Remembering Alan Rickman: 4 Life Lessons from Professor Snape

“If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.” (Alan Rickman)

The world loses wonderful people every day, but last week, the performing arts community lost an incredible man and performer: Alan Rickman. In honor of his life’s work and his unforgettable role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, we’ve put together a list of life lessons that we learned from Professor Snape.

4 LIFE LESSONS FROM PROFESSOR SNAPE

  1. Fight for what you believe in (even if it means sacrificing your reputation at times).

Professor Snape devoted his life to fighting for the right side in the wizarding world, but he did so behind the scenes. He appeared to most students as a harsh and unloving professor, and he was willing to sacrifice a positive appearance for the sake of fighting for his beliefs and the people he loved. He never faltered in his support for Dumbledore and his mission to protect the world from evil regardless of how he had to present himself to Hogwarts students to protect what he was fighting for.

  1. Loyalty will win out in the end.

Snape’s loyalty is a complicated topic because it wasn’t fully uncovered until the very end of the book series. Regardless of the specific person he was loyal to, he committed himself to the good side, and he majorly contributed to the good side’s victory over Voldemort and the Death Eaters. His contribution of memories (which were a result of his loyalty to Lily and Dumbledore) were a turning point in the final battle and helped Harry and his friends win the fight against evil.

  1. Stand up for those who will make the world a better place.

Snape could have easily been taken under Voldemort’s wing, but his love for Lily and appreciation for Dumbledore allowed him to stand and fight for young people that brought the wizarding world out of a very dark time. One moment in particular that comes to mind occurs in the third book of the series when Snape shields Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Professor Lupin when he is in his werewolf form. The Snape that readers knew at the time could have easily let Lupin get to the three students, but he protected them because he knew that they had so much to offer the wizarding world.

  1. Do everything with love.

Fighting for good, remaining loyal to your friends, and standing up for others—these actions all stem from one major lesson we can learn from Professor Snape. Do everything with love. His love for Lily Potter motivated his life’s work of protecting Harry and helping to defeat Voldemort. His love for Dumbledore gave him the courage to die for the right cause. Though he seemed rather harsh and insensitive at times, he used these unlikeable qualities to put himself in a position to protect and care for those who needed him most.

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