It can’t be denied: Snape did a good thing. He protected Harry against Voldemort’s onslaught just because he loved Harry’s mom, who didn’t even love him back. He did a good thing and Harry Potter fans all around the world worship him for it. I’m not going to say he was problematic because of his feelings for Lily—even though seventeen years is a long time to grieve over a one-sided love—but let it not be forgotten how absolutely vicious he was. Also, he did in his youth legitimately admire and join the Death Eaters. Only just before Lily’s murder did he join the other team and work with the Order of the Phoenix.
I pass no judgement. I’m merely stating the facts. To me, this all just makes Snape a more complex character on the page. And it all comes out through his words. Here are some of the best (i.e. meanest) things Snape said. We’ll always remember him for the shade he threw.
1. It may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.
2. What would your head have been doing in Hogsmeade, Potter? …. Your head is not allowed in Hogsmeade. No part of your body has permission to be in Hogsmeade.
3. The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.
4. Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. ‘Ghosts are transparent.’
5. You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them—I, the Half-Blood Prince!
6. I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.
7. I may vomit.
8. Tell me, are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable know-it-all?
9. Control your emotions. Discipline your mind!
10. “But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”
“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!”
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.
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