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There’s A Detail In “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows” That Has Shaken Me To My Core

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Severus Snape is a polarizing character. You either love him or you hate him. Or you kinda love him or kinda hate him. Or you can’t decide. There are layers, is what I’m saying.

Yes, he betrayed Voldemort to help the good guys, but only after he heard the Dark Lord was going to murder the woman he loved. Yes, he killed Dumbledore, but only because Dumbledore asked him to. THERE ARE LAYERS.

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Yes, he betrayed Voldemort to help the good guys, but only after he heard the Dark Lord was going to murder the woman he loved. Yes, he killed Dumbledore, but only because Dumbledore asked him to. THERE ARE LAYERS.

Even his creator agrees.

J.K. Rowling

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Snape is all grey. You can’t make him a saint: he was vindictive & bullying. You can’t make him a devil: he died to save the wizarding world

One thing we can all agree on, though, is that he’s dead. It’s been almost seven years since Snape died onscreen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, after it was revealed he’d spent his time at Hogwarts working closely with Dumbledore to protect Harry.

Or, perhaps more truthfully, to preserve what Harry represented: the last remaining genetic bit of the only woman he ever loved, Lily Potter.

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Or, perhaps more truthfully, to preserve what Harry represented: the last remaining genetic bit of the only woman he ever loved, Lily Potter.

Now, I think most of us have seen all the Harry Pottermovies quite a few times over the years. We can quote them, we know where the Easter eggs are, and we’ve watched every behind-the-scenes feature. But today I discovered a detail that has somehow escaped me for the past almost-seven years.

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Earlier in Deathly Hallows — Part 2, before he dies, Snape briefly battles Professor McGonagall. It’s tense and badass and my girl, of course, wins.

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But there’s a very quick moment you might have missed:

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