…I finished the Harry Potter series. Um. … … I think I already knew that Snape is supposed to turn out a good guy in the end; what I can’t decide is whether Rowling did an incredible job playing him up as a treacherous vermin, or a really lousy job glossing the story so he’s good. The main clue that he’s good (that I remember) was some hesitancy to take the unbreakable oath, which happens at least a book and a half before his story is revealed; meanwhile, I can’t make out why Dumbledore would have been pleading with him. I can make stuff up, but then I’m writing the story. With situations like that, isn’t the ‘actual fact’ supposed to make just as much sense as the illusion you’re supposed to believe?
(I did enjoy the series, though, don’t get me wrong.)