Severus. Freakin'. Snape.
♫ I'm too sexy for my robes... too sexy for my robes... ♫
Hero. Villain. Readers are always wondering which side he's truly fighting for. Aside from the ever-awesome Lord Voldemort, he's the richest and most complex character in Rowling's novels. *dodges bullets from Dumbledore fans* Yes, Dumbledore is rich and complex and uber-smart and incredible, but you know from the start the type of person he is--an honest and kind advocate for justice.
Snape? Not so much.
It might be all that black wardrobe action. It might be the abrupt ways he cuts off his students (i.e., Hermione). I don't know 100% what it is about him that appeals to fans, but I do have a theory.
He's a badass with a heart.
Deep down, there's something beating in that body of his.
Very. Deep. Down.
And that's why he's so much fun to read about--you're always looking for that moment when he'll show his heart to the world. When it happens, it. Is. Epic.
What about you? Got some love for Snape? Or do you wish someone would Avada Kedavra his boo-tay?