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Re: Severus Snape: Character Analysis Reboot v.6

Originally Posted by The_Green_Woods View Post
After reading DH, to what extent do you think is Snape responsible for what happened to the Potters?

I guess he's very much responsible to the extent he took a Prophecy to old Voldy, knowing it would result in the death of a child and it's parents. He was pretty much responsible at that point for that. But the question was, not whether Snape was responsible for taking such a Prophecy to Voldemort knowing or at least guessing with a fair amount of accuracy about what would happen next; it was whether Snape was responsible for what happened to the Potters.

Maybe it's a fine line, but I would go on a limb and say no, Snape was not responsible about what happened to the Potters. Because by the time it came to the Potters as it were, much could have been done, to ensure their safety.

That it was not done, is IMO not Snape's fault.
Snape was loyal to Voldemort when he told him what he overheard at the Hog's Head when Trelawney suddenly launched into the prophecy. He was a loyal servant of the dark lord and was at fault. It was this ammunition which resulted in Voldemort firing on the Potters. Although in this day and age we do not blame the gun manufacturer for mass shootings so in a way Snape is also innocent?

Originally Posted by The_Green_Woods View Post
If it weren't for Snape, would the Prophecy have never reached Voldemort? My feelings about this is why I think Snape was not responsible to what happened to the Potters. I think, Dumbledore would have ensured Voldemort got a hint of this and then events would have played out, similarly or differently, I don't know, interesting though it is to think about - but that Voldemort would have somehow come to know about this I'm certain. Why?

Because, Dumbledore, sent off Snape knowing he'd heard some of the Prophecy, knowing what Voldemort was capable of doing. That point makes what happened to the Potters not Snape's fault IMO.
I think you are misremembering chain of events here or just giving too much credit to Dumbledore's ability to anticipate Voldemort's actions. Snape overheard a portion of the prophecy before Aberforth Dumbledore kicked him out. If Albus had known Snape had overheard the conversation he would have done everything in his power to stop this prophecy from making its way to Voldemort. He (Albus) didn't send Snape to Voldemort to tell him what he had overheard at the Hog's Head.

Originally Posted by The_Green_Woods View Post
[*]To what extent are Snape's parents to blame for his later choices and to what extent are they his own responsibility?

They are responsible in the sense that, while young they created an environment that created and formed perceptions which probably continued into his adult life. But as an adult, I guess Snape takes the praise or blame for any act of his.
Snape was always oppressed at home (by an abusive father) and at school (by the Marauders) and so it was natural he gravitated towards someone (Voldemort) who encouraged him and cherished his skills. His parents played the role of pushing him towards his early life as a death eater. However, it was his love for Lily and her kindness against all odds that changed him to be the guardian he became towards the end. I wouldn't attribute any of that to his absentee and abusive father and victim mother.

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