8 Snape Memes That Sum Up His Role In Every Harry Potter Movie

David Zaslav recently announced that Warner Brothers would like to continue expanding the Potterverse. While no future projects have been confirmed, the HBO CEO stated that they would like JKRowling to continue collaborating with them and creating new stories in the wizarding world.


This is excellent news for fans who are missing certain beloved characters like Severus Snape. The antihero in Harry PotterThe series starred in several plot twists in the films. In seven years he went from prime suspect to core ally. To this day, fans fondly remember his redemption arc, and the iconic character has become a constant meme across the internet.

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In The Philosopher’s Stone, Snape is Harry’s biggest hater

In the first part of the film, Snape takes on the role of the villain. His dark demeanor, the way he treats Harry, and his position as Head of Slytherin make Harry and his friend suspicious of the Potions Master. It made a lot of sense, because while Snape wasn’t nice to anyone, he was particularly spiteful to Harry.

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There is no doubt that Snape played a crucial role in defeating Lord Voldemort, but he was a terrible teacher. The way he constantly bullied Harry throughout the films for things that weren’t his fault is totally irrevocable. Since the movies focus on Harry’s point of view, this meme perfectly sums up how Harry had to endure the hatred of a teacher he didn’t know without understanding his reasons.

In the Chamber of Secrets, Snape endured Lockhart’s antics

Though Harry deeply hated Snape for most of the series, even he had to admit that he preferred him to Gilderoy Lockhart. The incompetent Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher was unbearable not only for Harry and the rest of the students, but for the teachers as well.

Snape in particular had to tolerate him when Lockhart singled him out to help him with a dueling lesson (one of Lockhart’s worst teaching decisions). Although Snape looked annoyed at having to be a part of this circumstance, he clearly enjoyed beating Lockhart easily throughout the duel. However, the biggest part of the scene is the fact that Snape accidentally taught Harry his favorite spell, Expelliarmus.

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape seeks revenge on the Marauders

In which Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry learns a lot about his parents, particularly the fact that they were part of a group known for their annoying behavior called the Marauders. One of the main dynamics, which sums up the Marauders perfectly, is that they constantly bully Snape, who is having a hard time letting go of his grudges against these Gryffindors.

This film not only traces the complexities between Harry’s parents and friends, particularly the betrayal of Peter Pettigrew, but also the unequivocal hatred between Snape and the Marauders. These tensions dictate many of Snape’s actions, even attempting to have Sirius murdered by the Dementors and arranging for Lupine to be fired. However, just like in the meme, as much as Snape tried his best to make the best of the situation, he ended up not being able to retaliate in the way he wanted.

In the Goblet of Fire, Snape spends all his time distrusting Harry

Just as Harry is always suspicious that Snape will finally reveal himself to be the villain, Snape always believes that Harry is behind every annoying behavior in the castle. During the fourth film, Snape is particularly wary of Harry, as he believes he is the one stealing the ingredients for Polyjuice from his closet.

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This meme features the most common facial expressions of the Potions Professor, who usually shows a suspicious gesture on his face when looking at Harry. Unfortunately, Snape was wrong. Barty Crouch Jr. was the one who took Snape’s ingredients to be able to disguise himself as Alastor Moody. Perhaps if Snape had focused less on Harry he could have figured out Barty Crouch Jr.’s plan and prevented Voldemort’s return.

In Order of the Phoenix, Snape and Harry’s hatred reaches a climax

One of the most powerful wizards in the Harry Potter series, Snape excels at Occlumency. Not for nothing could he make Voldemort believe he was his most loyal servant. Unfortunately for Harry and Snape, this meant that the potions master was giving Harry special classes in this magical field. However, the hatred between these two characters did not allow Harry to study Occlumency, which ended with Sirius’ death at the Ministry of Magic.

This meme specifically describes the core of their tense dynamic: Snape’s hatred of Harry’s father. Peering into Snape’s mind, Harry discovers why Snape hated his father so much ever since James and Sirius bullied him while they were at Hogwarts. However, Harry was sure that James was a good man and Snape was a bad guy. Eventually Harry realizes that the world is not black and white and both his father and Snape are complex people.

In The Half-Blood Prince, Snape murders Dumbledore to save Draco Malfoy

An image of Snape talking to Draco and Dumbledore in meme format

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While there is no way to save Snape as a character, as much as he played a crucial role in Voldemort’s defeat, what the Headmaster inflicted on him was not one of Dumbledore’s best decisions. In this film, Dumbledore forced Snape to kill him to protect Draco Malfoy.

This meme is a perfect summary of Snape’s difficult journey through the sixth film. Although this scene only appears in as a reminder Deathly Hallows Part 2, it accurately depicts Snape’s struggle at the moment. Although Harry and the magical community thought Snape was a simple killer in league with Voldemort, it turned out he was much more.

In Deathly Hallows Part 1, Snape works as a double spy without Harry’s knowledge

In the first part of the last part of the series, Snape becomes the headmaster of Hogwarts and Voldemort’s most trusted Death Eater. However, unbeknownst to any party, his role in Dumbledore’s plan, Snape actually helped Harry and the Order of the Phoenix defeat Voldemort.

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Harry, who had to witness Dumbledore’s cold-blooded murder at Snape’s hands in the previous film, confronts him. This hilarious meme reprises Snape’s role in the film very well because he hasn’t yet revealed to Harry the motive for murdering Dumbledore in the Astronomy Tower. Technically, the double spy had carried out Dumbledore’s agenda, which goes very well with the hilarious “doing electrical” part of the meme.

In Deathly Hallows Part 2, Snape gives Harry his tears

In the films most shocking plot, Harry learns of Snape’s true loyalty and the explanation for his contradictory actions. This meme encapsulates Snape’s role not only in this film but throughout the franchise and the way the fandom was quick to forgive him after the final film in the series.

This unique act and the series of exploits Harry discovered in Snape’s memories made Snape a hero. So much so that Harry named one of his children after the misunderstood potion’s teacher. However, many fans believe that Snape’s actions don’t even remotely redeem the Potions Professor, as James and Lily suffered a horrible death thanks to him.

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