Except for the few, adorable moments he dedicated to kids, he walked that red carpet as if there was fire burning under his feet. Of all people, he had Simon Jones attached to his hip the entire time and that was only part of the horrible company he had to endure throughout the evening. And yet no Danielle, who’d be always so very willing, alongside him. Beautiful, but tense, dedicated to nicest fans but mostly detached, he might have nothing to promote but a dubious girl band project coming up and yet he could have made a good use of such a fitting opportunity to bask a bit in the spotlight, get a little more attention, spread his enthusiasm about his personal and professional moves. Instead he ran faster than Forrest Gump, chose not to discuss anything of what is publicly associated with him at the moment. Why? Is he as private and shy as Danielle shielding the wrong side of her face from the mean mean paps?
One day it’ll end, but today isn’t obviously that day. And calling that a happy, free, willing Louis is like attending a Donald Trump convention and judging him a wise, competent, upright person.
Over and over and over, this season is just beating home the idea that if Sam (or Dean… or Mary, or Magda) had a Sam Winchester rooting for him when he was young and hurting, his life would have been so much better and kinder to him, and he might even have loved himself. Sam just needed a Sam, guys. *gross sobbing*
Be careful of that girl,
There’s a fire burning behind her eyes.
She makes kingdoms fall,
and monsters wish they’d never been born.
She’s not just a warrior—she is a dragon.
And she is not afraid
to burn your heaven to the ground.
I just watched it and OH MY GOD. The fire is lit, Sherlock turned down Billy’s coffee and took the tea, and John Watson’s finally telling himself that the person he tried to be for Mary isn’t him, never can be.
I. Am. So. Happy.
John cried. In Sherlock’s arms.
John told him it wasn’t his fault.
He talked himself into it. He used Mary’s voice–his idea of who she’d been–to tell himself, but at least he’s TELLING HIMSELF.
He told Sherlock he could come see Rosie.
Sherlock’s SISTER. Oh my God. I SAID SO. “Beloved sister” “Sister–it’s always something”
“you’re not like I thought I would be, you’re sweet. You’re kinder”
and he was trying to be HER, trying to be the sociopath she really is, which means he’s going to find out that he isn’t. That he’s allowed to feel.
She had apples in her therapy room. I. O. U.
And she used Mary’s false middle name as her first name when she went after John, and she and Mary have both been using “Miss Me”–I swear to God they’re the real Moriarty and Moran and Jim was just the storyteller–
MOFFAT IS STILL A BLOODY GENIUS AND his writing is so tenderhearted and good and they’re LETTING THEMSELVES BE HUMAN
and John’s jealous of Irene again, which means the question of who Sherlock loves is back on the table, along with “what made you like this”
The thing is, this isn’t just about Colin Farrell. This is about the fact that Rowling built up an incredibly intriguing character and then said he wasn’t coming back. Not just that, but also that we won’t get any answers to the multitude of questions following the big reveal.
Clearly Grindelwald must have selected Percival Graves long before he actually pounced - no one else had Credence’s trust. How long had Graves been selected? Did Graves put up a fight when Grindelwald came for him? What situation would’ve lead to that? At any rate, Credence certainly seems to remember a different Graves than we saw; a kinder, more generous one. (“You said you would help me, I thought you were my friend,” his utter rage and hurt when he thinks Graves betrayed him).
Even if by some chance Grindelwald didn’t use Polyjuice Potion, what did he do to the real Graves? Is he dead? Is he holed up somewhere? If Graves wasn’t being used for Polyjuice, surely he’d be used for information on Credence’s family situation, even Credence himself? (None that he would give up without torture, I assume).
Of course, me being ever hopeful, it seems sketchy that Rowling wouldn’t answer these questions if he truly weren’t coming back. It wouldn’t be that hard to confirm he’s dead. But that hasn’t been the case. (A girl can dream.)
TL;DR: the fact that we may not be getting answers to ANY of these questions about Graves is just as infuriating as the idea that such a crucial and genuinely interesting character might never come back at all.
Please join me in wishing the happiest of birthdays to one the kindest, most consistently lovely and funny and delightful friends we’ve made thanks to four flopsity doofus boys…
Happy birthday, @ohharryhoney.
May the light of Harry’s eyes guide you…
May Niall’s cackle bring you joy…
May Liam’s puppy smile soothe you...
and May Louis’ cheekbones remind you that there’s so much beauty in the world.
So, here’s a theory for those
who, like me, bemoaned the fact that Snape has never been given a second
chance. In a way, his biggest flaw was to submit to a master, this being
Voldemort. Which then led to him submitting to a second master, Dumbledore, to
redeem himself. Although his actions might have helped Harry, in the end, he
was unable to start over. It is a sad conclusion, indeed: No matter how hard
you try to make up for the damage you caused, you will not be able to start
over. I do not wish to engage in the debate whether he would have chosen death
over life or not – rather, I would like to offer some hope to those who prefer a
kinder, a more gentle world. This is my contribution to the “Snape survived and lived grumpily
ever after” theme.
In order to give Snape an
escape hatch, we will have to revisit the final battle in Deathly Hallows. Step
Chapter Thirty: The Sacking of
On their way to alert the
other teachers, McGonagall and invisible Harry come across Severus Snape, the
official headmaster of Hogwarts. After a fierce fight, Snape takes flight, and
his decision is met with irony by McGonagall:
“Our headmaster is taking a
Now, there is an obvious
discrepancy between the title of the chapter, the content, and the comment
itself. Snape was not sacked, because it is the Board of Governors and the
ministry which hold the power to sack a headmaster. We have been reminded of
this fact twice, in book 2 when too many children had been attacked by the
basilisk, and in book 5 when Dumbledore was sacked by Fudge. Of course, one may
argue that the teachers sacked their boss by resisting his orders. For now, I
will let this argument stand as it is. It is worth mentioning, though, that
although McGonagall makes important decisions concerning the security of
Hogwarts, she is not called headmistress at any point in the chapter, nor is
she shown to enter the headmaster’s office, a tell-tale sign of being
acknowledged as the official headmistress.
In an interview, Rowling
claimed that Snape “abandoned his post”, which contradicts the chapter’s title
Obviously, the title
intends to mislead the reader. The teachers’ actions have nothing to do with
his desertion. Effectively, they did not sack him, even if their actions led to
him fleeing the castle.
The second information that I
take away from the chapter and the interview is that Snape has officially been
acknowledged by Hogwarts as headmaster. Bear with me, this argument is more amazing
than it sounds. Snape had been installed as headmaster in a similar way to
Umbridge: He was chosen against the better judgement of the other teachers by
the governors/ministry, and both candidates were promoted not with the best
interest of the children in mind.
Hogwarts actually is not bound to acknowledge the person chosen by the
ministry. Umbridge was denied the post, and due to that, she was unable to
enter the headmaster’s office. Yet, it acknowledged Snape: Thus, Hogwarts is
able to pick up the intention of the candidate. Snape was accepted and allowed
entrance to the office, because he intended to serve the school to the best of
his abilities. In order for him to be able to abandon his post, he must have
controlled access to the headmaster’s office.
Next, let us remember what
happens when Hogwarts is without a headmaster: The office remained closed to
everybody, not just Umbridge, when Dumbledore had been sacked. The castle
therefore does not distinguish between intention when allowing somebody
entrance: Only the headmaster may pass. And when there’s a headmaster, the headmaster
controls the admission of guests. Every time that Harry was allowed into the
office, either Dumbledore was in the office (thereby letting Harry in without a
password) or the headmaster’s password served as proof that the headmaster
invited the person.
Let us move ahead to chapter
thirty-three: The Prince’s Tale
Harry received Snape’s
memories, and in order to watch them, he must gain access to the Pensieve in
the headmaster’s office.
The gargoyle then asks Harry:
Do you spot the discrepancy?
If Snape had abandoned his
post, there would, in effect, be no headmaster. Therefore, the gargoyle would
have to remain silent, because nobody but the new headmaster would be able to
enter the office. Snape’s password would have been rendered invalid.
At this point,
the office still recognises Snape as the headmaster.
The most logical explanation,
of course, is to assume that the castle is unaware of Snape’s death, because it
happened in the Shrieking Shack, which is located in Hogsmeade, and despite its
connection to the Whomping Willow, it is outside the boundaries of Hogwarts
itself. And when Snape failed to return in due time due to his death, he
effectively abandoned his post.
But here’s the thing: Rowling
offers her words above in a very specific context.
Fan: Was the absence of snapes
portrait in the headmaster’s office in the last scene innocent or deliberate
J.K. Rowling: It was
deliberate. Snape had effectively abandoned his post before dying, so he had
not merited inclusion in these august circles.
If Hogwarts was unable to
recognise the death of the headmaster outside the boundaries of Hogwarts, all
the people who received a portrait must have died in Hogwarts. Which is,
Hogwarts had, according to legend, been built 1000
years ago. According to harrypotterwikia,
there are 23 recognisable portraits in the office (movie version), with eighteen
additional ones. These people would have on average served 24 years. Taking
wizard lifespan into account, this makes sense, especially since some of these
headmasters are known to have served up to 40 years alone. Basically, almost
all of the headmasters in the past 1000 years would have had to have died on
the premises to receive a portrait. Which is incredibly unlikely.
Even if you
disregard movie information: In the books, there are enough portraits to cover
the walls. They have been described as “rows” of portraits. Let us assume that
there are enough portraits in the room for them to debunk the aforementioned
Conclusion: Hogwarts does
recognise when a headmaster dies outside the castle.
Which leaves us in an
uncomfortable spot: If Hogwarts would have recognised Snape’s death, and Snape
had still been headmaster by the time Harry entered the office, then Snape was
not dead yet.
Yet Harry claimed he was. And of
course, he is the master of death, right? He must know…
Which brings us back to the
Chapter thirty-two: The Elder
Snape is bitten by Nagini,
because Voldemort thinks him the master of the Elder Wand. Harry approaches the
bleeding man, and he receives the memories Snape is ejecting. Before Harry
abandons the man, they lock eyes:
[…] after a second something in
the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them blank and empty. The
hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.
Seems quite dead to me. But
here’s the thing: Harry never checks Snape’s pulse, nor his breathing. For all
we know, his eyes have gone starry due to shock, induced by blood loss. Which
is… incredibly likely. Since he is bleeding out. And nobody is even attempting
to do first aid.
To our knowledge, Snape is
still alive, albeit half-way on the other side already. Somehow, Snape survives
far enough into this battle for Harry to walk back to the castle and into the
Still, there are issues. For
instance, we said that Snape did not abandon Hogwarts yet, otherwise the
gargoyle would not ask for a password. So… did he abandon Hogwarts by being
such an ungrateful bastard as to die before his time?
Even it being a rhetorical
question, there is a definitive no as an answer. After all, Dumbledore died
before his time, too, ungrateful bastard that he was, leaving everybody in this
utter mess, and yet he deserved a portrait. Snape did not.
Here’s the thing: Snape must
have abandoned his post after having been left for dead in the Shrieking Shack.
Therefore, he must have lived through this gruesome ordeal.
There are two very obvious
problems with this one.
to blood loss
Since Snape lost control over
his extremities due to shock, he is unable to take a potion. Remember?
The hand holding Harry thudded
to the floor, and Snape moved no more.
He would have needed somebody’s
help to survive. Even if the poison was kicking in slowly, because he was
bleeding it out, too, the wound had to be healed. And Nagini’s poison makes
healing the wound quite a difficult task, as we have been told in book 5 when
she bit Mr. Weasley.
However, I do know of a
creature who is able to not only heal deadly wounds, but also the poison of even a
Now, Fawkes has left Hogwarts
when Dumbledore died, and he would have no reason to approach Snape. How would
he even know to look for him in the Shrieking Shack?
Let us remember what happened
in book 2: Fawkes found Harry in the Chamber of Secrets, although it is
basically inaccessible and unknown to anybody but the heir of Slytherin. Fawkes’s
appearance was blamed on Harry’s loyalty to Dumbledore, and Fawkes acknowledged
this act by offering his protection. This teaches us an important lesson. In
order for Fawkes to offer his tears, Snape would have to perform an incredible act
of loyalty to Dumbledore in the Shrieking Shack.
And he did. Remember when
Voldemort preferred to hear himself talk, like any good, old-fashioned villain?
He had to first make Snape understand why he had to die, before going for the
“The Elder Wand belongs to the
wizard who killed its last owner. You killed Albus Dumbledore. While you have,
Severus, the Elder Wand cannot be truly mine.”
And Voldemort even remarks on
Snape understanding what this implies:
“Perhaps you already know it?
You are a clever man, after all, Severus.”
Snape is aware of the fact
that his promise to Dumbledore is about to get him killed. In this moment, he
must realise Dumbledore’s original plan: To sacrifice not only himself, but
also Severus for the greater good. Dumbledore had planned to have the ownership
of the Elder Wand die with him, yet Voldemort would believe Snape to be the
master. Once he killed Snape, he would become cocky, giving Harry a chance to
strike back. Snape was never supposed to live.
And yet, he remains silent.
Sure, revealing his betrayal would have gotten Snape killed as well, but I
imagine that it would have been tempting to take revenge on Dumbledore this
way. Instead, Snape raises his wand.
Oh, we all know Snape to be no
fool. The book never tells us which of the two enemies he prepared to attack.
Because it would have told us about his allegiance before the grand reveal:
Despite being betrayed by Dumbledore, being sacrificed without his consent,
Snape decided to do Dumbledore’s bidding once more.
In Snape’s memories,
Dumbledore told him:
“There will come a time when
Lord Voldemort will seem to fear for the life of his snake. […] when Lord
Voldemort […] keeps it safe beside him, under magical protection.”
In the Shrieking Shack, Snape
decided that Nagini had to be killed. He could not do so openly, because she
was in a magical cage to protect her from harm. Despite the fact that Snape is
a talented wizard, he took too long to protect himself – because he was not
even attempting a defensive spell. He was collecting his strength to attack
Nagini in her cage.
This is his act of incredible
loyalty towards Dumbledore. Snape is brilliant at defending himself – that is
what he has been doing all his life. He showcased these particular skills when
he disarmed Lockhart in Book 2, when he applied to become teacher for Defense against the Dark Arts, when he
protected himself against the onslaught of attacks by McGonagall and the others
in chapter thirty-one. Occluding, too, is a defensive technique, and Dumbledore
considers it Snape’s strength. His entire existence is shaped by defending
himself against bullies, emotions, those that consider him of less worth due to
his blood, children’s remarks on teachers… you get the picture. Snape is a
master at defending. He would not have failed to defend himself. Instead, he
failed to attack in time.
Just like when Fawkes found
Harry simply because Harry was loyal to Dumbledore, no matter the consequences,
Fawkes appeared in the Shrieking Shack to save the day.
And Snape decided to
disappear. He abandoned Hogwarts whilst still being headmaster, and therefore,
he did not receive a portrait, even after he died sometime in the distinct
Probably when he heard that Harry named a bloody child after him. And Dumbledore, of all people. And weirdly, that child’s sister has the same name as his first crush. And to mock him, the brother is called after the two people he probably despised more than Voldemort.
For all we know, Snape moved to
Jamaica, got a brilliant tan, and is the proud owner of a strange book shop in
which you are anything but welcome.