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Old February 5th, 2011, 6:15 pm
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Severus Snape: Character Analysis Reboot v.4

Welcome to the fourth version of the reboot thread!


For those who need a reminder or those who are new to CoS and Legilimency Studies: Snape is a very controversial character and a lot of fans have very passionate opinions about him, which they are ready to defend at all costs. Unfortunately, this made the discussion less than amiable and we had to close the last Snape threads and turn Legilimency Studies into a HOT ZONE. So fair warning, if you mess around, you won't stay around.

There is no doubt Snape is a very complex character. He's an awful figure to many, a cruel and vindictive individual without a shred of decency or humanity. To others he's a tragic hero, complicated by a love he couldn't openly express and mourning the loss of his opportunities.

I'm allowing this debate to go ahead because it's not fair to deny newer members the chance to discuss this character. So the focus is going to be on making sure this thread can stay open, as we deal with individuals in the way our new Hot Zone policy dictates & outlined below.

A few study questions to get this thread started:

Questions
  1. Do you believe that Snape's soul was still intact after he had killed Dumbledore?
  2. To what extent, do you think, are Snape's parents to blame for his later choices and to what extent are they his own responsibility?
  3. Do you think Snape would have moved on if Lily had not died? Would he have turned to the good side in that case?
  4. Snape is revealed to have been acting throughout the series out of love for Lily, how does this effect your view of his actions in the series - his "murder" of Dumbledore, his treatment of Sirius?
  5. How do the revelations of DH impact your view of Snape's treatment of Harry and Neville throughout the series?
  6. Do you think he wanted or needed Harry's forgiveness on some level?
  7. What do you think about Snape's relationship with Dumbledore? Did they become friends or was Dumbledore a substitute father figure for him?
  8. Do you agree with the author's take on Snape's character as revealed in interviews?
  9. Which elements do you think make Snape the most controversial character of the series?
  10. What do you think are Snape's major strengths? What are his major flaws?
  11. If you had to summarize Snape's character to someone who had never read the books what would you tell them?



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