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@RevJen - Deathly Hallows & HP series spoilers

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I disliked that Snape was good.  Really.  I didn't like that all of his awful actions we really for the good.  I just didn't buy it and I wanted him to be bad.  Just how I felt.

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  • What would it have added to the story if he had been pure evil?

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  • Snape ISN'T good, though. He's still a total dick...obsessed to the point of being creepy, he was legit awful to Harry through the series, he's not a nice person. He did some things that redeemed him, but I wouldn't call him GOOD.
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  • Snape ISN'T good, though. He's still a total dick...obsessed to the point of being creepy, he was legit awful to Harry through the series, he's not a nice person. He did some things that redeemed him, but I wouldn't call him GOOD.
    @Young_Love put it perfectly.  Snape had at least one redeeming quality, but he wasn't "good." 
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  • True.  I felt that because Dumbledore always trusted him, JKR had to have Snape not evil, like the equivalent of a 'boy & girl living happily ever after" ending.  What would it have added to the story?  I don't know.  But what if Dumbledore had been wrong the entire time?  What if Snape really killed Dumbledore because he was just a nasty wizard, not because it had been planned?  Harry says that Snape was the "bravest man he knew".  Would you consider a guy who is just cruel to be brave?  And then Harry names his kid after him? 
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  • I didn't like it at first either, tbh.  But over the years, I've come to realize just how brilliant his character is.  He's probably one of the most lifelike characters ever.  I include him in the Jamie and Claire category in that he could just step off the page and breathe.

    I never got the happily ever after vibe from his story.  And yes, I think that someone can be a right bastard but do something altruistic.  That's what it was.  As sad, bitter and misguided as he was, he protected Harry to the best of his ability for Lily's sake.  Even when his feelings for James spilled over onto Harry.

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  • RevJen said:
    I didn't like it at first either, tbh.  But over the years, I've come to realize just how brilliant his character is.  He's probably one of the most lifelike characters ever.  I include him in the Jamie and Claire category in that he could just step off the page and breathe.

    I never got the happily ever after vibe from his story.  And yes, I think that someone can be a right bastard but do something altruistic.  That's what it was.  As sad, bitter and misguided as he was, he protected Harry to the best of his ability for Lily's sake.  Even when his feelings for James spilled over onto Harry.
    This is what I thought as well. It's part of what made him so real to me.

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  • I agree with RevJen. He is such a complex character and I loved wondering all along whether he was good or bad. I was shocked during The Prince's Tale chapter but loved how it was all wrapped up.
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