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 '15 at 19:35
  • Well, if you count his out-of-universe fangirls then sure! :P – Mal Jul 3 '17 at 21:54

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.

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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 '15 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 '15 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...? – clem steredenn Aug 3 '15 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 '15 at 11:38

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