Snape tops Harry Potter fans poll
Sinister Severus Snape has beaten the celebrated teen wizard to be named the most popular character from the Harry Potter novels.
In a poll launched by publisher Bloomsbury earlier this year, fans voted the dark-eyed death eater and long-time nemesis of Potter their favourite.
The eponymous hero of the JK Rowling books finished in only fourth spot in the latest poll, behind runner-up Hermione Granger and second-placed Sirius Black.
More than 70,000 votes were cast since the launch of the poll in May.
Professor Snape, the Hogwarts potions master and head of Slytherin, was chosen by a fifth of those who took part. In the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, his eyes were described as being "cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels".
Evil Lord Voldemort took 17th place.
Rowling has said Potter is her personal favourite but conceded: "I believe I am unusual in this - Ron (Weasley) is generally more popular."
Weasley finished in fifth place.