A Clue to Harry Potter's Professor Snape...?

Part of what I am going to say is old news: Severus Snape's character could be based on a Roman ruler of Britain in the early part of the 3rd century. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severus_Snape )

However, I have a bit to add....

I am researching a bit of information for my Shakespeare paper and am reading Machiavelli's The Prince. In one of the chapters/sections, he refers to Septimus Severus, saying of the ancient rulers, "all except Severus came to a bad end. For in Severus was so much virtue that, by keeping the soldiers his friends, although the people were overburdened by him, he was always able to rule happily because his virtues made him so admirable in the sight of the soldiers and the people that the latter remained somehow astonished and stupefied, while the former were reverent and satisfied." Additionally, I saw where he brought a century of peace to Britain. Despite the fact that it has been reported that J.K. Rowling created Snape based on a hated teacher, I believe that my theory of Snape's redemption may be correct! Septimus Severus seemed to cause a lot of trouble in the beginning, but he ended with some good things. I don't think that Snape will turn out to be horrible. I could be wrong, but it is confusing that he abandons everyone else except for Malfoy in the last book published...and we must remember that he had promised Narcissa Malfoy to protect Draco. So, I think something is up...but, then, I am biased.

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