Professor Severus Snape, the mysterious potions master at Hogwarts School, played on screen by British actor Alan Rickman was named the greatest "Harry Potter" character of all time in a MTV News Harry Potter World Cup poll of fans.
The poll which was conducted by MTV, also cited the death of Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore as the most unforgettable moment in the series, winning 51 percent of the almost 36,000 votes cast.
Dumbledore's demise easily outstripped the smooch between Harry Potter and girlfriend Cho Chang in "The Order of the Phoenix".
Hermione Granger's time turner was voted the magical device most fans wish really existed, with Harry's invisibility cloak coming in a close second.
Neville Longbottom topped the poll for the character that fans thought should get a spin-off movie or book, closely followed by Luna Lovegood.
After seven books and with the eighth and final movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" closes an era for millions of moviegoers as it opens in theaters worldwide this week.