Monday, July 16, 2007
SPOILERS!!! BUT DON'T WORRY UNLESS YOU DON'T KNOW SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!!! THAT'S THE ONLY SPOILER!!!
Severus Snape: deviously good or Hans Gruber-ly evil? Well, even Orson Scott Card collaborated on a book about it, so why shouldn't I say something?
As much as I want to see Snape ripped to pieces by Norwegian Ridgebacks from the bottom up, I lean to the side of a good Snape. I feel like Rowling would not diminish Dumbledore's power by making Snape truly evil. Dumbledore trusted Snape fully, so how could the man be truly bad?
Also, Harry believes Snape is evil, and Harry always guesses wrong. He always can tell evil is afoot, but his passions lead him to the wrong conclusions. It's a character trait, just like Dumbledore's is to see the greater picture. Even if Snape is evil (I admit there is a chance), Dumbledore's death was meant to happen, as Rowling is not Joss Whedon. Characters don't die in vain.
And Snape, on orders, was just the one to kill Dumbledore. He can't die to Voldemort. That would mean that Voldemort was more powerful, and really, then how could Harry beat the man who beat Dumbledore? Unless Rowling creates a charm that gives Harry superspeed, superstrength, flight, and X-Ray vision. The Kal-El Charm.
And is Dumbledore dead? If you know anything about the "hero's journey", you'd not be asking that question.
Yes. Yes, he is.