Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Severus Snape Character Analysis

Formerly the Potionsmaster at Hogwarts; a greasy, cruel man who hates Harry in particular. Dumbledore trusted Snape, even though Snape was once a Death Eater, and Harry begins the novel believing that Dumbledore was wrong to trust Snape—Snape killed Dumbledore months before and reaffirmed his loyalty to Voldemort. Voldemort places Snape in charge of Hogwarts and, as far as Harry can tell, Snape allows horrific things to happen to students under his watch. Voldemort murders Snape during the final battle at Hogwarts, believing that Snape is the true master of the Elder Wand and thus needs to die in order for Voldemort to master the wand. Harry witnesses this, collects Snape's memories in the moments before Snape dies, and, in viewing them, learns the truth about Snape. Snape had been in love with Harry’s mother Lily, since they were children who grew up near each other, and he got involved with the Death Eaters in his youth. However, when he discovered that Voldemort intended to kill Lily, he sought Dumbledore's help to protect her and agreed to help Dumbledore in return. Snape then became a double agent who was ultimately loyal to Dumbledore. Though Snape's hatred for Harry was genuine, he hated Harry mostly because Harry resembles James, with whom Snape had a long-running schoolboy feud. Snape agreed to kill Dumbledore and was aghast when Dumbledore finally revealed that Harry is a Horcrux and needs to die, though he is more upset because he still loves Lily than because he's come to care for Harry. Like Harry, Dumbledore kept Snape in the dark about a number of things throughout their partnership, but Snape continued to secretly implement Dumbledore's plan even after Dumbledore's death. Harry recognizes Snape's bravery and sacrifice by naming his middle son Albus Severus after both Dumbledore and Snape.

Severus Snape Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Severus Snape or refer to Severus Snape. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Sixteen Quotes

Indeed, as Phineas Nigellus talked about Snape's crackdown, Harry experienced a split second of madness when he imagined simply going back to school to join the destabilization of Snape's regime: being fed, and having a soft bed, and other people being in charge, seemed the most wonderful prospect in the world at that moment.

Page Number: 314-15
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Chapter Twenty-Nine Quotes

Dumbledore had warned him against telling anyone but Ron and Hermione about the Horcruxes. Secrets and lies, that's how we grew up, and Albus...he was a natural...Was he turning into Dumbledore, keeping his secrets clutched to his chest, afraid to trust? But Dumbledore had trusted Snape, and where had that led? To murder at the top of the highest tower...

"All right," he said quietly to the other two.

Page Number: 583
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Chapter Thirty-Three Quotes

"And are you tempted to join him?"

"No," said Snape, his black eyes on Fleur and Roger's retreating figures. "I am not such a coward."

"No," agreed Dumbledore. "You are a braver man by far than Igor Karkaroff. You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon..."

Related Characters: Severus Snape (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker)
Page Number: 680
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Severus Snape Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Severus Snape appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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Snape and Yaxley appear out of nowhere and walk together up a long driveway. Both men... (full context)
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...in believing that the Death Eaters have infiltrated the Ministry. Voldemort ignores this and asks Snape where Harry will go next. Snape explains he'll go to the home of an Order... (full context)
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...points his wand at the hanging figure, who wakes up. The woman, Charity Burbage, asks Snape for help as Voldemort explains that she was the Muggle Studies teacher at Hogwarts. Voldemort... (full context)
Chapter Two
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...spectacular. Skeeter mentions a chapter about Harry and questions whether or not Harry's belief that Snape killed Dumbledore is a lie. (full context)
Chapter Five
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...Stan Shunpike, whom Kingsley explains broke out of Azkaban with many others. Lupin says that Snape is the one who cursed George's ear off as Hagrid calls Harry inside. George is... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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...but Harry is able to convince them to go to Grimmauld Place. They reason that Snape is the only Death Eater who can get in, and they know that Moody put... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...the upstairs bedrooms. Someone went through them roughly. Harry wonders if it was Mundungus or Snape. He goes up another floor and enters Sirius's room. The walls are plastered in Gryffindor... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...outside, and Hermione reasons that, if they knew that Harry was here, they'd have sent Snape in. She thinks that Snape has probably been here, but Moody's curse kept him from... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...cook. Harry tosses the Daily Prophet he stole at Ron and Hermione. It reads that Snape is now the headmaster of Hogwarts. The article says that Alecto Carrow is teaching Muggle... (full context)
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...purse. A former Hogwarts headmaster, Phineas could use his portrait to spy on them for Snape. Harry explains that he watched the Ministry entrance for seven hours and didn't see Umbridge,... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...that, at Hogwarts, Ginny and some friends tried to steal the sword of Gryffindor from Snape's office, so he sent it to Gringotts. Griphook laughs and says the sword is a... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...portrait at night, and he visits every few days. He's touchy about perceived insults to Snape, but reveals that Ginny and possibly Neville and Luna are continuing Dumbledore's Army. Harry feels... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...they need to go to Hogwarts immediately. He says that Voldemort is going to warn Snape that they might come, and says they'll Apparate to Hogsmeade under the Cloak. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...and Dean burst through the passage and Luna is sure that they're here to overthrow Snape and the Carrows. Ginny, Fred, George, Lee Jordan, and Cho Chang come a few moments... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...Patronuses and leads Harry and Luna under the Cloak through the school. They run into Snape, who asks where the Carrows are and if they caught an intruder. He wants to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...and says that Harry will come to him soon. He then sends Lucius to fetch Snape, and turns to Nagini in a suspended, glittering cage. (full context)
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...end. They stop to listen when they can see Nagini, and they hear Voldemort and Snape. Snape offers to find Harry, but Voldemort ignores this and asks why the Elder Wand... (full context)
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...Nagini with him and leaves the shack. Harry pulls himself through the trapdoor and approaches Snape. Snape tells Harry to "take it," and Harry sees silver coming from his mouth and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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Harry stares at Snape until he hears Voldemort's voice, magnified to reach all of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. He tells... (full context)
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Young Snape looks unkempt. From a hiding place, he watches young Lily and Petunia play. Lily giggles... (full context)
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The scene changes and Harry and Snape watch Lily apologizing to Petunia on platform 9 3/4. Lily assures Petunia that she'll talk... (full context)
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Harry finds himself following Snape and Lily across the grounds a few years later. Lily hates Snape's friends, who are... (full context)
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The scene changes to years later. Dumbledore meets adult Snape and Snape shares that Voldemort thinks that the prophecy refers to Lily Potter and her... (full context)
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Back in Dumbledore's office, Snape does his best to save Dumbledore's blackened hand. Dumbledore comes to, and Snape asks why... (full context)
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In Dumbledore's office again, he tells Snape that when Voldemort starts keeping Nagini close to him, it will be time to tell... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
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...he thinks that Hogwarts is his home, just as it was home to Voldemort and Snape. Harry remembers the Snitch that Dumbledore left him. He pulls it out and whispers to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...problem better than asking what Harry has that he doesn't. Harry confirms that Dumbledore wanted Snape to end up with the Elder Wand. After a moment, Harry asks if he has... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...that he orchestrated Dumbledore's death. Harry calmly explains that Dumbledore orchestrated his own death, that Snape served Dumbledore, and that Snape loved Lily. Voldemort insists that Dumbledore just wanted to keep... (full context)