A new “Harry Potter” theory is attempting to make us question everything we thought we knew about the movies and books. The only problem is it’s so controversial that it could sever us ... apart.
The theory: Severus Snape never actually died.
OK, this is riddikulus. Beyond riddikulus. Doesn’t anyone remember the scene where Voldemort has Nagini kill Snape in order to win the allegiance of the Elder wand? Only it turns out that Harry was secretly the owner of the Elder wand because he disarmed Malfoy, who had previously disarmed Dumbledore?
(It’s very confusing. More on that later.)
That totally happens. Snape says Harry has his mother’s eyes. It’s very emotional.
Now, one Reddit user is making us wonder if we’re sure of what we actually watched.
Redditor DER_GOTTKAISER first questions why Snape doesn’t appear when Harry uses the resurrection stone.
You’d think Snape was very important to Harry, he loved his mother, gave his life to save him, and shielded him all his life. Harry just found out how Snape had been protecting him the whole time and died to save him, so when he used the magic ring that brings the spirits of dead people, you’d think Snape would be there. He certainly knew Snape longer than Lupin, and you’d think Snape was far more important to him than Lupin, but Snape wasn’t around.
The Redditor speculates Snape didn’t appear because, “Perhaps he was not dead.”
The second point asks why Snape’s corpse isn’t “found or mentioned”:
After the big battle, they lay out all the bodies, all the people who died, even the death eaters and Voldemort’s. Harry sees Lupin’s and Fred’s body, but Snape’s body isn’t there. You’d think Harry would have told everyone about Snape’s sacrifice so they can find his body too. But nope, Snape’s corpse isn’t found.
Because of this, the Redditor theorizes that Nagini’s snake venom “didn’t actually kill Snape.”
The theory states Snape was possibly paralyzed or put into a comatose state and that a Potions Master like Snape would’ve had anti-venom for such an occasion.
He was playing a dangerous role as a spy, Voldemort could turn on him at any moment, I think Snape would have obviously taken some kind of prophylactic antidote beforehand.
If that’s true, then the Reddit user speculates this is the real reason “why the Elder wand didn’t belong to Voldemort.” (Forget about the confusing explanation where Harry was the wand’s master because he disarmed Malfoy, who had disarmed Dumbledore.) Snape survived, so Voldemort didn’t win the allegiance of the wand.
If that’s the case, you might wonder, “Where’s Snape then?”
That’s a great question. We were wondering the same thing. And apparently, there’s an answer.
According to the Reddit user, “He probably feels he fulfilled his promise to Dumbledore and Lilly and is out traveling the world and living his own adventures.”
Yay! OK, now back to reality.
Even if Snape was somewhere galavanting around, having his own adventures, he’d probably show up at some point before the whole “19 Years Later” part.
Plus, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play “based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany,” references Snape’s death.
Snape is clearly dead.
Or is he?
Many, including HuffPost’s Claire Fallon, have criticized “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” as “fan fiction,” so it’s not the best idea to lean on that for proof of anything, really.
Is this theory a bunch of Hogwarts-inspired hogwash? Probably. Do we wish it were true ...