Tragic Hero Severus Snape

Brittany Reichow

Qualities of a tragic hero

1. The hero is not perfect and has flaws.
2. The hero's downfall is their own fault sometimes caused by the hero's flaws.
3. The tragedy may leave people sad but not completely depressed.
4. The hero's downfall is not a loss their is always a point made.
5. A noble character that has greatness.

6. The hero's misfortune is not ultimately deserved.

Qualities applied to Snape

Severus Snape completes many of the requirements to be a tragic hero and overall he was a tragic hero. He had started off bad turned spy and in the end had been the good guy that helped Harry Potter succeed overall.
1. The hero is not perfect and has flaws Snape is a death eater and works for evil until he turns over and becomes a spy. He holds grudges Snape held a grudge against Harry Potter just because his father was James Potter. Since James bullied Snape and then took his girl Snape held the grudge over Harry.
2. Overall his tragic flaw that caused his downfall was his love for Lily Evans. He loved Lily so much that he set out to protect her son Harry and in the end ended up dieing for that love.
3. When Severus dies Harry is sad but he knows that he has to keep moving to make sure that he and so many others did not die in vain. Throughout the Harry Potter series their are many deaths and throughout those times someone is always sad over that loss but all the character's know that they helped in every way they could in order to get to their final destination.
4. In the end Severus's downfall is his death but their was a point made and that is not to judge a person. Throughout the series many people thought of Snape as a bad person but in the end he turned out to be on the good side. So many people prematurely judged Snape and their predictions on him were false.
Snape was the real hero


“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.
These quotes from the deathly hallows show that Snape was watching over Harry for a very long time because many movies before that in the prisoner of azkaban the patronum of a doe came to save Harry's life.
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