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Jul. 18th, 2005

Okay. So I finished Harry Potter at 12:00 Sunday morning, several hours after I started. I pretty much read the whole thing straight through, except for a dinner (and Dr. Who) break. What did I think?

I loved it. Now. About the big development, which someone at literarycrushes described as "you-know-who and you-know-what"

For my comments there, I present

Snape and Dumbledore made an Unbreakable Vow. When Snape killed Dumbledore, he was attempting to keep this vow, AND the vow he'd made to Narcissa. The minute I read about Unbreakable Vows, I guessed that's what made Dumbledore trust Snape. I thought perhaps that Vow would conflict with Narcissa's and Snape would be stuck in a situation where he'd die either way. I was wrong.

The two Vows are compatible, and by killing Dumbledore, Snape was keeping both of them. He was protecting Draco and doing whatever it was he promised Dumbledore (this may have been to protect students, to ensure Voldemort's downfall, to never risk being revealed as a spy or any of a million other things).

Dumbledore and Snape shared a moment of clarity in their brief glance on the tower, during which they no doubt communicated in some way. Dumbledore's "Please" was not "Please DON'T kill me" but "Please DO". Snape was reluctant to do so, hence his distasteful expression. JKR makes much of Snape and Dumbledore being good at Legilimency, so I think it's safe to assume that a message passed between them silently. Snape got so angry when Harry called him a coward, because killing Dumbledore was heart-breaking to him and took guts. The fact that he refused to hurt Harry, but merely blocked his curses, and prevent the other Death Eaters from hurting him indicates that Snape did not want to hurt Harry. (Clearly this is because he made an Unbreakable Vow to Dumbledore).

Snape has protected Malfoy's innocence by stopping him from killing Dumbledore, he has fulfilled two Unbreakable Vows and he hasn't blown his cover. He and Malfoy will join forces with Harry in Book 7, and help kill Voldemort in the final battle.

But this still leaves one question. Who is Dumbledore and Snape's Bonder? If Snape made an Unbreakable Vow to Dumbledore, someone needed to be their bonder (as Bellatrix was for Narcissa and Snape). It's not anyone who heard the story from Harry, because they all believed it (as far as we know). This rules out the other heads of Hogwarts houses (Flitwick, McGonnagall, Sprout and Slughorn), and those around Bill's bedside (Lupin would have been my best bet). It can't be James or Sirius, because Snape turned AFTER James' death, so he was, well... dead, and Sirius was either on the run or in Azkaban.

So who was the bonder? That is the question.

And the horcrux was SO stolen by Regulus Black. No question about that at all.

Anyway, the point is, Snape is a jerk (I never did like him) but he is NOT evil. And nor is Malfoy. There is a big difference between nasty and evil, and I still don't think Snape is evil. He was just doing what had to be done.



Jul. 19th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Well, that is rather useful to know! I must reread when my sister returns from germany avec our copy.

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