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n. An ambiguous character in the Harry Potter series. He teaches the Potions class, speaks mostly in a whisper and snarls a lot.

In the books, he is a thin, spider-like man with a large hooked nose and greasy black shoulder-length hair. He wears billowing black robes and pretty much dislikes everyone.

In the movies, he is Alan Rickman in a non-wizardy but completely adorable outfit.
Fangirl: Aaaahhhhh! Cuteness!
Snape: Silence!
Fangirl: Sevvie-cakes!
Snape: DO NOT CALL ME THAT!
by Kalondo January 01, 2005
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A Potions professor at Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter series.

Snape is generally described as hook-nosed, greasy-haired, pale and thin. His demeanor towards Harry Potter is closest to loathing, for reasons unbeknownst to Harry, until the 7th Harry Potter book. In the final installment, Harry discovers that Snape loved his mother Lily. Snape also despised Harry's father, James, perhaps because of jealousy.

Although Snape hates Harry due to Harry's resemblance of James Potter, he sees his own love's eyes in Harry. Snape is largely responsible for saving Harry's life throughout his school career by working as a double agent for Dumbledore. His death is quick and without glory, but Harry spreads the knowledge of Snape's bravery in the years after his death.
Insert a beautiful doe Patronus, the same Patronus as his unrequited love's, Lily Evans, performed by Snape.

Dumbledore,with tears in his eyes: All this time?
Severus Snape: Always.
by kalikula August 04, 2007
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The greasy haired, hook nosed potions master in Harry Potter that "loathes"...mostly everything. Mysterious, and has a haunting past. Was a death eater, but turned spy for Dumbledore and the Order Of the Pheonix.

In the sixth book, Snape murders Dumbledore.

In the seventh book, Snape shows Harry why he did it. Turns out he loved Harry's mother, Lily, and turned to Dumbledore for help when he found out Voldemort was going to kill her (and her son and husband). When Dumbledore has one year left to live he asks Snape to kill him in order to help others.
Dumbledore: But this is touching Severus, have you grown to care for the boy, after all?
Severus Snape: For him? Expecto Patronum!
(A silver doe patronus like Lily Potter's emits from Snape's wand.)
Dumbledore: After all this time?
Snape: Always

Lily Potter: Does it make a difference, being Muggleborn?
Snape hesistated. His black eyes, eager in the greenish gloom moved over the pale face, the dark red hair.
Snape: No, It doesn't make any difference.
by goddessgurl2012 September 22, 2007
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is what many may call heroic, a daring, bold, brave, not-afraid-to-stand-up-to-the-Dark-Lord kind of person. Nowadays, we shorten it to badass.
Random person who just finished watching Deathly Hallows: Isn't Neville Longbottom just soo badass? He killed Nagini, Voldemort's horcrux!

Knowledgable person: Professor Severus Snape saved Harry's life several times and he played spy for Dumbledore. He's more badass than Neville Longbottom!
by LilyxEvans July 28, 2011
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The Potions Master at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. In book 6, he became the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and in the 7th, became the Headmaster and got killed by Lord Voldemort's snake, Nagini. To this day, no one knows if his portrait resides in the Headmaster's room, but seeing as how he was a one, most guess yes. He at first had a goatee in the book's illustrations, but since portrayed by Alan Rickman, he apparently shaved it off. He has many fangirls (me included), but I am one of the sane ones, people. He is also extremely hot. And yes I had to say that.
Severus Snape is extremely smart and handsome. He loves Lily Evans, who marries James Potter instead, and turned over to the good side the moment Voldemort threatened her. I love him, but I know that it will never happen.
by Kyui11 June 15, 2009
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(Beware of SPOILERS)

The Potions Master at Hogwarts.

Likes: (Defense Against the) Dark Arts, Lily Evans, Potions, Lily Evans, Scaring first-years, and Lily Evans

Dislikes: James Potter, Harry Potter, Voldemort, and a lot of other things...

He's also quite a good runner. Nobody runs faster than "Snape confronted with shampoo."
My name is Severus Snape and I love potions, and Lily, and potions, and Lily.
by Lit. November 25, 2007
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one of the kindest, bravest, gentlest, sexiest men dumbledore has ever known.
Severus Snape is one of the kindest, bravest, gentlest, sexiest men I have ever met
by Musicnotegirl November 06, 2010
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