3 Snape-Related Easter Eggs in Harry Potter You Probably Didn’t Notice
Severus Snape turned out to be one of the good guys in the end, but Harry Potter hinted at that outcome practically from the beginning.
Here are three Snape-related clues that J.K. Rowling left for us (via Reddit).
1. Snape Was Lily’s Friend Since Early Childhood
In the fifth book, Harry brings Dudley home after the Dementor attack and discovers that Petunia knows a thing or two about the horrible soul-sucking creatures. When he asks her how, his aunt tells him, “I heard – that awful boy – telling her about them – years ago.”
Harry assumes that Petunia is talking about his parents, but she couldn’t have meant James telling Lily about the Dementors – she hardly knew James as a boy.
Petunia definitely referred to Snape, specifically back when Lily and Severus were friends, and this is confirmed in a flashback scene in the seventh book.
2. Snape’s Love for Lily Brought on Voldemort’s Downfall
Potterheads have known that Lily’s love for Harry is the key to destroying the Dark Lord, but that’s not all there is to it. In the third book, readers first learn that Voldemort actually meant to spare Lily for whatever reason, but she refused to step aside.
Four books later, fans realize that Snape is the one who asked his master to spare Lily (though unsuccessfully). If Snape hadn’t done that, Voldemort would never have given Lily a choice to live, she wouldn’t have sacrificed herself to shield Harry, and Harry wouldn’t have had his love protection spell until his 17th birthday.
Trelawney’s prophecy states that Harry would have a power that the Dark Lord knows not, and that power was Lily’s love for Harry combined with Snape’s love for Lily.
3. Snape’s Biggest Regret Was Hurting Lily
In the fifth book, Harry is busy taking Occlumency lessons from the world’s worst teacher – namely, Snape. At one point, Harry accidentally breaches the Potions Master’s mind and sees some of his disturbing memories.
The Boy Who Lives witnesses his own father “bullying” Snape, followed by Severus calling Lily a mudblood in a fit of rage. This chapter’s title is “Snape’s Worst Memory,” but not for the reason most readers think.
It’s common knowledge that the Marauders played their pranks on Snape frequently, so why would this time be so different that Severus would consider it his worst memory? No, the chapter’s title is a reference to the other scene Harry sees – the one where Snape hurts Lily’s feelings.