Re: Hermoine's Luck
- From: "Alex R. Mosteo" <devnull@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 12:56:38 +0200
Paul Lints wrote:
On Mon, 05 Sep 2005 19:49:54 GMT, "Melissa Houle" <melissa.houle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
IF he were the latter, and if he truly did not intend to stay at Hogwarts
after that night, why would he care if he killed Luna and Hermione?
He was in a big hurry to get upstairs and take care of the Dumbledore fiasco before his Unbreakable Vow kicked in and killed him. He didn't have time to stop and duel with students.
I disagree. This incident, imo, is one major clue Snape is not on Voldemort's side. "Avada kedavra" is much quicker to say than "Flitwick collapsed. Go take care of him while I go and help fight." In addition to killing a close friend of Harry's, the added bonus for Snape, if he is in fact a Death Eater working for Voldemort, would be offing a Mudblood. Also, Snape could have easily killed Flitwick rather than just stunning him.
The end of the book wrap-up answered this. Snape didn't kill anyone because it allowed him to get to the towertop and out of Hogwarts unmolested. If he had harmed Flitwick, Hermione, or Luna, it would introduce the possibility of them being found before Dumbledore was dead. Snape didn't know how long the altercation would be, nor that Dumbledore was cornered and disarmed until he arrived.
I agree that it was the quickest way to get unmolested to the tower. If the girls wouldn't have been there, nobody would have noticed until much later. They appeared, so he diverted them with the first thing that came to his mind.
However, he Stunned Flitwick instead of going with him and trying to separate from him at some point. This means that he don't hoped to maintain cover if DD would have came victorious, since Flitwick would tell the truth. So, the stunning only makes sense if Snape was, at that point, resolved to kill DD that night or get caught in the attempt. It was an all or nothing bet, with the difference that he doesn't kill people for the sake of it, so he simply distracted the girls and went ahead.
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