Professor Snape: Good or Bad?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there is one  person that confuses me the most, Severus Snape. Throughout the series, he seems as though he is constantly changing his Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 2.15.11 PMallegiance between the dark side, and the good side. I am always wondering why he did everything he did, and I’m can’t fully grasp how everything ended up being for the better.

In the first book, Harry is suspecting Snape to be helping Voldemort find the Sorcerers Stone. He, Ron and Hermione also thing Snape is cursing Harry’s broom during the quidditch match, and making it go haywire. However, we know that it was really Professor Quirrell Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 2.08.09 PMwho was guilty for all these things. It turns out that Snape was actually trying to steady Harry’s broomstick and stop Quirrell from successfully helping Voldemort from possessing the sorcerers stone. So, in the first book I know that Snape is actually trying to help Harry and that he is on the good side.

Many things happen with Snape throughout the other books, but he becomes a major factor in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. In this book, we see Snape in the beginning make the Unbreakable Vow with Nacrissa Malfoy. This makes me think that he is definitely on the dark side, because you can’t break this vow. (obviously) It we don’t know exactly what this vow was for, but we know that Draco was sent with a task by Voldemort, and if he couldn’t complete it, Snape would have to. At the end of the book, we finally find out what the task was, when Snape blasts Dumbledore with the Killing Curse. This had me, and Harry, convinced that Snape’s allegiance was faithfully to the dark side and to Voldemort.Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 2.09.14 PM

However, it turns out that Snape was really a spy and had been on the good side the whole time. Dumbledore and Snape had planned the killing of Dumbledore the whole year, and Dumbledore knew it would truly make Snape look loyal to the Dark Lord, and pay off in the end. Obviously, it did. I still don’t understand how Snape could be so cold-Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 2.10.15 PMhearted to kill one of his friends, and a great wizard, even if Dumbledore had told him. I also don’t understand why Snape had to wait to the very end to prove his true loyalty, if he had in the sixth book, he could’ve helped Harry in look for horcruxes and maybe he wouldn’t have died.

Even so, I will always admire Snape. His bravery to be a spy was inspiring. He knew if Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 2.11.01 PMVoldemort ever found out, he would be dead. Also, his intelligence to be able to keep his true identity hidden. It is because of his bravery and determination that Harry is able to defeat Voldemort once and for all.

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