A British poll resulted in Severus Snape being voted everyone's favorite Harry Potter character, with Hermione in second place — and poor Albus Dumbledore was stuck in eighth place.
Over at the Guardian, Annabel Pitcher has a spirited defence of Dumbledore as cooler, more stylish, more magical and more cunning than Snape:
How can you not love a camp grey wizard who eats sherbet lemons and welcomes students back to school with the words, "There is a time for speech-making. This is not it."? Dumbledore's funny. He's unorthodox. He lets a part-giant with a love of monsters take up residence in the school shed, and a werewolf with a penchant for human blood to teach underage wizards. Nonconformist, liberal and flexible, he's everything that Severus "10 points from Gryffindor" Snape is not.
Dumbledore also knows things. Everything, in fact. Twiddling his thumbs in a castle turret, Dumbledore does what every other character in the book fails to do: he works out the secret of the horcruxes. No wonder he's the only person feared by He Who Must Not Be Named. So yeah, Snape double-crossed Voldemort. But who told him to? Who guided him in every single act of cunning? Snape acted bravely – but Dumbledore directed his performance.
What do you think? Are you a Snape person or a Dumbledore person? [Guardian]