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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Harry Potter Prediction #2

Some months ago, I intended to start a series of Harry Potter predictions. I ended up abandoning the plan in part because it seemed that most of the points I wanted to make had already been made, in great detail, by people even more invested in the series that I am. What's the point of reinventing the wheel?

Still, in these final weeks before Book 7 appears, I wanted to take a moment to clarify that I am in the "Snape is good" camp. Other people have posed numerous reasons for their belief that Snape will turn out to be on the side of good rather than evil, but for me it comes down to one thing, really. This is how Hermione puts in Order of the Phoenix:

"Dumbledore trusts him. . . And if we can't trust Dumbledore, we can't trust anyone." (OoOTP 555)

There were have it, folks. If we can't trust Dumbledore, who CAN we trust?

Moreover, all prior precedent seems to be on the side of Snape as a "good guy." In almost every book, Harry has suspected Snape of some nefarious scheme or another. Harry has been certain that Snape must be evil. Yet, in every book (up until book six), Harry has been wrong. Snape and Harry may be personal enemies, but Snape has always been working on the anti-Voldemort side.
Harry may not have learned something from this past experience, but I think that we as readers are supposed to have learned something: Snape is on Dumbledore's side.

(To say that Snape is a "good guy" doesn't mean that he is a pleasant, likeable, or charitable person. He's a jerk; no question there. Being on the "right" side in an epic battle between good and evil doesn't necessarily mean that a person is nice or loveable, unfortunately.)

In the end, I don't know whether Snape will die the hero's death that some Potter fans have predicted. I do think, though, that we are going to discover that his actions in book six are even more complicated than they appeared. Whatever happens in book seven, I think Snape is going to have a central role. And I think it's going to be interesting.