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10 Reasons Severus Snape Is the Best 'Harry Potter' Character

He didn’t care what (almost) anyone thought about him.

Snape was always the underdog, even among the Hogwarts professors. He was odd, aloof, and impossible to figure out, but he never let people’s comments affect him. He didn’t care if he was loved or hated; he was going to do whatever he wanted to do anyways. He did care what Lily thought, though, and this kept him on the good side even when he was teetering between good and evil.

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He always had Harry’s back.

Snape was never exactly friendly to Harry's face, but he was always looking out for Harry behind the scenes. He saved him from Professor Quirrell’s curse on the Quidditch field, taught him Occlumency, and showed him how to duel. Even though Harry did not appreciate any of those things at the time, Snape did them anyway.

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He kept everyone grounded.

Snape was one of the only Hogwarts professors who was not starstruck by Harry and refused to treat him like a “celebrity.” He regularly let Harry know he was nothing special, and even though his remarks seemed mean at the time, his words kept Harry from developing too much of an ego. Snape also kept Harry’s friends in their places, as he also called Hermione an “insufferable know-it-all.” He did not have a lot of tact, but you could never really argue that he was wrong.

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He had the best wit in the series.

Snape was highly intelligent, so nearly all of his lines were hilariously clever. One of my personal favorites occurred after Harry accused Malfoy of giving Katie Bell the cursed necklace without any proof. Snape said, “You just ... know? Once again you astonish me with your gifts, Potter. Gifts mere mortals could only dream of possessing. How grand it must be, to be the Chosen One.” I still laugh out loud at this line because as much as I love Harry, he did have a tendency to jump the gun sometimes, and Snape never failed to call him out on it.

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He always kept us on our toes.

When I first started reading the series, I never would have guessed that Snape would end up becoming one of the greatest heroes of them all. I always saw him as the villain, as Harry did, and I definitely never predicted that he was the Half-Blood Prince! I never knew what Snape was about to do next, and that’s what kept him so intriguing to me. He was the wild card of the series.

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He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Snape stood up to nearly everyone when he disagreed with them: James, Dumbledore, Malfoy, Bellatrix, and even Voldemort once or twice. He was always the outcast when he was in school, so he knew what it felt like to have everyone walk all over him. When Snape became an adult, he decided to not take it anymore and let everyone know what he thought and why, and he was usually right.

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He realized his mistakes and worked to amend them.

Snape knew a huge reason why Lily never loved him the same way he loved her was because of his fascination with the Dark Arts. He did some horrible things when he was younger, but when Lily died at the hands of the Dark Lord, Snape vowed to protect Harry at any and all costs. Harry never would have made it past his first year if it wasn’t for Snape, and the whole world may have never been free of Voldemort if it weren't for Snape's efforts.

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He was incredibly loyal.

Snape knew his life would change forever the moment he killed Dumbledore, but he went through with it anyways because he knew it was Dumbledore’s final wish. He also spent his life protecting Harry, even though he hated no one more than he hated Harry’s father, James. He didn’t let his own selfish desires get in the way of helping his allies when they needed him most.

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He sacrificed everything to bring down Voldemort.

Snape sacrificed his own safety by being a double agent for Dumbledore and pretending to be loyal to the most evil villain in the world. He sacrificed his dignity and reputation in the wizarding community when he killed Dumbledore and took over as headmaster. In the end, he sacrificed his own life and gave Harry the information he needed to bring down the Dark Lord. He never really got what he wanted out of life, but he accepted it and sacrificed himself in order to give the rest of the world a better shot.

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He proved that there is no such thing as pure good or pure evil.

Snape was complicated and imperfect, and he sometimes let his emotions cloud his judgement. Underneath it all, Snape had a good heart. He did some bad things in his life and he sometimes struggled with his dark side, but he didn’t let that overwhelm him. As tempting as it probably was to let Harry struggle against Voldemort all on his own, Snape didn’t do that because of his love for Lily and the one piece of her that remained: her son. He is the most relatable character because he embodies our feelings of jealousy and anger, but he did something that a lot of us could never do. He didn’t let any of the accusations, hate, or cruelty stop him from doing what he knew was right.

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