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When Snape saw Lily in the Mirror of Erised

In Order of the Phoenix, Harry goes to Snape for Occlumency lessons.

It starts poorly:  

Snape is his usual difficult self, whilst Harry borders on impertinent.  Snape is cold and malovelent, whilst Harry is terse and insubordinate.

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Interestingly, despite their bitter feelings towards each other, there’s more at play in this scene.  When Harry addresses Snape in a way he deems suitable, Snape answers Harry’s questions.  Granted, some of his answers are laced with his usual acerbic charm, but it’s a much more pleasant encounter than the two ordinarily share.

But Harry forgets himself, forgets to refer to Snape appropriately, interrupts him, and asks a question too many:  

“And Vol — he — realised I was there?”

“It seems so,” said Snape coolly.

“How do you know?” said Harry urgently. “Is this just Professor Dumbledore guessing, or — ?”

“I told you,” said Snape, rigid in his chair, his eyes slits, “to call me ‘sir.’ ”

“Yes, sir,” said Harry impatiently, “but how do you know — ?”

“It is enough that we know,” said Snape repressively.

Snape would be sweating a little at this point.  

It’s a little too close for comfort;  if the Dark Lord does have a connection to Harry’s mind, Snape doesn’t want Harry to be aware that he was the one who reported back from Voldemort to Dumbledore. Voldemort knows Snape is a double agent, but he wouldn’t expect him to report back something of such worth to Dumbledore. Therefore, it’s much safer for Harry to believe that it’s a lucky guess from Dumbledore.

The lesson continues, with Snape attempting to break into Harry’s mind.  Snape is cool and full of contempt; Harry is bitter and angry.  Snape’s barb about the dog is certainly uncalled for, but he then gives Harry a compliment (well, in Snape speak) and when Harry complains that Snape’s directions are lacking, he elaborates.

For instance, here’s Snape initially breaking into Harry’s mind:

“And what are you going to do?” Harry asked, eyeing Snape’s wand apprehensively.

“I am about to attempt to break into your mind,” said Snape softly. “We are going to see how well you resist. I have been told that you have already shown aptitude at resisting the Imperius Curse… You will find that similar powers are needed for this… Brace yourself, now… Legilimens!”

Snape had struck before Harry was ready…

Snape merely tells Harry that he’s going to break into his mind, and he needs to resist it like he did the Imperius Curse.  It’s possible that Snape assumed that due to Harry’s competency in resisting the Imperius Curse, he’d be a natural at Occluding.  But worst of all, he launches in before Harry is ready.

However, the second time, Snape has improved:  

“Well, for a first attempt that was not as poor as it might have been,” said Snape, raising his wand once more. “You managed to stop me eventually, though you wasted time and energy shouting. You must remain focused. Repel me with your brain and you will not need to resort to your wand.”

“I’m trying,” said Harry angrily, “but you’re not telling me how!”

“Manners, Potter,” said Snape dangerously. “Now, I want you to close your eyes.”

Harry threw him a filthy look before doing as he was told. He did not like the idea of standing there with his eyes shut while Snape faced him, carrying a wand. “Clear your mind, Potter,” said Snape’s cold voice. “Let go of all emotion…”

But Harry’s anger at Snape continued to pound through his veins like venom. Let go of his anger? He could as easily detach his legs…

“You’re not doing it, Potter… You will need more discipline than this… Focus, now…”

Harry tried to empty his mind, tried not to think, or remember, or feel…

“Let’s go again … on the count of three … one — two — three — Legilimens!”

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Breaking it down, we can see that Snape starts with a compliment (in Snape speak).  He then explains what Harry needs to do, and tells himto close his eyes.  He recognises when Harry hasn’t focused, and instructs him - and finally, importantly, he counts him in.

This is a huge improvement in his teaching style.

But then the whole thing falls apart:  

“Get up!” said Snape sharply. “Get up! You are not trying, you are making no effort, you are allowing me access to memories you fear, handing me weapons!”

Harry stood up again, his heart thumping wildly as though he had really just seen Cedric dead in the graveyard. Snape looked paler than usual, and angrier, though not nearly as angry as Harry was.

“I — am — making — an — effort,” he said through clenched teeth.

“I told you to empty yourself of emotion!”

“Yeah? Well, I’m finding that hard at the moment,” Harry snarled.

“Then you will find yourself easy prey for the Dark Lord!” said Snape savagely. “Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers! He will penetrate your mind with absurd ease, Potter!”

“I am not weak,” said Harry in a low voice, fury now pumping through him so that he thought he might attack Snape in a moment.

“Then prove it! Master yourself!” spat Snape. “Control your anger, discipline your mind! We shall try again! Get ready, now! Legilimens!”

Snape’s mood abruptly shifts; he’s no longer cool - he’s fuming.  

He’s lost control.  He speaks sharply, savagely and spits out his words. He doesn’t sense the irony in telling Harry to control his anger whilst ranting and raving at him in short, staccato exclaimations. He doesn’t even pause before embarking on the next bout of Legilimency - there’s barely a 'get ready’ before he launches in, let alone a countdown.

…and whilst we can understand Harry’s strong reaction to seeing Cedric’s lifeless body, it seems strange that Snape is described as: 

Snape looked paler than usual, and angrier.

Why would that be? Sure, Snape would regret Cedric’s death, but would it bother him so much that he’d turn on Harry so quickly when they were getting on passably? Just a few moments ago he was much more encouraging.

Well, the answer is in the set of memories that Snape breaks into:

A great black dragon was rearing in front of him… His father and mother were waving at him out of an enchanted mirror… Cedric Diggory was lying on the ground with blank eyes staring at him…

Can you see it?

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His father and mother were waving at him out of an enchanted mirror…

Snape saw Lily - happily married to James - waving to their son, as if she was still alive.

(As if this isn’t hard enough for Snape, it’s entirely possible that he’s visited the mirror himself. He may be used to seeing 'his Lily’ waving back at him, and that’s now been ruined by Harry’s vision. Try as Snape might, he won’t ever be able to see the mirror in the same way again; Harry’s broken the illusion.

Additionally, it’s entirely possible, given Snape’s actions of tearing the photograph in Grimmauld Place that he didn’t have any pictures of Lily - so Harry inadvertently destroyed the only way Snape had of 'seeing’ her.)

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Trying to catch up with Roan, you tug on his shirt which caused him to turn around swiftly. "What?“ He snaps, his eyes looking at you harshly. 

“Can you just listen to me?” You ask in exasperation. Roan, being the warrior he is, wants to defeat the Commander. “You can’t do this. The commander will kill you." 

"You have no faith in me.” He states, his eyes shifting as he looks at you with a newfound sadness. You didn’t know what to say. He was definitely wrong, but you were still speechless. 

“Roan that’s not-" 

"Stop!” He yells, in his native tongue. You cower back slightly at his loud voice. People around give you worried looks, wondering if a fight is about to take place. But the only fight there will be is between Roan and the Commander - there’s nothing you can do about it now. 

“Listen to me.” You order him before he can walk away in his angry state. 

“No.” He replies quickly, an incredulous smile on his lips as fury pumps through his veins, “I am Roan, Prince of Azgeda. My mother chose me for this role specifically and I will prevail." 

Knowing there was no way to stop him, you watched as Roan turns his back on you and begins walking away. All you can do now is wait for the battle to begin.