Severus Snape

TURN TO PAGE 679.

No, I’m not misquoting Severus Snape’s famously sassy teaching skills, I’m telling you the exact moment that J.K. Rowling sneakily told us that Snape was truly working for the good guys.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry finds himself alone in a room with the supposedly dead, Death Eater-turned-Hogwarts-professor, Barty Crouch Jr. (who at the time was disguised as Mad-Eye Moody). In the scene, Crouch was literally two seconds away from murdering Harry when Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonegall blasted into the room to save the day, per usual.

In the text (page 679, like I said), J.K. mentions Moody’s trusty Foe-Glass, a magical looking glass that shows your enemies faces only when they’re close enough to cause you harm. In the seemingly meaningless sentence, J.K. sneaks in an epic bit of info that we totally missed the first twelve times we read the books. She said:

“Moody was thrown backward onto the office floor. Harry, still staring at the place where Mood’s face had been, saw Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, and Professor McGonagall looking back at him out of the Foe-Glass.”

SEE!? No? Okay, let me explain: Harry saw Snape in the Foe-Glass because he really was an enemy of Barty Crouch Jr., which means that he was totally on the good side all along. If he were a real Death Eater, he wouldn’t have shown up the Foe-Glass.

J.K., you never stop amazing us!

 

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