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Snape in love?

Snape in love?

Q: Will Snape ever fall in love?
JKR: Who on earth would want Snape in love with them? That’s a very horrible idea.

— The Connection (WBUR Radio), 12 October, 1999 (Con: The Connection 1999)


Rowling is being very clever here, throwing us off the scent, suggesting that the very idea of love could never be associated with a man like Snape.

Love, however, was the overriding power in his life. True, his obsession with Lily Evans seems pretty far from true love, but it was as real as love could get for someone as emotionally damaged as Severus Snape, and all the decisions he made, all of his loyalties, all of his sacrifices were made because of that one true love of his life.

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