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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Harry Potter Challenge: Book 1

Those of you participating in the Harry Potter Challenge, bourne out of Michelle's post on her Harry Potter Experiences, here is the first post.

The Harry Potter Challenge:
To read the 6 Harry Potter Books before the 7th is released. The idea is to read one per month. The month of February is Book 1... Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

If you have never heard of Harry Potter, that is surprising. It has changed history.

During this challenge, I am looking for clues about Snape, since his state/fate was the culminating question of Book 6. Borders sent me an email with free stickers (with purchase) that indicated whether or not you could trust Snape. They also have a counter that you can add to your blog or myspace page...check it out here. You can get the html for your own blog when you scroll over the graphic.

In Book 1, when Harry Potter sees Snape for the first time, it is at the first-day-of-school dinner at Hogwarts. On Page 126 it says:
"It happened very suddenly. The hook-nosed teacher looked past Quirrell's turban straight into Harry's eyes - and a sharp, hot pain shot across the scar on Harry's forehead....

"The pain had gone as quickly as it had come. Harder to shake off was the feeling Harry had gotten from the teacher's look - a feeling that he didn't like Harry at all."

Is the pain on his scar brought on my Harry...much like flushing of the cheeks when you feel embarrassed or scared...or does some outer presence force the pain...like evil or anything associated with Voldemort? If this is the case, was the pain caused by Snape or Snape looking THROUGH Quirrell's turban, which we know is covering up Voldemort's face/soul.

This is my biggest question from book 1.

At the end of Book 6, I was surprised at Snape, but I also want to trust him, because Dumbledore does, but you cannot deny the FIRST time we meet Snape, there is an association with pain in the scar. And the only other time in the book that he feels the pain is in the forest when he sees Voldemort/Quirrell drinking the unicorn blood, and when he confronts them at the end of the book.

Thoughts anyone?


  • The impression that I got from that scene (as filtered through later knowledge of the book) was that it was a coincidence-- Harry's scar was reacting to Quirrel/Voldemort and not to Snape. The magic behind Harry's scar doesn't care what he's looking at or noticing at the time; it only notes danger to him.

    Snape can dislike Harry intensely without being evil.
    posted by Anonymous Proud Daughter of Eve at 2/28/2007 02:25:00 PM  

  • Oh, this subject I have so much to say on. If I had the time, I'd write it all out on my blog and put a link here. But I don't. Suffice it to say... Snape is good. "There are worse things than death." "I will never really be gone from Hogwarts if those loyal to me remain." Those are close enough to what Dumbledore has said in previous books. The argument Dumbledore and Snape have in the forest in the 6th book? Snape doesn't want to kill Dumbledore, but Dumbledore says he has to. That's my main argument. Plus, Dumbledore trusted him. And "if we can't trust Dumbledore, who can we trust?" (Thank you, Hermione!)
    posted by Blogger Erin Marie at 2/28/2007 03:35:00 PM  

  • Harry's pain in his scar was only connected with Voldemort. That much is made clear in Book 5. The pain was because Voldemort was in the room in Quirrel's turban.

    But is Snape evil? That's the real question. JK Rowling said somewhere that people who think that Dumbledore and Snape had a deal are going to be disappointed, which suggests that Snape has spent 6 years wanting to do what he did at the end of Book 6. I dunno, though, that's my biggest question about the series.

    That, and is Harry a Horcrux?

    Also, if you re-read Book 5 and Book 6 carefully, you will see quite clearly where Salazaar Slytherin's gold locket is now.
    posted by Blogger Heather O. at 3/01/2007 07:48:00 AM  

  • Heather-Do you know where JK Rowling said that about Snape and Dumbledore?
    posted by Blogger Erin Marie at 3/01/2007 11:29:00 AM  

  • I too think it was a coincidence. Snape hates Harry I think more for what his father did to Snape than who Harry is.

    For more crazy Potter stuff, check out www.mugglenet.com or www.leakycauldron.com. They both do podcasts also that are pretty informative.
    posted by Blogger Amy at 3/03/2007 07:42:00 PM  

  • erin marie-

    No, I don't know exactly what she said, only that she stated that anybody thinking they had a deal before hand would be disppointed. That was just second hand, though, so I could be wrong about it. Other than that, I don't know what she has said about Snape and Dumbledore.
    posted by Blogger Heather O. at 3/08/2007 06:57:00 PM  

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