Lesson Learned from Prof. Snape

As I checked my Facebook account, I saw a post of a Harry Potter page, wishing Snape a happy birthday. Severus Snape, I believe, is a character of the Harry Potter series that readers like myself hated and then loved. J.K. Rowling had masterfully written the books.
Snape, the villain I loathed and the hero whose death I mourned. 
The twists were intelligently plotted that's why she surprised us with the revelation in the 7th and last installment of Snape's sacrifices. Snape appeared as a deceitful, cunning character who loathed Harry for being his father's son and who betrayed Dumbledore's trust. But in the end, we discovered that right from the very beginning, Snape did all that he could to protect Harry out of his love for Lily, Harry's mother.

We can derive a lot of lessons from Prof. Snape but the one that I want to point out now is how his character showed us that oftentimes, things are not what they seem.

Although our society has raised us to believe that actions speak louder than words, such doesn't hold true all the time. Most of the time, out of self-preservation (I guess), we choose to hide our real intentions and feelings. The person you accuse to be spreading rumors about you might just turn out to be the one who actually got your back. Or it could also be the other way round, where a friend is not actually a friend. An ex, who appears happy with someone else, might be dying to get back with you.

This brings us to the realization that we shouldn't enclose people or situations in labels, tags, boxes or judgments. We can never be 100% sure of anything or anyone.
Snape hid his heart from people by putting a stern front. 
Again as what Prof. Snape's character showed us, no matter how convinced we are of our perception, things or people are not always what they appear to be.

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