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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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I Think Dumbledore was going to anyway, maybe thats why his hand was all messed up in the last book, maybe that was a result of a spell like another curse thats less usen. Dumbledore maybe told Snape to him to trick The Dark Lord into thinking Snape was evil.

Posted by Miranda from texas on June 18, 2007 6:08 PM

Harry survived the ing curse from Voldemort because his mothers love saved him. Dumbledore was a very respected wizard of his time so he must of had alot of people who love him for the person he is. This ancient power of love and the amount of good spirit he has in him could easily be enough to stop the ing curse that snape fired from actually ing him.

Posted by Michael ball from Ellesmere port on June 18, 2007 6:20 PM

Emilio... Once again we line up on the same side. However... other than our instincts and suspicions, is there anything else at all? A single reference to this in one of the books that I have missed? Oh.. I ought to add (as if this has any weight to it) that Dan Radcliffe recently said that Snape had a 'very powerful relationship' with 'one of Harry's parents'. This would mean more if it were Alan Rickman because he is the ONLY one who we know to have discussed Snape's relationship with Harry for purposes of his character. While I suppose this could mean Hating James, it only makes sense to demonstrate that Love is the most powerful magic by having Severus affected by his love of Lilly.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on June 18, 2007 9:05 PM

Michael - Interesting thought, but wouldn't that make the Avada Kedavra Curse bounce back to Severus?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 19, 2007 08:43 AM

Snape is a too complicated and intriguing to be just simply evil. The most complicated of all. Don't forget, he is �Half-Blood Prince�. His ambitions are far too high to be a servant to anyone and at the same time, �Lily's eyes� are able to see good in people. And definitely NOT in Voldemort. Though the theory about Harry seeing good in Malfoy also sounds good. He is deeply lacking his confidence because of his father's and family's significance. He always tries to affirm himself through other. But as he is too weak to Dumbledore....he's got a chance.

Posted by Olga Romakina from Nikolaev, Ukraine on June 19, 2007 10:03 AM

I dont think that Dumbledore is alive. The reason i say this is because in HBP Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa.

Pg 36 of HBP (I left out some parts.)

"Will you, Severus, watch over my son, Draco, as he attempts to fulfill the Dark Lord's wishes?"
"I ," said Snape.
"And, should it prove necessary...if it seems Draco fail..." whispered Narcissa, " you carry out the deed that the Dark Lord has ordered Drace to preform?"
"I ," said Snape.

So when Draco is at the point with being face to face with Dumbledore, few of the Eaters were telling Draco to him already. If you can remember Fenrir Greyback was saying how he would love to rip Dumbledore's throat but one Eater told him sharply

"No, we've got orders. Draco's got to do it. Now Draco do it".

Then it was also said that the look on Draco's face was frightened. At that point more Eaters were yelling at Draco to Dumbledore. Draco froze up and didn't do anything. Then out of the blue, Snape appears and uses the ing curse on Dumbledore.

So with all of that happening i dont belive that Snape could have been acting on Dumbledore's orders to " him". Only because of the Unbreakable Vow do i think that. Snape had no choice but to Dumbledore if Draco failed. And for the ing part, Draco did fail because he was to scared to do it. If Snape wouldnt have ed Dumbledore, Snape would have d.

on Page 325/326 of HBP it says:
(Ron talking to Harry)
"Well you can break an Unbreakable Vow...."
"I'd worked that much out for myself, funnily enough. What happens if you break it, then?"
"you ," said Ron simply.

And with that, it brings me to this next point. I wouldnt think Snape would like to just because he didnt want to Dumbledore.

Posted by Deanna S. from Newport News, Virginia on June 20, 2007 08:20 AM

Deanna - I believe for the most part the speculation is that either Albus asked Severus to him before that Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa was made, or that Severus made the Vow, then told Albus about it, and Albus ordered him to follow the Vow and him rather than Severus . Personally, I am of the thought that he agreed to Albus beforehand, and that gave him no fear about making the Vow.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 21, 2007 07:10 AM

Deanna, I follow your logic. However, Dumbledore clearly lets Draco know that he has followed the attempts to him all year. Snape and Dumbledore have discussed Draco's 'project' throughout the school year as Snape has reported to Dumbledore.

Snape was asleep at the time of the 'raid' on the castle. He had to be awakened by Flitwick. Draco did not inform Snape of the time, nature or date of the 'raid' or it's purpose. When Snape arrives on the tower top he has not seen or heard Draco's inability to attempt to Dumbledore.

It is ONLY the immediate situation and Dumbledore's 'request' to Snape that precipitates the ing.

Dumbledore and Snape must have discussed various outcomes. Oddly enough, we do not know if Snape told Dumbledore about the unbreakable vow. One assumes that he must have, but then...

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on June 21, 2007 07:41 AM

If Dumbledore and Snape swore the unbreakable vow, I think Aberforth was the one who performed it. Though I don't believe in this theory at all. Dumbledore always believed there is something good in people, he can thrust almost everyone. Dumbledore must have had some other reason to thrust Snape. The other "vow" theory just popped into my head. But i still believe Aberforth is a great wizard!

Posted by mikael 12 years from Sweden, Stockholm on June 22, 2007 12:55 PM

i think that one important point about snape is that what harry says to dumbledore in book 6th "...people whom snape hates end up getting ..."

first, it was james, then sirius... this might actually be something significant.

Posted by kkm from delhi on June 22, 2007 11:52 PM

After Voldemort ed Lilly Evans Potter doesn't Snape hate Voldemort? Perhaps the quote is exactly right and we can say 'goodbye' to the Dark Lord...

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on June 25, 2007 08:00 AM

Dumbledore's at Snape's hand was Voldemort's ultimate test of whether or not Snape was loyal to him.
Draco was set a task he could not possibly complete, to the greatest wizard within the protection of Hogwarts. How could he do this? He couldn't. Who was available to help him? Fellow Eater Snape. But how to force Snape to choose one side or the other? Snape could just be conveniently missing when Draco confronted Dumbledore.
Voldemort now thinks he understands mother love and used Draco's mother to come up with a fool proof way to protect her son. He endangered Draco and left Narcissa to her own devices to find a way to help Draco. Her options were limited to Snape, or planting another accomplish within Hogwarts. So she turned to Snape. Wormtail was present when she arrived, to spy on Snape's reactions, or maybe to provide a binder for the Unbreakable Vow (Voldemort couldn't know Bella would be present).
Snape was set up by his insecure boss to find out once and for all which side he is on.
When Dumbledore was informed by Snape of the events at Spinner's End he used the information to plan ahead, protect Snape's cover, and help Harry from beyond , knowing that Harry alone is Voldemort's downfall, and Dumbledore's usefulness alive is now limited.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on June 26, 2007 12:48 PM

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