The most misunderstood character of the Harry Potter literary universe is none other than Severus Snape, who was played wonderfully by Alan Rickman in the films. From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows, Harry always suspected Snape had malicious intentions. But Snape was actually one of Albus Dumbledore’s most trusted allies. That’s all because of the love Snape had for Harry’s mother — Lily Evans Potter. Looking back on everything Snape went through, he is one the most beloved characters within J.K. Rowling’s book series. But these Professor Snape quotes will remind you that while he did everything in the name of love, he wasn’t always nice about it.
It’s easy to understand why Harry couldn’t stand Snape since, from the get-go, the professor treated The Boy Who Lived like garbage. Yet Snape at his sassiest makes for some of the best Harry Potter quotes. But on the other end of the emotional spectrum, quotes from Professor Severus Snape also highlight just how tragic his life was. Even though Snape despised James Potter — and thus, Harry — he pined for Lily his entire life, and devoted the latter half of it to protect Harry from Voldemort no matter what. Could he have done it with a more kindness? Sure. But then he wouldn’t be the Snape that we loved to hate and then loved to love.
No matter how many years pass, Snape will forever be beloved by Harry Potter fans for guarding Harry in Lily’s stead. And since he never received any credit for it while he was living (except perhaps from Dumbledore), it only seems fair to honor him now. Because while Severus Snape may be gone, his words will be with us always. So here are 29 of the most memorable Professor Snape quotes from the Harry Potter books.
1“Ah, yes. . . . Harry Potter. Our new — celebrity.”
2“I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”
3“You don’t want me as your enemy, Quirrell.”
4“Or maybe . . . he’s waiting to hear why you two didn’t arrive on the school train.”
5“That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger . . . Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.”
6“What would your head have been doing in Hogsmeade, Potter? . . . Your head is not allowed in Hogsmeade. No part of your body has permission to be in Hogsmeade.”
7“How extraordinarily like your father you are, Potter . . . He too was exceedingly arrogant. A small amount of talent on the Quidditch field made him think he was a cut above the rest of us too. Strutting around the place with his friends and admirers . . . The resemblance between you is uncanny.”
8“You might be laboring under the delusion that the entire wizarding world is impressed with you . . . but I don’t care how many times your picture appears in the papers. To me, Potter, you are nothing but a nasty little boy who considers rules to be beneath him.”
9“So I give you fair warning, Potter . . . pint-sized celebrity or not — if I catch you breaking into my office one more time —”
10“There. . . . There. The Dark Mark. It is not as clear as it was an hour or so ago, when it burned black, but you can still see it. Every Death Eater had the sign burned into him by the Dark Lord. It was a means of distinguishing one another, and his means of summoning us to him. When he touched the Mark of any Death Eater, we were to Disapparate, and Apparate, instantly, at his side.”
11“Then you will find yourself easy prey for the Dark Lord! … Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers! He will penetrate your mind with absurd ease, Potter!”
12“You do know why we are here, don’t you, Potter? . . . You do know why I am giving up my evenings to this tedious job?”
13“That is just as well, Potter . . . because you are neither special nor important, and it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters.”
14“I don’t need help from filthy little Mudbloods like her!”
15“He is mediocre to the last degree, though as obnoxious and self-satisfied as was his father before him.”
16“I have played my part well . . . And you overlook Dumbledore’s greatest weakness: He has to believe the best of people.”
17“The Dark Arts . . . are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.”
18“I do not take cheek from anyone, Potter . . . not even ‘the Chosen One.‘”
19“Ah . . . Aunt Bellatrix has been teaching you Occlumency, I see. What thoughts are you trying to conceal from your master, Draco?”
20“Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. ‘Ghosts are transparent.'”
21“Do you know what I think, Potter? . . . I think that you are a liar and a cheat . . .”
23“You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them – I, the Half-Blood Prince!”
24“DON’T . . . CALL ME COWARD!”
25“Look . . . at . . . me . . . “
26“I wish . . . I wish I were dead.”
27“Would you like me to do it now? . . . Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?”
28“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 —”
Just like Snape continued to love Lily long after she was dead, Harry Potter fans feel the same about Snape.