By Shaunna Murphy
Updated July 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM EDT

The widely sold-out midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 are only a day away, and with Potter-mania at an all-time high, Warner Bros. decided it was due time to further explore the story of the series’ most ambiguously motivated character. As director David Yates says, the line between good and bad is often more complex than it appears, and no one straddles this line better than the seemingly sinister Professor-turned-Headmaster Severus Snape. Before you stand in line for the sure to be tearful goodbye, be sure to check out this three minute look into the background of this seriously haunting character. Warning: SPOILERS ABOUND!

The video features interviews from J.K. Rowling and various Potter actors including Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, as well as a few short clips from past Potter installments that all lead up to the big question — what are the actual motives of the man who killed Dumbledore? We also see some brief snippets from Deathly Hallows — Part 2, so definitely avoid if you aren’t into the whole spoiler thing.

Check out the video below, and for more Harry Potter video — including a behind-the-scenes look at the Gringotts sequence — check out’s Harry Potter Central.

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