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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 37)

another thing is, where dumbledore hideout if the
eaters think he is ? they surely snape if they find out Dumbledore is still alive. the answer, i think Dumbleore hideout underground, his scar on his leg be useful if he does hideout underground, as the scar is an underground map.

Posted by ANON from DUBAI on July 1, 2007 04:43 AM

I think that if snape was just merely hurting, and not ing Dumbledore why would he (Snape) not agree to do it... i mean if it was going to help Voldy i think Snape who was part of all the violence, ing etc. when Voldemort was at large before would want to help! I therefore think that dumbledore and Snape were arguing about something else.

Posted by Daniel Hoffman on July 2, 2007 06:46 AM

Daniel - Think of it this way: if you were a key player in saving the world, and in order to assist the only person that could possibly defeat the tyrant in power, you had to your mother, how easy would it be for you to do? I believe Albus was sort of a father figure to Severus, as much of one as any teacher could be to a student, even if it was a bit late in life, especially when it seems he didnít get too much affection from his real father. While the idea of sacrificing one for the many may logically be noble and right, it is really quite difficult to do if the sacrifice is someone you care about, and you are forced to do it. I think Severus would have thought his own life a small price to pay for Albus'. It is far easier to sacrifice yourself than it is to sacrifice those dear to you.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 2, 2007 12:48 PM

"Snape's hand twitched within hers, but he did not draw away" p36 HBP, US (This was during the UV with Narcissa.)

I think that this line is crucial. We all seem to be assuming that Snape made a successful unbreakable vow with Narcissa, but I think that this line may actually be the loophole. I think that Snape splinched his hand intentionally, thus the twitch.

We learn about splinching, which is when part of the body apparates without the rest of the body. The kids were doing this in error when they were learning to apparate. I am suggesting that Snape may have done it it intentionally. Therefore he never fully completed the UV ceremony, making it an unsuccessful UV, and getting him off the hook. The sisters think he made the vow, and then they learn that he s Dumbledore--the eaters are convinced and so is Voldemort.

However, Snape never makes the UV, he doesn't really dumbledore, and Snape doesn't need to . all the wizarding work is fooled. the only ones who know the truth are Snape and Dumbledore, and my guess is Aberforth.

Snape is an incredible wizard. He is a master of occlumency and legilimency, he can cure any dark curse, he was the potions instructor (Dumbledore drank a potion---was it snape's?), he most likely can transfigure into an animal (unknown at this point--i originally thought that he would be a bat, but someone else suggested a spider, which makes me think that he had been watching Harry at Privet Drive for many years), and he clearly is a master at the dark arts. (By the way, Spinners end---is this another clue that Snape is a spider?)

Snape be the true hero in this story. Yes, he's nasty, but he is deep undercover and he is not about to expose himself until Voldemort's demise. I can't wait to see how JKR unravels the mystery.

Posted by Heather from NJ on July 2, 2007 5:56 PM

Yes, agreed but if we are talking from the point of view that the curse/spell would NOT him but only hurt him that might change things a bit?

Posted by Daniel Hoffman on July 4, 2007 03:39 AM

Maybe Snape's hand twitched because he didn't actually know what Voldemort had asked Draco to do...

Posted by Joe from England on July 5, 2007 02:25 AM

Daniel - Ok, I see. I think I might have misunderstood a little. But it still comes to the same thing. Would you be able to hurt your own mother, potentially grievously, for any reason, including the "greater good"? It may be a bit easier than ing her, but there also may be the potential for her to , especially if a few-hundred-foot-drop off of the tallest Astronomy tower is involved. I've mentioned before (but it's probably buried somewhere in the torrent of comments) I do believe Albus is (and it was the fall, not the spell, that ed him). So, from my point of view, and this may be where the misunderstanding occurred, Severus was arguing that he didn't want to Albus, not that he didn't want to simply hurt him. (I'm under the impression that we agree on that, but correct me if I am mistaken.)

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 5, 2007 9:40 PM

i believe snape is good, and that he made the UV with Dumbledore... but, who was their bonder? everybody seems to question snape's loyalty. the bonder certainly wouldn't! could it possibly be hagrid? or would he already blab something to the trio (after all, he always tends to say more than he should)

Posted by Lastkiss on July 6, 2007 2:59 PM

You contradict yourself in saying that Snape is repulsed by the thought of ing Dumbledore and that Dumbledore pleads with him to do so, yet you say that Snape doesn't actually Dumbledore, but does an 'Expelliarmus' charm instead. Why would Dumbledore have to plead with him to do that?

Posted by Geoffrey Boycott on July 6, 2007 4:09 PM

These clues can be interpreted several ways. If you read them to conclude that Snape really did Dumbledore, on Dumbledore's orders, then it really is revulsion on his face for something he doesn't want to do. If you read these clues to believe Dumbledore is alive, Snape could still be feeling these feelings, only to a lesser extent, because, while not ing Dumbledore, he is quite certainly hurting him...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 6, 2007 4:26 PM

It would be easier to hurt your own mother for the greater good if you had her prior agreement and knew that doing so was in complete accord with her own ideals and world view...i.e. if it was what she wanted and you were in it together...it would still be very hard and a very hard thing for her to ask you to do...but perhaps easier...

Posted by Joe from England on July 7, 2007 03:13 AM

Another proof, in my opinion at least, that Snape is on Dumbledore's side is this: In the 5th book, Snape is the only person on the entire planet who knows that Harry believes his godfather to be trapped in the Department of Mysteries... if he was evil, then why would he send Dumbledore's troops there? You Know Who had been trying to get in there ALL YEAR, so why then would a true Eater attempt to disrupt his plans? No matter how you slice it, i believe that this solitary act alone proves the whole argument. Plus all that other stuff in the article was pretty convinving, as well as the bit about Snape knowing about the Horcruxes.

Posted by Brett Pare from Merritt BC Canada on July 9, 2007 01:57 AM

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