LuisRamirezMalinAlkestrandHarryPotter from an intermedial perspectiveDecember5th, 2017Exploring the love/hate relationship between Harry Potterand Severus Snape A character that I found to be of thesame importance in the entire Harry Potter series other than Harry Potter isSeverus Snape. Both of these characters share a unique love/hate relationshipwithin the entire series.
The interaction of love/hate between both thesecharacters is seen since the first book Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Toreaders, that isn’t even the start between how long the history of love/hatethe Potters and Snape have in the series. Since Severus Snape was a young boy,he had a deep emotional attachment for the mother of Harry Potter, Lily Potter.This deep emotional attachment to Harry’s mother will soon be the main cause onwhy Snape has such a hatred but love for Harry with risking his own life andsoon dying later in the series to defeat Voldemort. A confused, young andcurious Harry takes all these actions all the wrong way which makes him despiseSnape for almost the whole series.
A relationship built of deep secrets andmiscommunication makes a very emotional and detailed friendship. The morecontinuations of the books we got, the more detail we are given about why andhow Snape does what he does in the series for the pure love he as for “the boy”Harry Potter and his mother Lily Potter. Severus Snape and Harry Potter have a longhistory among one another that is built of hate, love and Lily Evans Potterthat at the end of the series builds one of the strongest bonds among mostcharacters. In the first book and movie Sorcerer’sStone by J.K. Rowling, the first interaction between Harry and Snape isintroduced by hate. The first interaction among them two is when Snape asksHarry “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to aninfusion of wormwood?” (Rowling 544).
To the reader that text may just be a wayto humiliate Harry the first day of school in front of all his classmates as heobviously wouldn’t know the answer but the meaning is deeper later in theseries. Harry immediately dislikes Snape due to his unfair treatment and colddemeanor thinking just simply that he hates popular kids. In the book TheOrder of the Phoenix, Harry’s hate for Snape increase as he blames Snapefor Sirius’s death, concluding that his baiting Sirius made him wait to longfor Sirius to die. The blame of Sirius death comes right after Snape tauntsHarry with his worst memories with the spell Protego. In the book, “ReadingHarry Potter Again'” by Giselle Anatol she states, “he tells Harry cruelpart-truths about his father in order to wound him— ugly” (81 Anatol). In thebook The Half Blood Prince by J.
K. Rowling, Harry’s Hatred for Snape growsbeyond hate. Snape makes it clear that he could care less about the death ofSirius in a disrespectful way. Once Snape kills Dumbledore, Harry’s hatred forhim, according to J.K., now most likely surpasses his hatred for Voldemorthimself. After Snape kills Dumbledore, Harry was casting spells at him. In thebook, the Half-Blood Prince Harry states “fight back you coward” (Rowling 604)to Snape and “his face was suddenly demented, inhuman, as though he was in asmuch pain as the yelping, howling dog stuck in the burning house behind them—”(Rowling604) Snape then states “DONT—CALL ME COWARD!” (Rowling 604).
Harry swears tokill Snape for everything he has done. In the final book The Deathly Hollows by J.K.
Rowling it is clear thatHarry has more hatred for Snape more than Voldemort. Moments such as the chapter9 “A Place to Hide” in where it becomes the highest point of hatred Harry everhad for Snape by becoming obsessed with meeting Snape again. The hatred amongboth Harry and Snape shows character grow that would lastly tight up the entireseries. The first sign of love between Snapeand Harry is seen in the first book and movie Sorcerer’s Stone by J.
K. Rowling.During the Quidditch game, there was a conflict where Harry’s broom was under aspell and Harry first thought it was Snape as he was mouthing spells. He learnslate in the book that Snape was placing a “counter curse” against QuirinusQuarrell protecting Harry.
When Dumbledore tells Snape that a part of Voldemortlives in Harry and for Voldemort to die, Harry must die, first he reacts with”I thought… all these years.
.. that we were protecting him for her. For Lily”(Rowling 182). Snape then becomes more aggressive telling Dumbledore “You havekept him alive so that he can die at the right moment? —You have used me”(183). After he becomes more emotional for Harrys wellbeing stating, “I havespied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everythingwas supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe.
Now you tell me you havebeen raising him like a pig for slaughter—”(Rowling 185). Dumbledore thenquestions Snape on how he truly feels after all these books, “have you grown tocare for the boy, after all?” (185). In book 7, The Deathly Hollows by J.K.Rowling, the hatred Harry has for Snape continues until the final few chapterswhen he learns of Snape’s role and his dedication to his mother.
From thatpoint forth, he does his best to publicly clear Snape. Harry knows what Snapetruly is and what he’s done, but understands that Snape is the result of badcircumstances that weren’t too different from what he went through. In thenovel “Methods of Rationality” by Eliezer Yudkowsky he states some informationabout Snape being “he was a double agent, Snape lives lies within lies forseventeen years, risking everything for good as he once did for evil as a DeathEater” (81 Yudkowsky).
Harry finally realizing this lasted him his whole lifewith him having a baby boy and naming him “Albus Severus Potter” and he states”you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts, one of them was a Slytherinand he was the bravest man I’ve ever know” (Rowling 9). The history between Harry and Snapegoes past Harry’s existence to when Snape was a young child. The biggestdifference of an intermedial perspective from the novels to books of HarryPotter is all the background information about Snape and Lily Potter that themovies leave out.
In the novel we are informed that by the age of 10, Snapefound Lily Evans as she lived near him and watched her from a distance anddiscovered that she was in fact a witch. They both ended up going to Hogwartstogether but then were divided by Snape being chosen to be a part of Slytherinand Lily Gryffindor. One day Snape overheard a conversation between SybillTrelawney and Dumbledore in which Lonny foretold of a prophecy that would laterbe associated with Harry and Voldemort. He goes to Voldemort and tells him ofthe prophecy. Voldemort knew it had to be about Harry or Neville and he decidesto go after Harry Potter.
In the article “Harry Potter Fans and Severus Snape:A Love-Hate Relationship.” he states what Snape had in mind as a Death Eaterstating “he felt as he had the magical power to take his cult-leader Voldemortdown, and vowed to Dumbledore that he would do “anything” to keep Lily safe” (3Dahlenburg) . When Lily died, Snape states in the Prisoner of Azkaban, “helooked like a man who had lived a hundred years of misery” (Rowling 203). Snapekept saving harry all year and Dumbledore believes it’s his way of making himand James even after saving him all those years. “then he could go back tohating your father memory in peace” (Rowling 217). James best friend RemusLupin was a werewolf and was brought out to the shrieking shack where he wouldtransform. Snape was very interested in where Lupin was going every month andserious code Snape or the entrance to the shack was and how to get passed thetree. He followed series instructions and when he was almost at the shack,James grabbed him at great personal risk of his own and saved Snape from beingkilled by the Lupin.
Snape refused to admit he did it for him but rather tosave his and his friends own necks. He was very upset that he was in Jamesdebt. He talks to Dumbledore about how he told Voldemort to spare Lily’s lifeand Dumbledore responds “you disgust me — you do not care, then, about thedeaths of her husband and child? They can die, as long as you have what youwant?” (Rowling 219). In the book, “Ravenclaw Reader.” by John Pazdziora hedives into Harrys relationship with death by stating “Harry Potter is aboutlove and death, but if I had to choose one over the other, I’d say the booksare about death” (31 Pazdziora). Until the last two movies of the DeathlyHallows is when we are given what is interrupted from the books. Voldemortneeds to kill Snape to be the true owner of the elder wand with his snake Snapespoke “juvie” Harry was in his invisibility cloak and saw him dead.
Snape tearsof memories which makes Harry realize the truth that he was a triple agent,that he was always loyal to Dumbledore, truth that harry must die for Voldemortto die and the truth that Snape loved Harrys mother “The green eyes found theblack, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed tovanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded tothe floor, and Snape moved no more.” (Rowling 571) The movie version does anexcellent job on transforming the text to the big screen with the same emotionsas in the book. As I read Deathly Hallows for the first time I always had AllanRickman and Daniel Radcliffe in my mind when this scene happened and to see itin the big screen for the first time was a dream to me. The hatred and love Harry and Snapehave for one another is a long history that is surrounded by Lily Potter whichcreates one of the most emotional bonds in the entire series. From the first tolast book and movie by J.
K. Rowling, the hatred between both Harry and Snapewas seen in every novel from the biggest situation to the smallest. But everyaction that was done among the two was done in some way or form to build oneanother characters and defeat Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
Snape’s braverywas not taken for granted by having Harry finally finding out his reasoning’sfor everything he had done since he first met him at Hogwarts. After Harry sawthe memories Snape wanted him to see, his respect for the man grew and helearned to love Snape. The memories brought Harry back to his mother LilyPotter and the importance she was to Snape and him. In conclusion, Snape couldbe seen more as a father figure that Harry never had and Harry can be seen asthe son Snape never had.
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