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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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The potion didn't do a very good job at protecting his horcrux.

Posted by Kelly W from St. Louis on September 19, 2006 05:41 AM

The house elves use a "different" kind of magic. I don't remember which book it was in, but I seem to remember the discussion being about how they can move around the castle without anyone seeing them.

Posted by JJ from Oklahoma on September 19, 2006 12:54 PM

i don't think snape is a good guy. sure there is a lot of evidence, but there is one thing everyone is forgetting: Snape made the Un-Breakable Vow that he would carry out the task Draco has been set by the Dark Lord. If he did'nt really Dumbledore, he would have dropped once Draco made the desicsion that he wasn't going to Dumbledore, as indeed happened. So, even if he fooled PEOPLE by "ing" Dumbledore, the UN-BREAKABLE VOW wouldn't be fooled. (though i do think all the evidence on snape is odd, there is no way around this little problem?)

Posted by Omar from orlando, florida on September 19, 2006 5:06 PM

i especially like the clue about dumbledore not begging for his own ! that makes a lot of sense.

Posted by natalie on September 21, 2006 02:39 AM

since the Un breakable vow is made by snape then why won't he Dumbeldore. if he does not do it then he may be ed.

Posted by lukman sheriff from madurai,tamilnadu on September 21, 2006 06:55 AM

The unbreakable vow was to "assist Draco in completing his task." Or something like that as I don't have the book in front of me. Assisting in completing the task is easy - Snape didn't investigate Draco with the necklace and never gave him detentions. He helped him complete the task.

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on September 21, 2006 07:20 AM

"The potion didn't do a very good job at protecting his horcrux."

Remember that it was intended that only one wizard could make it across the lake and Dumbledore used a loophole to get Harry across. The potion would have worked have Dumbledore been alone.

Posted by Saint Cad from Los Angeles on September 22, 2006 11:19 AM

The unbreakable vow had 3 parts to it: to watch, to help and, if all else fails, to accomplish the task... so when Snape entered the tower it was him or Dumbledore. Furthermore, the point made in the article about the fight overheard between Snape and Dumbledore was not particularly convincing to me as I understood it in the sense: Snape no longer wanted to be a spy because of the hightened risk that the job now consisted in and Dumbledore replied that now that he'd agreed to be a spy he had to go through with it... understood like that, in my opinion, Snape had a good reason to Dumbledore.
Having said all this, I do think that there could be more to Snape's story then we might be expecting... I suppose time tell!

Posted by Laure from France on September 26, 2006 2:38 PM

that's why snape had to dumbledore because as he walked up and found dumbledore and malfoy not having completed the task he had to dumbledore or he himself would have d...What I am saying is-maybe dumbledore knew about the unbreakable curse Snape made...and so snape had to him or else the side of good would have lost it's most valuable agent-Snape. If the Dark Lord indeed trusts snape then I guess he is pretty useful...

Posted by jkon on September 27, 2006 10:39 PM

I agree with David Haber---Snape IS still loyal to Dumbledore. I was stunned to see that there are still some who doubt that Snape is a good guy. Remember Lupin's words "People have said it, many times. It comes down to whether or not you trust Dumbledore's judgement. I do; therefore, I trust Severus."
All of David�s comments withstanding, there are other reasons:
Remember that James Potter saved Severus' life and according to Dumbledore, "When one wizard saves another wizard's life, it creates a certain bond between them." and in TSS Dumbledore said, "Professor Snape couldn't bear being in your father's ...I do believe he worked so hard to protect you this year because he felt that would make him and your father even. Then he could go back to hating your father's memory in peace..." Notice that Snape goes back to hating James, but nothing is said about his feelings for Lily.
I still am sticking with the theory that even though Snape called Lily a "mudblood"--he secretly holds feelings for Lily. They were both great potioneers and the NEWT potion class was very small--I wouldn't doubt that they worked together on many projects. Ultimately, it was Snape's horror of "ing" Lily that brought him back to the RIGHT side. "ing is never as easy as the innocent believe." It was definitely the biggest regret of his life; big enough to turn him unconditionally away from the Dark side.
Voldemort's one weakness is that he does not love or understand how powerful love can be--this is the reason he be fooled into believing that Snape is definitely still on his side. Dumbledore sacrificed himself out of love for Malfoy, Snape, Harry, and "The Plan". Dumbledore outlines his plan at the end of TOofTP: �But I knew too where Voldemort was weak. And so I made my decision. You would be protected by an ancient magic of which he knows, which he despises, and which he has always, therefore, underestimated-to his cost. I am speaking, of course, of the fact that your mother d to save you. She gave you a lingering protection he never expected�� Dumbledore HAD to to ensure that there was at least one person (Snape) near enough to Voldemort to help Harry carry out �The Plan.�
I look for Book 7 to be filled with messages from Dumbledore that he has left to help Harry. (not as a ghost, DD would not have been afraid of ) Maybe they�ll come from his brother at the Hogs Head, the pensieve, DD�s portrait in the Headmistress�s office, or even from Snape himself (anonymously or otherwise). Ah well, I guess we�ll all find out in July!

Posted by Debra from Winchester, IL on September 28, 2006 7:07 PM

I agree with the ideas about the unbreakable vow. He agreed that if Draco couldn't complete the task, that he would do it. In the fifth book, on page 495, Phineas Nigellus tells Harry, "We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance given the choice, we always choose to save our own necks." Gryffindors are loyal, not Slytherins. If Snape is a true Slytherin, he would value protecting his own life from the unbreakable vow than any loyalty he might have to Dumbledore.

Posted by Noodles from central, midwest on September 28, 2006 10:10 PM

We know that Voldermort is the one who wants/needs to Harry and we also know that in book 1 professor quirrell was being controlled by Voldermort. Therefore, if professor quirrell had ed harry it would have counted. So why then would Professor Snape have stopped Professor Quirrell during the quidditch match when he was jynxing the broom if he infact is still a eater? The only possible answer to this is that Snape is good, because if he had been working for Voldermort he would have let Professor Quirrell/Violdermort Harry.

Posted by Iggy on September 30, 2006 12:40 PM

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