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Harry
Potter from an intermedial perspective

December
5th, 2017

Exploring the love/hate relationship between Harry Potter
and Severus Snape

         A character that I found to be of the
same importance in the entire Harry Potter series other than Harry Potter is
Severus Snape. Both of these characters share a unique love/hate relationship
within the entire series. The interaction of love/hate between both these
characters is seen since the first book Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. To
readers, that isn’t even the start between how long the history of love/hate
the 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 on
why Snape has such a hatred but love for Harry with risking his own life and
soon dying later in the series to defeat Voldemort. A confused, young and
curious Harry takes all these actions all the wrong way which makes him despise
Snape for almost the whole series. A relationship built of deep secrets and
miscommunication makes a very emotional and detailed friendship. The more
continuations of the books we got, the more detail we are given about why and
how 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 long
history among one another that is built of hate, love and Lily Evans Potter
that at the end of the series builds one of the strongest bonds among most
characters.

         In the first book and movie Sorcerer’s
Stone by J.K. Rowling, the first interaction between Harry and Snape is
introduced by hate. The first interaction among them two is when Snape asks
Harry “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an
infusion of wormwood?” (Rowling 544). To the reader that text may just be a way
to humiliate Harry the first day of school in front of all his classmates as he
obviously wouldn’t know the answer but the meaning is deeper later in the
series. Harry immediately dislikes Snape due to his unfair treatment and cold
demeanor thinking just simply that he hates popular kids. In the book The
Order of the Phoenix, Harry’s hate for Snape increase as he blames Snape
for Sirius’s death, concluding that his baiting Sirius made him wait to long
for Sirius to die. The blame of Sirius death comes right after Snape taunts
Harry with his worst memories with the spell Protego. In the book, “Reading
Harry Potter Again'” by Giselle Anatol she states, “he tells Harry cruel
part-truths about his father in order to wound him— ugly” (81 Anatol). In the
book The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Harry’s Hatred for Snape grows
beyond hate. Snape makes it clear that he could care less about the death of
Sirius in a disrespectful way. Once Snape kills Dumbledore, Harry’s hatred for
him, according to J.K., now most likely surpasses his hatred for Voldemort
himself. After Snape kills Dumbledore, Harry was casting spells at him. In the
book, 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 as
much pain as the yelping, howling dog stuck in the burning house behind them—”(Rowling
604) Snape then states “DONT—CALL ME COWARD!” (Rowling 604). Harry swears to
kill Snape for everything he has done. 
In the final book The Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling it is clear that
Harry has more hatred for Snape more than Voldemort. Moments such as the chapter
9 “A Place to Hide” in where it becomes the highest point of hatred Harry ever
had for Snape by becoming obsessed with meeting Snape again. The hatred among
both Harry and Snape shows character grow that would lastly tight up the entire
series.

         The first sign of love between Snape
and 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 a
spell and Harry first thought it was Snape as he was mouthing spells. He learns
late in the book that Snape was placing a “counter curse” against Quirinus
Quarrell protecting Harry. When Dumbledore tells Snape that a part of Voldemort
lives 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 have
kept 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 have
spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything
was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have
been raising him like a pig for slaughter—”(Rowling 185). Dumbledore then
questions Snape on how he truly feels after all these books, “have you grown to
care 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 chapters
when he learns of Snape’s role and his dedication to his mother. From that
point forth, he does his best to publicly clear Snape. Harry knows what Snape
truly is and what he’s done, but understands that Snape is the result of bad
circumstances that weren’t too different from what he went through. In the
novel “Methods of Rationality” by Eliezer Yudkowsky he states some information
about Snape being “he was a double agent, Snape lives lies within lies for
seventeen years, risking everything for good as he once did for evil as a Death
Eater” (81 Yudkowsky). Harry finally realizing this lasted him his whole life
with 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 Slytherin
and he was the bravest man I’ve ever know” (Rowling 9).

         The history between Harry and Snape
goes past Harry’s existence to when Snape was a young child. The biggest
difference of an intermedial perspective from the novels to books of Harry
Potter is all the background information about Snape and Lily Potter that the
movies leave out. In the novel we are informed that by the age of 10, Snape
found Lily Evans as she lived near him and watched her from a distance and
discovered that she was in fact a witch. They both ended up going to Hogwarts
together but then were divided by Snape being chosen to be a part of Slytherin
and Lily Gryffindor. One day Snape overheard a conversation between Sybill
Trelawney and Dumbledore in which Lonny foretold of a prophecy that would later
be associated with Harry and Voldemort. He goes to Voldemort and tells him of
the prophecy. Voldemort knew it had to be about Harry or Neville and he decides
to 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 Eater
stating “he felt as he had the magical power to take his cult-leader Voldemort
down, and vowed to Dumbledore that he would do “anything” to keep Lily safe” (3
Dahlenburg) . When Lily died, Snape states in the Prisoner of Azkaban, “he
looked like a man who had lived a hundred years of misery” (Rowling 203). Snape
kept saving harry all year and Dumbledore believes it’s his way of making him
and James even after saving him all those years. “then he could go back to
hating your father memory in peace” (Rowling 217). James best friend Remus
Lupin was a werewolf and was brought out to the shrieking shack where he would
transform. Snape was very interested in where Lupin was going every month and
serious code Snape or the entrance to the shack was and how to get passed the
tree. 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 being
killed by the Lupin. Snape refused to admit he did it for him but rather to
save his and his friends own necks. He was very upset that he was in James
debt. He talks to Dumbledore about how he told Voldemort to spare Lily’s life
and Dumbledore responds “you disgust me — you do not care, then, about the
deaths of her husband and child? They can die, as long as you have what you
want?” (Rowling 219). In the book, “Ravenclaw Reader.” by John Pazdziora he
dives into Harrys relationship with death by stating “Harry Potter is about
love and death, but if I had to choose one over the other, I’d say the books
are about death” (31 Pazdziora). Until the last two movies of the Deathly
Hallows is when we are given what is interrupted from the books. Voldemort
needs to kill Snape to be the true owner of the elder wand with his snake Snape
spoke “juvie” Harry was in his invisibility cloak and saw him dead. Snape tears
of 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 Voldemort
to die and the truth that Snape loved Harrys mother “The green eyes found the
black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to
vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to
the floor, and Snape moved no more.” (Rowling 571) The movie version does an
excellent job on transforming the text to the big screen with the same emotions
as in the book. As I read Deathly Hallows for the first time I always had Allan
Rickman and Daniel Radcliffe in my mind when this scene happened and to see it
in the big screen for the first time was a dream to me.

         The hatred and love Harry and Snape
have for one another is a long history that is surrounded by Lily Potter which
creates one of the most emotional bonds in the entire series. From the first to
last book and movie by J.K. Rowling, the hatred between both Harry and Snape
was seen in every novel from the biggest situation to the smallest. But every
action that was done among the two was done in some way or form to build one
another characters and defeat Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Snape’s bravery
was not taken for granted by having Harry finally finding out his reasoning’s
for everything he had done since he first met him at Hogwarts. After Harry saw
the memories Snape wanted him to see, his respect for the man grew and he
learned to love Snape. The memories brought Harry back to his mother Lily
Potter and the importance she was to Snape and him. In conclusion, Snape could
be seen more as a father figure that Harry never had and Harry can be seen as
the son Snape never had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work
Cited

Anatol,
Giselle. “Reading Harry Potter Again.” New Critical Essays. Press 2015

 

Dahlenburg,
Meg. “Harry Potter Fans and Severus Snape: A Love-Hate Relationship.” The
Isthmus, 4 June 2017,
www.theisthmus.com.au/2017/06/harry-potter-fans-and-severus-snape-a-love-hate-relationship/.

 

Pazdziora,
John. “Ravenclaw Reader.” The St Andrews University Harry Potter Conference, 17
November 2015

 

Yudkowsky,
Eliezer. “Methods of Rationality.” LessWrong. Press 2016

 

Books: Sorcerers
Stone, Order of Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows

Movies: Deathly
Hallows Pt1 & Pt 2

 

 

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