Best Severus Snape Quotes from Harry Potter

Alan Rickman was an acting legend. I liked him in many roles over the years but it was his part in Harry Potter that I enjoyed the most most. Severus Snape quotes is packed with my favorite sentiments, sayings and quotations.

It was in the books that I met and loved this character for the first time. So I enjoyed reading through them all again and picking out gems of wisdom from The Potions Master who then became the Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor and the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

These quotes have been handily organized for you into the correct book order and sequence. The quotes are taken from the actual Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling rather than the movies. Bookmark the page so that you can enjoy reading through these - Always!

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The Best Pick of Severus Snape Quotes from the Harry Potter Books

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Severus Snape is one of my all time favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. Alan Rickman really played this complex character to absolute perfection. Enjoy a reminder of the best quotations from this legend.

Best Severus Snape Quotes from Book 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's / Philosopher's Stone

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"Ah, yes, Harry Potter. Our new - celebrity."

"You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensaring the senses ... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death - if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."

"Tut, tut - fame clearly isn't everything."

"Be warned, Potter - any more nighttime wanderings and I will personally make sure you are expelled. Good day to you."

"You don't want me as your enemy." to Quirrell

"Professor Quirrel ... was talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin."

Quotations from Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

"Most unfortunately, you are not in my House and the decision to expel you does not rest with me. I shall go and fetch the people who do have that happy power."

"Excuse me,' said Snape icily, 'but I believe I am the Potions master at this school."

"If I ever find out who threw this," Snape wispered, "I shall make sure that person is expelled."

"Mr. Malfoy, come over here. Let's see what you make of the famous Potter."

"A bad idea, Professor Lockhart," said Snape, gliding over like a large and malevolent bat. "Longbottom causes devastation with the simplest spells. We'll be sending what's left of Finch-Fletchley up to the hospital wing in a matchbox."

"Deliberately causing mayhem in Snape's Potions class was about as safe as poking a sleeping dragon in the eye."

Quotations from Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

"What was your head doing in Hogsmeade, Potter? Your head is not allowed in Hogsmeade. No part of your body is allowed in Hogsmeade."

"That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger. Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all."

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"Longbottom, at the end of this lesson we will feed a few drops of this potion to your toad and see that happens. Perhaps that will encourage you to do it properly."

"Well, well, Lupin. Out for a little walk ... in the moonlight are we?"

"Possibly no one's warned you, Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss Granger is hissing instructions in his ear."

"How extraordinarily like your father you are, Potter," Snape said suddenly, his eyes glinting. "He too was exceedingly arrogant. A small amount of talent on the Quidditch field made him think he was a cut above the rest of us too. Strutting around the place with his friends and admirers ... The resemblance between you is uncanny."

Quotations from Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"You might be laboring under the delusion that the entire wizarding world is impressed with you," Snape went on, so quietly that no one else could hear him, "but I don't care how many times your picture appears in the papers. To me, Potter, you are nothing but a nasty little boy who considers rules to be beneath him."

"There. The Dark Mark. It is not as clear as it was an hour ago, when it burned black, but you can still see it. Every Death Eater had the sign burned into him by the Dark Lord."

"Fascinating though your social life undoubtedly is, Miss Granger," said an icy voice right behind them, and all three of them jumped, "I must ask you not to discuss it in my class. Ten points from Gryffindor."

"Oh but of course ..." Snapes black eyes glittered as they fell on Rita Skeeter's article. "Potter has to keep up with his press cuttings ..."

"All this press attention seems to have inflated your already overlarge head Potter, " said Snape quietly.

Sirius Black on Snape: "Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in seventh year, and he was part of a gang of Slytherins who nearly all turned out to be Death Eaters."

Quotations from Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

"Moronic though some of this class undoubtedly are, I expect you to scrape an "Acceptable" in your OWL, or suffer my ... displeasure."

"And Crabbe, loosen your hold a little. If Longbottom suffocates it will mean a lot of tedious paperwork and I am afraid I shall have to mention it on your reference if you ever apply for a job."

"Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily - weak people in other words."

"It is true, however, that those who have mastered Legilimency are able, under certain conditions, to delve into the minds of their victims and to interpret their findings correctly. The Dark Lord, for instance, almost always knows when somebody is lying to him. Only those skilled at Occlumency are able to shut down those feelings and memories that contradict the lie, and to utter falsehoods in his presence without detection."

"The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure."

"The usual rules do not seem to apply to you, Potter. The curse that failed to kill you seems to have forged some kind of connection between you and the Dark Lord. The evidence suggests that at times, when your mind is most relaxed and vulnerable - when you are asleep, for instance - you are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord."

Famous Severus Snape Quotes from Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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"Avada Kedavra!" [Snape kills with these words - I won't say who in case you've not read the book yet]

"Oh, very good....Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. 'Ghosts are transparent.'"

"You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them - I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn my inventions on me, like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so ..."

"Another ten points from Gryffindor. I would expect nothing more sophisticated from you, Ronald Weasley, the boy so solid he cannot Apparate half an inch across a room."

"Don't call me COWARD! Your father only took me on when it was four to one. What would you call him?"

"And - forgive me - you speak of dangers ... you were facing six teenagers, were you not?

"I have played my part well," said Snape. "And you overlook Dumbledore's greatest weakness: He has to believe the best of people ..."

"The Dark Arts," said Snape, "are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible."

"You ask where I was when the Dark Lord fell. I was where he had ordered me to be, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, because he wished me to spy upon Albus Dumbledore. You know, I presume, that it was on the Dark Lord's orders that I took up the post?"

Severus Snape Quotes Deathly Hallows Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

"Would you like me to do it now? Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?"

"I have spied for you, and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter's son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter -"

Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.

"Hide them all, then. Keep her - them - safe. Please." [About the Potter family]

"Look ... at ... me ..." [Snapes last words to Harry]

Dumbledore on Snape: "Severus Snape was indeed a Death Eater. However, he rejoined our side before Lord Voldemort's downfall and turned spy for us, at great personal risk. He is now no more a Death Eater than I am."

Severus Snape is the absolute master of snide remarks and appears to take an instant dislike to Harry Potter which makes sense when you read later books. Severus turns out to be one of the most complex characters in the series. You are certainly kept guessing as to where his loyalties truly lie - right until the final 7th book. Read the book and read them again to enjoy their full meaning.

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