Day 15 – Favorite male character
SEVERUS SNAPE from The Harry Potter Series
He was the first male character that popped into my head when I read this day’s challenge. And I have several reasons as to why Snape is my favorite male character. There’s just so much about him that every reader admires.
In the first 6 books of the series, Snape was considered by many as the vilest and most hateful character, except perhaps Voldemort. Even for me, he was the worst possible professor Hogwarts has ever met. He is so biased of his house, unfair with students, unapproachable, unfriendly, and very cold. From the very beginning, he seemed to hate Harry for no apparent reasons. Every part of the books just depicts him as an evil man.
But then, we come to the 7th book, the last of the series. And there, we all witness the revelations about the life of Severus Snape. Every truth hidden behind his despicable actions were revealed and suddenly, the readers were slapped with the realization that this hateful man was actually the bravest and most loving man in the book. We came to understand that his aversion to Harry was because of his past rivalry with James, Harry’s father. His attraction to the Dark Arts and Lord Voldemort was actually an act in order to save Harry, the son of Lily—the girl Snape loved his whole life. And we also got a glimpse on his relationship with Lily during his childhood years. In that, we realize how painful it was for Snape to watch his great tormentor snatch the only girl who really accepted him as a friend.
I guess I just admire Snape because I can feel his struggle with himself in protecting Harry, the son of the girl he loved the most and the man who made his life miserable during their years at Hogwarts. A normal person would have let Harry die, given that kind of circumstance. But Snape disregarded his hate and anger, and focused on preserving the only living reminder of Lily. He let his love overpower all the negative feelings he had to the point of sacrificing his own life, being the spy to the most evil wizard known to the magical world. His everlasting love and true bravery was a big key to Harry’s survival. Even though he knew that people would look at him like some scum and forever shun him, he still continued to play the role of Voldemort’s lap dog.
Severus Snape gave everything just to show his deepest love for Lily, even though he knew that it will never be consummated. And he even tried everything he could to prevent Lily’s death. After so many years, his love for Lily never withered. It was the kind of incredible love, a love very rare that nothing can ever compare. And I think that these reasons are enough for me to love his character. Truly, he is worth my respect and admiration.