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Severus Snape: Character Analysis v.13

Welcome to the 13th version of this thread!


For background reading and reference:
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version twelve


A new quotation to get this thread started:

From GoF:    


  The next two days passed without great incident, unless you counted Neville melting his sixth cauldron in Potions. Professor Snape, who seemed to have attained new levels of vindictiveness over the summer, gave Nevihle detention, and Neville returned from it in a state of nervous collapse, having been made to disembowel a barrel full of horned toads.

"You know why Snape's in such a foul mood, don't you?" said Ron to Harry as they watched Hermione teaching Neville a Scouring Charm to remove the frog guts from under his fingernails.

"Yeah," said Harry. "Moody."

It was common knowledge that Snape really wanted the Dark Arts job, and he had now failed to get it for the fourth year running. Snape had disliked all of their previous Dark Arts teachers, and shown it - but he seemed strangely wary of displaying overt animosity to Mad-Eye Moody. Indeed, whenever Harry saw the two of them together - at mealtimes, or when they passed in the corridors - he had the distinct impression that Snape was avoiding Moody's eye, whether magical or normal.

"I reckon Snape's a bit scared of him, you know," Harry said thoughtfully.

"Imagine if Moody turned Snape into a horned toad," said Ron, his eyes misting over, "and bounced him all around his dungeon..."
  

  • In how far do you interpret this scene differently after DH?
  • Was Snape really uncomfortable around Moody or was that only the trio's interpretation?
  • Why would Snape be afraid of Moody?

Study questions:
  1. Do you think he wanted or needed Harry's forgiveness on some level?
  2. What do you think would Snape say about Albus Severus?
  3. Based on how his character is supposed to end up: if you could change/improve one thing about Snape, what would it be?
  4. What do you think Snape would have done, if he had survived DH?
  5. Do you agree with the author's take on Snape's character as revealed in interviews?
  6. Do you think Snape would have moved on if Lily had not died? Would he have turned to the good side in that case?
  7. 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.
  8. Why do you think Snape chose to become a Death Eater?
  9. How do the revelations of DH impact your view of Snape's treatment of Harry and Neville throughout the series?
  10. What do you think of Snape's actions after learning who Voldemort had targeted with the prophecy?
  11. What do you think of Snape's actions after Lily's death. How do you think this death has affected his character?
  12. What do you think are Snape's major strengths? What are his major flaws?
  13. Do you believe Snape came to care about Harry?
  14. What do you think about Snape's relationship with Dumbledore? Did they become friends or was Dumbledore a substitute father figure for him?
  15. Do you think Snape should have been sorted into Slytherin? Would he have made the same choices if he had been sorted elsewhere?
  16. There are all kinds of bravery in this series, what characteristics of Snape's make him brave? In what sense is he a hero?
  17. What line of profession would Snape have chosen if he had not had to stay at Hogwarts as a professor?

AS THIS IS STILL A HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL AND SENSITIVE TOPIC WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE TO PLEASE BE SENSITIVE TO OTHERS OPINIONS. THIS MEANS NO GLOATING AS WELL AS NO BASHING. CONSEQUENCES WILL BE SEVERE.

Additionally please read How to have a pleasant conversation on any topic and Character Bashing/Worship: aka Shades of Gray BEFORE POSTING IN THIS THREAD


Here we go again.


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