The Bravest Man I Ever Knew
January 09, 2009, 06:09 AM
Today, the calendar on JKRowling.com marks another birthday, but for us here at Leaky, this marks a day meant for reflection, remembrance and perhaps even celebration of a character who so vividly filled the pages of the Harry Potter series. To some, this character will remain a nasty, unpleasant man, a villain, others love and adore this complex and fascinating character who still merits long discussion in our fandom. To Harry, he was, quite simply, the bravest man he ever knew.
Happy Birthday, Severus Snape!
i never thought a book could make me cry unless it was an incredibly sad scene. but i did cry at “albus severus…the bravest man i ever knew”.
i had hoped SO MUCH that he would turn out to be the man i thought he was, and it felt so good, not only to see it actually play out that way, but to see harry so strongly aknowlage him as such!
i was SO FRIGGIN’ HAPPY!!
Happy Birthday, Professor! :D
Happy birthday, Severus. <3
Happy Birthday Severus. Just for the record, I never doubted trusting you. I miss you terribly.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SNAPE!!!,.I think you are one of the most complex characters ever,and really the bravest man ever. SNAPE IS A SYTHGRIFF!a brave slytherin!=D
Happy birthday Severus!
Happy birthday, Severus Snape! Your sacrifice will always be celebrated. As will your hair.
Oh, this is also the birthday of my dead best friend, she would have liked to share her birthday with Snape…
Happy birthday Sev!
We have an incredible advantage (as readers) to know the thoughts and feelings of Harry. But in the final moments, when we discover the “real” Severus Snape, and his motivation, it is such an epiphany … the depth, complexity, torment, loneliness, and tragedy of his life. Truly a conflicted and horribly damaged person … a person capable of compassion and unsurpassed rancor, one can only feel sorry for him and admire him at the same time.
A MARVELOUS Character study!
Snape was the most AMAZING character,
Happy birthday Snapey:D
There were two points in Deathly Hallows when I completely broke down: one, when Neville killed Nagini. And two, when Harry bent down to his young son and said quietly, "Albus Severus . . . he was the bravest man I ever knew . . . "
Now where’s that elf-made wine gotten off to? I need to toast Severus!
Here’s to Prof. Snape:
A True Wizard on the Inside.
Happy birthday Snape! You are truly the most wonderful and complex anti-hero in all of literature. I hope you somehow manage to reconcile with Lily and the marauders in the afterlife. That would make me really happy.
“Good night, sweet prince and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
-Shakespeare (if anyone’s curious about the quote, it’s part of Horatio’s eulogy for his best friend Hamlet. I don’t know, it seemed appropriate here for some reason, I guess because Snape’s death really reminds me of Hamlet’s now that I think about it and I’m a Shakespeare geek (I really hope I got the quote right, it’s been quite a while since I’ve read Hamlet and I’ll be forever ashamed if I got it wrong), so anyway I’m going to stop before I start making comparisons between the characters of Snape and Hamlet. I can already think of a ton of similarities just as I’m writing this, I guess that’s what I get for being an English major and being taught to overanlyze everything, but darn it, there really are a lot of similarities between the two characters, both in terms of character personality (Hamlet would probably be in Slytherin too, lol) and even some elements of the plot too; someone should definitely write an essay on this. That would be too awesome.