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Severus Snape v. The Ministry of Magic

by J.K. Rich

After reading Book Six in the Harry Potter saga, millions of Harry Potter fans were devastated to learn that after it all�after all the warnings and signs�Severus Snape is, in fact, evil. And, even more devastating�he had killed Professor Dumbledore right in front of The Boy That Lived. Or did he?

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You are right about the diary horcrux not fitting with my idea of the released soul fragment possessing another living being. I think it could be explained by remembering that Riddle was a 16 year old student when he created the diary horcrux, based on what the memory-Riddle said. I am sure Voldemort would have looked to improve on the horcrux concept to further insure a chance at immortality. When Ginny interacted with the diary, the soul possessed her. Harry was able to destroy the soul by destroying the horcrux. Dumbledore suffered more significant injuries when he destroyed the ring horcrux. I wonder if Voldemort worried about his horcruxes being destroyed and planned against it. Dictators are only as powerful as the fear they instill in their followers, and must constantly look over their shoulders for treachery.
Incidentally, I don't think Voldemort ever instilled fear in Snape, who is himself a powerful wizard.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on May 25, 2007 07:59 AM

Orlando - Concerning Fawke's healing powers, Hermione states that there are some potions, spells, etc that are too powerful to be healed from. I am assuming that the curses on the horcruxes would fall into this category.

Posted by Michael from Bedminster, NJ on May 25, 2007 08:06 AM

i agree with what An!ma9us from Israel said. I think Snape was told to Dumbledore on Dumbledore's orders! The only way Voldermort would truly believe Snape's alliegance is by Snape ing the one wizard Voldermort feared the most... Dumbledore!

Posted by Begum from London, England on May 25, 2007 11:56 AM

Right before harry and dumbledore went to get the horcrux, dumbledore said he was going out for a drink. Then Dumbledore said 'we dont need to go in, just to appear so. it is a good way to diguise one's true destination.' i think dumbledore didnt , just appeared to, to disgiuse his true plan. Snape was just helping him with the plan.

Posted by obsessiveprsn on May 25, 2007 2:03 PM

Michael from Bedminster.

Just to play devils advocate - the venom from the fang of the Basilisk is fatal, yet Fawkes healed Harry.

If we assume that Dumbledore's curse has no cure, even by Fawkes, then it is possible Dumbledore was all throughout HBP and being kept alive only through the ss of Snape - thus proving Snape is good.

Posted by Orlando from England on May 26, 2007 11:11 AM

Orlando... well said! Lupin reminds Harry that no matter what personal feelings Snape had, he always brought the wolfbane potion to Lupin properly made and on time. I think that Snape was doctoring Dumbledore a great deal in HBP as Orlando suggests and that he has been used in that capacity by Dumbledore before with POA one example of it.

Oddly, it was only a similar devotion to duty that caused Snape to see the Marauder's Map in Lupin's office and discover Lupin going to the shack leading to events there. Snape's actions are far far less 'evil' in POA if you proceed from the standpoint that he believed that Black did indeed betray Lilly and James. Clearly, from his taunts of Harry in the shack he did believe Black betrayed Lilly. If so, this also supports the 'Snape's conversion stems from the of Lilly Evans Potter' theory. Or, as Orlando puts it... thus proving Snape is good.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 26, 2007 2:26 PM

Hi all...interesting thoughts. Just one thing that I keep coming back to. I feel that Dumbledore knew that Snape would have to him, and soon. I think it was planned between the two of them and that Snape is good. Don't forget that the DADA job is cursed, teachers only last one year. It seems that Dumbledore finally made Snape the DADA teacher because he knew he would be leaving at the end of the year.

Posted by amber from philipsburg, pa on May 27, 2007 07:35 AM

We all know about snapes bad childhood, but JK said something in an interview, she said: You shouldn't feel so sorry for Snape, you soon find out why. Why did she say that? Does this mean that Snape is bad?

Posted by Claudia on May 28, 2007 08:37 AM

I have always had one belief about Dumbledore's , and this article has just led me to believe it more.

I think (and it has probably been said before many a time) that Snape DID perform the AK curse on Dumbledore, but did not want to enjoy it, therefore it did not Dumbledore. If Snape had done the said curse as I explained, the green flash would have still happened, but not have ed Dumbledore.

All Snape had to do, was then perform a non-verbal "stupify" curse or something like it, to knock dumbledore off the parapets. The fall would have almost definately ed him.

This also explains why there was blood on Dumbledore's lip.

Posted by Jordan from London, England on May 28, 2007 1:49 PM

J.K said on her website that the mirrors (The ones Sirius Black gave harry to connect him if snape does anything bad to harry [5th book] ) have a use on the seventh book.
Maybe Dumbledore was aware hes going to , and he took Sirius Black's mirror with him after Sirius d, and he had them the night he was ed by snape?
Maybe that way Harry could talk with Dumbledore, and perhaps also with Sirius, and his parents!

Posted by An!ma9us from Israel on May 28, 2007 2:23 PM

I think that Snape was told to Dumbledore and when Dumbledore gave Snape the DADA job, he knew that Snape would have to leave. Also, I think Snape did use a non-verbal spell as he probably didn't want to Dumbledore. The hatred on Snape's face was not hatred for Dumbledore, but hatred for what Dumbledore was making him do.

Posted by Tazkia from England on May 29, 2007 10:57 AM

also remember in the sixth book when harry is running after snape and malfoy when a eater (i cant remember which) tries to him snape stops the eater, saying that he was for the dark lord. could this also be one of the examples of snape trying to keep him alive to help the order?

Posted by sidney from colorado on May 30, 2007 09:08 AM

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