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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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Reader Comments: (Page 16)

When Dumbledore destroyed you know who's horcrux the injury he sustained might have been so bad that he suffered a disease which he knew would slowly him. So it didn't make a difference if he had to order Snape to him so that everyone is convinced that Snape is a eater.
Snape might have been ordered to look after Malfoy and try to recruit people for the Order, people like Malfoy who works for you know who out of fear.
Dumbledore might have left some evidence or made a witness who would help Snape when he has to convince people he is not a eater.

Posted by mishal from U.A.E on January 13, 2007 08:39 AM

I am convinced that Snape is on Harry's site. Dumbledore was convinced about that and he was rarely wrong. I am not sure why Snape ed Dumbledore, but Dumdledore ordered him to do it. Maybe Snape ed him in order to create a horcrux, a surprise back up in the battle against Voldemort. Dumdledore's powers are fading and orders Snape to create an element of surprise.

Posted by Siekie from Amsterdam on January 14, 2007 09:05 AM

I respect your side, it came to me as a surprise that Snape would be a eater, I've always believed that he is good, and that he and dumbledore may have done an unbreakable vow. I think that is why dumbledore trusted him. After reading this article, it all made sense to me. So I believe it, or at least it is what I want to believe.

Posted by Claudia from holland on January 14, 2007 10:45 AM

About the Leglimency at the window: In OotP Snape has stated that eye contact is very important for Legilimency. The nice theory could be true if it also works for (window) reflections, which I doubt. See CoS and the basilisk for that. Of course, Snape could be simply lying to Harry, as turning your head away would then aid greatly to using Occlumency, which would be a bit too easy. Harry did use it in HBP, after he had brought Ron's textbook to Snape. I bet Draco must have used it against Snape, too.

A very nice and pleasing site, by the way. I personally do *not* believe that Dumbledore's alive, nor the Aberforth theory. I also take the safe position of "not sure" at Snape's loyalties, but I love debating on the subjects. Cheers!

Posted by Enelas from Saku, Estonia on January 15, 2007 1:22 PM

I am very surprised by the fact that everybody seems to believe that Snape was knowing Voldemort and Drago's plan: it is perfectly clear that when he made the unbreakable vow he was not knowing what was the task of Drago: later in the book he tries to learn more directly from Drago. The main proof of the fact that Snape is on the good side lies here, to my mind. Snape is a good actor. I do not know if Dumbledore sacrificed himself or if all the scene of his ing by Snape is a fake but I am sure that Snape was obeying Dumbledore's order.

Posted by Etienne from Paris on January 15, 2007 1:40 PM

Not sure about that, Etienne. I think Snape knows that Draco has been ordered to try and Dumbledore. What he doesn't know is how Draco is planning to do it. At least that's how I read it.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 15, 2007 2:50 PM


i see what you're saying about Leglimency needing eye contact, but my impression was that he performed the Leglimency, and then turned to the window to hide his surprise at what he just learned. i'm not sure about this though, that's just what i was thinking.

Posted by aldha from nj on January 15, 2007 8:47 PM

Later in the book, after the party where Draco was not invited to, Snape is asking to Draco "What is your plan?" and "if I was knowing what you are planning to do I might help you". It is nonsense if Snape was knowing from Voldemort the plan, as he pretended to know when he made the unbreakable vow to Draco's mother. He can not help somebody to complete a plan he was not knowing. So he was lying to her.

Posted by Etienne from Paris on January 16, 2007 04:15 AM

I dont think Snape even needed or tried to use Legilimency on Harry regarding the old book. He knew there had to be only one way Harry could possibly know that spell but not know what it did. Snape might have used Legilimency on Harry to find out if Harry really knew what that curse did or if Harry was faking horror. As for Dumbledore, unfortunately I read an interview that J.K. did where she said that Dumbledore NOT come back. He really is . However, since she also said we be learning important aspects as to why some people become ghosts, I think maybe Dumbledore return as a ghost to aid Harry with more knoledge. Dumbledore never even taught Harry how to search for the horcruxes. It obviously required special ss that Harry might not even know he has. I was sad when I read that and descovered that Dumbledore really is but I still believe PROFESSOR Snape is good.

Posted by Marc Silverman from Tucson, AZ on January 16, 2007 10:05 AM

Kevin, referring to your post on the previous page---I think that Peter betrayed Lily and James to Voldy first. After they were ed, Snape went to Dumbledore and switched sides then. He probably told Dumbledore all about his love for Lily and how Voldy had promised not to her, etc. Since Voldy broke his promise to Snape, Snape is now out for revenge. Anyway, you know how Dumbledore feels about love---this is what has made him trust Snape.

I do think that Dumbledore may have made an unbreakable vow with Snape at that point---not because Dumbledore needed it to ensure trust (According to Dumbledore love is very powerful and would have been enough), but to protect Snape from the Eaters. It was Snape's insurance.

Being a huge Snape fan, I say he still is good.

Posted by Heather from NJ on January 16, 2007 6:49 PM

Why does it seem that everyone has missed the biggest clue of all? In the first chapter of 'The Half Blood Prince', during snapes conversation with Narcissa, in which one of the reasons she states for not trusting Snape is that he still claims not to know the location of the hide out of The Order of the Pheonix. Snap has abviously been to the hide out- and that is all J.K. says about it. She never gives us a clue that Snape has lied to the Order, but instead, provides us with one, unmistakable reference to Snapes allegiance, to the Order of the Pheonix.

Posted by [M] from Detroit MI on January 16, 2007 7:58 PM

M - 12 Grimmauld Place is protected by the Fidelius Charm. Only the Secretkeeper can divulge the name and Snape is not the Secretkeeper. Dumbledore is. Which in turn begs the question: what the Order do now that their Secretkeeper is ?

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 16, 2007 8:31 PM

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