Severus Snape is quite easily one of the Harry Potter series’ most complex, intriguing and entertaining characters, with creator/author J.K. Rowling giving the character perhaps the most shocking and compelling arc in the entire series. While Snape turned out to be one of the good guys, with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows revealing that he was working to protect Harry the entire time, the series provided plenty of evidence to suggest that Snape was actually one of the bad guys.
Throughout the Harry Potter series, Snape continuously proves himself to be a spiteful, cruel and shockingly cold individual. For our latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, we’re once again examining Severus Snape’s role in the Harry Potter series and discussing seven moments that made us believe that Snape was one of the bad guys!
Check out the list below:
7 – When He Blew George’s Ear Off
Following his turn to the dark side at the end of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Snape returns to Lord Voldemort’s side. We learn from Lupin after The Battle Of The Seven Potters in The Deathly Hallows that Snape was the Death Eater that blew George’s ear off. Of course, the book later reveals that Snape was aiming for a fellow Death Eater, and his George by accident.
6 – When He Bullied His Students
There are strict teachers and bad teachers, and then there is Professor Snape. Throughout the Harry Potter series Professor Snape is shown to be an extremely cruel teacher, who makes many of his students’ time at Hogwarts a living hell. Think about this, in a world where Dementors and Lord Voldemort both exist, Neville Longbottom’s greatest fear is Professor Snape.
5 – When He Told Everyone That Lupin Is A Werewolf
Snape’s hatred of James Potter and The Marauder’s is only made worse when Remus Lupin lands a job as Hogwarts’ Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Despite the fact that Snape willingly brews a monthly potion to help Remus, he takes the first opportunity given to him to tell students and parents that Lupin is a werewolf. While Snape forcing Lupin to leave Hogwarts might not be a truly evil act, it certainly tells us what kind of person Snape truly is.
4 – When He Called Lily A Mudblood
When Professor Snape is forced to cut one of Harry’s occlumency lessons short, Harry takes the opportunity to see what memories Snape keeps hidden. Using the pensieve, Harry finds himself watching a younger Severus Snape being tormented by James Potter and Sirius Black. Lily Evans intervenes and attempts to help Snape, but the future Potions Master refuses Lily’s help and calls her a Mudblood. Harry, who is disgusted by James’ behaviour, is caught by Snape and ordered to never talk about what he saw.
3 – When He Told Voldemort That The Order Of The Phoenix Is Moving Harry
After revealing himself to be a double agent and killing Albus Dumbledore at the end of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Snape makes his loyalty to Lord Voldemort even more clear. Snape tells Voldemort exactly when the Order of the Phoenix is planning to move Harry from the Dursley’s to a safe-house. This information allows Lord Voldemort to ambush the Order, resulting in a few major injuries and the death of Mad-Eye Moody.
2 – When He Told Lord Voldemort About The Prophecy
Snape has done some awful things in his life, but telling Lord Voldemort about the prophecy is quite easily one of the worst! We learn in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix that a spy overheard the beginning of Trelawney’s prophecy, which told of a child with the power to defeat the Dark Lord. In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Trelawney tells Harry that Snape was the one spying on her interview with Dumbledore, meaning Snape is the reason Voldemort killed Harry’s parents.
1 – When He Killed Dumbledore…Duhhhh
I mean, this one is kind of obvious! During The Battle Of The Astronomy Tower at the end of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Snape joins Draco Malfoy and a group of Death Eaters in the Astronomy Tower, and murders Albus Dumbledore while Harry watches from beneath his Invisibility Cloak. While we learn in The Deathly Hallows that Dumbledore asked Snape to kill him, this moment more than solidified our belief that Snape was a villain.
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