I am no great poet, but I am a great fan of Harry Potter. Upon receiving an assignment to retell a well-known story through poetry, my mind immediately flooded with Harry Potter related ideas. I decided on retelling the story of Severus Snape, since I find him one of the most fascinating and complex characters in literature.
Warning: If you have not read/ seen Harry Potter, this will make no sense and ruin the story.
The moment Harry began his first year
The Potion’s Master could readily see
A hateful face but eyes he once held dear
The one he’d sworn to protect entirely
And through his misinterpreted deeds
Severus Snape brought help and not harm
Although he scolded, ignoring all pleads
To his word he stayed true, without conform
Yet hate and pain kept their hold on him
With bonds unyielding as iron, as steel
A certain three always punished on a whim
The power of memories that couldn’t heal
After Harry won the goblet, light was shed
Snape was a Death Eater in days gone by
The baleful beast of Snape’s past showed its head
And all wondered where his loyalties could lie
The ambiguous beast showed itself once more
When Harry finds Snape was once tortured by
Marauders, a familiar group of four
Could that lifeline of hate be justified?
Then he does what seems unforgivable
When the Half-Blood Prince slays Dumbledore
Thus looked as if he chose the way of the skull
Guarding the truth in his corridor
At last the professor comes into the light
All he did was for the sake of love lost
Through heartache, conformed to do what was right
Protecting her son at the greatest cost
Under the cruelty, the spite, and the hate
Beneath layers and layers he did show
A man who was brave, who had love so great.
Did Severus Snape prove himself a hero?