Is there any evidence that Severus Snape from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter was ever loved romantically by a woman? If so, please provide evidence that he was loved - canon evidence only, please.

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    You could argue that Lily may have at least liked him romantically for a time.
    – ThruGog
    Aug 2, 2015 at 19:35
  • Well, if you count his out-of-universe fangirls then sure! :P
    – Obsidia
    Jul 3, 2017 at 21:54
  • Honestly, probably not. Lily did care for him for a while, but he was in love with her and only her for his entire life. I can't imagine if there are any women he'd be around who would care for him. Oct 1, 2021 at 22:54

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JKR says "no". In an 1999 radio interview for WBUR Boston, she explicitly confirmed that Snape is utterly unlovable (by others) and implicitly confirmed that his only love was for Lily (who's dead).

Lydon: Er - one of our connec- ... one of our internet correspondents wondered if Snape is going to fall in love?

JKR: Yeah? Who on earth would want Snape in love with them, that is a very horrible idea. Erm ...

Lydon: But you'd get an important kind of redemptive pattern to Snape

JKR: It is, isn't it ... I got ... There's so much I wish I could say to you, and I can't because it'd ruin ... I promise you ... whoever asked that question, can I just say to you that I'm - I'm slightly stunned that you've said that - erm - and you'll find out why I'm so stunned if you read book 7. And that's all I'm going to say.

If JKR says that no woman would want to be loved by Snape, it follows logically that the opposite must be true (e.g. that no woman could love him, because who would want their love to be unrequited?).

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    Where does she say no? "Who on earth would want Snape in love with them" is technically a question, not a statement, right? (Even though the easiest way to interpret it is as a rhetorical question implying "there is no such person.")
    – wyvern
    Aug 2, 2015 at 7:27
  • @sumelic - I really don't see any other way to interpret it. If you listen to her tone in the audio (rather than reading the transcript) her meaning is crystal clear.
    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2015 at 7:31
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    That's the Snape of "today", and note that this is before the release of Snape's memory (DH). I don't have a reference, but didn't JKR specifically mentioned that if it weren't for Snape's increasing obsession with Dark Arts, Lilly would have...? Aug 3, 2015 at 8:06
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    @bilbo_pingouin - I don't disagree with what you're saying. By the same token, however, nothing in DH suggests that he enjoyed her romantic love
    – Valorum
    Aug 3, 2015 at 11:38
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    @Valorum It is also possible JKR was trying to trick the readers or keep them in the dark, since the interview is from 1999, and only 2 or 3 books has come out at that time. Any little hint of his affiance with Lily could have ruined the twist we see at the end.
    – Sandun
    Apr 12, 2021 at 6:36

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