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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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Compliments, for this site Dave. When we all were devastated because of Dumbledore�s �� your site was a must! I also love the new layout�great..

I admit I am also in the camp of Snape IS NOT WHO HE SEEMS TO BE. I read all the comments and I think many of them are amazing. Not all ideas were new to me since I love visiting other Harry Potter Fan-Websites.
So what is my clue (without repeating somebody else�s idea) that Snape is not the cold blood er he appears to be? Mine comes from HBP Chapter 27. Precisely the scene where Draco Malfoy comes into the Astromony Tower. As Draco came closer, he glanced around to check if he and Dumbledore were alone and saw the second broom. I quote �Who else is here?� Whereupon Dumbledore wanted to know if Draco was acting alone.
Some time later Snape appears on the scene with his wand in his hand. I quote again from HBP� �and there stood Snape, his wand clutched in his hand as his black eyes swept the scene, from Dumbledore slumped against the wall, to the four Eaters, including the enraged werewolf, and Malfoy�. Is this not interesting, we read that Draco saw the second broom and came to the conclusion that there would/could be another person with Dumbledore. Don�t you find it strange that a sly fox like Snape would not see/notice the second broom? I keep asking myself why did Jo use almost the same sentence when Snape arrived.
One thing though is clear Snape could not see Harry under the invisibility cloak. We know this from other occasion when Harry was wearing the cloak.
I know this is not really enough prove that Snape is innocent and on the good side but to consider. What do you think about this?
I also support Ivar�s idea that Snape was in love with Lily. We all ask ourselves why did Snape hate James so much? An idea occurred to me when rereading �Snape�s worst memory�. When Harry breaks through Snape�s memory he hears a girl laughing as Snape attempts to mount a broom. This girl could have been Lily. We know from JO that Lily was a very popular girl and had many admirers. See the situation? Here the boy Snape a half-blood, in no way attractive and coming from a sad home. There young James a pure-blood, rich, very popular and good at everything, even Quidditch! Because Snapes loves Quidditch or he would not of been arbiter! He knew he did not stand a chance against James. Don�t we all know that feeling sometimes in our daily life?
Even if I am a defender of Snape I am sure that he would not be a nice person to meet. He would loath the idea that I felt sorry for him.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on October 25, 2006 09:54 AM

Wow! I'm so relieved to hear someone else (Debra Iva and Gabriele) propose the Snape/Lily theory. As early as book one I thought it was possible because of the great hatred Snape felt for Harry. They say you have to love someone first to hate them. I do think that's enough of a reason for Snape to turn to the good side when Voldemort ed his love. It also explains why Dumbledore couldn't tell Harry the reason he trusts Snape, it was all too personal and painful to Snape and Harry loathed Snape from the first moment and wouldn't have taken the news well. In Book 5 I was even more sure when we saw Snape's memory. It explained both his love for Lily and his hatred for James. How he must have hated James for winning her love when he was such a conceited jerk who was given everything so easily in life, whereas Snape had only unhappiness in his life. In Book 6 when we find out Lily was great in Potions that cinched it. I'm to see the grand finale of book where all of this is officially revealed and to read Harry's reaction to this revelation that Snape loved his mother. I think there's a good chance that Snape become a hero and a martyr in the end.

I have one unrelated question that I hope someone can answer. Why is it that both sets of Harry's grandparents are out of the picture (, I assume).? Did V. them too while on the hunt for Lily and James?

The other thing is more of a gripe about the movie cast fo Goblet of Fire. Did their choice for Fleur annoy you at all? And the fact that they made Krum kind of dumb (he was cute, though).

Happy to be in HP land with you all.

Posted by Pamela from Munich on October 27, 2006 12:38 PM

To Pamela: When Jo was interviewed by Emerson ( and Melissa (The Leaky Cauldron) last year in July, they asked her if Harry�s grandparents were ed. She answered that with NO because as a writer it was more interesting plot-wise. She said that Lily�s and Petunia�s parents had a normal Muggle . James�s parents were elderly and also d a normal . If you are interested the interview can still be read over at their websites.
I thought the choice of Fleur was excellent but it looked like they had forgotten to put some make-up on her! And I did miss her beautiful hair! Krum on the other hand I had imagined exactly like that.
Returning to our ex-Potions Master and now fugitive Snape. Does it not appear strange to you all, that Harry, after six years of Hogwarts, never heard Professor Snape mention his mother Lily?

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on October 28, 2006 12:02 PM

I think Snape is like the real character of the book, not Harry, for me anyway. He's like totaly complex, and I think either:

*He is actually good and is working for Dumbledoor (but it's weird cause I think he is 100% , so why would he such a good wizard who can protect him - Snape could infact be a much better wizard than we think though.)

*Or he is bad and is related in someway to Voldemort - cause he has black hair too, or he is voldemort... i know it doesnt really make that much sense but anyway, they have a lot of similarities.

Snape is also Harry's dad btw thats why theres that thing with Lilly, and he hates harry cause she d for him.

Posted by Yeah from England on November 1, 2006 11:57 AM

I have this theory... Narcissa and Snape conspired with Dumbledore to fake his . The Unbreakable Vow never defined the task to be performed. Also, there were things that Dumbledore knew about the Malfoys that they never would have told Snape. Draco's true intentions were clear, and he hated Snape. How would Snape have known the details of the if Draco had never told him? Ovbiously, another person was involved, and it must have been Narcissa. Besides, Narcissa is related to Sirius. Since R.A.B. is probably Regalus Black, Sirius isn't the only good person in the Black family. Narcissa could be another deceptive member of the Black family.

Posted by Lindsey from Indianapolis, IN on November 2, 2006 08:40 AM

re: Yeah from England's comments

Snape IS an incredible wizard! Did you forget that he created his own spells e.g. Levicorpus, Sectumsempra. I haven't heard of (m)any other wizards doing this, and he did so while he was still in school... pretty powerful if you ask me.

And are you actually suggesting that he's related to Voldemort just because they both have black hair? Their only similarities that I can see is that they hate Muggle-borns, were both Slytherins, and hate Harry.

I am of the camp that Snape is good, but did what he had to do ( Dumbledore) for the greater good of teaching Harry to become a better wizard.

Posted by Wayne Ecca 2 from Louisiana on November 2, 2006 10:50 AM

i think snape did "" DD on the tower.
i think DD d in the inferi cave
first JK did say DD is , so you gotta believe that
next when dd says that"Well, I certainly did have a drink� and I came back� after a fashion,�
i think the potion ed DD and being powerful as he is/was he retained some control remember he looked very pale "His face... damp and as pale as an Inferi"
anyway i think DD was /losing control of his already inferi body and therefore pleaded with snape to the DD that was well on its way to towards inferi-ship
thus snape is a good guy and draco/snape are relieved of their vows

you know snape is a good guy 'cause Voldmort ed the love of his life....lily.
i think snape had a deal voldy to spare lily for snape after james was gone
but lily sacrificed herself for harry and snape wants revenge and hates harry

Posted by chuk on November 3, 2006 08:26 AM

You think that Dumbledore was already and was an inferius? I believe that the definition of an inferius is something to the tune of "a corpse magically animated by a dark wizard to mindlessly do evil things", basically a zombie. If Dumbledore was an inferius, who put the spell upon him? And why did he seem to actually be alive? He seemed to be remarkably sane even for someone who was from a poisonous potion, let alone an evil, reanimated corpse.

Posted by Emily from Nevada on November 4, 2006 2:11 PM

actually i don't agree with your first argument. Snape actually thinks that harry is a weak wizard and he actually isn'T really strong. If uyou compare Harry's abilities to Snapes in the book Harry is nothing. Harry isn't really good at anything except of DADA. I don't think Snape is lying to them when he says so.

Posted by Theo from Sandared, Sweden on November 5, 2006 04:45 AM

Maybe Aunt Petunia liked Snape. But he only wanted to be friends and when she found out that he really like Lilly that is when she started hating her sister. That maybe how Petunia knows about the wizarding world. I don't know the Petunia thing is going to be interesting.

Posted by CHRIS from ODESSA TX. on November 6, 2006 11:53 AM

Few things I noticed. You say that Snape felt revulsion because he didn't want to dumbledore, but maybe to someone you have to really hate him, as the book points out. Betraying dumbledore would have been hard, as snape owes dumbledore a lot. Betraying him would have completed his "training" as a Eater, just as in Star Wars, and also as Voldemort has done, ing his father and betraying his former headmaster. Then Dumbledore's pleas of "Severus...please..." would be to try to turn Snape away from the Dark side. Remember that Snape was always attracted to the Dark Arts; if he ed Dumbledore he would be impossible to redeem and get him to turn away.
Also if Dumbledore's is part of a "grand plan", it would mean that he cared more for ing voldemort than for Harry. However as shown in OotP Dumbledore knew that he should tell Harry about the prophecy but often out it off until it was too late. This could be resolved if a)Dumbledore didn't really , and so Harry would suffer less pain in the end (but still suffer, which would be good) or b)Harry would have to learn to trust Dumbledore and thus Snape. Perhaps Hermione would tell him that Snape was still good; Harry would have to learn to trust her; Dumbledore always placed great importance on trusting Snape. If this site is true he has not failed once, and wants Harry to also trust Snape Or lastly c)Dumbledore really d, but at the end of the series Harry must learn to forgive Snape. Dumbledore also emphasizes forgiveness.

Posted by xuanji from singapore on November 9, 2006 01:19 AM

I'm all for the theory of Dumbledore and Snape being in cahoots regarding the of the former. The hiccup I can't seem to get over though is if this has been the plan all along why keep Harry in the dark? Or the rest of the Order, for that matter. Dumbledore must know that the backlash against Snape be severe and he have lost the Order's trust forever.

What's the point of having a behind-the-scenes spy who is ostracized from the good side?

Posted by katharine from paris on November 9, 2006 1:43 PM

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