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Thoughts - random and spoilerish.

I got the book this morning at 8:48AM. I ran downstairs in a nightshirt, an inside-out skirt and a snood, which was better than my husband's baseball cap. I carefully opened the package so as to avoid tearing any letters, and I read until I finished at 2:35PM.

So. First and foremost.

Severus Snape is NOT a traitor or a murderer. He did exactly as Dumbledore wanted him to do. And I refuse to hear or believe anything else. The other choices were unacceptable - either Draco becomes a murderer or Snape dies, due to that oath he took. Which Dumbledore was fully aware of. I don't think Dumbledore expected to survive that night.

This also makes Snape more valuable to the Order as he goes deeper undercover.

The book was much better than OotP. It was tighter, it was impossible to put down and there were no boring parts. And it had me laughing and had me crying. Oh, goodness. Madam Bones! That hit me hard and fast, you know?

And I'm going to say right now that I am so jealous of the shippers. Because at least some of you got your ships. And while my own OTP isn't quite ruined, it's been made much more difficult - Harry is still fascinated by Malfoy, enough that he forgets even Ginny. So.

And I can even rationalize Remus/Tonks by saying it doesn't preclude Sirius at all. Even if I really don't like it.

But I'll never see my OTPs. And, well. Life isn't fair, is it? :)

And my whole house-elf theory? Shot to pieces. Also, my current fic? More thoroughly jossed than I could have ever imagined, but I'm still writing it. I hope someone reads it when I'm done.


I am in absolute agreement re: Snape. And I won't hear otherwise. Any other view of the Snape situation would be too simplistic and one-dimensional for Rowling. She's proven time and again, no matter how much we want to despise Snape, that he is multi-dimensional and we ought not judge him based on first impressions. He's too complex a character to be that flat. Furthermore, NO WAY would she have revealed Snapes allegiance (for lack of a better word) to Voldemort in the first chapter if that's what she'd intended to be the real truth.

I find it difficult, nay, impossible, to believe that Dumbeldore's absolute faith in Snape is that misguided. Dumbledore in other cases admits his own fallability. But in his beliefs about Snape, he remains rock solid, never accepting that he could be misjudging Snapes true character.

P.S. I'd love to see your sorting hat application, but I can't find it. Do you have a link?

The application is here.

I'm amused at the deep split.

What I want to do is set up a spreadsheet and see which house voted which way the most.

Dumbledore is fallible, we know that. We love that, those of us who don't demand perfection in our heroes and think that lack of perfection=really evil.

But he's probably a better Leglimenos than Voldemort because, unlike Voldemort, he has empathy, too.

Legimens v. Occulmens

I'm amused at the deep split.

Yes, it's fascinating. I absolutely want to trust Snape. Motcha hates him wholeheartedly. You can't blame him. Snape is a sadist who is capable of performing unforgivable curses. That makes him a genuine dark wizard. But for some reason, he fights on the good side.

But he's probably a better Leglimenos than Voldemort because, unlike Voldemort, he has empathy, too.

Interesting theory and very possible. One thing this book seemed to imply to me was that being an accomplished occulmens isn't necessarily a good thing to be, which is may be part of why Harry failed. To do it, you have to close your mind. . .

Actually, the deep split I was talking about was the one for the sorting community - and I was wrong. I thought it was 50/50 Hufflepuff vs Ravenclaw, but I did a little spreadsheet, and it turned out that it was closer to 2-1 Ravenclaw. (And I guess that proves I do belong there. :))

Snape is a nasty person who does enjoy making his student uncomfortable, and he was equally nasty with Sirius. Oddly enough, he was NEVER that nasty to Lupin even when he had Lupin under his power in PoA.

This is the only Unforgivable we've seen him perform, and I'm convinced he was doing it under Dumbledore's orders (and remember, it was kill a dying man or die himself - or force a sixteen year old boy to kill. In all cases, Dumbledore was dead. And since I can't see Dumbledore pleading for his life, the only thing he could be pleading for would be his death.)

Yes, about that. Harry, unlike Draco (this is according to JK Rowling) cannot close off his emotions. Maybe it's because he's too damaged - for years, the only emotion he seemed to have was anger, or maybe Draco's damaged in a different way.

Snape's also a poor teacher. Maybe a different Occlumenos could have done a better job.

It isn't the only time we've seen Snape perform an Unforgivable Curse. When Harry broke into his mind in their occulmency lessons, one of the memories was of Snape as a teenager, lying in bed, killing flies with the death curse.

Bellatrix told us that to perform an unforgivable curse correctly, the wizard has to enjoy the pain. Snape can do it. Snape is a sadist.

In the very first chapter in which Dumbledore is talking to MacGonagall, he tells her that Voldemort has powers which he does not. MacGonagall responds that that's only because there are some things no decent wizard would do.

I think Snape is an out-and-out dark wizard, but for some reason, he fights on the good side. Dumbledore needed the powers of a dark wizard even more than he needs a thief like Mundungus.

I wonder if there are magical consequences for a dark wizard if he says "Voldemort," but none for a white wizard. Even Hagrid can say it, though he fears doing it. But as Harry noticed in the last book, Snape always says, "the dark lord."

Oh, one more thing

Motcha, who really hates Snape, came up with the theory that Dumbledore has been under an Imperius Curse all this time. I don't buy it, but in supporting it, Motcha pointed out that Dumbledore always says the same thing about Snape: "I trust Severus Snape." Never once does he say, "Snape is good." Snape is trustworthy. Snape is on the right side. But Snape is not good.

I think you're absolutely right about the mental conversation between Dumbledore and Snape. I have so much fun on your HP threads!