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Snape Clues

by David Haber

These are the clues contained in the pages of Harry Pottter and the Half-Blood Prince which support the possibility that Snape is not really a Death Eater, has remained loyal to Dumbledore, and all through the book, Snape is working on Dumbledore's Orders.

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As usually you wrote your comment precisely and with a �breeze of irony�;-) Let�s hope that �once a Eater, always a Eater� won�t be Severus Snape�s destiny�.! Should that be so, a lot of us are in trouble or going to end up in �St.Mungo�s Hospital� with a broken heart!
Did you also notice that the Snape (Alan Rickman) in the HP movies is much nicer than the one from the books? I ask myself, was that done on purpose to mislead us or is it a �Clue� for Snape being on the good side?

As for the wine situation between Narcissa and Bellatrix. I believe that either Bellatrix was very thirsty - or she thought that not even Snape would be so deranged to poison the two of them with Pettigrew hidden behind the door!

While talking about wine, I wish everybody a HAPPY NEW YEAR and lets keep our fingers crossed that the famous door at soon opens again and we get to know the publishing date of Harry Potter and the ly Hallows.

Let�s not forget how lucky we are, for all the excitement Jo gives us with her books. Once the last book is out, it never be the same again! New Harry Potter reader�s be able to buy all books together and can NEVER have all the fun we have now!

Thanks to Dave, we HP fans from all over the world are here on this Website all united and can share our thoughts together. LONG LIVE THIS SITE

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on December 31, 2006 09:10 AM


You may have noticed a clue with Rickman's performance as Snape. I remembered reading that Rowling told Alan Rickman of Snape's future and motives for his portrayl. Maybe, this is a hint. My (small) problem with Rickman is the book drawings have Snape with a mustache and goatee. I prefer the clean shaven Snape but wonder why they didn't stick closer to the drawings.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on December 31, 2006 09:36 AM

I wonder in which edition you saw these drawings of Snape with a �Moustache and a goatee�! Funny, why they would draw him with this appearance when JO absolutely never mentions a Moustache or goatee!
Fits more to Igor Karkaroff if you ask me�.! Try to ignore it with your �inner eye�;-) and be assured that�s not what JO had in mind for Severus Snape! Otherwise the UK versions would all have the drawings in it!
But I understand you, once our perception is activated; it is difficult to change it. I myself, see only �Alan Rickman� as Snape, even when I am reading the books.

I am most interested what JO told Mr.Rickman about Snape�s future? When Dan was over in the USA he also mentioned that in an interview.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 1, 2007 06:56 AM


Look at the drawings in the Half-Blood Prince. For the chapter, Flight of the Half-Blood Prince, the drawing shows Snape with a definite mustache and small chin beard; in the chapter where Draco Malfoy crashes Slughorn's party, the drawing shows a mustache. In Order of the Phoenix, in the chapter where Snape and Black nearly 'comes to blows', the drawing shows Snape with a mustache. I supposed the artist simply added the facial hair on her own...

I know what you mean about Rickman being Snape. I can now hear Rickman's baritone whenever I read Snape talking.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on January 1, 2007 10:46 AM

I feel compelled to point out that the illustrations are in the US versions of the books only, and the drawings that Ms. Grandpre makes are from assignments, are in great part up to her own imagination (as are the UK cover illustrations drawn by someone else) and she has only slightly more input from J.K than the movies do.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 1, 2007 12:34 PM

Snape can lie to anyone, including Voldemort who is a remarkable legilimens, and most probably Dumbledore.

Nevertheless, Dumbledore knows at any time whether Snape is still on the good side, and this probably has to do with Fawkes. We know (Dumbledore tells Harry after his duel against the basilic, in CoS) how Fawkes is strongly sensitive to loyalty. When necessary, Fawkes can give warning to Dumbledore by sending a gold feather, as he does in book 5, after Mr Weasley has been attacked (Dumbledore sends Fawkes to warn him as soon as Umbridge is aware of Harry's departure).

I think this trick had already been used for the order of phoenix. Jo gives us a clue through the DA: anyone can betray a group and this happens very often. Fawkes was probably used to make Dumbledore sure that anyone in the order remained loyal, and warn him as soon as anyone betrayed. That is why the group was called "the order of phoenix".

We can imagine that, when Pettigrew betrayed, Dumbledore was immediately warned. But he could not realize how dangerous it was for Harry, thinking that Sirius and not Peter was the secret keeper for the Potter. He probably tried to get to Sirius, but failed to find him. As soon as James and Lily was ed, it became possible for anyone to find Godric Hollow and Dumbledore got there at once, to find Harry alive and Riddle's body. That would explain how he got James'invisibility cloak.

Posted by herve from strasbourg, france on January 2, 2007 06:36 AM

I wouldn't say that Rickman's Snape is nicer....
he's just one of those actors who can convey annoyance or profound dislike (even hatered) with minor gestures and facial expressions..
Thats the beauty of perfect casting...

I don't do new years resolutions
(I don't need a special occasion to delude myself)

But here are a few predictions...

I still think Snape come out on "our" side...
but I don't know if he be allowed to live long enough to celebrate..
I think the only way he redemes himself fully is to acctually lay down his life to save some one....
(but he'll get in at least one more insulting remarl toward Harry before he s..

DD brings up more questions then it answers

Viktor Crum returns,
perhaps at the wedding
(adding more fuel to the fire)
he again asks Hermione to come visit him
Ron is about to loose his mind
but something happends to draw attention away before she can choose between them

Ginny refuses to be left behind

one of the twins s

and Nevile is the one to "get" Beatrix...

I DO NOT want to be right about all of these.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 2, 2007 11:20 AM

this is about the book of the halfblood-prince (snape's book). when harry is at the weasley's (christmas) he checks the book ans sees that the book can never be of his father, becaus he wasn't born at that time. later we know it is snape's but james and snape where at the same time at hogwarts. they are at the same time doing defence against the dark art OWL exam. that is not right, right?

Posted by george from the netherlands,N braband,Roosendaal on January 3, 2007 02:17 AM

Isn't it explained in HBP that the book is older than Snape and James, because the book was used when Snape got it? It belonged to his mother, Eileen Prince.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 3, 2007 06:45 AM

Yes, the book originally bolonged to Eileen Prince.
I don't remember the exact dates, but wouldn't Eileen and Riddle be at Hogwarts about the same time?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 3, 2007 12:57 PM

Yes, Eileen was at school the same time as Riddle - I don't think this was random information but I can't figure out its significance.
I think a Weasley in the final book - there has to be a pay-off for Percy's estrangement from the family. I think it most probably be Mrs Weasley not one of the twins - since anyone who plays a parental role in poor Harry's life seems to !

Posted by Carol from Hungary on January 7, 2007 07:21 AM

That is a very good point about a parent figure but if it is a Weasley, I think it be Mr. Weasley. Mrs. Weasley is very protestive but Mr. Weasley does the fighting in the family and since he works at the ministry.

Posted by Marc Silverman on January 7, 2007 10:52 AM

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