Half-Blood Prince Fan answers
Madam Scoop quotes JK Rowling as saying that if we know Dumbledore's patronus and boggart, we will know too much about (book 7, I think) But look at this -
Sunday 15 August 2004
J K Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival
What form does Dumbledore’s Patronus take?
"Good question. Can anyone guess? You have had a clue. There was a little whisper there. It is a phoenix, which is very representative of Dumbledore for reasons that I am sure you can guess."
If Dumbledore's patronus is a phoenix - that rises from the ashes - I am guessing that Dumbledore comes back. What do you think? This would make Snape so not a villain.
Rowling says she will end Book 7 with a little catch-up on each "surviving" character's future. This is what Dickens always did, and for the same reason - people get so involved with individual characters. The famous story is that, in the epilogue of David Copperfield, Dickens forgot to mention Jip (the dog), so had to go back and insert a line. Personally, I don't think Snape will survive, but if he does, perhaps he will go on to be more respected and have a position in life that he wants.
Topic 2 - Ego Dystonia
I really enjoy WhySnape because of your comments based on your professional background as a teacher. Well, as a social worker, I want to introduces you to the concept of "ego dystonia". Basically, the difference between a personality trait and a personality disorder is whether the trait is "ego dystonic" or not - i.e., does it a) bother you or b) interfere with your life. I think the great thing about Snape - and I don't think Rowling realizes this - is that his unpleasant attributes don't appear to be ego dystonic. He functions well, is relatively successful, at least as much as anyone else in the books, and I suspect he likes himself pretty much the way he is. I say Rowling may not realize it because she wonders why women are attracted to Lucius Malfoy and Snape. Malfoy is definitely NOT ego dystonic either!