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Severus Snape: Character Analysis Reboot v.6

Welcome to the 6th version of this version of the Snape thread.


Introductory information: 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 often makes the discussion less than amiable and we had to close Snape threads in the past and turn Legilimency Studies into a HOT ZONE. So fair warning, post according to our guidelines and rules, or go on a very long holiday from the forum. Be advised, this is not an empty threat, this is being enforced!

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.

The focus of the reboot threads is going to be on making sure the Snape thread can stay open, as we deal with individuals in the way our new Hot Zone policy dictates & outlines below.



Study Questions
  1. After reading DH, to what extent do you think is Snape responsible for what happened to the Potters?
  2. Do you think Snape's character development arc is complete?
  3. To what extent are Snape's parents to blame for his later choices and to what extent are they his own responsibility?
  4. Do you think Snape would have moved on if Lily had not died? Would he have turned to the good side in that case?
  5. Why do you think Snape was so reluctant to approach Lily? Would he have been interested in her if she had not been magical?
  6. How did Hogwarts effect the friendship between Snape and Lily? We see that up until fifth year they consider themselves to be "best friends", despite the house system. Do you think they both worked to maintain the friendship?
  7. How would Snape's life have been different if he had managed to save their friendship?
  8. 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?
  9. How do the revelations of DH impact your view of Snape's treatment of Harry and Neville throughout the series?
  10. Do you think he wanted or needed Harry's forgiveness on some level?
  11. Do you agree with the author's take on Snape's character as revealed in interviews?
  12. Which elements do you think make Snape the most controversial character of the series?
  13. What do you think are Snape's major strengths? What are his major flaws?
  14. If you had to summarize Snape's character to someone who had never read the books what would you tell them?
  15. What do you reckon Snape valued most in life?



Everyone who chooses to post in this thread should read these guidelines beforehand and be aware of the Hot Zone Policy:

How to have a pleasant conversation on any topic.

REVISED: Character Bashing/Worship: aka Shades of Gray

Snape vs. Marauders rule



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  • Legilimency Studies
  • DoIMC

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Member with more than 30 days membership: 120 days
Member with under 30 days membership: 15 days
Member who duplicated account, thinking we wouldn’t know: FULL BAN (OF ALL ACCOUNTS)

Once you’ve served this ban, if it hasn’t been made apparent to you, then your next warning will be in the form of a strikethrough of your username. End of the line. Be aware, your reputation & popularity, length of membership to this site is irrelevant.


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