Snape Wrap Up Post Who: Severus Snape What: This is the end. When: May 2, 1998. Where: The Shrieking Shack Rating: Low
OOC Note: I'm going to do a separate wrap up post for each of my characters over the next few days, and I'm purposely planning on a more journalistic/less IC tone to them. Hope that that's okay!!
"Look...at...me..." he whispered.
The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more."
Canon deals very thoroughly with Snape's fate - death by Nagini in the Shrieking Shack in the small hours of May 2, 1998, passing his memories to Harry as he dies so that Harry might know what he needed to know in order to finish Voldemort once and for all. After his death, Harry showed in several ways just how much he valued Snape's contributions - Snape's portrait was not immediately installed in the Headmaster's Office at Hogwarts due to his conduct during the last year of the second war, but Harry ensured that one was eventually placed there. Harry also named his second child in honor of Severus (and Albus Dumbledore), and on the day that that son departed for Hogwarts, Harry told him that Severus was one the "bravest man" Harry ever knew.
Less flatteringly, Snape was immortalized by Rita Skeeter in her book Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?
It is impossible to know for certain what happens beyond the veil, but hopefully Severus' good actions in aiding and protecting Harry weighed heavily enough in his favor that when he arrived at his own personal sepctral King's Cross (or however the afterlife appeared to him), he was able to find peace. After the years of constant struggle, deception, and isolation that his life had been, he certainly deserved it.