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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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On Page 152 of POA, Fudge said:

not many people are aware that the potters knew You Know Who was after them. Dumbledore, who was of course working tirelessly against him, had a number of spies. one of them tipped him off, and he alerted james and lily at once...

have you noticed that the word spy is used here? and in GOF we come to know that Snape was a spy for voldermort...

Posted by Fatyma from Pakistan on June 17, 2007 09:29 AM


Really good points there. As I said I trust Dumbledore and if he said Snape is good then he is good. However, it is going to be hard for Snape is to prove to the other members of the Order that he ed Dumbledore at his command...
Maybe Aberforth knows about Dumbledore's deal with Snape, because the other members seem to be just as ignorant as Harry...

Posted by Sergio from Mexico City on June 17, 2007 8:54 PM

Sergio from Mexico City,

You are absolutely right, it be almost impossible for Snape to prove his innocence to the other Order members, and this be very hard on him, and interesting to read how his character develops in DH.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 18, 2007 3:03 PM

Well, after reading and reading HBP (and the others, of course), and reading all the theories about Dumbledore not being , I think Snape DID Dumbledore, as he possibly hates so much him. Please don't forget that he still calls Voldemort "The Dark Lord" and he was a eater! Although there are lots of clues pointing to the fake of Dumbledore in the tower, I think Rowling is smart enough to "put" false clues to give us think something that not happen.

Posted by Go Snape Go from Buenos Aires on June 20, 2007 09:06 AM

Ok, Dave Haber i have to admit that you got me thinking...i never gave up hope on Snape but you do have some serious clues here...but, after all, you are working on assumptions made trying to prove Snape's good. Well, i have of course to add -trying to prove myself wrong and Snape innocence- you forgot another clue: why did Snape was so absolute in GoF when he spoke to karkaroff? And why that had happened again with Quirell?

Perhaps i am just hoping Albus is alive...althought i do find your theory of being able to regenerate a bit extreme...these could be all concequences...or not.

Oh, the whole thing stinks. JK has definetely cooked up something for us. We'll find out if Severus is good and Albus alive (i'll keep my fingers crossed)

Posted by nikki from greece on June 20, 2007 2:58 PM

i think that snape did act on dumbledores orders and that hes really not . i knew that dumbledore wasnt really after all after i heard a vicious rumour about him not being .

Posted by chris main from London,England on June 23, 2007 4:18 PM

i dont know if this is true but some people believe that instead of harry ing voldemort, snape s voldemort on dumbledores orders. but harry probably voldemort if snape fails. i think dumbledore thought an elaborate plan to make everyone think he is is true and that it really wasnt the avada kadrava curse snape used but it was really the Expelliarmus that did it instead. but what i dont get is how it made a green light when the Expelliarmus spell makes a red kind of scarlet light.

Posted by chris main from its actually exton,pa on June 25, 2007 05:37 AM

I think not being able to prove himself to rest of the order is part of the plan. None of the order (or any wizard save perhaps, for dumbledore and snape) could be accomplished enough occlumens to hide the truth from voldemort. They all really have to believe he betrayed and ed dumbledore, so that snape can continue in voldemort's confidence. We see that the so-called of emmeline vance was a set-up, but that it wasn't enough. He had to make voldemort believe he ed dumbledore...and he had to make all the members of the order believe it too.

Posted by leah from nyc on June 27, 2007 7:02 PM

perhaps it wasn't snape who made the unbreakable vow and ed dumbledore! perhaps someone used the polyjuice potion... it is quite plausible, and would explain why "snape" didn't in the end- he (allegedly) fulfilled the vow.

i also think that whoever brought up the quote from bellatrix had a good point and that snape perhaps was told by dumbledore to him, didn't like the idea and didn't mean the curse. if true, he probably did expelliarmus in his head, the green light from avada kedavra, and the flying backwards from expelliarmus. in this way, however, there is the "unbreakable vow" loophole.

Posted by sonora from garden grove, ca on June 27, 2007 9:12 PM

Something that always stood out to me, and seems to resonate with the theory that fawkes was up to some healing after Dumbledore's was the counter curse to sectumsempra that Snape uses on Malfoy in the bathroom.

"...he knelt over Malfoy, drew his wand, and traced it over the deep wounds Harry's curse had made, muttering an incantation that sounded almost like song." (HBP p.523)

If a mere wizard can knit someone together with a spell that's 'almost like song', then what, do you suppose, a Phoenix can do with a full song that lasts for quite some time?

And what sort of wizard would be able to cast such a counter curse? Seems almost the exact type of spell that a eater would hate - because it would require a bit more love than the average eater feels. Perhaps Snape's loathsome attitude all these years is a front for the love he feels, but can't express?

Another thought, Voldemort's own type of healing (Wormtail's hand, GOF) was a crude metallic imitation of a real hand. Does anyone think that Voldemort would be able to knit someone back together the way Snape did for Malfoy? (Note, ability is not desire. I think Voldemort would have just let him , even if he does have the ability. Fits his personality better.)

Posted by Peter from suffolk, va on June 28, 2007 5:49 PM

Snape helped Malfoy because of the Unbreakable Vow... It was his life on stake there after all, that's why he did it.

Posted by niki from greece on June 29, 2007 02:51 AM

one thing on the astronomy tower, someone made a barrier, and i think only eaters must know a spell like that. so even if some one made a barrier it should be snape if he is bad
or if he is not if some one else made a barrier. so, who is it that made the barrier i dont remember the name of anyone who made the barrier in the book? and how come snape got
out of the tower if the spell was still working? he must need a dark mark brand? and how come they got dumbledore out of the tower if they dont know a counter curse or anything (but i dont think this is very important or the spell may just wear off)

Posted by anon from dubai on July 1, 2007 03:45 AM

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