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...the gospel according to Jo! What the creator of HP has said relating to SS/LE.

From a BBC Interview:

Jeremy Paxman: And Harry's mother? Did [Snape] have a crush on Harry's mother or unrequited love or anything like that?

JK Rowling: Hence his animosity to Harry?

Jeremy Paxman: Yes.

JK Rowling: You speculate?

Jeremy Paxman: I speculate, yes, I'm just asking whether you can tell us.

JK Rowling: No I can't tell you. But you do find out a lot more about Snape and quite a lot more about him actually.

~BBC Newsnight, 19 June 2003.

From a Radio Interview:

One of our internet correspondents wondered if Snape is going to fall in love.

(JKR laughs) Who on earth would want Snape in love with them? That’s a very horrible idea.

There’s an important kind of redemptive pattern to Snape

He, um, there’s so much I wish I could say to you, and I can’t because it would ruin. I promise you, whoever asked that question, can I just say to you that I’m slightly stunned that you’ve said that and you’ll find out why I’m so stunned if you read Book 7. That’s all I’m going to say.

You’ll find out a lot more about [Lily] in Book 5, or you’ll find out something very significant about her in Book 5, then you’ll find out something incredibly important about her in Book 7. But I can’t tell you what those things are so I’m sorry, but yes, you will find out more about her because both of them are very important in what Harry ends up having to do.

~The Connection (WBUR Radio), 12 October, 1999

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