special attention in the marketing campaigns on behalf of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Borders Group published a separate book on the topic, The Great Snape Debate, containing essays and arguments from both sides of the debate. I think the coolest thing you can do with an audience is deny them a little bit of information. She believed the popularity of the character is due to the moral journey and inner conflict that Snape undergoes within the series, as it is the hero's struggle and costly redemption that really matter: And it is precisely this need for resolution—our desire to know the real Snape and to understand his choices—that makes him the most compelling character in the Potter epic.
Daniel Radcliffewho portrays Harry Potter in the movie series, expressed his delight, saying he was pleased to see that his theory that Snape would end up being a sort of tragic hero came through. Snape's fate, more than Voldemort's, perhaps more even than Harry's, is the most heartbreaking, surprising and satisfying of all of Rowling's achievements.
In an attempt to win back Lily's affections Snape joined the Death Eaters along with a group of his fellow Slytherins. Severus was made a member of the Slug Club presumably because of his talent at potion-making and Horace Slughorn kept a picture of him as a student, clutching his copy of Advanced Potion-Making. Despite this, Horace did not have many hopes for Severus's future, as his photograph was kept behind many others.
With tremendous difficulty, Snape prevented Lord Voldemort from learning the truth about his loyalties. Despite the opinions of most others including Harry during his early life, Albus Dumbledore trusted Snape for reasons that were kept between them both until their deaths. Despite Snape killing Dumbledore, it is learned that they had a special agreement for him to do so.
When he died, it was revealed that his deep strong love for Lily Evans caused him to redeem himself, joining Dumbledore's cause for her protection and, after her death, that of her son from Lord Voldemort. The relationship between Dumbledore and Snape would be one of an unusually strong loyalty, so much so that Snape agreed to kill Dumbledore upon the latter's own request. Before Dumbledore's death, Snape promised to protect the students of Hogwarts from the Death Eaterswho would inevitably take control of the Ministry of Magic as well as the school.
Snape later participated in the Battle of Hogwarts but was murdered by Lord Voldemort who mistakenly believed that Snape was the master of the Elder Wand an immensely strong and powerful wand that Voldemort deeply desired, as well as one of the Deathly Hallows when in reality, Harry Potter was the master of the Elder Wand, because Draco Malfoy had disarmed Dumbledore on the night of Dumbledore's death on top of the Astronomy Towerand Harry had disarmed Draco at Malfoy Manor.