For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with Harry Potter. While growing up, I always wanted to be Hermione. In my view, she was intelligent, caring, and beautiful. (Most importantly to 7 year old me, she also had bushy, curly hair.)
As I’ve grown older, I can relate more to the characters in the series. Sometimes, I can be wacky and unconventional like Luna. Other times, I’m intelligent and caring like Hermione. However, I’ve found the character I have connected with the most, is Alan Rickman’s character, Severus Snape. This may sound crazy, but I honestly tried to avoid coming to terms with this. Now, we all know these are fictional characters in a fictional world, but I did not want to associate myself with this type of character.
I’d like to add that over the years I have been sorted into Slytherin through Pottermore. Once, I lied and got sorted in Gryffindor. However, most recently I took the new quiz and got sorted into Ravenclaw! Not sure how I wholeheartedly feel yet with being sorted into Ravenclaw, but I don’t plan to retake the quiz.
Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Snape really has helped guide me through certain situations in my life. Seeing someone go through emotions similar to the book, helped me see the humanity that Snape actually had. Of course, I am my own person and in no way am I identical to Snape, but I found a connection with him.
Overall, I’m glad I have these characters close to my heart. I can look to Luna for my creative side, Hermione, for being caring and intelligent, and to Snape for being a little like me. I am proud to see parts of myself in all these characters.
Thank you Alan Rickman for the work you have done.