MA: OK, big big big book six question. Is Snape evil?
JKR: [Almost laughing] Well, you've read the book, what do you
ES: She's trying to make you say it categorically.
MA: Well, there are conspiracy theorists, and there are people who
will claim -
JKR: Cling to some desperate hope [laughter] -
ES: Like certain shippers we know!
JKR: Well, okay, I'm obviously – Harry-Snape is now as personal, if not more
so, than Harry-Voldemort. I can't answer that question because it's a spoiler,
isn't it, whatever I say, and obviously, it has such a huge impact on what will
happen when they meet again that I can't. And let's face it, it's going to
launch 10,000 theories and I'm going to get a big kick out of reading them so
[laughs] I'm evil but I just like the theories, I love the theories.
ES: I know Dumbledore likes to see the good in people but he seems
trusting almost to the point of recklessness sometimes.
[Laughter] Yes, I would agree. I would agree.
ES: How can someone so -
JKR: Intelligent -
ES: be so blind with regard to certain things?
JKR: Well, there is information on that to come, in seven. But I would say
that I think it has been demonstrated, particularly in books five and six that
immense brainpower does not protect you from emotional mistakes and I think
Dumbledore really exemplifies that. In fact, I would tend to think that being
very, very intelligent might create some problems and it has done for
Dumbledore, because his wisdom has isolated him, and I think you can see that in
the books, because where is his equal, where is his confidante, where is his
partner? He has none of those things. He’s always the one who gives, he’s always
the one who has the insight and has the knowledge. So I think that, while I ask
the reader to accept that McGonagall is a very worthy second in command, she is
not an equal. You have a slightly circuitous answer, but I can't get much closer
-High hopes!! She's got, high hopes!! ; P
-Yes! That's us and proud of it! ^_^
-Harry and Snape's relationship is now as much personal as Harry
and Voldemort from Rowling's point of view. We are bound to learn
more of it in Book7 thankfully! So I'm happy to announce that Snape
won't simply be killed before some confrontation if that's any news.
-This is so important!! Here's a spoiler that Harry
and Snape will at least meet once more.
-Snape's being evil or not will have a huge impact on their next
meeting. Therefore, we should be very careful when reading that
encounter ... two years from now unfortunately!
-I don't buy that "it's going to launch too many theories"
; ) She just won't spoil the end! I'm glad we'll give her some theories
-JKR agrees Dumbledore trusts people to the point of recklessness:
however I say that this could indeed apply to other people he's
trusted before and that it doesn't have to be Snape or be negative
towards him! Don't be misled by this affirmation!!
-Albus's wisdom does not protect him from emotional mistakes:
does she hint at his believing in people no matter what? But does
Albus believe in people no matter what? I don't think so! Or else
all his employees would be in the Order while most of them are not.
He wouldn't do so many trips alone. He wouldn't act in the dark
so much if he did trust so implicitly. He always has reasons
no matter what! So again, this is very misleading and should not
be taken at face value against Snape!!