It's annoying as fuck to have people tell you that the only reason you like Snape is because of Alan Rickman. This is true for some fans but I'm fairly certain that most of us read the books before watching the movies. Most of us don't picture Rickman when we think of Snape. This is a character who both challenges and encapsulates binaries. Red & Green, Ugly & Lovely, Light & Dark etc. But no, we like blogging intellectual meta so much because Rickman's voice makes us act like dogs in heat.
I hate everything about this sort of comment, if I’m honest.
…because it’s all about attempting to devalue someone else’s enjoyment of a character or of fandom; it’s all about suggesting that you don’t really understand the character, and it’s a crude way of attempting to prove their own fandom credentials as being superior to yours.
But here’s the funny thing; there’s an obsession that people have about being a PROPER FAN - as if reading something a week earlier than someone else means you have more of a right to enjoy the media than someone else, as if liking the books before the films makes your opinion more credible, as if someone who first read Potter in 2017 cannot offer insight into the world because they weren’t around from the start.
With that in mind, I appreciate that the anon here doesn’t love Severus because of Rickman (I am a funny stance in the middle, really - because I love Rickman, but the Snape in my head is not Rickman) - but even if you do love Snape because of Rickman, that doesn’t make you any less of a fan, nor does it mean that your opinion is any less credible.
It’s all ludicrous, and is merely an effort to devalue your contributions. Just laugh at people who post such things; it says more about them than you. It’s evident to me that most people who post about Snape appreciate exactly what you’ve outlined in your ask - the beautiful juxtapositions and contradictions in the character…and really, it feels as if people who accuse fans of liking Snape solely because of Rickman are still failing to grasp Snape’s character - because they simply cannot fathom any other reason for liking him.
More fool them.