If you are a Harry Potter fan, you are probably aware of how controversial a character Severus Snape is. I’ve heard countless people criticize his behavior and talk about how horrible some of his actions were. I’ve heard people talk about how his creepy obsession with Lily did not justify him bullying a bunch of kids.
And I’m hundred percent on board with that. I agree that Snape’s behavior is pretty much unjustifiable. However, what I’m tired of is the same thing being repeated over and over again. Snape isn’t cool. We get it. Can we move on?
While I get that Snape’s actions were horrible, one cannot really deny he played an important role in bringing down Voldemort. History is filled with morally grey characters who have done great things for less than honorable reasons. That doesn’t lessen their achievements. And Snape is a prime example of that.
So is Snape a good role model? Definitely not. We’re his actions unfairly glorified? Perhaps, I need to reread the books to decide that. Does he deserve to be remembered at all? I believe, yes. His determination, though misguided was admirable. He may not have been a good person. However, he was an interesting, complex character, and describing him as an ‘abusive asshole’ etc only serves to reduce him to a one dimensional character which he was not.
What is your opinion on this?