I've been reading essays about Snape out the wazoo recently. (There's a lot of good stuff in the memories at hp_essays.) Anyway, I just read one * that made me tear up. I didn't tear up when he killed Dumbledore, for God's sake. He's going to die in the seventh book and I'll be inconsolable. </pessimist> * - I doubt the essay will interest very many people reading this. I included a link just for completeness.