Snape Appreciation Month: Day #4 - Spy for the Order of Phoenix
“He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession.”
― Ian Fleming, Casino Royale
In other words - a spy has always to be a spy and not let their guard down even for a second. To sum up his role - he was a spy for the Order, gathering information about Death Eaters’ activities while pretending to be Voldemort’s spy gathering information about Dumbledore’s actions.
What we see through the books is a carefully crafted persona, presenting us the man and the enigma at once, whose actions, words and morals are left ambiguous and whose real allegiance remains unknown till the very end. It may be safe to assume, I suppose, it would have probably remained a secret forever if not for the memories he gave Harry. He is someone who has to carefully consider every action he takes and every word he says lest they reveal his true allegiance. Someone who goes back to Voldemort after his revival, a few hours late, and still manages to live through it all and come back. Someone who’s almost constantly observed and who may never be sure if the person he talks to should be trusted or not.
Ladies and gentlemen, a moment of appreciation for the Spy Extraordinaire - Severus Snape. The very man who has managed to fool almost everyone into thinking that he was one of the Most Bad Guys™, fully supportive of their cause - Voldemort (who killed him because of the wand and not for betrayal), Death Eaters, the Order Memebers, the Wizarding World and quite a good portion of readers who still believe it to this day.