Harry Potter fans have long speculated about the relationship between Severus Snape and Lily Potter, the mother of the series’ titular character. In a series of tweets on November 27, 2015, author J.K. Rowling finally answered the question of whether or not Snape was in love with Lily.
The answer is yes. Rowling explained that Snape’s unrequited love for Lily was the driving force behind his resentment of Harry’s father, James, and by extension, Harry himself. Snape’s feelings for Lily were so strong that he was willing to risk his life to protect her son, even though he had no obligation to do so.
The story of Snape and Lily’s relationship is a tragic one. Lily and James had been childhood friends, and when they grew up, they fell in love and married. Snape, who had been in love with Lily since they were children, was heartbroken. He was so jealous of James that he became determined to get revenge on him.
Snape’s jealousy and hatred of James only grew when Lily chose to marry him instead of Snape. Snape’s bitterness and resentment towards James and Harry continued even after Lily’s death. He was still unable to let go of his feelings for her, and his unrequited love drove him to protect Harry from Voldemort.
The story of Snape and Lily’s relationship is a heartbreaking one. While Snape was never able to express his true feelings for Lily, his love for her was strong enough to motivate him to protect her son even at the risk of his own life. Rowling’s revelation about Snape and Lily’s relationship has only added to the complexity of the beloved character, and it is sure to be a topic of discussion among Harry Potter fans for years to come.