on all five books!!!
absolutely no case must this text be used for other things than
evaluation, fan or inspiration purposes. I do this only to allow other
fans to appreciate the delightful work of JK Rowling and make a full character
analysis of one of her creations.
No money is being made, keep it that way!
Quirrell, in his absurd turban, was talking to a teacher with
black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin.
It happened very suddenly. The hook-nosed teacher looked past
turban straight into Harry's eyes -- and a sharp, hot pain shot
the scar on Harry's forehead.
"Ouch!" Harry clapped a hand to his head.
"What is it?" asked Percy.
The pain had gone as quickly as it had come. Harder to shake off
feeling Harry had gotten from the teacher's look -- a feeling
didn't like Harry at all.
"Who's that teacher talking to Professor Quirrell?" he
"Oh, you know Quirrell already, do you? No wonder he's
nervous, that's Professor Snape. He teaches Potions, but he
to -- everyone knows he's after Quirrell's job. Knows an awful
the Dark Arts, Snape."
Harry watched Snape for a while, but Snape didn't look at him
- Greasy black hair
- hooked nose
- sallow skin
a plot device from Rowling! Maybe Snape looked at Harry
because Quirell had just been talking about him in order to
concentrate on his scar. Maybe Quirell even intented Snape to
look at Harry at the very moment they looked at each other to cause
a diversion or simply waited until
Snape looked his way to create confusion in Harry's
mind. And I'm not excluding the possibility that Snape
knew about this (see below). If
you have seen the first movie, you will notice that
Quirrell was indeed talking to Snape, though we don't
know about what, but he did ask for his opinion. Therefore,
it must have been about Potter since Snape automatically
looked his way. What's strange is that at that precise
moment, Quirrell was neither facing Snape or Harry.
He was turned back so that Voldemort could inflict pain
to Harry. I think this seemingly plot was not lost on
Snape because right after looking at Potter and surely
seeing him grab his scar, Snape looked back at Quirrell
with a suspecting look on his face. In the movie that
is! I wish Rowling had been this explicit in the book!
|This passage somehow proves how
expressive Snape's eyes are! You don't often get the feeling
someone hates you at such a distance!! Since
Quirrell was talking to him, apparently about Potter,
I reckon he told him "nice stuff" about Harry.
Things Snape didn't want to hear at least so that when
he looked at Harry, he wouldn't look happy and be able
to show his hate.
Before, this fact was never acknowledged, but thanks
to book 5, we know that at first, Snape applied for
the DADA job, and often so for the 14 years he's
been teaching at Hogwarts. So now, we all know that
indeed, Snape has always wanted that position AND he
is talented in the Dark Arts! My old theory still
holds in part though. I thought Snape wanted the job
because he thinks the other teachers are not competent
enough to instruct students about them. I think it still does, but
this would be a secondary motivation instead of a primary
goal. Because if Snape applied for the job the first
time round, it's not only to replace incompetent teachers.
But of course, maybe in Snape's mind, DADA teachers
have never been competent enough too! One of
my proofs for this theory is the following: The only one he
has not criticized for his teaching methods was Moody Mad-Eye, who
was indeed competent since he has been dealing with Dark Wizards all of his
life. However, if you take Quirrell (scared by his own
shadow), Gilderoy (interested in shampoo) and Lupin (a kind
Gryffindor who obviously never used Dark Magic), I think Snape has the
right of being pissed off to see the most important course, for the
students' own protection, taught by seemingly
non-dark-magic-practicing teachers. Maybe
he even felt so back in his own student's days.
Also, Snape is aware of what
Dark Wizards can do, so as a teacher, he would naturally fill these
educative lacks in case his students had to stand against
real Dar Wizards. And if Snape thinks students are not receiving enough
protection, he seems willing to take it upon his shoulders to do it!
thanks to book five, we not only know that Snape has
always been after the DADA job, but it also means that
he's indeed talented enough for it, ever since he was
in school. But how about Potions then? I think his opening
speech on Potions (that almost every Snape fan knows
by heart now) is proof enough that he likes it even
though he would prefer the DADA position. It's a shame
Rowling said nothing about Snape's school skills in
Potions back in his school days!! I think they
were great too. From what I learned in Book5, I believe
Snape was indeed a "literary type" of guy,
therefore found of studying like Hermione, a hard-worker
and a perfectionist. (See Book 5 analysis for more details)
Still, I think that Snape likes both Potions and DA.
"Double Potions with the Slytherins," said Ron.
"Snape's Head of
Slytherin House. They say he always favors them -- we'll be able
if it's true."
| Snape's Head of
(Frankly, this is no news, but now tell me if you think someone else would fit
At the start-of-term banquet, Harry had gotten the idea that
Snape disliked him. By the end of the first Potions lesson, he
been wrong. Snape didn't dislike Harry -- he hated him.
Potions lessons took place down in one of the dungeons. It was
here than up in the main castle, and would have been quite
without the pickled animals floating in glass jars all around
Snape, like Flitwick, started the class by taking the roll call,
like Flitwick, he paused at Harry's name.
"Ah, Yes," he said softly, "Harry Potter. Our new
Draco Malfoy and his friends Crabbe and Goyle sniggered behind
hands. Snape finished calling the names and looked up at the
eyes were black like Hagrid's, but they had none of Hagrid's
They were cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels.
"You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of
potion-making," he began. He spoke in barely more than a
every word -- like Professor McGonagall, Snape had the gift of
class silent without effort. "As there is little foolish
here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't
will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering
its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep
human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses.... I can
you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death -- if you
as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."
More silence followed this little speech. Harry and Ron
with raised eyebrows. Hermione Granger was on the edge of her
looked desperate to start proving that she wasn't a dunderhead.
"Potter!" said Snape suddenly. "What would I get
if I added powdered
root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?"
Powdered root of what to an infusion of what? Harry glanced at
looked as stumped as he was; Hermione's hand had shot into the
"I don't know, sit," said Harry.
Snape's lips curled into a sneer.
"Tut, tut -- fame clearly isn't everything."
He ignored Hermione's hand.
"Let's try again. Potter, where would you look if I told
you to find me
Hermione stretched her hand as high into the air as it would go
her leaving her seat, but Harry didn't have the faintest idea
bezoar was. He tried not to look at Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle,
shaking with laughter.
"I don't know, sir."
"Thought you wouldn't open a
book before coming,
eh, Potter?" Harry forced himself to keep looking straight
cold eyes. He had looked through his books at the Dursleys', but
Snape expect him to remember everything in One Thousand Magical
Snape was still ignoring Hermione's quivering hand.
"What is the difference, Potter, between monkshood and
At this, Hermione stood up, her hand stretching toward the
"I don't know," said Harry quietly. "I think
Hermione does, though, why
don't you try her?"
A few people laughed; Harry caught Seamus's eye, and Seamus winked. Snape, however, was not pleased.
"Sit down," he snapped at Hermione. "For your
asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is
the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the
of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for
wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name
aconite. Well? Why aren't you all copying that down?"
There was a sudden rummaging for quills and parchment. Over the
Snape said, "And a point will be taken from Gryffindor
House for your
Things didn't improve for the Gryffindors as the Potions lesson
continued. Snape put them all into pairs and set them to mixing
simple potion to cure boils. He swept around in his long black
watching them weigh dried nettles and crush snake fangs,
almost everyone except Malfoy, whom he seemed to like. He was
telling everyone to look at the perfect way Malfoy had stewed
slugs when clouds of acid green smoke and a loud hissing filled
dungeon. Neville had somehow managed to melt Seamus's cauldron
twisted blob, and their potion was seeping across the stone
burning holes in people's shoes. Within seconds, the whole class
standing on their stools while Neville, who had been drenched in
potion when the cauldron collapsed, moaned in pain as angry red
sprang up all over his arms and legs.
"Idiot boy!" snarled Snape, clearing the spilled
potion away with one
wave of his wand. "I suppose you added the porcupine quills
taking the cauldron off the fire?"
Neville whimpered as boils started to pop up all over his nose.
"Take him up to the hospital wing," Snape spat at
Seamus. Then he
rounded on Harry and Ron, who had been working next to Neville.
"You -- Potter -- why didn't you tell him not to add the
he'd make you look good if he got it wrong, did you? That's
point you've lost for Gryffindor."
This was so unfair that Harry opened his mouth to argue, but Ron
him behind their cauldron.
"Don't push it," he muttered, "I've heard Snape
can turn very nasty."
|Grudge, hate or... the certainty that
Potter is a synonym for disobedience, boosted-ego, foolishness and adoration?
I think the latter is best. Thanks to Book
5, we know that this is exactly what James Potter was
like back in his schooldays!! Hence my theory
still holds the road! The problem here is that Harry's
popularity is working against him when it comes to Snape.
"Oh Harry Potter this" "Ah, Harry Potter
that!" When over-adoration of someone's competence
comes to Snape's ears, I'm pretty sure he is the kind
of man to hate it. I can't stand fandomship myself
when fans loose sight of reality! (Some Snape
fans will hate me now but that's the truth: Short-sightedness
is something Snape hates!!) Hence, Snape hates
Harry's fans and Harry himself. He gave plenty
of proofs of it in the five books. I also think there
is a bit of grudge thrown in there! You don't get a
chance to hand back a piece of your mind to your ennemy's
son everyday!! This time, Snape is in control
of what he thinks Potter is. Harry's not really
like his father of course, but like I said, all Harry's
fans promotes this idea! Not to mention Harry's
recklessness at times! Hence, Snape acts exactly
like he would have liked his teachers to act with James
Potter. Then, maybe, he would not have had to
suffer all the humiliating things James pressed on Snape.
If someone before Lily Evans had helped
James deflate his head, maybe he would have left Snape
alone. I think that's how Snape is reacting to Harry.
|Snape seems to
love the cold or he is used to it at least because, as powerful a
wizard as he is, he would know how to cast a warming spell! I
read in a fanfiction (Riley's Pawn to Queen) that Snape would not
eager to lit fires because he didn't want any uninvited guests,
especially evil guests! I think that quite makes sense!
In other fanfictions, some say that
the dungeons are kept cold by Snape so that students
can focus on their potions and keep an alert mind. That's
also a possibility. Or that potions ingredients need
a cool place to be preserved in. Those are good
explanations I think!
And, maybe Snape, though a Slytherin, is warm-blooded! ; )
events rather prove that Snape cannot support Harry because he
believes he is everything his father was. From what we know he
was : adored, a celebrity, a seeker, always playing pranks, bending
the rules, confident, courageous and Gryffindor to top it all! And
Book5 really put that all into perspective in Chapter
28 - Snape's Worst Memory
||-Black eyes with
no warmth in them
-Cold and empty
-Like dark tunnels
-Can keep his class silent, which is almost a prerequisite in
-He accords little value to "wand" magic because,
I believe, it is too simple to pronounce a spell. Especially
compared to Potion making. Knowing a word and a gesture is
quite simple if compared to learning ingredients by heart, where
they come from, what are their characteristics, how they can affect
a potion, how they interact together, when to put on ingredient and
when not to, etc. But this
attitude towards "wand" should not be taken
too literally. I think I did before, but now, I'm beginning
to understand that what he meant was more along the
lines of "I expect you to be careful, exact, to
study hard, in a word, to do a lot by yourself and not
rely on your wand for this class". Why? Because
Snape cannot hate wand-waving magic... he likes the
Dark Arts!! You need a wand to be good in the
Dark Arts don't you?!
-I think he really loves Potions, otherwise, he would not even care
to share his own vision of Potions to what he believes to be dunderheads!
-He also seems to put great value in his work because he knows he can do a
lot of things with Potions! He sure knows how to appeal to his public
as well...before insulting them that is! Who wouldn't
want to brew glory, stopper death, etc?!
|Here is where
Snape is going to definitely "categorise" Harry as a boy
"too good" to dare study beforehand! Also, Snape wants to prove (he must have dream
of that day for a long time) that having a gift for magic does NOT
automatically infer that you are intelligent or all-powerful or
that you should use it
to show off!
Reminds you of someone? James of course! It seems all
about him, doesn't it? Snape's not
talking about being a Muggle-raised child or not here,
it's about studying and intellect. It seems quite important
to Snape, but even more when it comes to Harry because,
surely, since Harry's defeat of Voldemort, people have
adored him even though they had no clue as to who he
was or what he stood for. I mean, Harry's a legend,
everyone is "honored" to meet him because
of his greatness even though he did nothing! Snape hates
that, even more because it calls back to his horrible
memories of James who was a show off.
|The fact that
Snape is completely ignoring Hermione is another proof that Snape
wants to prove everybody that Harry Potter is not as great as
everybody makes him. It's true in the sense that Harry
has been idolized by many, like his father. Snape surely
despises that fact and tries to prevent history from
repeating itself. I'm sure when he was young, Snape thought
teachers were "eating out of James's hand" because he was
soooooo fantastic in many domains. However, for Snape, these
features are bad and not to be encouraged. I think Severus was often disminished or
laughted at because of James and his friends
(now proven by Book5). So, here, he doesn't want to teach
students, unless he would ask Hermione. He only wants to prove
what lack of knowledge ends up to, especially
in celebrities or adored figures!
thinks Harry suffers from the "popularity = no need to study"
philosophy. I don't think he is because of the Dursleys, Harry
became quite different thanks to that. But
had Harry been brought up in the Wizard community, I doubt he would
not be a little bit like Malfoy or
a bigger-headed boy like his father whom everyone adored,
as mentioned in Book5.
Harry has finished being categorised!! He is now the insolent
little boy who thinks he is so great he doesn't need to put efforts
in his school work AND who will then spend most of his free time
playing pranks and has no respect for authority! Commanding
Snape to ask Hermione was just a tad too much wasn't
it! You don't command Snape. What's bad for Harry is
that he surely reacted just like his father would have.
|Snape got 5 points
off in the movie! Do you think it's because they needed him to look
more evil because of time restriction? Who knows? This
is surely a lifetime dream for Snape: taking points from a
Potter! I'm sure he thought James never did loose enough
points back when he was a student! Also
notice that this is the first time Snape takes off points
from Harry, yet he only took one.
||He wears a long
black cloak (Black? He would never!)
|I am pretty sure,
as many of you, that Snape's liking Malfoy is nothing but political
interest. Snape's no fool and knows Draco will call Lucius if
he isn't satisfied! This would of course imply that Snape has
kept quite close to "former" Death Eaters or just Malfoy.
Lucius is quite powerful afterall. It's
difficult to know, but I'm sure Severus would have a lot of problems
if he didn't use his sly talents in favouring his House. And
when half your House comes from Death Eater families, there is a line
you should not cross!
Others say he is just mean, but since Snape loves work well done, I
don't tend to see his favoratism towards Slytherin as just a mean to get
credit! Where's the point if you are the judge?! Of course, as most must think, Slytherin is nothing
but a cradle for Dark Wizards. Hence, Snape must be quite happy that
someone is finally on their side, for the good Slytherins ! Maybe
this feeling blinds his judgment! Also note that almost only Malfoy
isn't reprimanded here. That means the other Slytherins
don't have the upper-hand here!
|Here goes our dear
Neville! The poor boy! Like I was saying, Snape does not
support incompetence! That's the only thing to it! This
is why I cannot fathom the fact that Snape would not punish
incompetence in his own house unless he had too much pressure
from parents. He
has to maintain his image. That's one part of Rowling's
plot for Snape. At the same time, if he was able to maintain his
"spy" days secret, (though
I don't know how his trial could have been kept a secret
from Lucius?! That's something I can't wait to read
in the next books because it defies my mind) he would want to keep his favoring
attitude towards Dark Wizards (Slytherins) in the making. That way, he can
come back as a spy and say he was not corrupted by Dumbledore afterall!
Nasty Snape being Dumbledore's puppet? Not likely! Book5
proved that Snape was indeed able to go back into the
Death Eater ranks. Snape was making reports and he knew
what Harry's dreams were about. And Lucius Malfoy
was said to praise Snape too. Therefore, Snape, somehow,
was able to take his place back in the ranks of the
Death Eaters. Whether he was a high-ranked one or not,
we do not know yet.
thinks Potter wants glory all for himself! I think Snape just
forgot that Harry's not been sorted in Slytherin!! A Slytherin like
Draco would have wanted Neville to fail. Or again, it
may refer to Snape's experience of James Potter.
|Nasty: I think
this is a good expression to describe Snape's teaching ways.
If you don't do things right as a student (listen well in class and
all), he will turn nasty until you do!
In Book5, they called him a "git". I'd say
that Rowling will keep his character that way, that's
why she said we should not think Snape to be too nice!
interview at Royal Albert Hall
and my analysis of it
Harry told Hagrid about Snape's lesson. Hagrid, like Ron, told
Harry not to worry about it, that Snape liked hardly any of the students.
"But he seemed to really hate me."
"Rubbish!" said Hagrid. "Why should he?"
Yet Harry couldn't help thinking that Hagrid didn't quite meet
when he said that.
|Snape is hard on
every student. I was also thinking
back on the word "any". Does it mean that
even in Slytherin, Snape does not take a lot of
interest in his students? I guess it does somehow,
it's not only for Gryffindors or Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.
Children will be children, and Snape seems to hate that!
Slytherins know how to hide their pranks, hence, if
you are not caught, you are safe! But yet again, I stress
the importance of politics!! Also, when you think
about it, we never read about Snape seeming worried
for one of his Slytherins. He just puts them out of
their misery if they ever happen to be in trouble, but
we never heard of Snape being overly anxious about his
Slytherins. It's hard to reckon at the moment, but I
think Snape acts coldly. So, indeed, he hardly likes
any of the students. It's more that he has a different
level of disliking for each of them.
|Update: Hagrid seems to
know about the way James and the others treated Snape in school.
Also, before this update, I said that " A lot of speculation has been going
around Snape being in love with Lily. I think that's the best
theory along with Snape's hate for the Marauders because they made
his life a nightmare!" But, now, this theory may prove
wrong because Snape, in Book5, said he didn't want to
be helped by a mudblood. Hence, being with a mudblood
may seem repulsive to Snape. However, we could also
say that Snape used this word because he was so humiliated
already, he really didn't want being helped by a mudblood
in front of some Slytherins. That would be bad. That's
a defensive mechanism. And if Snape was indeed in love
with her, he just wanted to prove that, as a man, he
was able to defend himself. That's what boys of
that age always want to prove! Maybe that is Snape's
worst memory of his schooldays exactly because Lily
was there and helped him! In a boy's mind, he should
be the one to help the damsel in distress, right?
I shall speak to Professor Dumbledore and see if we can't bend
first-year rule. Heaven knows, we need a better team than last
Flattened in that last match by Slytherin, I couldn't look
in the face for weeks...."
|There really seems to be a
"competition" between Severus and Minerva! I think
it's normal because they both want their House to win, but maybe
it's because, in Snape' school time, Gryffindor was always
winning? Maybe, and then, Snape would want to prove that
"sly" people could also win like the almighty
Gryffindors! It seems that they both want to prove something,
unless, Minerva would not feel ashame to look Severus in the
face! Why would she? She's quite older! This
competition may lead Minerva to realise her house's flaws too!
Book5, both Minerva and Severus gave extra time to their
teams to prepare for the Quidditch match. Hence, it
strengthens the theory. And they also overlook problems
associated with their players, though Severus overlooks
it more than Minerva. Also, notice how she refers to
Snape as "Severus Snape", without using "professor".
Yet, she just did it for Dumbledore. One theory:
maybe Dumbledore was once her teacher and Snape his
students, and therefore could never truly switch back
to calling them differently. However, I believe it is
rather because she usually calls him Severus, but, in
front of Harry, she uses his full name. Maybe
she likes calling him Severus, to be closer to him.
We often see such a closeness between competitors after
Peering around it, however, they saw not Percy but Snape. He
corridor and disappeared from view.
"What's he doing?" Harry whispered. "Why isn't he
down in the dungeons
with the rest of the teachers?"
Quietly as possible, they crept along the next corridor after
"He's heading for the third floor," Harry said, but
Ron held up his
|I like this part so much because Snape
was the only one who immediately thought there was something wrong
with the Philosopher Stone!
I think Snape knows what to do because he was evil at one point in
his life. Also, you don't have to spend a long time in the
Serpent's Den to learn how delusion and diversion are effective
moment later, Professor McGonagall had come bursting into the
closely followed by Snape, with Quirrell bringing up the rear.
took one look at the troll, let out a faint whimper, and sat
down on a toilet, clutching his heart.
Snape bent over the troll. Professor McGonagall was looking at
Harry. Harry had never seen her look so angry. Her lips were
Hopes of winning fifty points for Gryffindor faded quickly from
"What on earth were you thinking of?" said Professor
cold fury in her voice. Harry looked at Ron, who was still
his wand in the air. "You're lucky you weren't killed. Why
aren't you in
Snape gave Harry a swift, piercing look. Harry looked at the
wished Ron would put his wand down.
|This does prove that Snape got to
Quirell and brought him back with him because he didn't trust
him. He surely found him exactly where he expected Quirell to be! Snape would not have left Quirell alone at
Fluffy's door! Notice how Quirell looks
at the troll and tries to look scared? This delusion
did not impress Snape however!! Snape knew exactly who
let the troll in not to mention he must be aware that
Quirrell was an expert with trolls!
|This is one
feature I like about Snape: whatever happens, he feels concerned.
People like Lockhart would only be babbling about how they could
have done it themselves. But Snape always seems to fear for
the security of others, in his hidden kind of way of course!
He would of course check if the troll was out of his senses for as
long as they needed to take control over it!
|Snape seems to tell Harry: "See! I
told you you were an isolent disobedient boy! Never at the right
place at the right time! Instead of just following
orders, you had to play heroes, didn't you?!"
Hermione hung her head. Harry was speechless. Hermione was the
person to do anything against the rules, and here she was,
she had, to get them out of trouble. It was as if Snape had
handing out sweets.
|I love this comparison! Wouldn't
it be cute to see that? I think Snape would be more the kind
to buy the sweets and pay someone to do the job!! He would
never want a student to think he could be nice, would he? He
always wants to appear uncaring, detached and cold.
were out in the freezing courtyard during break, and she had
them up a bright blue fire that could be carried around in a jam
They were standing with their backs to it, getting warm, when
crossed the yard. Harry noticed at once that Snape was limping.
Ron, and Hermione moved closer together to block the fire from
they were sure it wouldn't be allowed. Unfortunately, something
their guilty faces caught Snape's eye. He limped over. He hadn't
the fire, but he seemed to be looking for a reason to tell them
"What's that you've got there, Potter?"
It was Quidditch Through the Ages. Harry showed him.
"Library books are not to be taken outside the
school," said Snape.
"Give it to me. Five points from Gryffindor."
"He's just made that rule up," Harry muttered angrily
as Snape limped
away. "Wonder what's wrong with his leg?"
"Dunno, but I hope it's really hurting him," said Ron
Harry felt restless. He wanted Quidditch Through the Ages back,
his mind off his nerves about tomorrow. Why should he be afraid
Snape? Getting up, he told Ron and Hermione he was going to ask
he could have it.
"Better you than me," they said together, but Harry
had an idea that
Snape wouldn't refuse if there were other teachers listening.
He made his way down to the staffroom and knocked. There was no
He knocked again. Nothing.
Perhaps Snape had left the book in there? It was worth a try. He
the door ajar and peered inside -- and a horrible scene met his
Snape and Filch were inside, alone. Snape was holding his robes
his knees. One of his legs was bloody and mangled. Filch was
"Blasted thing*," Snape was saying. "How are you
supposed to keep your
eyes on all three heads at once?"
Harry tried to shut the door quietly, but --
Snape's face was twisted with fury as he dropped his robes
hide his leg. Harry gulped.
"I just wondered if I could have my book back."
"GET OUT! OUT!"
Harry left, before Snape could take any more points from
sprinted back upstairs.
suspicious by nature. No matter what, his logic will always
get him to notice when something is wrong, even if it's not exactly
the right thing.
|I think he especially knows about
concealing. Gryffindors trying to conceal something from the
master of emotionless-face? Not likely! After being in
the Serpent's Den for so long, Snape must know how to recognize a
guilty face in a flash! The problem is, Snape
got so suspicious over the years, I reckon, that now
everyone feels guilty of the simplest things in his
presence, as if they couldn't fathom what would upset
him next. Therefore, Snape leaves in his wake frightened
people, guilty-looking people, etc. And then of course,
Snape may think that everyone is always so distant and
guilty in his presence. It's a vicious circle really.
If only he could trust people more... but having been
a Death Eater is one thing that can drain you of trust
for the rest of your life, right!
|Question: Was it the title that got
Snape to take it away from Harry? I think Snape didn't like
the "Quidditch" part of the title! Too much like
his father! Of course, it
must be ok to bring books outside! It's a school! Maybe
what Snape meant was : "You should not bring books that are not
your own in places you might damage them". He just doesn't
|Snape must also be
quite unamused because of his leg! Usually, when Snape is not
physically or mentally well, his manners suffer a great deal, like
|Is Snape really
malleable in the presence of other teachers? Hummm.. Makes you
wonder really! I think he would only explain himself to the
teachers, but nothing more. Snape has a logical and
methodological mind, so he always considers things or actions as having a
purpose. However, he just doesn't feel like he needs to tell
his reasons! That's what's so confusing about his
character! You never know for sure why he does what he does!
relationship with Filch seems cold but built on confidence at the same
time. For once, if Snape took care of his injury by
himself, it means that he didn't want Mrs Pomphrey to question him
about how he could have got such a "bite" taken
out of him, and arise false suspicions. Therefore, if Filch was not
someone Snape trusted, he would never have asked him to help bandage
his leg! After all, Filch takes for the Slytherin team in
Quidditch!! And they both have the same
"appreciation" of the importance of not bending rules!!
Also, Snape definitely told Filch
why he had gone there, unless he would never have talked
directly about Fluffy . Why he could not cure himself with magic
is a problem in Rowling's plot! Harry had
to see it, so it couldn't be cured easily by magic.
But wouldn't Snape be able to perform curing spells?
Maybe not, but we don't know because Rowling never gave
us much details about medical magic. However, we do
know that Snape sends some students to the infirmary
when he can not cure them with antidotes. Hence, medical
magic must be very different from Potions and the Dark
Arts! OR, another explanation, Snape never likes
to go to Mrs Pomphrey!! That's more reliable because
if not, how can you explain that Snape walked in front
of the whole school LIMPING! I mean, isn't that the
biggest clue that something is amiss!! Why would he
not want to seek medical help if he were innocent?!
THATcould arise suspicions! And Snape wouldn't
want people to get suspicious now would he!? Of
course, it is possible that Rowling couldn't think about
all those details when she wrote her book. However,
today, if she'd want to defend her point on this one,
she would have to say that it is not unusual
for Snape not to seek medical help. Or that he
has a bad knee or arthritis, and he was able to
put the blame on it when people asked him why he
was limping".... if they were courageous enough
to ask in the first place that is! I
think this is one place where a character in a story
unintentionally acquires a new trait of personality.
Even though the author didn't mean it that way or didn't
think about it at all, the result is that, now, her
character, Snape, has a physical problem or he hates
to seek medical help. But as I just said, I think this
was not meant to be.
|I'm sorry I completely forgot
to mention: "How come Snape can't get pass Fluffy!?!"
The answer is simple to me: there was no instrument
in the room so that the simplest clue was not there
lying around as we saw in the movie. Before, I must
admit that I was confounded by the harp playing in the
background when the Trio went into Fluffy's room near
the end of the
movie. I then took it for granted
that a harp was just lying there waiting for someone
to get the clue. If it had been a flute or something
smaller, I would not have thought it had been there
all the time. But my muggle-mind concluded that a harp
was too big an instrument for Quirrell to bring around!!
Therefore, it had to had been there all along. But I
forgot about Transfigurations now didn't I!! That was
stupid, I know! But now that I got rid of this preconception,
I understand why Snape couldn't get pass Fluffy, even
though he said he tried to "keep his eyes on all
of the heads at once".Afterall, even Quirrell couldn't
guess until he asked Hagrid at the bar, so that confirms
the fact that no instrument were left to play. It
must also mean that the "Stupefy" spell doesn't
|Snape really knows
Harry! He knows how curious he is and how he will do
everything to understand what's going on. For Snape, it means
Harry will meddle into other people's affairs, but for Harry, it
means that Snape is the villain! I don't think Snape expected
Harry to believe he was the villain in this. I think he was
pissed off 1)that Harry came in without permission; 2)that Harry
overheard him talking about Fluffy; 3) that Harry saw him trying to
cure his leg in secret! Snape can't support people (or should I
say "students") who meddle in
other people's stuff (not that it stops him sometimes when he feels
it's his responsibility). Especially since Potter will surely
get himself into trouble! And indeed he did!!
"Can't have," Hagrid said, his voice shaking.
"Can't nothing interfere
with a broomstick except powerful Dark magic -- no kid could do
a Nimbus Two Thousand."
At these words, Hermione seized Hagrid's binoculars, but instead
looking up at Harry, she started looking frantically at the
"What are you doing?" moaned Ron, gray-faced.
"I knew it," Hermione gasped, "Snape --
Ron grabbed the binoculars. Snape was in the middle of the
opposite them. He had his eyes fixed on Harry and was muttering
under his breath.
"He's doing something -- jinxing the broom," said
|Here is where we first associate Snape's
knowledge of the Dark Arts, its uses and his interest
in the DADA position. That's the students' point of view
of course! Now, like I said before, even though Snape likes
studying the Dark Arts, he is not using them in an evil way
knows exactly why he knew more about the Dark Arts than half the seventh
year when he got to Hogwarts, but one thing's for sure: he does not
uses them anymore, supposing he did in his Death Eaters
days. Dumbledore would make sure of that! In
Book5, they said he was really into it, very interested
in them. I think this could be described as the Frankenstein
effect: Dr. Frankenstein was very interested in Dark
medecine because he needed it, he thought he could help
people with it, he thought that it was a field that
was not enough exploited. I think the Dark Arts are
also called like that because they are still obscure
subjects in magic. Not only because they are evil though
I admit most of it must be. Why
do some plants produce poison? Could we use it to our
advantage, not for killing? Maybe that's one explanation
why Snape likes that field. Or he wants to protect people
from it or uncover mysteries about them. Snape's an
intellectual, after all.
why did Snape know so much before he got to school?
Theories: 1)Snape's family was very involved with the Dark Arts.
2)Snape considers the Dark Arts like important knowledge for
protection 3) Snape wanted something less boring to study
because he knew so much already 4) Snape just wanted the
additional knowledge 5)Snape wanted to be powerful, for good
|Here is something that could prove
theory #2: Snape knows the counter-spell to Quirell's Dark
magic! Therefore, he can protect Harry!
Hermione had fought her way across to the stand where Snape
was now racing along the row behind him; she didn't even stop to
sorry as she knocked Professor Quirrell headfirst into the row
Reaching Snape, she crouched down, pulled out her wand, and
few, well- chosen words. Bright blue flames shot from her wand
hem of Snape's robes.
It took perhaps thirty seconds for Snape to realize that he was
A sudden yelp told her she had done her job. Scooping the fire
into a little jar in her pocket, she scrambled back along the
Snape would never know what had happened.
It was enough. Up in the air, Harry was suddenly able to clamber
to his broom.
||Why is Snape saving Harry's butt?
1-He is not that desperate to get rid of him!
2-He hates him but never to the point of killing!
3-He is a teacher, hence, he feels responsible for the safety of any
4-He owns James Potter a life-debt
|He looked pretty concentrated there,
no? He seems the type to forget everything around him and do
what he has to in case of life-saving situations! That's
also one quality that must make him a good potions brewer!
"But Snape's trying to steal it."
"Rubbish," said Hagrid again. "Snape's a Hogwarts
teacher, he'd do
nothin' of the sort."
"So why did he just try and kill Harry?" cried
The afternoon's events certainly seemed to have changed her mind
I know a jinx when I see one, Hagrid, I've read all about them!
You've got to keep eye contact, and Snape wasn't blinking at
all, I saw
"I'm tellin' yeh, yer wrong!" said Hagrid hotly.
"I don' know why
Harry's broom acted like that, but Snape wouldn' try an' kill a
|This issue comes
back very often when talking about Snape: the trust Dumbledore has
in him. Dumbledore trusts Snape so much that he even gave him
a position as a Hogwarts teacher! Which seems to be a proof of
good will in itself, for Hagrid and the students at
confirmation that Snape, even though he hates a lot of people, would
not attempt murder. This does come from Hagrid, but at the
same time, it comes from a guy who's always been there with
Snape. So, over the years, Hagrid must have come to suspect
nothing such as murder from Snape. He was there when Snape was a
schoolboy after all.
No one could wait for the holidays to start. (...) Worst of all were Professor Snape's classes down in the
their breath rose in a mist before them and they kept as close
possible to their hot cauldrons.
|Snape loves the
cold! People say that is. There is
also another school of thought which relates this "cold
atmosphere" to Snape's wish to see his students
careful at all times. Stay in a cold room for a while,
you'll know how your awareness will be improved! It's
an attention catcher in a sense because I have my doubts
as to whether it is impossible to cast a good warming
spell all over the classroom. And what about the
Slytherin commonroom? That wouldn't be to inviting.
But then again, Rowling has often been writing about
such things as the impossibility, even for wizards,
to warm themselves properly. I'm thinking about Book5
where Aurors and Harry flew high in the sky, frozing
to their death without being able to use warming spells.
Or when in Book1 Hermione enchanted a blue fire, the
same she used on Snape to warm up because, seemingly,
no body-warming spell existed.
Ron dived at Malfoy just as Snape came up the stairs.
Ron let go of the front of Malfoy's robes.
"He was provoked, Professor Snape," said Hagrid,
sticking his huge hairy
face out from behind the tree. "Malfoy was insultin' his
"Be that as it may, fighting is against Hogwarts rules,
Snape silkily. "Five points from Gryffindor, Weasley, and
be grateful it
isn't more. Move along, all of you."
Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle pushed roughly past the tree,
needles everywhere and smirking.
"I'll get him," said Ron, grinding his teeth at
Malfoy's back, "one of
these days, I'll get him --"
"I hate them both," said Harry, "Malfoy and
|See how Snape
plays with rules like a real Slytherin: he knows Malfoy was wrong in
provoking Ron, but at the same time, he cannot say the Malfoy moved
first! Ron did and this is where the "no fighting"
Hogwarts rule kicks in! Therefore, Snape doesn't punish
Malfoy, though he tells them off pretty roughly. I think
Snape, as a Slytherin, appreciates cunning fights. If you get
into a fight, so be it, but don't get caught and don't raise to
||Harry Potter hates
both Malfoy and Snape! I wonder if the opposite is true?
"You asked me to come directly to you, Professor, if anyone
wandering around at night, and somebody's been in the library
Harry felt the blood drain out of his face. Wherever he was,
know a shortcut, because his soft, greasy voice was getting
to his horror, it was Snape who replied, "The Restricted
they can't be far, we'll catch them."
|Snape always wants
to find some students misbehaving, but here, we see Snape's hidden
tactics to catch Quirell and protect the stone. It shows how
active he has remained until the troll incident. That's why he
asked Filch to keep an eye open. Also, he is intelligent
enough to suspect that if Quirell or someone else wants to pay a
night visit to the Restricted Section, it means that they want
something no one is supposed to have access to without arising
suspicions. Here, that would be how to pass Fluffy!
Snape's quite wize to make sure every path the rubbers want to take
are watched! And as a bonus, Snape gets the chance to
catch a student! Maybe he even suspects Potter of trying to
find something about the stone since he saw his limping leg!
"Will you stop messing around!" he yelled.
"That's exactly the sort of
thing that'll lose us the match! Snape's refereeing this time,
be looking for any excuse to knock points off Gryffindor!"
George Weasley really did fall off his broom at these words.
"Snape's refereeing?" he spluttered through a mouthful
of mud. "When's
he ever refereed a Quidditch match? He's not going to be fair if
might overtake Slytherin."
The rest of the team landed next to George to complain, too.
"It's not my fault," said Wood. "We've just got
to make sure we play a
clean game, so Snape hasn't got an excuse to pick on us."
Which was all very well, thought Harry, but he had another
not wanting Snape near him while he was playing Quidditch....
|This is sooooo cute!! The
Gryffindors think Snape is trying to make them loose the match to
favour Slytherin, while Snape is only trying to save Harry's
butt!! Talk about irony!!
|Like Wood says, if
they play clean, Snape will not interfere with them. I'm sure
Snape is only this severe with the Gryffindors because of their
"courageous" and "show-off"
characteristics. That's not pejorative, it's just that Snape
doesn't like it! That's why anything will get
Snape to penalize them.
"A stone that makes gold and stops you from ever
dying!" said Harry. "No
wonder Snape's after it! Anyone would want it."
|Really, I'm not
sure Snape would want it! Anyone yes, but Snape has already
tasted what glory and power bring about! It's still embedded
on his left arm actually!
Harry didn't know whether he was imagining it or not, but he
keep running into Snape wherever he went. At times, he even
whether Snape was following him, trying to catch him on his own.
lessons were turning into a sort of weekly torture, Snape was so
horrible to Harry. Could Snape possibly know they'd found out
Sorcerer's Stone? Harry didn't see how he could -- yet he
the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds.
|Again, Snape is off to save Harry
Potter's butt! And at the same time, he must be thinking about
following Quirell! Since Quirell wants Harry dead, it's very
likely that he needs protection. Which is why Snape seems to
be following him everywhere! This is one important fact that
convinces me that Snape is not only helping Harry because of his
debt to his father, but also by duty. So, why is Snape so
pissed off with Potter? Maybe because this is taking forever
and Snape is not likely a babysitter, don't you think? And
maybe Harry goes places he shouldn't or where Snape has problems
keeping an eye on him, so that makes him say: "Damn
Potter! Would you stop going where I can't assure your
protection! " Of course, Snape would never admit this to
what about the fact that Snape actually can't help himself
from protecting Harry?! That must really make
him angry! He feels it's his duty to protect this
"baby"! An ungrateful brat in his opinion.
That ought to be enough to make him angry at Harry in
Potions where Snape is the sole master!
got me thinking since Book5. Occlumency and Legilimency..
How does it actually work? Snape said eye contact
was a crucial point of Legilimency, and that Voldemort
used it very often. That's how he finds out when people
lie to him or not. But then, the "victim"
of Legilimency always sees his own memories played in
front of him. Therefore, it cannot be that exact spel.
So, can Snape use another version of the spell
too? My guess is that he is just good at knowing or
recognizing when someone lies to him or has some hidden
"Dumbledore?" he said, dashing to the door to make
sure. Fred was right.
There was no mistaking that silver beard.
Harry could have laughed out loud with relief He was safe. There
simply no way that Snape would dare to try to hurt him if
Perhaps that was why Snape was looking so angry as the teams
onto the field, something that Ron noticed, too.
"I've never seen Snape look so mean," he told
Hermione. "Look -they're
||Snape is angry
because Dumbledore is there, but only because this means that he is
wasting his time as Quirell will not be able to do
|This is the
episode where we learn that, all in all, Snape did not confine his
suspicions to Dumbledore or at least, did not consult him when he
asked to be made referee. If he had known Dumbledore would be
there, he would have stayed in the castle! That he would!
In a way, wasn't it the
fact that Snape asked to be referee that got Dumbledore
worried? Snape would never do such a thing without
having a good reason now would he?
Ron didn't answer; Snape had just awarded Hufflepuff a penalty
George Weasley had hit a Bludger at him. Hermione, who had all
fingers crossed in her lap, was squinting fixedly at Harry, who
circling the game like a hawk, looking for the Snitch.
"You know how I think they choose people for the Gryffindor
Malfoy loudly a few minutes later, as Snape awarded Hufflepuff
penalty for no reason at all. "It's people they feel sorry
there's Potter, who's got no parents, then there's the Weasleys,
got no money -- you should be on the team, Longbottom, you've
Vengeance!! In fact, vengeance but with a very big nuance:
Snape really is the kind of person that trusts nobody. Therefore, if
he gets a bludger in the face, his instincts will automatically
analyse this as an attack and never as an accident! Snape
really isn't the kind to wait and see. He plans, he looks out,
he watches carefully, he suspects... and then he draws
|This makes me
wonder: Is Snape trying to favor Slytherin? Or is this payback
time for arrogant Gryffindor? Or, as it's Snape's habit, is he
so furious to be wasting his time flying around to protect a boy who
already has Dumbledore's watchful eye for himself that he is no mood
at all to be fair at all? Maybe he just tried to make the
most of it!
Harry jumped off his broom, a foot from the ground. He couldn't
it. He'd done it -- the game was over; it had barely lasted five
minutes. As Gryffindors came spilling onto the field, he saw
nearby, white-faced and tight-lipped -- then Harry felt a hand
shoulder and looked up into Dumbledore's smiling face.
"Well done," said Dumbledore quietly, so that only
Harry could hear.
"Nice to see you haven't been brooding about that mirror...
Snape spat bitterly on the ground.
|I think Snape is
still under the impression that Harry passed him by very closely on
purpose. And on top of that, the almighthy Gryffindor have
won! Like in James' time! Not to mention the uselessness
of refeering for the game in the first place! Boy, that all
together ought to make Snape quite bitter indeed!
first, I had problems imagining him spitting on the ground because
for me, it's bad manners. But then, I've seen in some movies
about high-society people, back a 100 years or more, that used to
spat when something really disgusted them, and they did in front of
what caused it. That would explain a lot, especially Snape's
state of mind which would be disgusted by the "Harry Potter for
President" mood or the fact that he had to refereed the whole
game! This "high-society" behaviour would also fit
well with Snape's (very likely) old pure blood lineage.
And speaking of Snape...
A hooded figure came swiftly down the front steps of the castle.
not wanting to be seen, it walked as fast as possible toward the
forbidden forest. Harry's victory faded from his mind as he
recognized the figure's prowling walk. Snape, sneaking into the
while everyone else was at dinner -- what was going on?
Harry jumped back on his Nimbus Two Thousand and took off.
silently over the castle he saw Snape enter the forest at a run.
The trees were so thick he couldn't see where Snape had gone. He
circles, lower and lower, brushing the top branches of trees
heard voices. He glided toward them and landed noiselessly in a
He climbed carefully along one of the branches, holding tight to
broomstick, trying to see through the leaves. Below, in a
clearing, stood Snape, but he wasn't alone. Quirrell was there,
Harry couldn't make out the look on his face, but he was
worse than ever. Harry strained to catch what they were saying.
"... d-don't know why you wanted t-t-to meet here of all
"Oh, I thought we'd keep this private," said Snape,
his voice icy.
"Students aren't supposed to know about the Philosopher's
Harry leaned forward. Quirrell was mumbling something. Snape
"Have you found out how to get past that beast of Hagrid's
"B-b-but Severus, I --"
"You don't want me as your enemy, Quirrell," said
Snape, taking a step
"I-I don't know what you
"You know perfectly well what I mean."
An owl hooted loudly, and Harry nearly fell out of the tree. He
himself in time to hear Snape say, "-- your little bit of
"B-but I d-d-don't --"
"Very well," Snape cut in. "We'll have another
little chat soon, when
you've had time to think things over and decided where your
He threw his cloak over his head and strode out of the clearing.
almost dark now, but Harry could see Quirrell, standing quite
though he was petrified.
||Snape has a
prowling kind of walk
|How clever can
that be? He waits for everybody to be at dinner to go around
and have a little chat with Quirell! The only problem is that
he kept his walking style! But then again, it's hard to walk
differently when you walk as fast as you can! And JK
Rowling did need Harry to get interested in the hooded
|Here, we see how
much Snape wants to keep his secrets for himself. Because, he
just walked as fast as he could, not concealing his usual walking
style, and then he runs. As a Slytherin, Snape knows better
than to arise suspicions and lose control of the situation.
Therefore, here, it means that he considered the rapidity of his
little chat more important than him not being recognised. I
think it's because Snape didn't want others to associate him missing
a meal at the same time Quirell did. He surely had to be back quickly.
|I had not noticed the first
time around, but Quirrell calls him Severus. However,
as in other books, Snape always keeps to family names,
except with Draco and Albus. I think names is an important
factor for Snape. He needs to create or cut relationships
with names. I know most people do that, but he does
it even more than the other characters in Harry Potter
books. He cuts himself off. That's why he wants to be
called "sir" (especially in book5) or "professor".
He won't accept familiarities. Except with Draco, hence,
that brings us to wonder about his relationship with
the boy. Uncle-like? Mentor? Father-like figure?
|He does indeed
like private matters. This support my last statement as well
as a couple of others where I said that what got Snape so mad about
Harry was him getting into things that doesn't concern him.
Maybe it's for security or ethics, but one thing's for sure, Snape
hates meddling people!
|If the reason why Snape says
he wants this conversation there because the students
are not supposed to know, it also that students could
somehow discover them anytime. But surely Snape is clever
enough to find an appropriate place in the castle! Far
from students' notice. Then why say this? Is this just
a way to "introduce" the subject? I think
so. Snape wanted a place where nobody could see them.
There are a lot of ghosts and creatures in Hogwarts,
but not outside. So, yes, I think this was just a way
to introduce the subject because it's not the students
that Snape is afraid of alarming, it's the teachers.
|This tells a lot about Snape's
confidence in his magical abilities. He's not afraid
of him or whomever Quirrell is working for. Snape's
confident enough to call himself a serious threat to
|According to me,
this portion demonstrates how Snape's mind works: he will be very honest
about what he knows about his enemy. Yet, he will never
clearly say so. He only speaks in riddle if you don't know
what he's talking about. (That's exactly what happened with
Harry: he misinterpreted Snape's words) This way of discussing
with his enemies often comes back in the books. Especially with
Harry! What is amazing is how he can be so truthful with his
enemies and yet, say nothing! He is more
realistic because of this. Unlike villains in some movies that
keep talking about their plans to their enemies, Snape keeps that
for himself. He doesn't feel the need to explain himself,
because he is 100% sure of what he says!
"hocus-pocus" refers to Quirell's attempt to kill Harry
|I just noticed how quickly
Snape concluded that Quirrell would not cooperate. He
had just said "but I don't" and already, Snape
moved on to his next plan, that is, of recommending
him to think about the matter. He knows what game Quirrell
is playing, he's playing the "I know nothing"
act. Snape knows as much and doesn't raise to the bait,
which is quite nice actually! He is so sure of
himself! He doesn't want to waste any time persuading
him. I guess that's very Slytherin of him. A Gryffindor
would have spent the whole night trying to convince
him that he was wrong and all. But not Snape. Time was
also important to him, so that's one of the reason he
ran off so soon.
|This episode could be
highly controversial with Snape' supposed return to his spy
days! If Voldemort stands on the back of Quirell's head, he
must have heard it all. Therefore, when Snape asks him to
think about his loyalties, it could be interpreted as "Are you
on Dumbledore's side or not?" Or maybe, it meant
"Are you for the protection of the stone or not?" which
could leave Snape free of loyalties towards Dumbledore! The
latter is the only way for Voldemort to accept Snape
back into his ranks, I think. Snape could say he thought
only Quirrell was after the stone for himself and that
he didn't want such a clown to get it. Something like
"So we were right, it is the Philosopher's Stone, and Snape's
force Quirrell to help him get it. He asked if he knew how to
Fluffy - and he said something about Quirrell's 'hocus pocus--
there are other things guarding the stone apart from Fluffy,
enchantments, probably, and Quirrell would have done some
spell that Snape needs to break through --"
"So you mean the Stone's only safe as long as Quirrell
stands up to
Snape?" said Hermione in alarm.
"It'll be gone by next Tuesday," said Ron.
|Now here, I am
ashamed of Harry's deductive powers! Not the first part cause
it does hold the road, but for the "Snape needs Quirell's anti-dark art
spell". No really, the whole school says Snape's after
the Dark Arts job, so why would he need Quirell's spell,
really? Because JK Rowling needed a good alibi! Ok, if
that's what it takes!! But, please, Snape is clever enough to
break a Dark spell! (Of course, at the time, they didn't know
he was a Death Eater! I have to concede that)
|However, I forgot to mention
the fact that at least, the Trio is aware of Snape's
persuasive powers. Maybe it's not quite a challenge
the (what seems to be) a stuttering Quirrell,
Every time they passed the third-floor corridor, Harry, Ron, and
Hermione would press their ears to the door to check that Fluffy
still growling inside. Snape was sweeping about in his usual bad
which surely meant that the Stone was still safe. Whenever Harry
Quirrell these days he gave him an encouraging sort of smile,
had started telling people off for laughing at Quirrell's
sweeps about in his bad temper!
|I guess this meant
that Quirell didn't tell Snape where his loyalties lied yet! And
Snape had to babysit the Stone all along. Unless, Snape would be much more happy! Then again, maybe
not! Not until he could discover who was TRULY after the
stone!! Surely not only Quirrell. For who was he working?
That's our Snape!
|Also, maybe Snape was aware
of the Trio checking on the dog, because, afterall,
Rowling mentioned that Snape "seemed" to follow
Harry. Therefore, in making sure Harry was safe and
sound, he must have at least noticed how often they
seemed to end up near the Third-Floor corridor!! But
he couldn't say anything without letting out his secrecy.
|Another possibility for Snape's
bad mood is the fact that the Trio were actually SMILING
and ENCOURAGING their enemies, even though they were
unaware of it! I wish I could have heard Snape's
thoughts whenever he saw such behaviour!! Oh my!!
Nothing to enlighten his esteem in Harry's foolishness
now is it!?
"Well, I don' s'pose it could hurt ter tell yeh that...
let's see... he
borrowed Fluffy from me... then some o' the teachers did
Professor Sprout -- Professor Flitwick -- Professor McGonagall
ticked them off on his fingers, "Professor Quirrell -- an'
himself did somethin', o' course. Hang on, I've forgotten
yeah, Professor Snape."
"Yeah -- yer not still on abou' that, are yeh? Look, Snape
protect the Stone, he's not about ter steal it."
Harry knew Ron and Hermione were thinking the same as he was. If
had been in on protecting the Stone, it must have been easy to
how the other teachers had guarded it. He probably knew
except, it seemed, Quirrell's spell and how to get past Fluffy.
|It's cool to know
that Snape was one of the chosen! Of course, he had to
participate! I mean, potions is an subtle art, and therefore,
potions is not your everyday subject! Even in the wizarding world,
that's what Snape said anyway in his opening speech.
|Notice how Hagrid does not correct the appellation
of "Snape". All the other teachers, whenever
the Trio uses "Snape", tells them off about
not using his title, "Professor Snape".
shows his total confidence in Snape, even though he must be quite
mean to the half-giant! Then again, that's not such a great
deal since he also trusts Quirellette...sorry, Quirell! Hagrid's
reason for trusting Snape is quite childish of course,
but in the later books, he gives out more argument in
favor of Snape, so that has to balance out his innocence.
"Snape wants the stone for Voldemort... and Voldemort's
waiting in the
forest... and all this time we thought Snape just wanted to get
|Would Snape really
want to be rich? Good question. I think he already is.
Like many, I believe he comes from an old lineage of pureblood and
Slytherins. Therefore, money must have been very important to
his family. Because money equals power in this world!
Update: In Book5, when James
turned Snape upside-down, we learned that he had graying
underpants. Which means dirty and old surely. And at
that age, who buys you clothes? Your parents! Now,
were Snape's parents poor or neglecting? I vote for
the latter! But it could very well be the former
too. Those were Snape's memories in Book5: "a hook-nosed man was shouting at a cowering woman, while a small dark-haired boy cried in a corner… a greasy-haired teenager sat alone in a dark bedroom, pointing his wand at the ceiling, shooting down flies…"
Doesn't look like a happy family or childhood now does
it?! Also, Harry said Snape looked like a skinny
plant who had lacked sun to grow strong. Hence, the
idea of neglecting. House elves do the laundry in Hogwarts,
they would get his clothes too. Therefore, it's not
from lack of washing that his are like that! It
looks exactly like Harry's clothes when at the Dursleys!!
I would even push it farther as to imply that Harry's
being unable to forgive Snape is that he refuses to
acknowledge the fact that they were just the same! Harry,
too, grew up like a plant in a dark room. But it hurts
so much to admit the parallel that Harry can do nothing
else but hate Snape as well. All the injustice he suffered,
Snape reminds him of that explicitly and implicitly
too. Even after he learned about Snape's treatment by
James, he couldn't bring himself not to pity him a bit.
It's too strong. Snape is Harry and the Dursleys at
the same time, just as Harry is Snape and James at the
same time for Severus.
already worked for Voldemort, so, would he have done such a thing
had this happened back in his Death Eater days? I guess he
would have because it meant brewing up a potion! That's
interesting! Even though it must look quite appealing to a
Potions Master to brew such a rare elixir, Snape has no intention
whatsoever on the stone! Good sense of ethics, really!
Snape made them all nervous, breathing down their necks
while they tried to remember how to make a Forgetfulness potion.
|This is pure Snape
irony! Making his students nervous and asking them to remember
how to make a forgetfullness potion! I bet he has a sly smile
on his face too.
|Snape seems to
love pressuring his students. This goes along the lines of
those who believe Snape is mean just to reinforce his students and
prepare them for worst things. I agree and always thought so
myself! Working under pressure must be something Snape
experienced a lot, therefore, he is being "nice" and
"preventful" to his students instead of plain annoying
by helping them to learn how to concentrate under pressure!
"It's tonight," said Harry, once he was sure Professor
out of earshot. "Snape's going through the trapdoor
tonight. He's found
out everything he needs, and now he's got Dumbledore out of the
way. He sent that note, I bet the Ministry of Magic will get a real
Dumbledore turns up."
"But what can we --"
Hermione gasped. Harry and Ron wheeled round.
Snape was standing there.
"Good afternoon," he said smoothly.
They stared at him.
"You shouldn't be inside on a day like this," he said,
with an odd,
"We were --" Harry began, without any idea what he was
going to say.
"You want to be more careful," said Snape.
like this, people will think you're up to something. And
really can't afford to lose any more points, can it?"
Harry flushed. They turned to go outside, but Snape called them
"Be warned, Potter -- any more nighttime wanderings and I
personally make sure you are expelled. Good day to you."
He strode off in the direction of the staffroom.
|I have a big
question: Why didn't Snape react to Dumbledore being sent an urgent
note from the Ministry?? Why, why, why? Again, because
JK Rowling needed Harry to do things by himself? I think
that's the most propable thing. And, maybe Snape ignored that
Dumbledore was away! In any case, you don't spend a whole year
looking after a boy and a stone to end up not realising that things
will not unfold when Dumbledore is mysteriously requested to leave
walking style! Seems as effective as always!
|This is one thing
a lot of people love about Snape: his smooth voice. Like a
snake actually. It's like he is trying to charm, to hypnotised
with his voice in order to get what he wants. He is
Slytherin's Head after all! Draco and Lucius have the same kind
|I really loved
this part in the movie. Snape's eyes were incredible! So
expressive, especially when understanding dawned on him.
(See image section - Gallery 7)
|Snape really seems
to know the Gryffindors by heart. Like it will happen a couple
of times later in the story or books, Snape knows exactly what
Potter is thinking or what he has been doing. Snape has always
been the only member of Hogwarts, except Dumbledore, to see through
Harry's pranks or quests.
This statement is so powerful. Snape knew Potter
was there on the night when he talked to Quirell or the night he
spend in the restricted section. Or both! I think the second is
more logical. (I just realised
while updating that before, I said the first option
was more logical. I meant the second!)
||And the "good
day to you" final! This is sarcasm at its
"I'm sorry, Harry!" she wailed. "Snape came out
and asked me what I was
doing, so I said I was waiting for Flitwick, and Snape went to
and I've only just got away, I don't know where Snape
|Snape never seems
to avoid working or doing things when it comes to duty. He
sees every possible detail as important (would have loved Sherlock
Holmes). I doubt he would not have left Hermione on
her own if he had not suspected that she was there on purpose.
Especially since she was next to the third-floor door.
He pulled open the next door, both of them hardly daring to look
at what came next - but there was nothing very frightening in here, just
a table with seven differently shaped bottles standing on it in a line.
"Snape's," said Harry. "What do we have to
They stepped over the threshold, and immediately a fire sprang
them in the doorway. It wasn't ordinary fire either; it was
the same instant, black flames shot up in the doorway leading
They were trapped.
"Look!" Hermione seized a roll of paper lying next to
the bottles. Harry
looked over her shoulder to read it:
Danger lies before you, while safety lies behind,
Two of us will help you, which ever you would find,
One among us seven will let you move ahead,
Another will transport the drinker back instead,
Two among our number hold only nettle wine,
Three of us are killers, waiting bidden in line.
Choose, unless you wish to stay here forevermore,
To help you in your choice, we give you these clues four:
First, however slyly the poison tries to hide
You will always find some on nettle wine's left side;
Second, different are those who stand at either end,
But if you would move onward, neither is your friend;
Third, as you see clearly, all are different size,
Neither dwarf nor giant holds death in their insides;
Fourth, the second left and the second on the right
Are twins once you taste them, though different at first sight.
Hermione let out a great sigh and Harry, amazed, saw that she
smiling, the very last thing he felt like doing.
"Brilliant," said Hermione. "This isn't magic --
it's logic -- a puzzle.
A lot of the greatest wizards haven't got an ounce of logic,
stuck in here forever."
"But so will we, won't we?" "Of course not,"
said Hermione. "Everything
we need is here on this paper. Seven bottles: three are poison;
wine; one will get us safely through the black fire, and one
will get us
back through the purple."
"But how do we know which to drink?"
"Give me a minute."
||The idea is so witty !
|In this, we also
see Snape's personality. He offers the person to die or get
drunk out of pure lack of logic OR he offers him to go back or
forward. This is clever, in the sense that Snape has planned an
escape for someone to get help or abandon before it was too
|But the best of it
is that he planned all of this keeping in mind that no magic was of
any use here! Snape, with his experience, must know that
the wizarding world is often too found of "wand
waving". This is exactly what he said in class and here
it is in practice! Brilliant! Snape
remains in character: he thinks people are dunderheads
and heroes, so he designed an anti-dunderhead and anti-hero
|My only regret:
the riddle was still too easy!! It took me about 20 minutes to get
it without the visual alignment (I had to try all the possible ways
from scratch because the riddle is a visual one). That's why I
recreated the riddle
with the visual alignment. I think that JK Rowling designed it
herself, so that's why it had an easy solution.
You can't invent brainteasers just out of thin air! But still,
I think it was such a good idea, regardless of how difficult it
was! I know a lot of people who would panic just mentioning
they have to solve a riddle! Rowling, even though she doesn't like
Snape, still bestowed him with cleverness!
|I'm pretty sure
this is where a lot of people matched Hermione and Snape together as a
couple. Especially if you consider
that the majority of fan-fiction writers who write Snape
romances using Hermione. Maybe
because, though the Trio still thought he was bad, she
said it was a brilliant idea. The kind she loves to
solve! I think so too! Hermione has always respected Snape's intelligence
and has been very hard to convince that he was bad in
the first book. In the other books, no matter what happened,
she always trusted Snape. She trusted his intelligence and
the facts, and still, she respects him even though Snape's been
a Death Eater or caused Harry so much trouble (from
Harry's point of view). With Book5, I think even more people
will like the match because, as you will discover in
my analysis of it, Hermione had exactly the same reaction
as Snape after the OWLs! They revised it to make
sure they got the right answers, just like people who
like studying and learning do (I should know because
I'm like that all the time! Did I mention my family
started calling me Hermione?! 0_0 And not because I
told them anything!) Hence, it proves my theory that
Snape is indeed an intellectual, a perfectionist, and
a man who cares about knowledge.
"But I thought -- Snape --"
"Severus?" Quirrell laughed, and it wasn't his usual
either, but cold and sharp. "Yes, Severus does seem the
he? So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat.
him, who would suspect p-p-poor, st-stuttering P-Professor
Harry couldn't take it in. This couldn't be true, it couldn't.
"But Snape tried to kill me!"
"No, no, no. I tried to kill you. Your friend Miss Granger
knocked me over as she rushed to set fire to Snape at that
match. She broke my eye contact with you. Another few seconds
have got you off that broom. I'd have managed it before then if
hadn't been muttering a countercurse, trying to save you."
"Snape was trying to save me?"
"Of course," said Quirrell coolly. "Why do you
think he wanted to
referee your next match? He was trying to make sure I didn't do
again. Funny, really... he needn't have bothered. I couldn't do
with Dumbledore watching. All the other teachers thought Snape
trying to stop Gryffindor from winning, he did make himself
unpopular...and what a waste of time, when after all that, I'm going to kill
|I bet Snape would
have killed Quirell on the spot had he heard that!! Not truly
because of the bat comparison, but because of being so useful to
Quirrell!! Note that Remus Lupin,
in Book3, mentioned something to that effect, too. Hence,
a lot of speculations has been going around over Snape's
relationship with vampires or animagus. However, I do
believe Severus intelligent enough not to announce hard
and loud that Remus is a werewolf while he was a vampire...
Remus would have taken his revenge right away, I mean!
Remus is too nice a man to do it first, but he's
not stupid! Had he known, we would all have known!
I personally don't believe in this "vampire"
theory because of that. The only fact I'm ready to concede
is the possibility of one of Snape's family members
to have been a vampire, though the chances are pretty
thin. If you had a vampire for a grandfather and
didn't want the secret to be out, would you go
around wearing such clothes?! Snape is not thick!
How stupid can that be?! I forgot to write about this
part before! I apologize... Again, notice the use of
"Severus"'s first name. Quirrell seems so
much closer to him than Snape ever allowed it. I'm wondering
if he's been using his first name for a long time (because
Quirrell apparently taught at Hogwarts for a long time,
too)? Maybe, but my question is: Did Snape referred
to him with his first name prior to Quirrell's travel
and transformation? Hum...? Knowing him, I'd say
he doesn't like to use first names, except for Albus
and maybe some unknown friends. A good example would
be Minerva. Each time Snape is being addressed as "Severus",
he always answers using the interlocutor's family name.
important point I forgot to mention before: although
Quirrell is definitely insulting Snape, he still (at
least) doesn't say anything negative about his counter-curse.
Hence, Snape's counter-curse did prove quite effective
if Quirrell didn't dismiss it as "a stupid insignificant"
one. And it WAS Dark magic!
of people have been wondering if Snape ever learnt who
set fire to his robes, right? Well, if Quirrell knew
it was Hermione, why wouldn't Snape? Maybe he did and
never mentioned it because that would have meant revealing
his plans to others and how would that have served him?
Harry was already saved, wasn't he? Maybe he understood
what happened when he saw Quirrell knocked over. It's
only logical if Snape saw him, but we may never know
course" he was trying to save Harry. Wow! Quirrell
says it himself! Even "Mr. Possessed"
in this book acknowledges the fact that the only reason
Snape would do such a thing was to save Harry! Death
Eater Snape, be gone!! Quirrell says "of course"
as if there were no other possibilities at all to explain
Snape's doings. And let's not forget Snape even went
to the extend of referring a match to make sure Harry
was safe. Hence, it also ascertains the fact that Quirrell's Dark
jinx was quite powerful, because Snape judged it sufficiently
dangerous to want to be near Harry if it ever happened
shows how Snape's still up-to-date with his counter-spells!
And we like that, don't we?!
||I believe that
what Quirell also finds
funny is that he must have noticed how Snape felt when Dumbledore showed
up for the game!!
|This is a great
hommage to Snape: he doesn't bother with what other teachers say,
even if it makes him unpopular. He does what he has to, and
that was keeping an eye on Harry. Do you know a lot of people
who would have done so if their reputation was at stake?
|It also shows how
little the other teachers trust Snape when it comes to House matters. Must be because he
favors Slytherins all the time. But then, why wouldn't he try to
referee more often if that was his real purpose? For me, this
shows how Snape favors Slytherins out of political matters! But
still, they thought Snape
was trying to stop Gryffindor from winning. Why?
It was the first time in years Gryffindor had
a good seeker if I'm not mistaken, but to think that
Snape would resolve to such drastic measures to win
the House Quidditch Cup yet again... not in my opinion!
Yet, that's the only logical reason the other
teachers found, didn't they? Had it been any other teacher,
I wonder what they would have thought? Can you
imagine McGonnagal on a broom?! Haha!
"You let the troll in?"
"Certainly. I have a special gift with trolls -- you must
have seen what
I did to the one in the chamber back there? Unfortunately, while
everyone else was running around looking for it, Snape, who
suspected me, went straight to the third floor to head me off --
only did my troll fail to beat you to death, that three-headed
didn't even manage to bite Snape's leg off properly.
|If Snape was
already suspecting him, maybe something happened before or he
meant from that moment when Quirrell came screaming
like a little girl into the Great Hall. I
think the episode with the burning scar at the Great Feast was the
thing that could have tipped Snape off. Or,
Snape must have known that to get a troll in Hogwarts,
you had to be able to handle them first, and maybe he
knew Quirrell could do that. Hence, if Snape knew
that beforehand, he would know right away that Quirrell
(fainting in front of everybody) was just acting! If
someone's good with trolls, one doesn't have to faint
faced with one!
anyone wondering why Quirrell never tried to get rid
of Snape? There are different answers: Snape was
not considered important or powerful enough by Quirrell
or, on the contrary, getting rid of him would have
proved too difficult or would have attracted too much
attention (but then again, just killing Harry would
attract attention, right!) or he knew that Snape would
act in secret because he wouldn't tell other teachers
(due to unpopularity or lack of confidence).
"I saw you and Snape in the forest --" he blurted out.
"Yes," said Quirrell idly, walking around the mirror
to look at the
back. "He was on to me by that time, trying to find out how
far I'd got.
He suspected me all along. Tried to frighten me - as though he
when I had Lord Voldemort on my side...."
||That's our Snape!
||This kind of means that Snape would have
scared him off had Voldemort been absent! Who
"But Snape always seemed to hate me so much."
"Oh, he does," said Quirrell casually, "heavens,
yes. He was at Hogwarts
with your father, didn't you know? They loathed each other. But
wanted you dead."
|The truth is out! So
indeed, Snape hates Harry a lot BUT never to the point
of killing him, something we could never say from a
Malfoy for example. Hence, it's a good point in favor
of Snape!! And Quirrell said "never": therefore,
Voldemort or not, Snape never had any intentions of
killing Harry. It may proof a small clue to fit all
the puzzle's pieces together concerning what made Snape
turn side. He did before Voldemort planned to
kill Harry anyway, because we once learned from the
pensieve that Snape changed side at great personal risks
BEFORE the attempted attack on Harry. To get back to
what Quirrell says, I think Rowling shows that there
is a very strict line between killing, loathing
and hating¸ in this book.
forgot to mention that here, Quirrell does look like
he knows a lot about our dear Potions Master. He
knows his past at Hogwarts, at least, concerning James
Potter. The interesting fact is that, as an explanation
as to why Snape hates Harry, the first and only reason
that Quirrell provides is the loathsome relationship
between Severus and James. And thanks to
Book5, we know a little more why that is as such!
"Quirrell said Snape --"
"Professor Snape, Harry." "Yes, him -- Quirrell
said he hates me because
he hated my father. Is that true?"
"Well, they did rather detest each other. Not unlike
yourself and Mr.
Malfoy. And then, your father did something Snape could never
"He saved his life."
"Yes..." said Dumbledore dreamily. "Funny, the
way people's minds work,
isn't it? Professor Snape couldn't bear being in your father's
I do believe he worked so hard to protect you this year because
that would make him and your father even. Then he could go back
hating your father's memory in peace...."
Harry tried to understand this but it made his head pound, so he
Malfoy is very bad! Was Snape that bad, too? Harry has all
the reasons of the world to hate Malfoy! But had James all the
reasons to hate Snape? Did they have something of common
interest, like Lily? Maybe. Here is
where Book5 comes in handy: we learn that the Marauders,
especially Sirius, use to harass Severus for the good
reason of him being "Snape". Wow!! What
a very upcoming and mature reason to do so. No, really!
I've been verbally bullied at school for just
wearing glasses and holding up the title of the school's
Know-it-all, I have my doubts whether the harassment
was founded. However, we could argue that it
was an "eye for eye" relationship. Or we could
say that Snape's interest in the Dark Arts brought
upon him the loathing of James, who we learned, hated
the Dark Arts experts. But still, I believe
that Snape (see the chapter "Snape's worst memory"
in Book5) got such bad memories from his encounters
with the Marauders, not to mention that he seemed all
alone and unpopular (a position in which both Harry
and Draco are not often found in) that this
was enough for Snape to hate James and all
his descendants! Humiliation is the gravest of all,
I learned that from a real friend of mine, a Bosnian
who lived in a Serb-ruled concentration camp for 3months.
"Physical pain is nothing compared to humiliation",
he said. In my friend's case, he said he would never
again trust a Serb however good-hearted a Serb may look,
though he said he could never kill one. I make the parallel
between him and Snape, who, in this case, will
never again trust a Potter unless a miracle happens!
|Ok, he saved his
life. But is it again, only that? Dumbledore
must be handing out a clue (because that's how Rowling
usually works!): Snape worked very hard this year to
save Harry because he owned it to James for saving his
life a looonnng time ago. A debt he could never pay
when James was alive it seems. However, we do know that
Snape told Harry he believed his father was in on the
werewolf prank, and therefore, that's why he hates him
the more. But on the other hand, Quirrell says
Snape would never hate Harry as much as to want to kill
him. What are we to understand then? Snape
has enough ethics to want to save Harry, life-debt or
nor, because he did it yet again in the next four books!
One cleared. Now, would he have worked so hard to protect
Harry had he not have this life-debt? We can guess
again and again, though my opinion is that it doesn't
take Snape such a guilty feeling to do the right thing.
At least, not this guilty feeling, maybe another, as
many fan-fiction authors put it, a "I've-been-a-Death-Eater-and-must-atone-for-my-crimes"
kind of guilt. Of course, we should put importance on
what Dumbledore thinks, but in Book5 especially, Rowling
proved us that we should not take his every word for
granted. Hence, I dare doubt it! I'm basing myself a
lot on Quirrell's reaction: he was very evil and twisted
at the time, yet, he said that Snape would never want
Harry dead. Dumbledore says now Snape can go back to
hating James and his offspring in peace... but it's
not so at all. He more than once saved his butt afterwards.
Makes you wonder, doesn't it! Maybe what Rowling meant
is that, of course, Snape will always protect Harry,
but that this year, he outdid himself! But, that
would be putting little importance on his guilt as a
Death Eater that so many of you think he feels (I do
too of course). Humiliation is one thing, but I think
guilt is it's opposite feeling, it's as strong as the
former, and makes you act in very surprising ways!
||And if Snape was indeed in love with Lily, well, he must
have enough respect for her memory and try to save her
||Our heads pound
He clapped his hands. In an instant, the green hangings became
and the silver became gold; the huge Slytherin serpent vanished
towering Gryffindor lion took its place. Snape was shaking
McGonagall's hand, with a horrible, forced smile. He caught
and Harry knew at once that Snape's feelings toward him hadn't
one jot. This didn't worry Harry. It seemed as though life would
to normal next year, or as normal as it ever was at Hogwarts.
competition between Minerva and Severus! I think this year,
Snape was displeased because points were awarded to Gryffindors for
not obeying rules, which is one of Snape's motto! "Obey
or don't get caught without a plausible reason"
explain why Snape looked at Potter when he congratulated
Minerva! He hated him as much because Harry is still like his
father!! Getting points and being praised
for it. If the others's reaction was not that of "adoring
the boy who lived", I guess Snape wouldn't be so
keen on associating him with his father.