20 years ago, magic landed in Brazil with the arrival of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stonel. the boy's life Harry Potter does not have an iota of magic. He lives with his uncles and cousin, who don't like him one bit. Harry's room is actually a closet under the stairs, and he has never celebrated a birthday in eleven years. Until, one day, Harry receives a mysterious letter, delivered by an owl: an invitation to study in an amazing place called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
There he will find not only friends, sports practiced on flying broomsticks and magic everywhere, but also his destiny: to be a sorcerer's apprentice until the day he will have to face the worst force of evil, the wizard who murdered his parents. But for that, Harry will have to go through a series of challenges and face countless dangers. In seven books that have become the biggest publishing phenomenon of all time, with more than 450 million copies sold and translations in 78 languages, Harry Potter is not just exposed to battles and spells.
He needs to overcome betrayals, surprises and, above all, learn to deal with his own feelings. Love, friendship and, of course, a good dose of magic and imagination, are the key elements for the greatest witch saga of all time. Written by J.K. Rowling, the narrative left the books and stopped on the big screen. With great performances, special effects, the characters, the story that made, is and will be part of every fan's daily life will get a new reinterpretation by HBO Max. However, this is a subject for another post. This article will extol the importance of Severus Snape. We know it's a love-hate relationship, but the spotlight won't just be Harry Potter, but the Half-Blood Prince.
I can teach to bewitch the mind and confuse the senses. I can teach you how to bottle fame and cook glory, and even put an end to death. – Severus Snape
knowing the character
One of the most controversial characters in the HP universe divides opinions among the public that does not define the love of hate for Professor Severus Snape. The character was born on January 9, 1960 and died on May 2, 1998. An important part of the Harry Potter series, it was created by author JK Rowling. In the Brazilian translation it received the name of Severus Snape.
As we can see in books as well as on screens, he is a person of great complexity, whose measured and coldly sarcastic exterior hides a deep anguish and emotions that even he is not able to demonstrate. From the beginning, Snape is a teacher who is hostile towards Harry. As the series progresses, Snape's character becomes more enigmatic and even deeper.
Your childhood was not easy, son of Eileen Prince, a thoroughbred witch, and Tobias Snape, a muggle, making him a half-breed wizard. Severus, whose father was neglectful and possibly violent, began to identify with his mother's family and created a secret nickname for his mother's maiden name, calling himself "the Half-Blood Prince." His unhappy relationship with his father may have been the source of his disdain for Muggles. It is likely that Severus did not have friends and did not receive affection from his parents. This lack of affection shaped Severus' bitter disposition and also his lifelong cruel behavior. The character was very important to Harry Potter later in his life, so much so that Harry named his son after him, Target Severus Potter.
We realized that Rowling had the audacity not to fully reveal the details of her true loyalties until the end of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. During the development of the series, Snape's portrayal changes from that mischievous and stalking teacher to an intriguing and morally ambiguous main character.
In the work, Snape is an exceptionally skilled wizard who teaches Potions at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the sixth book, he starts teaching the subject of Defense Against the Dark Arts, (leaving the Potions subject to Horace Slughorn) in a position known to have wanted throughout history.
Snape's attitudes are anyone's guess as he seems to serve the larger villain, Lord Voldemort, although Harry's mentor, Dumbledore, often advises Harry that, despite Snape's actions and animosity, he and his true loyalties are trustworthy. In the sixth book, Snape is responsible for the death of Dumbledore and becomes headmaster of Hogwarts. However, in the final chapters of the seventh book, he dies at the hands of Voldemort, attacked and mortally wounded by Nagini, serpent of the Dark Lord, revealing his memories and the real backstory of Harry, in his last minutes, to the reader. In the epilogue, Harry describes him as "one of the bravest men he ever met".
Is he the villain, the hero, or both?
We know that no matter how well made the adaptation of the original work, a lot of important things are left out. Watching the features and comparing them with the books, we realized that the screen version was “a little” toned down. Not much, not to detract from the essence of the character, but a few things could be included. Of course, we are aware of Snape's cruel posture and various missteps. He was once uncompromising with Lilian – his eternal passion-, with Hermione, Neville, Harry and many others. We'll show here a mix of Snape's controversial attitudes and regardless of whether you love him or not, it's impossible to deny that some of his attitudes were horrible that it's quite possible to understand those who disagree with the hero's treatment of the Hogwarts professor.
In the books we know that he suffered from bullying practiced by other students, especially by the James Potter gang. However, he reproduces this behavior with some students, such as Neville Longbottom who was one of Harry, Ron and Hermione's classmates in their Hogwarts days. Severus Snape was his Potions teacher and both in the book and in the adaptations for the small screen, we know that Neville was so afraid of Snape that his bogeyman, a creature that turns into the greatest fear of people, was none other than the figure. of the teacher.
Although on the big screen it was toned down, a very cruel passage reveals Snape's meanness towards Neville, who had difficulties with the subject, low self-esteem, and was still being pursued by other students at the Slytherin. As an example of this, in the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape makes Neville test a potion on his own frog, in order to punish the boy if he had prepared the potion incorrectly. When the animal drinks and survives, the teacher takes points from the Gryffindor because he assumed Hermione had helped the boy.
Other attitudes practiced by Snape were favoritism and unfair judgment. Whenever he could, he favored Slytherin, the house of which he was headmaster at Hogwarts. Often the teacher took points from Gryffindor students for no reason and awarded points to Slytherin students. A kind of childish attitude, unprofessional and dictated only by selfishness and tantrums with part of their students.
"This is the second time you have spoken uninvited," said Snape coldly. – Minus five points to Gryffindor for being an unpalatable know-it-all.” (Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9)
Unfortunately, Snape decided to join Voldemort, becoming a Death Eater. So it's hard to believe he was a good person. Snape was one of the Dark Wizard's most valuable Death Eaters. And that means, putting on Snape's account several deaths, tortures and destroyed families. So, to be a follower of Voldemort was to be complicit in all of this and to believe in the Dark Lord's fascist and genocidal values. And that's just inhumane.
Another character who suffered at his hand was Professor Lupin, who took up the role of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. Snape has replaced him in some classes and uses the content of the material to expose his classmate's werewolf status. All this because of the grudge held since his childhood, from the time when Remus Lupine and his friends, the Marauders, acted in an asshole way with Snape at school. However, Snape didn't understand that people grow, mature, and change their attitude. With the end of the third book, we see that Snape lightly talks about Lupin's lycanthropy, and this causes the professor to lose the only job he had ever gotten.
Even at the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape was willing to deliver Sirius Black and Rowing Lupine to the Dementors and this was part of his personal revenge and he suggested this to the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge. This is very cruel and inhumane.
From the very first day of Harry's class at Hogwarts it was clear that Snape hated the boy. Throughout JK Rowling's books, we see Harry spend little and good in the professor's hands in countless ways. But later, we learn of the troubled relationship the man had with James and Lilian in the past, and we understand why all the fuss.
Snape was cruel, threatening, disdainful and unfair to Harry whenever he had the opportunity. He did protect the young man from death, yes, but he made his life very difficult while he could.
Severus Snape was quite an asshole to women and that included his own friend and passion, Lilian, when she herself tried to help him. he called her Bad blood, a term aimed at wizards whose parents are Muggles, and is one of the biggest offenses one can say to another person in the Wizarding World. It's definitely not something anyone would say to a friend. As such, Lilian decidedly didn't want to have any more friendships with Snape after that, refusing to speak to him again, even though he kept trying to get in touch with her. He was unable to turn away from her at the same time that he only took actions that made her turn away from him.
Another victim was Hermione. In The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy fought a wand battle in the middle of Hogwarts corridor, which resulted in the Slytherin spell hitting Hermione. The magic caused the girl's teeth, which were already bigger than normal, to grow in a frightening way. Snape addressed the girl and said "I don't see any difference", something that made the girls cry and disappear from view, humiliated.
Another detail you should not know is why Snape betrayed Voldemort. Before the death of Harry's parents, a prophecy was made that the last child born in the month of July would be able to defeat the Dark Wizard. Soon, the Potters become Voldemort's target, as he learns of the prophecy from Snape who only asks him to kill father and son and spare Lilian's life. So Severus Snape betrayed Voldemort simply because he could never get over his obsessive crush on Lily and for him to have killed her - since it was obvious that little Harry's mother would protect him tooth and nail - and not because he cared about evil. instituted by the witch, responsible for a long list of murders and tortures around the world.
But it's not just evil that marks Snape's dubious resume, who has always been a hidden protector of Harry. Whether it's when he mutters the counter-curse that Quirrell put on the protagonist's broom. When Voldemort killed Lily Potter and tried to kill Harry, the boy became known as the "boy who survived". After Dumbledore explained to Snape that Harry had to die, the mestizo Prince he swore that he would protect Harry at all costs, guaranteeing the protection that had already been given by Lily at the time of her death. Another unknown and off-screen fact, Snape and Sirius reconciled at Dumbledore's request. Remember Godric Gryffindor's Sword? It was hidden in the lake by Snape and his patronus guided Harry to find it.
The fact is that Snape's most outstanding moment is his death. There, at that moment, all the wrongs and successes of his life run through his head and he did not only what you would expect from any main hero, but he showed that he has a lot of love inside him. And he sacrificed himself to save the protagonist.
The actor… Alan Rickman
The character was loved and hated by readers and critics, and Rowling went on to describe him as "a character blessing", whose story she already knew from the very first book. The actor Alan Rickman played Snape in all eight Harry Potter films, released between 2001 and 2011.
Alan Sidney Patrik Rickman, known as Alan Rickman, was born in Hummersmiyh, England, on 21 February 1946. The son of a middle-class London family, he lost his father at the age of eight.
Before dedicating himself to the profession that would enshrine him, he studied at Chelsea College of Arts and Design. He worked for a short period in a design studio. Together with some friends, he started a graphic design company, “Graphiti”, but after three years he decided he wanted to be an actor.
The actor has a résumé to be the envy of any professional in the field. Her television debut came in 1978, in a BBC network version of “Romeo and Juliet”. With the success of the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, Alan Rickman was invited to join the cast of “Tough to Kill” (1988), in the role of the villain “Hans Gruber”, the film that projected him internationally.
Alan Rickman also starred in "An Other World Novel" (1990), "Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves" (1991), when he won the BAFTA for best supporting actor, and "Reason and Sensibility" (1995) - this year side of longtime co-worker Emma Thompson.
In 1996 he received the Emmy Award and, in 1997, the Golden Globe for his performance in the miniseries “Rasputin”. That same year, he directed “A Little Chaos”, starring Kate Winslet. Despite his success in plays, TV series and film, Alan Rickman has become best known for his role as the mysterious professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
He was reluctant because he didn't want to be labeled a villain, particularly after Hard to Kill and I think Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” Columbus revealed.
It is very difficult to imagine another actor in Alan Rickman's place as Snape. The late actor embodied the character of Harry Potter perfectly, but almost refused to live the potions teacher. Something that came out is that Chris Columbus, director of the wizard's first two films, talked about how Rickman was harder to hire than other of his colleagues.
In the end, it was JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, who convinced the star to play Severus Snape. It is about the revelation about Snape being in love with Lily, mother of Harry Potter, and about how the professor has protected the boy from him all his life. In addition to these reports, he says a few things in the interview below.
After finishing in 2011 the last Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows: Part II) the star wrote a very emotional letter saying goodbye and telling how important it had been in his career.
“I just got back from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for the last time. On the screen were some flashback images of Daniel, Emma and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12 years old at the time. I also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. It seems like all life passed in minutes. Three children became adults. It all started with a phone call with Jo Rowling, in which she convinced me that Snape was more than an immutable outfit, and although only three of the books were available at the time, she held the entire huge but delicate narrative in her hands. After all, there is an age-old need for stories to be told. But every story needs a great storyteller.” – Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman passed away in London, England, on January 14, 2016, as a result of cancer. The actor is still remembered fondly by a loyal audience that will never forget him.
Always - SNAPE