Here's All the Proof You Need That Snape's the Worst Teacher at Hogwarts

Here's All the Proof You Need That Snape's the Worst Teacher at Hogwarts
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Severus Snape, the Potions master at Hogwarts, is widely considered one of the books' most controversial characters.

Although he is regarded as one of the heroes by the end, he spends much of his time in the series making Harry and the other students' lives a living hell.

Here are some quotes that prove Snape was the worst teacher at Hogwarts.

'Tut, tut-fame clearly isn't everything.' - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Even the book's first introduction to Snape does not paint him as an excellent teacher. After scolding Harry for no reason, he embarrasses him in front of the class. It's clear he had it out for Harry since the beginning.

'Orange, Longbottom…Tell me, boy, does anything penetrate that thick skull of yours?' - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Unfortunately, Harry was not the only student on the receiving end of Snape's bad temper. Neville was often teased terribly by the potion's master in class and made to look like a fool. Neville's treatment was so harsh, his boggart appeared as Snape, showing him to be his worst fear.

'That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger,' said Snape coolly. 'Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.' - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

We all remember the best teachers are the ones who encourage our learning instead of the ones who stunt it. Snape was undoubtedly the latter type, which was the most obvious in Hermione's case. Although she was often called the brightest in the year, Snape punished Hermione for being smart instead of supporting her intellect.

'How extraordinarily like your father you are, Potter…He too was exceedingly arrogant. A small amount of talent on the Quidditch field made him think he was a cut above the rest of us too. Strutting around the place with his friends and admirers . . . The resemblance between you is uncanny.' - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Imagine not only attacking a young student's character to their face, but also attacking their dead father's! Snape may have had his issues with James Potter in the past, but his behavior towards Harry is extremely unprofessional, totally uncalled for, and very damaging.

'It is Veritaserum—a Truth Potion so powerful that three drops would have you spilling your innermost secrets for this entire class to hear. Now, the use of this potion is controlled by very strict Ministry guidelines. But unless you watch your step, you might just find that my hand slips'—he shook the crystal bottle slightly—' right over your evening pumpkin juice.' - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Although Snape may not have been the only teacher at Hogwarts to threaten corporal punishment (we're looking at you Umbridge), there is no escaping that the threat of using a truth serum is abuse. Dumbledore set a clear example of how to respect the students at his school, yet Snape ignored this time and time again.