Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Professor Severus Snape Character Analysis

The Potions Master at Hogwarts and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Harry has a difficult time believing that Snape is truly loyal to Dumbledore, given that he was once a Death Eater, continues to follow Voldemort as part of his work for the Order, and hates Harry and everyone Harry loves with a passion. Snape is a nasty teacher; he plays favorites and torments the students he doesn't like, like Harry and Neville. Neville simply performs poorly under the pressure, while Harry fails many of his assignments because Snape purposefully breaks Harry's vials of potion or Vanishes Harry's potion when he makes a mistake. After Harry's dream of attacking Mr. Weasley as Voldemort's snake, Dumbledore insists that Snape teach Harry Occlumency, a branch of magic that protects a person's mind from attack. These lessons, however—in which Snape tries again and again to break into Harry's mind, with success—are perfect vehicles for Snape to continue to torment Harry, insult him, and make Harry trust him even less. One evening, when Snape is called away, Harry chooses to enter into Snape's memories in the Pensieve to see the memories that Snape doesn't want Harry to find. Harry discovers a memory that shows him how his father James and Sirius taunted and tortured Snape for no reason as students at Hogwarts. Following this, Snape refuses to teach Harry Occlumency. Like several of the other professors, Snape understands the necessity of seeming to support Umbridge, at least superficially. This is why, when Harry asks Snape for help in code in front of Umbridge, Snape pretends to not understand. He does, however, alert Dumbledore and the rest of the Order, who are then able to save Harry and his friends from Voldemort at the Ministry.

Professor Severus Snape Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Professor Severus Snape or refer to Professor 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 edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Twenty-Nine Quotes

He could abandon the plan and simply learn to live with the memory of what his father had done on a summer's day more than twenty years ago...

And then he remembered Sirius in the fire upstairs in the Gryffindor common room... "You're less like your father than I thought...The risk would've been what made it fun for James..."

But did he want to be like his father anymore?

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Professor Severus Snape Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Professor Severus Snape appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four
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...Imperturbable Charm on the door. Fred and George sigh that they wanted to hear what Snape's been up to. (full context)
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...to Ron, crazy. The trio stops when they see a crowd in the hallway, including Snape. Fred and George try to lower an Extendable Ear, but the group moves away. After... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...last month. Sirius sounds just as upset with Dumbledore as Harry is. He says that Snape keeps making snide comments about Sirius spending time safely at home, cleaning. Suddenly, Mrs. Weasley... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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In Snape's dungeon, Snape reminds the class that he expects them all to achieve "Acceptable" results in... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...Umbridge lets him go at 7 pm. Harry wonders if he hates Umbridge more than Snape as he runs into Ron, hiding with his broomstick. Ron admits that he's been practicing... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Snape introduces Umbridge to the class—she’ll be inspecting—and Harry tries to decide which professor he wants... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. McGonagall declines to assign homework in the week before the match, while Snape ignores reports of Slytherins hexing Gryffindor players in the halls. Harry feels optimistic despite Ron's... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...the children return to Hogwarts, Mrs. Weasley calls Harry to the kitchen to speak to Snape. Sirius is there as well, and both men look furious. Snape taunts Sirius about not... (full context)
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Sirius tells Snape that if he gives Harry a hard time, Sirius will know about it. The two... (full context)
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...package. He says it's a way to communicate so that Harry can tell him if Snape's being horrible, but Harry knows that to keep Sirius safe, he can't use it. Sirius,... (full context)
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Snape is awful to Harry in Potions. Harry feels even worse when Zacharias Smith acts superior... (full context)
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Harry knocks on Snape's door later that evening. As they begin, Snape tells Harry about Occlumency, which seals a... (full context)
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Turning to the Pensieve on his desk, Snape pulls a few thoughts out of his head and puts them in the basin. He... (full context)
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Harry triumphantly says that he figured it out, and Snape stares at him curiously. Harry realizes the corridor he's been dreaming about is in the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...not his own. He also dreams about the Department of Mysteries nightly. Ron suggests that Snape might be trying to open Harry up for Voldemort, but Hermione shoots this down and... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...Harry is still no better at Occlumency. After he finds himself on the floor in Snape's office yet again, Snape scolds him for the dream in which he was Voldemort. He... (full context)
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Harry and Snape head for the entrance hall and Harry sees a crowd surrounding Trelawney. Her trunks are... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...up angry, his scar hurting. Harry spends the next day feeling guilty, as he knows Snape will be angry. On his way to Snape's office, Cho stops Harry to try to... (full context)
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Harry lies to Snape that he's been practicing, but before Snape can break into Harry's mind, Malfoy knocks and... (full context)
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...the end of the exam and releases the students. Harry tries to keep himself between Snape and James's friends as they all walk onto the grounds. Snape remains engrossed in the... (full context)
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Lily appears and shouts at Sirius and James to leave Snape alone. James begins messing up his hair to impress her. She calls James a bully... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...the Easter holiday, Harry lies to Hermione that he no longer has Occlumency lessons because Snape thinks he's doing well. Harry pretends to study and dwells on what he saw in... (full context)
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...to find the diversion. The next day, Hermione spends every minute giving Harry dire warnings. Snape ignores Harry all through Potions, which Harry thinks is an improvement. When he takes a... (full context)
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Harry tells them about what he saw in the Pensieve. Sirius and Lupin explain that Snape was jealous of James, but James was an arrogant jerk at age fifteen. Lupin admits... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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After Charms, Hermione encourages Harry to go talk to Snape about Occlumency, but Harry refuses. He's still having the dreams of the room with the... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...though Harry finds it difficult, both he and Neville do well in the practical without Snape making them nervous. Harry does his best in his Care of Magical Creatures exam so... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...and Neville. Umbridge insists that Harry was plotting something and then sends Malfoy to fetch Snape. Harry can't believe he forgot about Snape. Snape enters and tells Umbridge that he can't... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...and he suspected that Voldemort would find out about it. Dumbledore explains that he asked Snape to teach Harry Occlumency rather than teach Harry himself because he knew that Voldemort would... (full context)
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...passing information to her since, which allowed Voldemort to set the trap for Harry. When Snape alerted the Order about Harry's absence, Sirius insisted on going to the Ministry too and... (full context)
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...loyally. Harry yells that Dumbledore shouldn't talk about Sirius that way and points out that Snape was nasty and dismissive when Harry tried to ask for help. Dumbledore notes that in... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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...Malfoy threatens Harry, since Harry put Lucius in Azkaban, and Harry pulls out his wand. Snape breaks up the fight and tries to take points from Gryffindor, but there aren't any... (full context)