SORTING OUT SEVERUS SNAPE
Potions Master Severus Snape is perhaps the most complex and ambiguous character in the entire “Harry Potter” series. He’s cold, bitter and makes no effort to hide his extreme dislike for Harry. But as Harry works his way through Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore trusted Snape, and always encouraged Harry to do the same despite Harry’s long held suspicions that Snape was on Lord Voldemort’s side. Harry’s doubts appear validated when Snape murders a disarmed Dumbledore at the end of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and returns to Voldemort.
But as the events in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ unfold, Harry and fans alike will find out that there may yet be more secrets behind Snape’s black eyes.
Actor Alan Rickman was J.K. Rowling’s personal choice to take the hook-nosed Snape from the pages of her books to the movie screen. Once Rickman was cast, and prior to the completion of the book series, Rowling had conversations with the actor about the future direction of his character, one of the few actors the author would reveal such information to. Rowling would later explain that she wanted Rickman to understand his character’s motives and allegiances as he worked his way through the series since they wouldn’t be revealed until the very end.