“Always….”

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I have spied for you, and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter—’ 

‘But this is touching, Severus,’ said Dumbledore seriously. ‘Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?’ 

‘For him?’ shouted Snape. ‘Expecto patronum!’ 

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. 

‘After all this time?’ 

Always,’ said Snape.   

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ,J K Rowling

 

” Always..” – This one small string of alphabets magnified the persona of Prof. Snape enormously….What made it so special was a question which haunted me for years. As an ardent Harry Potter reader I grew up hating the sinister ‘ Professor of Potions’ who always threatened Harry’s existence at Hogwarts. It took seven books and thirty three chapters to throw light on the mysteries and enigmas that have surrounded this character . I never would have guessed that Snape would emerge as one of the truest heroes of this saga. At the pint where I knew Professor Snape saved Harry and the extent to which he cared for Harry’s deceased mother lily, I had a huge lump in my throat…

A truly magical,noble and self sacrificing character he is, I revere J K Rowling for the way she made me think about unearthing the goodness buries deep under human hearts ..

As one  among millions of  readers expresses..-“I love J.K. Rowling but I don’t know if I will ever forgive her for introducing me to a world I can never really be a part of. “

 

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