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Harry Potter: Every Clue That Snape Wasn't A Villain
2024/04/20

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Ever since the first Harry Potter movie, Severus Snape has been portrayed as a villainous character. However, with the release of the final installment, viewers discovered that his intentions were never evil, sparking endless debates over whether Snape was truly good or bad. The series revolves around "the boy who lived," Harry Potter, and the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who had sinister plans for both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, along with a personal vendetta against Harry. The books were turned into blockbuster movies released between 2001 and 2011, with the final novel, The Deathly Hallows, split into two parts.

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As the Harry Potter reboot series is currently in development at Max, the question of Snape's morality remains relevant. Severus Snape was the Potions Master at Hogwarts when Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger first arrived, positioning himself as an adversary, especially towards Harry. However, the revelation in Deathly Hallows that Snape actually sought to protect Harry from Voldemort sheds new light on his character. Upon rewatching the movies, viewers can now catch subtle hints that suggest Snape may not have been a villain after all.

Clues regarding Snape's true nature are scattered throughout the series, starting with the first Harry Potter movie/book.

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During Snape's initial appearance at the Sorting Hat scene, he shows concern upon seeing Harry in pain due to his scar, leading to speculation among fans. The significance of Snape's question to Harry about powdered root of asphodel and wormwood is also analyzed, hinting at his regret over Lily's death. Another pivotal moment occurs during Harry's Quidditch match when Hermione mistakenly interprets Snape's actions, further adding to the confusion surrounding Snape's intentions.

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Snape once again displays a caring side when he shields Harry, Ron, and Hermione from harm as Remus Lupin transforms into a werewolf.

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Additionally, the hesitation observed in Snape's voice when he kills Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hints at a more intricate plan orchestrated between Snape and Dumbledore. Snape's complex character is further explored through his protectiveness towards Harry, stemming from his deep love for Lily Potter.

The portrayal of Snape as a villain serves both to mislead the audience and to highlight the character's internal struggles. The trauma Snape experienced due to his past with Lily and James Potter influences his actions throughout the series. These subtle details and hints at Snape's true motives contribute to the depth of his character, making him a complex and intriguing figure in the Harry Potter universe. The franchise, spanning across novels, films, and spin-offs, continues to captivate audiences with its timeless tale of magic, friendship, and the eternal battle between good and evil.

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