Ok, let’s be honest: 99.9% of us shed a tear when Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Professor Snape. At first, your brain is all, “YEAH! You deserve this!” But then you see the professor’s life and your heart is all *commence crying.*
If that wasn’t hard enough to bare, the heavens decided to take our beloved Alan Rickman much too soon. In his honor of his beautiful, caring soul, I’ve put together a list of lessons that Alan’s most famous character has taught us throughout our journey together.
1. People aren’t always who they seem to be.
For all but a few chapters/scenes, Professor Snape was the enemy…Harry’s enemy…our enemy! But he wasn’t. Snape was always watching and protecting Harry and the gang whether they realized it or not (most of the time, not). From Professor Quirrell attempting to cast a curse on Harry at the quidditch match to a werewolf nearly attacking the trio, Snape was guarding them.
2. People change.
Ok, Snape. I know you weren’t always good. After all, you were placed in Slytherin and became a Death Eater once you left Hogwarts. But once you saw what your leader did to Lily Potter, you changed! And if a Slytherin can change and learn to love and protect irritating pre-teen-know-it-all Gryffindors (sorry, Hermione), so can we.
3. Actions really do speak louder than words.
I’ll just leave this here.
4. Some causes are worth dying for.
Typically when things get hard, we tend to give up or give in. But not you, Snape. In the end, you knew that it was worth sacrificing the respect of your peers and, ultimately, your life, to rid He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named from society. You protected those who walked away from you until the end.
5. Unconditional love truly is forever.
“After all this time?”
We will truly miss you, Alan. Today, we are all Slytherin and we raise our wands for you.