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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2003, 11:56 am

Hi everyone,

I have a little obsession about "Why Dumbledore trusts Snape" ... Of course I don´t want to insist on opinion he really trusts him. Maybe he trusts him maybe not. Well, let´s say he does... Why then?

I am not sure you are interested in the question, so I put it into my diary. You are welcome, please, tell me your opinion.


Thanks a lot.
I believe this community become brilliant :P

Wed, Oct. 1st, 2003 05:18 pm (UTC)
oratoriopiano: Snape, Snape, and more Snape

Hi! Here are some of my theories. I don't a great deal of time to type at the moment, but I can always just comment again later with more thoughts. :-)

I have been a major Severus Snape fan ever since seeing the first movie (due in no small part to Alan Rickman---the guy's voice just oozes sensuality), so I have had to defend myself against other HP fans who aren't so crazy about old Snapey. Just to give you a little background on possible biases...lol!

I think Snape is a vampire. This is based on character clues from the book (pale skin, other things that I can't immediately think of), Rickman's portrayl in the movies (whipping around with his robes billowing behind him like soaring bat wings and crossing his arms over his chest are big hints, together with the fact that Rowling said in an interview that she spoke with Rickman before the filming of the first movie about his character's "pre-book history") and by Rowling-approved illustrations portraying Snape as, well, kinda vampirey. (I only noticed the connection with the illustrations after I developed this theory, btw.) We know that he is top-notch in Potions making, so just like he made a potion for Lupin to supress his werewolf urges, Snape could very well make potions for himself on a regular basis to prevent himself from sucking people's blood or whatever. We also know that there are, indeed, vampires in the wizarding world; Honeydukes sells blood-flavoured lollipops, and I think somewhere it mentions that Voldemort brought vampires to the dark side (this could just have been in a fanfic I read...hope not.) :-P But this leads to another theory I have, which more directly answers your question:

The reason that Snape was interested in the dark arts and was a Death Eater in the first place was because he was a vampire. More on this theory to come later.

I have to study for a bio exam now, but I'll write more when I get a chance. :-)

Thu, Oct. 2nd, 2003 04:42 am (UTC)
little_sun: Re: Snape, Snape, and more Snape

lol... we must talk about it a lot... when do you have the exam? ... good luck, fingers crossed etc.

Mon, Oct. 27th, 2003 02:09 pm (UTC)

Hi, Mila,

This is a very good question...Dumbledore has to trust Snape to some degree, because he hired Snape to teach at Hogwarts. (But he doesn't let him teach Defense Against the Dark Arts; maybe he thinks that it would be too tempting for him, being amongst the dark arts again? Or else Dumbledore trusts him, but his trust is limited in some areas.) Not only did Dumbledore hire Snape as a teacher, but Snape is also the head of Slytherin House, in charge of 1/4 of the students in Hogwarts.

Snape was into the dark arts ever since he was young, so I guess he naturally went over to Voldemort's side when Voldemort gained power. We don't know yet what it is that caused Snape to stop following Voldemort...I hope JKR tells us sometime. :-) Maybe Voldemort killed his family, or someone he loved (Lily Potter??), or maybe Snape just realized that what they were doing was wrong. Dumbledore obviously knows what happened---actually, he seems to know many things that nobody else knows. It's a great character to have in a book; whenever Rowling wants to introduce a major plot twist (like the prophecy), she can just use Dumbledore to explain all about it because he knows everything. :-)

So, I think that Dumbledore trusts Snape because he knows why Snape joined the Order of the Phoenix in the first place, and we do not. I really, really, really, really hope that Snape doesn't join the dark side again in books 6 or 7...I want him to be a good guy.

Do you think that he ultimately is a good guy, anyway? He is very nasty and unfair to some of the students, but he keeps them safe. Heck, he even saved Harry's life in the first book. Harry, the student he hated the most. If Snape cared enough about Harry to look out for him in the first book, doesn't that show that he's really a good guy at heart? :-)

Sun, Nov. 2nd, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)

Everyone seems to share believing that Dumbledore trusts Snape because headmaster knows Severus was in love with Lily. First I found that idea romantic and lovely. But the longer I think about it and hear about it, the more I hate this explanation. I hope the real (I mean Mrs. Rowlings´) explanation will be other! Much more original and much less romantic :-P So I try to think up some possible variants but I must admit I haven´t been very succesful so far. I would love to find (or better if Mrs. Rowling finds) some original explanaition with some really new facts or ideas and so... Something as missing piece of mosaic. I am not sure if I explained it properly. Just... secret love and love forever and that things sound so much as a cliché from some stupid romantic soap opera...

Snape as a good guy... Yes, I think he is good in his heart and in his mind. Goodness is very deep in his soul. Or maybe I should say I want to believe he is a good person. Also I think he is very clever and very skillful in potions. I don´t like his teaching method at all.