Severus Snape – The Harry Potter Lexicon
Then Sirius and others begin making fun of Severus, and Harry intervenes. though as he remembered when the relationship between he and Snape had "I don't understand how Dumbledore can trust him," Ron grumbled. Every interaction Snape has with Harry, his other The only exceptions are Argus Filch, who he trusts. As revealed in Snape's memories during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he was in love with Lily since they were young children, before.
When Harry told Snape that "He has Padfoot in the place where it is hidden" in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Snape says he has no idea what he's talking about yet follows through because he knows exactly who that is. One could argue that's because they now work together at the Order, but between Sirius's deadly prank on him, the boys being so loud and obnoxious with their nicknames, he likely knew it sooner.
Voldemort himself referred to Peter as Wormtail so Severus had to know that was him. So why play stupid about the Maurader's Map?
This seems like a great time to give Harry trouble about the company he keeps, his father and everything else Severus loves to bully him over, so why pretend he has no idea who these names refer to? Many of those, however, will go on to emulate qualities that help make it fairer, working toward equality and demonstrating kindness to their students. Others, however, seem to relish the opportunity to demonstrate just how unfair the world can be. Snape falls into this latter category, which doesn't make sense since he A is just as much a victim of this fact as anyone else and B Dumbledore seems to otherwise prefer pretty fair teachers.
As we established earlier, Snape is constantly punishing people of the wrong houses for doing things that people in his own house does, but he goes even further than that to mess with his own students' grades.
He will smugly give students like Harry zero points on a project for stupid reasons, act like he didn't witness sabotage occurring against students he doesn't like, and blatantly encourage nepotism in his class - giving his old Death Eater buddy's kid special advantages while being hard on his rival's son.
If Dumbledore were truly a fair headmaster, he wouldn't let Snape teach either of these students given his deep biases. Then we look a little closer.
Protecting Lily's son doesn't mean that much when he also bullies him on a daily basis. Rowling says that had Snape not loved Lily so much he would have had zero interest in Potter, but that's not true; since James had been a tormentor of Snape, he surely would have still bullied the child, given his petty proclivities. Only he would have let Potter get taken out by magic instead of saving him. Snape didn't, however, "always" love Lily, as Rowling and so many have suggested.
That's right, Severus Snape helped Harry Potter become an orphan. You don't do that to the woman you love's child, no matter whom she had it with, and you certainly don't bully him day in and day out.
You act in a way that would make her proud of you, which everyone but Snape seems to understand. We are talking about a serious Death Eater, one who is the most trusted and loyal servant of the Dark Lord. This means he's done some heinous acts. He has a Dark Mark. He sought the Dark Arts throughout his childhood and dreamed of serving Voldemort, which ultimately pushed Lily away from him even though she begged him not to do it.
He's dark to his core, which makes his double agent status ridiculous. As julvett's art demonstrates in this meme, Snape would have still been a dark wizard had he married Lily Evans, which would have made them both miserable. He still would have wanted to be a dark wizard, to serve Voldemort and follow his own desires rather than build the family that Lily desired.
We get that it's easy to romanticize this the same way that people romanticize The Phantom of the Opera, but like the phantom, Snape is still a doer of dark deeds who's obsessed with a pretty face at the end of the day.
It's almost as if he's sabotaging his own career, determined to prove his worth with a cauldron and then wondering why he's still stuck in the position years later. It's a hard lesson to learn, Severus; we get it.
As soon as you're competent at anything, whether it's being Scout Master or PTA chair, everyone wants you to keep doing it because they don't want to do it. They will say you're great at it and that they love how you do it, but ultimately they just want something for nothing and are eager to use your hard work to their advantage.
In this case, you've proven yourself an exemplary Potions Master yet not a good teacher, which also doesn't make any sense so why would they move you to another subject? This one is on you, Snape. Had you just blown up a student once or twice you probably wouldn't be stuck in this job anymore. Be a friend or be honest about your non-friend intentions. Finally she had to call it quits when he followed the path of evil. Snape didn't even tell Lily how he felt about her before she was eliminated, so how could she even know that his intentions were of a romantic nature?
Lily may have been Snape's only friend, so naturally that's how she saw him. Given that so many relationships begin there and blossom into more, had Snape revealed his feelings to her and stopped pursing the Dark Arts they may have experienced a different kind of relationship together, but it's absolutely ridiculous to blame Lily for the fact that it never happened.
In fact, he could pretty much be the poster boy for today's "incels," depending on how you interpret his story, which bridges into the dangerous and repugnant territory of blaming others for your own actions.
We have seen many wizards who have had it much worse than Snape. There are many other characters in the books that not only have few friends but also suffer great tragedy and still don't go dark. Harry Potter himself is the best example of all. Lord Voldemort despising half-blood wizards despite being one is reminiscent of a many a bigoted dictator. It's senseless and so is the fact that his most trusted servant, Severus Snape, is also a half-blood.
In fact, Snape is the Half-Blood Prince, to be exact. Dumbledore asks him if Professor Lupin has been receiving his potion. There is another Hogsmeade weekend, only this time, Harry, using his Marauder's Map and Invisibility Cloakintends to travel the secret passage to Honeyduke's. But Snape catches Harry on his way to the tunnel's entrance and orders him back to Gryffindor tower. Harry notices Snape inspecting the hump-backed witch statue as if he had read Harry's mind that a passage starts there.
Harry returns later and follows the underground path leading to Hogsmeade. He is spotted in Hogsmeade, and rushes back to the castle where Snape, apparently alerted, catches him. Snape confiscates the Marauder's Map and commands that it reveal itself. The map, writing as Messrs. Moony, Padfoot, Wormtail, and Prongs, only insults Snape. Snape shows the map to Lupin, who claims it is merely a Zonko's Joke Shop insult scroll. He collects Harry, the map, and also Ron, who arrived to support Harry's story, and takes them out of the now clearly livid Snape's office.
During Snape's Potions final exam, Harry is doing poorly. Snape scribbles what looks like like a zero on Harry's notepad before walking away. Snape, their classmate, was tricked by Sirius and nearly killed by Lupin, who was confined in the Shrieking Shack during his werewolf transformations. Harry's father, Jamessaved Snape by preventing him from entering the Shack. He ignores Remus' explanations about Sirius' innocence, instead binding both him and Lupin, intending to turn them over to the Dementors at the castle.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione simultaneously Disarm Snape, rendering him unconscious. Snape awakens after Peter Pettigrew was revealed to be alive and had escaped. Snape collects the unconscious Sirius, Harry, and Hermione, who were disabled by Dementors, and also Ron, who Pettigrew jinxed, and takes them to the castle. Harry awakens in the Hospital Wing and overhears Snape telling Fudge that Lupin helped Sirius break into Hogwarts and also claims that anything Harry and Hermione might say should be discounted because they were Confunded.
Snape appears pleased when Fudge says Snape could receive an Order of Merlin. When Dumbledore arrives to speak with Harry and Hermione, Snape and Fudge head off to witness the Dementors administering the "Kiss" to Sirius, only to discover that Sirius escaped. Snape, raging mad, accuses Harry of being involved, despite Madam Pomfrey's assertion that he and Hermione were always in the infirmary. As Snape angrily stalks off, Fudge comments that Snape seems unhinged.
The next day, still angry, Snape reveals to everyone at Hogwarts that Lupin is a werewolf, causing Lupin to resign his post as the Defence Against the Dark Arts instructor. It was learned at the Shrieking Shack that Snape had been brewing the Wolfsbane potion for Lupin to retain his mind during his werewolf transformations. Snape is among the few who can successfully brew the complicated potion, a recent discovery. It was learned during the episode at the Shrieking Shack that Snape had been brewing the Wolfsbane potion for Lupin to retain his mind during his werewolf transformations.
Snape believed, correctly, that Lupin might have missed the final dose of this potion, and was bringing it to him, when he happened to see the Marauder's Map on Lupin's desk.
The Map revealed that Sirius Black was passing through the tunnel under the Whomping Willow, which spurred Snape's interference. Moody, a retired Aurordeparts with Draco in tow, claiming Snape is an, "old friend. Apart from his resentment at being passed over yet again for the Defence Against the Dark Arts post, Snape appears to fear and despise Moody, and may be venting his resentment on his students.
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It is mentioned that Snape has Harry's class researching antidotes, leaving Harry worried there will be a practical test — a student will be poisoned, and Harry worries he might be the test subject. When Harry's name is ejected from the Goblet of Firehe proceeds as directed to the chamber where the other Champions are waiting.
Snape and the other teachers and judges join them. Snape snidely observes that Harry has been crossing lines ever since his arrival at Hogwarts.
Harry, fed up, confronts Draco Malfoy about his anti-Harry lapel buttons. Their clashing spells deflect onto Goyle and Hermione. Snape sends Goyle, sprouting boils, to the Hospital Wing while professing that Hermione, whose front teeth have grown enormous, is fine, causing Hermione to run off crying.
Harry and Ron protest Snape's unfair treatment, only to have him penalize Gryffindor House 50 points and assign Harry and Ron detention. That day's potion lecture concerns antidotes, and Snape announces they will test one.
Harry is relieved when he is summoned away from class to attend the Wand Weighing ceremony, though this only intensifies Snape's resentment over Harry's increased publicity. During Snape's antidote exam, Harry, panicked that he has yet to find a date for the Yule Ballforgets a vital ingredientand fails the test.
Snape is blasting the bushes apart, penalising students hiding within as Karkaroff complains that something is becoming more visibly distinct; Snape responds that Karkaroff may run if he chooses. Ron wonders how Snape and Karkaroff got on a first-name basis. While checking his Marauder's Map to make sure the hallways are clear, Harry notices Bartemius Crouch in Snape's office.
Curious, Harry decides to investigate, but his foot becomes trapped in the staircase's trick step. The dropped Egg starts wailing, summoning FilchSnape, and eventually Professor Moody to investigate the noise. Only Moody, with his magical eye, can detect Harry under his Invisibility Cloak. Snape suspects someone was in his office, which interests Moody. When Moody notices the map and thinks Snape dropped, Harry gesticulates wildly to indicate it is his.
Moody quickly Summons it. Snape, recognising the Map, suspects Harry must be close by under his Invisibility Cloak. Moody claims nobody is there and comments about how quickly Snape's mind jumped to Harry. After Snape and Filch depart, Moody rescues Harry from the step. In Potions class, the Slytherins are huddled over something, sniggering. Pansy Parkinson tosses a Witch Weekly to Hermione.
The article suggests Hermione romantically threw over Harry for Viktor Krum and might be using love potions. Professor Snape appears and penalises Gryffindor ten points, then ten more for having Witch Weekly in class. He reads Skeeter's article aloud, inciting laughter from the Slytherins. Snape then places Harry at the table immediately facing his desk. Snape softly mutters to Harry that he knows he is stealing Boomslang skin and Gillyweed from his stores.
Harry denies it, but remembers that Hermione once stole Boomslang skin to make Polyjuice potion, and that Dobby swiped the Gillyweed. Snape produces a vial containing Veritaserumimplying he may use it on Harry. Igor Karkaroff enters the classroom, claiming Snape has been avoiding him. Harry stays after class, crouching behind his cauldron so he can listen. Karkaroff shows Snape something on his left forearm saying, "It has never been that clear, not since.
When Harry is spotted, Snape and Karkarov fall silent, and Snape orders him to leave.
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Siriuswho has been hiding out in a cave outside Hogsmeadetells Harry, Hermione, and Ron it seems curious that Snape and Karkaroff were talking together. When Bartemius Crouch, confused and rambling, is found near the Forbidden ForestHarry runs to Professor Dumbledore's office for help, only to find Snape blocking his path. Dumbledore appears and Harry explains the situation. Soon after Dumbledore and Harry arrive back at the scene, Moody also appears, saying Snape told him they were there.
Karkaroff attempts to lighten his own sentence by identifying other Death Eaters. He names Severus Snape, but Dumbledore claims that Snape was a double agent working against Voldemort.
A bit later, while talking to Dumbledore, Harry's face appears in the Pensieve, smoothly changing into Snape's, who says, "It's coming back, Karkaroff's too".
Harry asks why Dumbledore trusts Snape, but Dumbledore replies that is between him and Snape. Upon Harry's return from the Little Hangleton graveyard, Moody steers him to his office, despite Dumbledore's having told Harry to stay put. Dumbledore commands Snape to bring truth serum and to fetch Winky from the kitchens. Barty admits that he had raided Snape's potion supplies to make more Polyjuice Potion for his disguise as Mad Eye Moody.
The mark has been growing darker recently, and it burning his arm a few hours ago proves Voldemort has returned. Fudge, disbelieving Snape, departs. Dumbledore requests that Sirius and Snape put aside their mutual dislike and work together for the Order.
Snape is then sent on a mission that he and Dumbledore had previously discussed. At the Leaving Feast, Snape is present, apparently having returned from his mission; Harry thinks he is more sour looking than usual. Order of the Phoenix [ edit ] Harry, arriving at the Order of the Phoenix Headquartersis disappointed to find Snape there.
Snape leaves before Fred and George can use their Extendable Ears to eavesdrop on the Order's meeting. Immediately before Potions class, Draco Malfoy snidely comments that mentally deficient people should be confined to St. Neville, livid, attacks Draco, though Harry and Ron restrain him. Snape enters and promptly penalises Gryffindor 10 points for fighting. Ron wonders what prompted Neville's outburst, though Harry, knowing what happened to Neville's parents, says nothing as Dumbledore had requested.
She asks how long Snape has taught at Hogwarts "fourteen years"and about his applying as the Defence Against the Dark Arts. Snape replies he has repeatedly been declined the post and to ask Dumbledore if she wants to know the reason.
Straining to overhear, Harry ruins his potion and receives a zero. While Harry is at Grimmauld Place for Christmas, Snape arrives and informs him he will be studying Occlumencythe art of closing one's mind from another's intrusion.
Harry agrees until he discovers that Snape, not Dumbledore, will be instructing him. Sirius wants Dumbledore to teach Harry, and a verbal battle between Sirius and Snape erupts and escalates into drawn wands. Harry stands in-between, trying to prevent a duel. Only Hermione's and the entire Weasley family's timely arrival interrupts them. Snape departs, telling Harry to be his office at 6 o'clock Monday evening.
Later, Hermione says Harry will be happy to stop the nightmares. Ron comments that he would rather have the nightmares.
Harry, still distrustful, begins his first Occlumency lesson with Snape. LegilimencySnape explains, is the ability to read other's thoughts and memories. Voldemort is an expert in Legilimency, and Occlumency will help Harry block his mind. Snape removes some of his memories and deposits them into a Pensieve.
Harry's first attempts to block Snape penetrating his mind fail miserably. However, Harry now recognises the hallway he has frequently dreamt about; it is the hall in the Ministry of Magic leading to the Department of Mysteries. Snape dismisses him, and while leaving, Harry sees Snape reinserting his memories back into his head. Over the next few months, Harry's Occlumency lessons proceed poorly. He is unable to block Snape's probes, his scar pricklels almost continually, and he still experiences Voldemort's emotions.
Ron thinks Snape may be making it easier for Voldemort, but Hermione reiterates that Dumbledore trusts Snape. Harry's hatred for Snape hinders him, though he is making some progress, and, on one brief occasion, enters Snape's mind. Harry again experiences his corridors dream, but upon reaching the door, Snape breaks his vision, seemingly concerned by what appeared in Harry's mind.
Professor Trelawney's wailing in the hallway interrupts the session; Umbridge has just dismissed her.
When Snape is summoned by Umbridge during another Occlumency session, a shimmering light catches Harry's eye. They are cruelly tormenting their classmate, Severus Snape, by suspending him upside down in mid-air, exposing his dingy underwear. Lily Evans intervenes and berates James and Sirius for their deplorable behaviour. The humiliated Snape resents Lily's help and insultingly calls her a "Mudblood".
Harry is appalled by his father's bullying behavior, but before considering it further, the present-day Snape yanks him from the Pensieve. Furious, Snape demands that he never reveal what he has seen to anyone, and orders him to leave, permanently ending their lessons. Later, Harry lies to Hermione, claiming Snape says he needs no more lessons. It is mentioned that Harry performs creditably in his Potions O.
Harry envisions Sirius being tortured at the Ministry and unsuccessfully tries contacting him via the Floo network. Umbridge catches Harry and summons Snape, demanding he use truth serum on him. Snape claims she used all the Veritaserum while interrogating other students, even though only three drops is needed. When he says it will takes weeks to brew more, Umbridge places him on probation, then dismisses him. Harry, suddenly remembering that Snape is an Order of the Phoenix member, cryptically tries to warn Snape about Sirius, but Snape appears dismissive and leaves.
Following the battle at the Ministry in which Sirius was killed, Dumbledore tells Harry that Snape, a double agent for the Order, had contacted Sirius to confirm he was safe at Grimmauld Place. When they failed to return, Snape alerted the Order. Dumbledore further explains that he had wanted Harry to learn Occlumency to block Voldemort from implanting visions into Harry's mind and luring him into a trap.
Dumbledore believed that the old animosities between Snape and Harry, and also between Snape and Harry's father, James, could be forgotten, but admits he was wrong. Dumbledore did not tutor Harry himself because he feared Voldemort could see that their relationship was more than headmaster to student, opening them both to attack.
Harry believes Snape deliberately waited too long to warn the Order about Sirus. Harry nearly gets into a duel with Draco Malfoy, but Snape intercedes.
Snape is about to penalise Gryffindor House points, but realises Gryffindor has no points left. Professor McGonagall suddenly arrives, and generously awards House points to the Gryffindor students who fought at the Ministry, then deducts the amount Snape was going to penalize Gryffindor. Narcissa, worried about a task the Dark Lord has assigned her son, Draco, seeks Severus Snape's help, though Bellatrix distrusts him. At Snape's house, his home during the summer break, Wormtail Peter Pettigrew serves drinks, then is dismissed while complaining bitterly about having to perform menial work.
Snape fires a jinx at the bookcase where, listening from behind, Wormtail yelps and retreats. Despite Voldemort trusting Snape, Bellatrix does not, and she fires probing questions at him. He responds that, like many Death Eaters, he did not search for the Dark Lord because he believed he was finished. Snape remained at Hogwarts after Voldemort's fall to continue spying on Dumbledore, gathering sixteen years of intelligence on Dumbledore while Bellatrix languished uselessly in Azkaban prison.
Snape protected the Philosopher's Stone because it appeared that Quirrell sought it for himself. Snape ignored Voldemort's summons after his return to avoid Dumbledore's suspicion. Snape taunts Bellatrix about the Ministry fiascoand claims the Dark Lord had ordered him to stay away to protect his position at Hogwarts. Snape has not killed Harry Potter because he would lose Dumbledore's protection and be unable to spy for Voldemort. Dumbledore's trust in him is what has made him useful to the Dark Lord.
With Bellatrix's worries seemingly overridden, Narcissa explains that Voldemort assigned Draco a difficult and probably fatal assignment.
She wants Snape to protect her son. Snape, however, already knows about Draco's task, and refuses to try and change Voldemort's mind. Snape agrees that Voldemort's real intent is revenge against Narcissa's husband Lucius for his failure at the Ministry. Narcissa persuades Snape to swear an ' Unbreakable Vow to protect Draco and complete his task should he fail.
Bellatrix acts as their Bonder, though apparently half-expecting Snape to somehow invalidate the Vow. Draco spots Harry and petrifies him, then stomps on his face before covering him with his Invisibility Cloak, leaving him on the train. Tonks finds Harry before the train departs for London. Harry, arriving late at the school, finds Snape waiting at the gate. Snape jeers at Tonks' new Patronus shape that she sent to the castle to alert the staff about Harry.
Snape, refusing to allow Harry to change or clean up, takes him directly into the Great Hall, where the Arrival Feast is just ending. It had appeared that Professor Horace Slughornthe new Potions teacher Dumbledore just recruited, was hired for that position. Harry finds Snape's Dark Arts class both illuminating and alarming, with Snape almost seeming unnaturally entranced by the subject. Snape teaches the class how to cast wordless spells, though the students are having difficulty.
To demonstrate, Snape squares off against Harry, who fearing any spell Snape might cast against him, uses a verbal shield spellearning himself a detention.
Harry is uncertain which is worse, Slughorn's party or Snape's detention. Harry discovers a non-verbal spell, Levicorpusin the Half-Blood Prince's Potions book which he is using in Slughorn's class.
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It appears to be the same spell that Harry, once watching Snape's memories in a Pensieve, had seen his father use to humiliate Snape when they were both Hogwarts students. When Katie Bell is nearly killed after touching a cursed necklace, Professor McGonagall has it taken to Professor Snape for examination.
At Slughorn's Christmas party. Slughorn mentions to Snape that Harry seems a natural at Potions, like his mother, though Snape has a different opinion. Argus Filch suddenly appears, dragging Draco Malfoy, who was "skulking" about in the halls. Slughorn assumes Draco was gatecrashing the party, while Draco hardly seems pleased that Slughorn allows him to stay. Soon after, Snape and Draco, leave together. Following under his Invisibility Cloak, Harry eavesdrops on their conversation.
Snape probes Draco's mind for details about Katie Bell, but Draco blocks him, apparently having been tutored in Occlumency by his aunt, Bellatrix Lestrange. Snape says he knows about Draco's mission and has taken an Unbreakable Vow to help him.
Draco, angered at the thought that he could need help, storms off. WeasleyRemus Lupin, and Hermione. Everyone discounts Harry's opinion, saying they have absolute faith in Dumbledore and his trust for Snape; it is more likely that Snape wants to learn what Draco's mission is so he can inform Dumbledore.
Despite Snape's costing him his job at Hogwarts by revealing his being a werewolf, Lupin claims Snape had always perfectly brewed his werewolf potion. Snape could have done far more damage if he had wanted. At their next lesson, Harry reports his suspicions to Dumbledore.
Dumbledore thanks him, but, for confidential reasons, states he absolutely trusts Snape. Snape is briefly mentioned during Slughorn's Potions class. Harry must create an antidote for several different poisons and finds nothing in the Half-Blood Prince's textbook about them except a notation, "Just shove a Bezoar down their throat.
Hagrid mentions overhearing an angry-sounding exchange between Snape and Professor Dumbledore. Snape expressed second thoughts about something he had promised Dumbledore he would do. Something was also said about Snape's investigations into Slytherin house, which Hagrid assumed was about the Cursed necklace. Filch's sudden arrival interrupted their conversation. Harry believes Draco is using the Room of Requirement to perform his secret task.
Just before class, Harry attempts to enter the Room, but is unable to make the door appear. Snape penalizes Gryffindor ten points when Harry arrives late. Seamus Finnigan asks Snape about the difference between ghosts and Inferias a story in the Daily Prophet mentioned Inferi; Professor Snape says the story actually was about one Mundungus Fletcherwho was arrested for impersonating an Inferius.
Ron also gets taunted and given detention by Snape. After class, Ron's girlfriend, Lavenderstarts dissing Snape, irritating Ron rather than amusing him, and he and Harry duck into a bathroom to avoid her.
Only his own reflexes and Snape's timely intervention contained the damage. Harry investigates but is spotted by Malfoy, who casts the Cruciatus curse ; Harry counters using the Sectumsempra spell from the Half-Blood Prince's book without knowing its effects.
Draco is severely slashed, his blood spilling everywhere, causing Moaning Myrtle to fly off screaming; Professor Snape responds swiftly and saves Draco, rushing him to the Hospital Wing. Returning, Snape demands to know whence Harry learned the spell, and despite Harry's attempts at occlumency, Snape apparently gleans some information that Harry's potions book is the source. Snape demands to see his textbooks. Snape, skeptical this is actually Harry's book, particularly since it is signed "Roonil Wazlib", assigns Harry detention with Professor McGonagall's concurrence every Saturday until school ends.
Reporting to Snape's office, Harry is assigned to copying old detention files, with Snape suggesting he start with ones detailing his father's misbehaviour. As a result, Harry's Potions work now suffers, though Slughorn attributes it to his new romantic interest in Ginny. Professor Trelawney Trelawney happens to mention to Harry that it was Snape who overheard the prophecy foretelling Voldemort's nemesis, and he carried this information to Voldemort.
Harry angrily confronts Dumbledore, but Dumbledore avers that he trusts Snape. He seems about to explain why he does, but quickly changes the subject by saying he has located another Horcrux. Harry and Dumbledore retrieve the Horcrux, but the Headmaster is left greatly weakened by the effort, and Harry assists him back to the castle. Landing atop the Astronomy tower, Dumbledore tells Harry to fetch Severus, but Draco unexpectedly appears and disarms Dumbledore.
Dumbledore offers Draco protection if he switches sides, but four Death Eaters intervene. Snape also bursts onto the scene, and Dumbledore seems to be pleading with him. Snape kills Dumbledore, then departs with the Death Eaters and Draco. Harry, who was petrified for his protection under his Invisibility Cloak by Dumbledore, is freed by Dumbledore's death. Harry Stuns a Death Eater and chases Snape, firing spells at him.
Snape, easily blocking every curse, criticizes Harry's Occlumency skills that leave his mind open to opponents.
Snape prevents the other Death Eaters from attacking Harry, saying that the Dark Lord wants him for himself; he then escapes with Draco and the other Death Eaters. Harry learns that during the battle Snape was allowed to enter the tower. When he returned, Order members never suspected Dumbledore had just been killed, believing Snape was only fetching Draco.
Harry reveals that Dumbledore had trusted Snape because after Snape carried the prophecy to Voldemort, he later returned to Dumbledore, claiming remorse. Harry is upset that he had Snape's unwitting help, through his old Potions book, all year. He wonders also at the similarity between Snape's half-blood ancestry and Voldemort's, and wonders how Dumbledore could have missed it.
At the council table, Snape is placed at Voldemort's right hand side. Yaxley, sitting in the middle, reports that Harry Potter will be moved to an Order safe house on Harry's 17th birthday, though Snape disputes this. His information, "from the same place as before," indicates the move will occur earlier and by Order members, as the Order no longer trusts the Ministry.
Snape does not flinch under Voldemort's intense gaze, though many other Death Eaters do. Voldemort decides that the attack on Harry will take place according to Snape's information. Hermione realizes that Phineas Nigellus Black's portrait is now a conduit to Snape, as his other portrait hangs in the Headmaster's office.
To prevent Phineas from spying on them, she stuffs his picture into her small beaded bag carrying their traveling gear. One night, while traveling the countryside, Harry, Ron, and Hermione happen to overhear a conversation about three Hogwarts students, including Ginny Weasley, having broken into the Headmaster's office and attempting to steal the Sword of Gryffindor. A Goblin in the group says that shortly after, the Sword was transferred to Gringotts Bank for safekeeping, though that Sword is actually a fake.
The three students involved reportedly were "cruelly punished," but when Harry and Hermione consult Phineas Nigellus' portrait, he reports the students were merely sent to Hagrid, who set them to work in the Forbidden Forest.
Harry, re-entering Hogwarts, heads to the Ravenclaw common room to see the sculpture of Rowena Ravenclaw wearing her lost Diadem. Professor McGonagall, helping Harry escape, runs into Snape in the hall. Snape is searching for Harry who is hidden under his Invisibility Cloak. Snape seems to be using Legilimency to locate him. Harry believes he must have fallen to his death, but sees a large, bat-like shape flying over the castle wall — Snape has escaped.
There, they witness a confrontation between Snape and Voldemort. Snape asks permission to enter Hogwarts and bring Harry out. Voldemort refuses, saying he is disappointed by the Elder Wand's performance. He believes the Wand answers not to him but to Snape, who killed Dumbledore, the Wand's previous owner.