Hermione nodded, apparently still lost in thought. Then, quite abruptly, she said, 'But you shouldn't have seen this at all, Harry.'
'What?' he said, taken aback.
'You're supposed to be learning how to close your mind to this sort of thing,' said Hermione, suddenly stern.
'I know I am,' said Harry. 'But -'
'Well, I think we should just try and forget what you saw,' said Hermione firmly. 'And you ought to put in a bit more effort on your Occlumency from now on.'
Harry was so angry with her he did not talk to her for the rest of the day, which proved to be another bad one. When people were not discussing the escaped Death Eaters in the corridors, they were laughing at Gryffindor's abysmal performance in their match against Hufflepuff; the Slytherins were singing Weasley is our King' so loudly and frequently that by sundown Filch had banned it from the corridors out of sheer irritation.
The week did not improve as it progressed. Harry received two more 'D's in Potions; he was still on tenterhooks that Hagrid might get the sack; and he couldn't stop himself dwelling on the dream in which he had been Voldemort - though he didn't bring it up with Ron and Hermione again; he didn't want another telling-off from Hermione. He wished very much that he could have talked to Sirius about it, but that was out of the question, so he tried to push the matter to the back of his mind.
I love her quick spirit! Indeed, he shouldn't have seen
anything at all!!
: But - ! Do you think Snape does not know of
Harry's lack of efforts even though he does not confine
in him? I think he has a clue if not a confirmation
thanks to Harry's lack of progress, Harry's general
attitude about all of this, and the fact that as Head
of Slytherin, Harry can't hide guilt so easily.
say Truth hurts! Indeed!
course he can't tell it to anyone else! If it had happened
due to his incapacity at blocking his dreams, then he
would have been able to inform Snape of it. But since
it occurred because Harry had put no efforts into this,
he could not tell his Occlumency master. It also
proves that Harry considers Sirius less 'adult-like'
concerning such matters. He knew he would not have berated
Harry for not trying hard enough.
Unfortunately, the back of his mind was no longer the secure place it had once been.
'Get up, Potter.'
A couple of weeks after his dream of Rookwood, Harry was to be found, yet again, kneeling on the floor of Snape's office, trying to clear his head. He had just been forced, yet again, to relive a stream of very early memories he had not even realised he still had, most of them concerning humiliations Dudley and his gang had inflicted upon him in primary school.
That last memory,' said Snape. 'What was it?'
'I don't know,' said Harry, getting wearily to his feet. He was finding it increasingly difficult to disentangle separate memories from the rush of images and sound that Snape kept calling forth. 'You mean the one where my cousin tried to make me stand in the toilet?'
'No,' said Snape softly. 'I mean the one with a man kneeling in the middle of a darkened room…'
'It's… nothing,' said Harry.
Snape's dark eyes bored into Harry's. Remembering what Snape had said about eye contact being crucial to Legilimency, Harry blinked and looked away.
'How do that man and that room come to be inside your head, Potter?' said Snape.
'It -' said Harry, looking everywhere but at Snape, 'it was -just a dream I had.'
'A dream?' repeated Snape.
There was a pause during which Harry stared fixedly at a large dead frog suspended in a jar of purple liquid.
is why he should try harder! But NOOOOO!!
couple of weeks!! They've been at it for months!! No wonder Snape is so hard on the boy,
he knows he's not been practising. Actually,
I'm even wondering if he's not bad with him so Harry
will finally try to get rid of the lessons
as soon as possible!
is an important fact: Snape cannot blame Harry for being
an overgrown strutting boy as a child anymore. We know
from former books that Snape took it against him, his
popularity, as he would have for James back in the old
days. However, it seems Snape did not alter his ways
with the boy at all after witnessing so much humiliating
moments of Harry's childhood. I must come to the conclusion
that it didn't weight so much in the balance after all.
Lots of us thought Snape bullied Harry because he looked
like his father and was instantly arrogant with Snape,
and that Snape must have concluded that he was and must
have had a quality childhood with lots of people to
adore him. But now, Snape cannot blame his education
anymore, if he ever did. It does not change his relationship
with the boy as we could have expected though. No.
It seems Snape's ways towards Harry are now (or were
always) rooted thanks to his looks (like his father)
and his manners (arrogance). If he had thought Harry
was like he was thanks to his education, the Occlumency
lessons would have changed his views of the boy. So
my conclusion is that Snape only refers to what he saw
and experienced first hand from Harry and James in dealing
with the former.
Oh! Be afraid when a Slytherin asks you a question 'softly':
they want something and will do all the cuddling they
need to get the answer : )
Of course the matter at hand here is Snape's knowledge
of the darkened room which is by far the most direct
clue to his actions as a spy. We've known about
Dumbledore asking him to "be ready and to do what
he must", we've seen Snape give reports, but we
had yet to know that Snape actually saw anything first
hand. If he recognised that room in Harry's head through
all of the other memories, he must have recognised it
for having been there himself. This couldn't be some
recount of what a Death-Eater must do in front of the
Dark Lord by some third person. No!
Snape was there in that room because he emphasizes
"that man" and "that room".
If he had only recognised the man, then he wouldn't
have mentioned the room again. Therefore, my dear Watson,
he's been there. Hence, he is acting as a spy with first-hand
intelligence!! Go Snape!
the man some credit, Harry!! He's the Head of the Sly-therin
House!! You know, the one renown for being full of lying
little snakes?!" Of course Snape knows when
he's lied to, he's proven it to you again and again
even though you never got caught!! (Okay, I'm done berating
the boy now ; )
I imagine "A dream?" being said in a very flat-tone. And I imagine
he may look like that, too:
'You do know why we are here, don't you, Potter?' said Snape, in a low, dangerous voice. 'You do know why I am giving up my evenings to this tedious job?'
'Yes,' said Harry stiffly.
'Remind me why we are here, Potter.'
'So I can learn Occlumency,' said Harry, now glaring at a dead eel.
'Correct, Potter. And dim though you may be -' Harry looked back at Snape, hating him '- I would have thought that after over two months of lessons you might have made some progress. How many other dreams about the Dark Lord have you had?'
'Just that one,' lied Harry.
And this is how I imagine him 'reminding' Potter
exactly why they have to suffer each other's company.
I think it says it all:
1 Harry: 0 What is the BEST way to get a teenager
to look at you? Insult him! (Though I do believe it
was a backhanded compliment in a way, saying that as
dim as he is even he could manage to make progress ;
) And why would he want Harry
to look him in the eye?! To know whether he's lying
or not of course, along with that 'intimidation' thing
of course. Snape is so good at that! But seriously,
I do not believe he's doing it just to spite Harry in
this case: he wants to impress on the boy the extreme
importance of his Occlumency lessons!! Again though,
Harry misses the point. And this is where comparing
this scene to Dumbledore's reaction in Chapter 27 (last
passage on this page) gets interesting. Be it
fear and intimidation of Snape or the softness
and trusting eyes of Dumbledore, Harry simply won't
do it! And why do I make sure you notice? Because
I don't want people shouting obscenities at Snape in
Chapter 28 for forbidding the boy to ever come back
for his lessons. Even Dumbledore couldn't impress the
boy enough so he would take this business seriously,
so why would Snape put up with it when he knows the
boy has not even tried to not dream and is happy doing
so as you shall see just now. Remember:
after over two months of lessons!!
'Perhaps,' said Snape, his dark, cold eyes narrowing slightly, 'perhaps you actually enjoy having these visions and dreams, Potter. Maybe they make you feel special - important?'
'No, they don't,' said Harry, his jaw set and his fingers clenched tightly around the handle of his wand.
That is just as well, Potter,' said Snape coldly, 'because you are neither special nor important, and it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters.'
This is how I see the cold eyes narrowing slightly
and Rickman gave us a perfect example:
the second picture: "That is just
as well, Potter" It's almost
of love! Almost! This is
rather what Snape thinks, not what the
rest of the world thinks of course,
but the way he says it is also
aimed at those who consider Harry like
a God or Merlin himself. It's a hidden
message somehow, something like: "Don't
believe what you hear and do not believe
that if Dumbledore lets you have your
ways mean anything at all. ...
I'm sick of you being the hero without having
to raise a finger while others like
me have to risk their neck!" It
sounds more like he wants to say: "I
would like you to be neither special
nor important and it unnerves me to
no end that you are!"
again, there's also a warning in there:
"Stop thinking you can solve everything,
Potter. Your nosiness may soon cost
some people their lives, mine included!"
Remember that Severus loathes
those who think themselves superior
to others. Yes, sounds strange from
a man who exudes confidence like he
does, but I don't buy it. He is rather
a hurt child deep down inside, hence
his need for recognition. I know
lots of you think so, too, however.
That is he not so confident and that
is why he looks down on those who do
because he was on the receiving end
of such people's bullying. Namely the
Marauders, though I doubt Lupin helped
that much. But the others have been
harsh on him for the sole reason of
"Because it's Snape" and because
James hated Dark-looking wizards no
matter how little facts he had to prove
it, as in Severus' case I reckon. And
so Snape always does his best to make
sure no one gets away with over-confidence
(except Draco, for obscure yet surely
political reasons). He knows what
that leads to and I must say in Harry's
case he is right: the boy puts his nose
in other people's business and saves
the day all the time though no one asked
him to. Therefore, Snape is again
trying to warn Potter of the dangers
of being nosy. And I do believe he is
right doing so, no matter how loathsome
of the boy he may be. If he didn't care
about the boy's well-being, then he
would never have lifted a finger for
him in the past and keep doing it. In
a way, it's no wonder Snape is fed up
with the boy: he's babysitting him as
much as he can yet the boy is a constant
nuisance for he won't stop doing the
opposite of what Snape would like the
boy to do. It's a vicious circle.
believe our poor Severus has a lot on his heart. He
tries to use his cold voice, as if he was not emotional
about this at all, but knowing the Slytherin, he is
and this is mainly a diversion. That's why I chose those
two pictures above from the third movie when Snape confronts
Sirius whom he loathes just as much as Harry. But
the point here is this quote: "it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters."
Snape is making a statement, a warning and a reprimand
all at once. He states that Harry's job is not
to spy and that others are doing it; he warns him that
his nosiness and recklessness could lead to trouble;
and he reprimands the boy for the latter. And
what does Potter find to say in return?!
'No - that's your job, isn't it?' Harry shot at him.
He had not meant to say it; it had burst out of him in temper. For a long moment they stared at each other, Harry convinced he had gone too far. But there was a curious, almost satisfied expression on Snape's face when he answered.
'Yes, Potter,' he said, his eyes glinting. That is my job. Now, if you are ready, we will start again.'
meant to like all the other dreams he has not meant
to have maybe?! Give me a break! Proves that Snape is
right to never indulge the boy's whims because he knows
that if he can't control his emotions, then he won't
be able to fare long in front of the Dark Lord unless
'sheer dump luck' saves his arse yet again.
why is Snape almost satisfied?! You would think
he'd have shredded the boy to pieces by now, but no.
Slytherin, that's all there's to it: Snape will not
volunteer secret information he wish he could tell the
boy for his own good or just to prove Severus is also
worth something. As I mentioned before, he may
be forbidden by Albus to do that unless the boy asks.
That is for me the logical answer to this puzzle: Snape
is happy to be given this south after opportunity to
inform the boy about HIS job. And if Albus did not forbid
Severus from saying it, then I say Snape's Slytherin
cautiousness is at work then. Slytherins do not offer
information readily, they're not ones for chit-chat.
They'll offer it if the right questions are asked
and they'll do all they can to make it worthwhile. In
this case, Severus is offered a golden opportunity to
inform the boy of HIS job and how proud he is of it,
too, somehow. For all this arrogance thrown at him by
Harry who tends to make this a personal case, Snape
is finally able to put things right here. Maybe he also
does it out of spite and glee, as if he wanted to have
a bit of glory even. That would be a bit childish
yet so human! Very basically human.
official though speculations were not so hard in this
case: Snape's job as a spy is to find out what the Dark
Lord says to his followers. See
the glinting in his eyes?! This is how 'proud'
Severus is. Of doing the spying or proving Potter right
or a mixture of both, we don't know for sure, he is
happy and grasping at this glory right then.
He raised his wand: 'One — two - three - Legilimensl'
A hundred Dementors were swooping towards Harry across the lake in the grounds… he screwed up his face in concentration… they were coming closer… he could see the dark holes beneath their hoods… yet he could also see Snape standing in front of him, his eyes fixed on Harry's face, muttering under his breath… and somehow, Snape was growing clearer, and the Dementors were growing fainter…
Harry raised his own wand.
fact that Snape would drop the subject entirely without
any more retaliation proves what I just said: he had
been waiting for a long time to acknowledge his role
as a spy to Harry. Now that's it's over, all that's
left to do is resume the lesson.
Some effort to actually stop being affected by Legilimens!!
Do you think Snape's speech helped in any way?! I think
so. He's been able to convince Harry to try. But
why now? What's new? Harry has just been
put back to his rightful place, as in not being the
one to gather intelligence about the Dark Lord. AND
he's been pressed by Snape to consider why they were
taking these lessons to begin with again. Be it the
first or those two options, it's evident Harry somehow
took upon himself to try for once!
info about Occlumency: when one concentrate, one can
see both what the Legilimens caster is seeing AND
reality. Once the one submitted to Legilimens, if one
concentrate enough, reality will become clearer while
memories will fade.
would like to bring your attention upon Snape. Why is
he muttering under his breath?! Because the boy still
hasn't stopped his intrusion, he's weary of this lesson,
he's seen those memories countless times or was he still
muttering about what had just occurred? Maybe
a mix of all those, but I'd wager on the first explanation.
Snape staggered - his wand flew upwards, away from Harry -and suddenly Harry's mind was teeming with memories that were not his: 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… a girl was laughing as a scrawny boy tried to mount a bucking broomstick -
much speculated about scene of Snape's misc. memories!
I loved this intrusion in our dear Potions Master's
head : ) So Snape staggered (tottered, swayed
or reeled), I would say as if he weighted more, then
his wand flew away from him. Not into Harry's hand but
far from him in fact. I wondered why she mentioned that,
maybe 'Protego' will come back later on and we'll know
why its victim's wand will not fly towards the caster.
And then Harry's mind was teeming (overflowing,
abounding) with Snape's memories. All right!! Give us
some more Mrs Rowling!! So now we know that Legilimens
repelled will cause the spell to bounce back on
its caster. That's why Snape makes sure his memories
are out of his mind and into his Pensieve BEFORE the
lessons. On the other hand, right after this incident,
he will castigate the boy for using Protego. So I'm
wondering if he's just angry or if it means that once
Legilimens is repelled in certain ways (Protego included),
it will bounce back on the caster?! If so, then Snape
must have known it could happen. Maybe he wasn't prepared
and that's why he did not use Occlumency right away.
He was too surprised of Harry's spell to do so
and we saw snippets of his memories. Not a lot, mind
you, but for Snape who is so privy, it was way too much!!
Therefore, either Snape was angry at Harry for using
Protego to blame the boy for his own failure at using
Occlumency right away or he was angry the boy used a
spell he didn't expect. In either case, I believe Snape
is angry at himself for lowering his defences so. I
don't believe Snape was angry that the boy finally got
it, on the contrary, that's why I support the self-anger
of memories: here's the fun part!
- Of course, I think it is obvious Harry saw Snape's
father or if not, a male Snape thanks to the hook-nosed
man. Severus' nose
is a paternal heirloom
then! The woman is, I suppose, his mother or in
charge of Severus, but then I don't believe this
would rank high in Severus' memories if it had been
anyone. That's why I say it's most possibly his
mother. And Harry later thinks of them as "his
parents", so that's got to be a clue! Now
a cowering woman being shouted at tells you what?!
Especially a witch supposing Snape truly is pure-blooded
as Rowling hinted before. I think the woman is afraid
of the man because she knows from experience that
when he shouts, he also hits, with a wand or not.
And she seems to have no way to defend herself or
she won't because of the "beaten woman"
syndrome. That's a simplistic explanation, but
then again, remember this book is intended for younger
readers and therefore, such unessential-to-the-plot
scenes should not be very cryptic. And
this is Severus' memories! Harry's been showing
all his bad memories as well, not good ones, thus
it must be the same for Snape. Severus
was there, hence, the boy with dark hair crying
in the corner. The fact that this
little boy would cry is proof of the violence of
the scene taking place. Maybe it's the first time
Severus saw it, or maybe he is in that corner because
he's used to them and knows he should not dwell
long around the male Snape. Also, if he cried,
then I bet he wasn't very old. Lots of kids, especially
boys, will learn not to cry under such stress because
most violent men hate it. That's just an hypothesis,
don't owl me saying I'm being too general. All
I can say is this: I think Rowling wanted us
to understand how Severus' childhood was miserable
and violent. Strangely like Harry even!
- Memory two! A greasy-haired boy: now tell me
if that means he didn't have greasy
hair in that first memory?! Oh!! Have
we found the answer to the Sphinx's riddle?! Is
Severus simply not taking care of his appearance?!
Or is he not allowed and then it's an habit
that stuck? Or does he have ultra groomed
parents and he is revolting against them that way?
(I'm suggesting it because my grandfather was like
that! Too much posh and nice clothes as a kid!)
Or does he have naturally greasy-hair which usually
don't show on youngsters? I don't know, it's
impossible to know but I know this: Snape is always
well dressed, he's no Filch! So why would he keep
his hair like that?! I don't think it's a case of
"a teenage boy not wanting to take a shower".
is either using this description of his hair in
the second place instead of the first for one of
these two reasons: to show that Severus was still
pretty young when the first memory occurred (still
having non greasy hair happens in toddlers and young
kids) or she wanted to show that Snape began not
taking care of his hair at one point. What
more? Severus the teenager is sitting alone in a
dark bedroom. His occupation: shooting down flies
with his wand. What does this tell us? First
of all: Snape has one (apparently) room all for
himself. Not a cupboard nor a Weasley multiple generation
room. Next comes the position: he's sitting, so
there's a chair or a bed. He's alone and shooting
down flies. Isn't that the picture of perfect happiness!!
Yeah right! For Voldemort killing flies would be
something, but for Severus, I don't think so. Most
importantly: Severus isn.'t seen loving killing
flies, he's seen 'casually' shooting them down.
Had this been Tom Riddle, he would have found
a way to make them writhe under his spells. Remember
that Severus knows an awful lot about the Dark Arts,
yet, Mrs. Rowling did not choose to show us his
using them. That is an important point to
me! He doesn't seem to have anything else to do
with his time but he doesn't use it for mischief.
Why is he there? Either because he is stranded
in his room, but with a wand, it's unlikely that
it is due to a punishment. Therefore he seems
bored beyond anything else. A teenager would not
readily choose this activity unless they were part
of the Adams family. And even then, they'd try to
breed them. No, Severus sounds bored and has
nothing to do. Simply. I don't think he was stranded
like Harry, far from his books during summer. If
he had not been encouraged to study, then he wouldn't
have known so much about the Dark Arts as a first
year student. That's actually one reason why I believe
Severus to have been encouraged to learn and perform
well in school, either by or a combination of his
parents' encouragements and his natural thirst for
is allowed magic, so it proves he doesn't live near
any Muggle neighbourhood. That is a
wizarding home. This
is according to Wizarding Laws : "violation under paragraph C knowingly, deliberately, in full awareness of
illegality, to do magic in a Muggle-inhabited area and in the presence of a
Muggle" (HP Lexicon - Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery
The dark bedroom now. Kind of gloomy.
I would like to know if this was due to Severus'
dark thoughts and moods or his house's general disposition.
Since he was shooting down flies however, I tend
to think it has much to do with a mixture of both,
sort of a vicious circle actually: he's sad and
miserable thanks to his parents and/or education,
therefore he feels gloomy and not likely to be the
one to open up the curtains once morning sets in
(you know, the blue sky and happy blue birds
image!). It may also have to do with his being
somewhere and/or with people he doesn't want to,
an eerie house maybe, but a boring house surely.
And since this is intended to give us a grasp, however
small, of Snape as a teenager, I think we must remember
these key words: dark, alone, bored, gloomy. That's
what this memory is all about.
- Last memory: a girl was laughing as a scrawny boy tried to mount a bucking broomstick
Oh dear! This is why I am pretty certain Severus
was not good at Quidditch or sports ever. He is
the intellectual type, too, as we'll see in chapter
28, and as we know from anyone who doesn't hand
in a perfect homework! This single memory
brings back loads of them for me! Poor put on swot
that I was! And doesn't Severus strike you as the
'swotty' type?! He does to me. Poor Severus! His
flying lessons must have been so hard on him! Showing
such vulnerability, especially when faced with James
and Sirius must have been hell. Sports is where
most bullies take their revenge on swots. I remember
I had to watch out myself against that when I was
young. The prats were always trying to get revenge
on me in the only field I wasn't excelling at. Bouhou!
So, well yes, I can understand why this specific
memory ended up here after his fear of his father
and his boredom.
Harry felt as though he had been pushed hard in the chest; he staggered several steps backwards, hit some of the shelves covering Snape's walls and heard something crack. Snape was shaking slightly, and was very white in the face.
The back of Harry's robes was damp. One of the jars behind him had broken when he fell against it; the pickled slimy thing within was swirling in its draining potion.
'Reparo,' hissed Snape, and the jar sealed itself at once.
'Well, Potter… that was certainly an improvement…' Panting slightly, Snape straightened the Pensieve in which he had again stored some of his thoughts before starting the lesson, almost as though he was checking they were still there. 'I don't remember telling you to use a Shield Charm… but there is no doubt that it was effective…'
Harry did not speak; he felt that to say anything might be dangerous. He was sure he had just broken into Snape's memories, that he had just seen scenes from Snape's childhood. It was unnerving to think that the little boy who had been crying as he watched his parents shouting was actually standing in front of him with such loathing in his eyes.
He's exuding so much power now! And anger, too, of course.
Note that in Snape's case, he repelled Harry with the
sheer force of his will. Thus, we know when one expels
a Legilimens from his mind, the latter will also be
physically pushed away. Also, the result of such an
effort may include shaking slightly, and two paragraphs
later, panting slightly. Then again, it could also be
that he's very angry but I highly doubt it!
Important matter: surely the Dark Lord would not
tolerate being expelled in such a fashion out of his
followers' head. So when he probes their mind,
surely one has nothing to do but to wait until it's
over unless they're good at Occlumency. Then again,
it sounds as though the person
will have to act being exhausted if Occlumency
does not mean one is as physically tired as Harry is
each time Snape uses Legilimens. This
would therefore be one more appearance Snape
has to keep up when meeting the Dark Lord.
office includes some shelves covering its walls,
low enough for Harry to bump into them. And it seems
a simple 'Reparo' can take care of that particular broken
pickled potion ingredient, unless Snape simply thought
he'd repair the mess right away and fix the ingredient
he doesn't want the Pensieve to drop on the floor and
allow his memories to escape or he's contemplating adding
some more. But since Rowling gives us the clue
"almost as though he was checking they were still
there", I'll go with that. However, if Snape is
suddenly worried about his Pensieve while he never was
before now, it may entails that he was as much surprised
as Harry of having to share his memories. He's afraid
Potter will see the worst ones, I would also be if I
had not expected a simple Shielding charm to backfire
ladies!! A compliment from the Potions Master himself!
"an improvement ... no doubt that it was
effective" Well, kind of ; ) The 'but' makes the
whole difference! However, for once, Potter has
some sense of self-preservation because he was immediately
aware of the danger of saying anything at all after
that episode. That's another pattern of Snape I believe:
when you hear such a backhanded compliment, beware!
Or if you see anything you shouldn't, that Snape
was hiding from you, be even more cautious. When both
happen at the same time: pray!
love this part!! Poor put upon Harry faced with poor
put upon Severus. What are they to do? Harry
suddenly seems the probable reasons why Snape is such
a sour person. Unnerving or is it that Harry suddenly
feels a bit of guilt and understanding? Seeing
a small boy crying in a corner can change his perspective
of Snape forever. It's a great opportunity. However
I'm sad neither will for now, and maybe they won't later
If not some guilt, at least understanding
however difficult it may be to attach both loathing
figure and crying figure to the same person. But
isn't that how it's supposed to be? That a crying
boy would emerge into such loathing! I know I'm
not the only one who sees it.
'Let's try again, shall we?' said Snape.
Harry felt a thrill of dread; he was about to pay for what had just happened, he was sure of it. They moved back into position with the desk between them, Harry feeling he was going to find it much harder to empty his mind this time.
'On the count of three, then,' said Snape, raising his wand once more. 'One - two -'
Harry did not have time to gather himself together and attempt to clear his mind before Snape cried, 'Legilimens!'
He was hurtling along the corridor towards the Department of Mysteries, past the blank stone walls, past the torches - the plain black door was growing ever larger; he was moving so fast he was going to collide with it, he was feet from it and again he could see that chink of faint blue light -
The door had flown open! He was through it at last, inside a black-walled, black-floored circular room lit with blue-flamed candles, and there were more doors all around him - he needed to go on - but which door ought he to take -?
let's not dwell on my memories for too long! Somehow
that's what this sentence expresses for me. Also, I
wonder if Snape wants to resume right away as a
mean to show he's capable of taking anything the boy
throws at him (male ego!), that he's not affected by
what he knows Harry saw, or for many of these reasons.
I don't believe Snape was going to make Harry
pay for what just happened though, not after it took
so long to get results. Snape would be at a disadvantage
to be harsh on the boy now that he finally got it once.
On the other hand, Snape did not allow Harry
much time to empty his mind but that is not new, we've
seen it before in the other chapter.
was behind the desk and Harry in front of it, so the
potions shelves Harry bumped into earlier must somehow
be facing Snape's desk, unlike in the movie where the
shelves all stand on either side and behind the desk.
Harry opened his eyes. He was flat on his back again with no memory of having got there; he was also panting as though he really had run the length of the Department of Mysteries corridor, really had sprinted through the black door and found the circular room.
'Explain yourself!' said Snape, who was standing over him, looking furious.
'I… dunno what happened,' said Harry truthfully, standing up. There was a lump on the back of his head from where he had hit the ground and he felt feverish. 'I've never seen that before. I mean, I told you, I've dreamed about the door… but it's never opened before
'You are not working hard enough!'
For some reason, Snape seemed even angrier than he had done two minutes before, when Harry had seen into his teacher's memories.
'You are lazy and sloppy, Potter, it is small wonder that the Dark Lord -'
'Can you tell me something, sir?' said Harry, firing up again. 'Why do you call Voldemort the Dark Lord? I've only ever heard Death Eaters call him that.'
wonder he's furious! Harry's not supposed to have dreams
nor he is supposed to let these thoughts run free like
that. Much less wonder "which door to take"!
I'm also wondering if Snape does not know, somehow,
of the Dark Lord's plans at the Department of Mysteries?!
wonder if Snape knows of this door and what lies behind.
How could he have seen it unless?! Because
he had just gotten memories from Snape who was there
once? Because Voldemort showed him because he was there
once? Because of Harry's powers? Because of the
snake that attacked Arthur?! I wish I knew!!
For some reason, Snape is angrier and says Harry's
not working hard enough. Why? Because Harry actually
got to open the door and he just admitted he had never
been able to open it prior to now! Well duh!!
He just incriminated himself about not trying hard enough
to close his mind to EVERY thought!! He made absolutely
NO effort trying to stop Snape from entering his mind.
On the contrary, he wondered where he should go next!
Oh dear! I believe Snape 'heard' Harry's thought
or deducted he was letting his mind wonder off to where
he wanted to be and he got very angry. It's a
huge step back in fact! Even worst, he's again been
where he should not be. And if Snape knows of the Dark
Lord's plans about the prophecy, it will explain why
he's even angrier than before.
boy does deserve it! Lazy because he makes no effort;
sloppy because he'll let his mind wander here and there.
important!! I think he was going to say: "it
is small wonder that the Dark Lord - wants to penetrate
your mind" or "wants to spy through your head
to meet his ends". I do believe Snape's got
a point, a hurtful one because Harry retaliates with
an insult of his own. Why would he do that? Truth
hurts they say, in this case, I say Potter can't digest
the fact that Snape is right.
Snape opened his mouth in a snarl - and a woman screamed from somewhere outside the room.
Snapes head jerked upwards; he was gazing at the ceiling.
'What the -?' he muttered.
Harry could hear a muffled commotion coming from what he thought might be the Entrance Hall. Snape looked round at him, frowning.
'Did you see anything unusual on your way down here, Potter?'
Harry shook his head. Somewhere above them, the woman screamed again. Snape strode to his office door, his wand still held at the ready, and swept out of sight. Harry hesitated for a moment, then followed.
The screams were indeed coming from the Entrance Hall; they grew louder as Harry ran towards the stone steps leading up from the dungeons. When he reached the top he found the Entrance Hall packed; students had come flooding out of the Great Hall, where dinner was still in progress, to see what was going on; others had crammed themselves on to the marble staircase.
no!!! It would have been such a nice diatribe!! ; )
however is: how did they ever hear her from the dungeons?!
Seems kind of far fetched.
Don't you love a Snape in action! Full
spying skills at the ready! Head jerked upwards
where the sound came from, then he forgets everything,
frowns at Harry and asks if he saw anything unusual
on his way down there. Nice! He doesn't lose a second.
there he is, wand at the ready like a feline out on
a hunt!! The puerile battle of will they had been playing
at a minute ago is all forgotten, Snape is ready to
strike!! He won't be caught by whatever is going on
up there, he will be ready for anything. That's what
I like about him, he's all business when it's time to
be. He won't let his feelings or incertitude get the
better of him... for now!
this whole scene. We are shown some more details of
his office and its position in the school:
dungeons are situated close enough for someone
to humanly shout loud enough to be heard all
the way down there.
office has a ceiling (Well, it could have been
a magical ceiling !)
strode to his office door, therefore his office
is not so small, which correlates with the movie.
It also gives you the impression that
the door is facing him, too.
- The entrance to
the dungeons is in the Entrance Hall, the marble
staircase can be seen from it, and the steps
are made of stone.
- It seems as though
there is a corridor before reaching the steps
leading to the Entrance Hall because the text
mentions that Harry ran towards it. Not immediately
up the steps.
'You c - can't!' howled Professor Trelawney, tears streaming down her face
from behind her enormous lenses, 'you c - can't sack me! I've b - been here
sixteen years! H - Hogwarts is in - my h - home!'
'It was your home,' said Professor Umbridge, and Harry was revolted to see
the enjoyment stretching her toadlike face as she watched Professor Trelawney
sink, sobbing uncontrollably, on to one of her trunks, 'until an hour ago, when
the Minister for Magic countersigned your Order of Dismissal. Now kindly remove
yourself from this Hall. You are embarrassing us.'
burst through the main door]
'Yours, Professor Dumbledore?' said Umbridge, with a singularly unpleasant
little laugh. 'I'm afraid you do not understand the position. I have here -' she
pulled a parchment scroll from within her robes'- an Order of Dismissal signed
by myself and the Minister for Magic. Under the terms of Educational Decree
Number Twenty-three, the High Inquisitor of Hogwarts has the power to inspect,
place upon probation and sack any teacher she - that is to say, I - feel is not
performing to the standards required by the Ministry of Magic. I have decided
that Professor Trelawney is not up to scratch. I have dismissed her.'
To Harry's very great surprise, Dumbledore continued to smile. He looked down
at Professor Trelawney, who was still sobbing and choking on her trunk, and
said, 'You are quite right, of course, Professor Umbridge. As High Inquisitor
you have every right to dismiss my teachers.
You do not, however, have the
authority to send them away from the castle. I am afraid,' he went on, with a
courteous little bow, that the power to do that still resides with the
Headmaster, and it is my wish that Professor Trelawney continue to live at
At this, Professor Trelawney gave a wild little laugh in which a hiccough was
'No - no, I'll g - go, Dumbledore! I sh - shall - leave Hogwarts and's - seek
my fortune elsewhere -'
'No,' said Dumbledore sharply. 'It is my wish that you remain, Sybill.' [...]
sure Snape would never do something like that! Oh no!!
Or he wouldn't have last that long under Dumbledore
if he did! I'm glad Rowling came up with Umbridge
because she's such a good way to contrast a real 'monster'
to someone who's being a git like Snape. And even
though he is a git, I don't believe he's being a cad
without any manners like Umbridge. He will respect his
fellow colleges and other adults as long as they prove
worthy while she will either lick other people's boots
or be disdainful of anyone else. Yuck!! Snape will also
take care of his students' well-being, he never gave
Umbridge-like detentions to anyone. Filch would however.
I've known women like her, believe me, the toad face
is a recurring facial feature!! They enjoy being horrible
and powerful, making sure to embarrass and threat you
silly as this may seem to write it down, Snape
did pass her inspection! ;
) Surely he'll put that on his résumé!
"Was approved by Professor Umbridge" Ha ha!
so if Snape wasn't able to teach anymore, he could be
provided with a place to stay in by Dumbledore. Nice
to know he wouldn't be homeless! We don't know if he
has another home but it is his 'home' since he's stayed
there for 10months for 15years. That has got to count!
is Snape?! Harry
says the Hall was packed with students and that he followed
Snape not long after he swept out of his office. Did
he take a secret passageway?! I think that would be
the most reasonable spying thing to do! Then again,
maybe Rowling didn't want to focus on him at all or
forgot him! But I'm
pretty sure he took a hidden corridor on his way to
the Entrance Hall, especially
since Dumbledore was still away when it happened. Remember
that Death Eaters are active and even though he should
have known threw his Dark Mark, there is still a chance
he is not informed of any attack on the castle. Therefore,
the best strategy would be to hide himself! All the
other professors (McGonagall, Flitwick, and Sprout)
were there after all!
The Ministry has the right to appoint a suitable candidate if -and only if- the
Headmaster is unable to find one,' said Dumbledore. 'And I am happy to say that
on this occasion I have succeeded. May I introduce you?'
is so sad for poor Snape! Only if the Headmaster
is unable to find a suitable teacher. That makes Snape
unsuitable for the DADA position. : ( Again
however, I believe it has all to do with the Ministry,
not with Dumbledore directly though I suspect he's tried
to allow Severus his chance. Such a shame!! Who
would be better to teach the kids how to defend themselves
against the Dark Arts but someone who's been studying
it and has experienced it first hand!? It's like
asking a reformed and intelligent drug addict to teach
a course about preventing drug intakes compared to having
the same course dictated by someone who's studied it.
I always thought such courses should be given
by reformed drug addicts because it makes such a great
impact. They've been there, they know what it was like,
they've known heaven and hell and they can talk about