Embroidered By Death Coming Soon…

After several years of thinking about publishing a book, I have finally put together an anthology of my poetry from the past 15 years.

The book will be published on the 1st of May (or earlier). It will be released as an e-book and a paperback.

More details and cover art to follow.

Why Severus Snape Had To Die

The death of Severus Snape broke my heart. I wanted him to live and still do, but lately I have come to think the reasons behind the death of this favourite of many so called Potterheads. I came to the very simple conclusion that the character would have not worked.

For Severus Snape to have been able to live his life would have had to have been very much different from what it was since before he was born. Severus Snape was born the 9th of January 1960 to Tobias Snape and Eileen Snape (née Prince). Not much is known of his parents or his childhood other than that his mother was a pure blood witch and his father was a Muggle. They were a couple that fought constantly and paid little attention to their son’s welfare. Snape is described in his childhood to have worn clothes so big and mixed that it seemed almost deliberate. The Snape family was poor living in an industrial area in a place called Cokeworth. We know that Tobias Snape was a man of a sour disposition towards life “not liking much anything, especially magic” as Snape said.

This brings me to the first fundamental aspect of his life that makes it impossible for Severus Snape to have survived the Second Wizarding War: a broken home. I think this depended greatly on the characteristics of his father. Snape preferred his mother. This indicates that she took at least some care of her son. Hence Snape’s self appointed nickname the Half-Blood Prince. Perhaps with a happier attitude towards his wife and son Tobias Snape would have helped Snape to grow into a completely different person.

This plays directly into understanding Snape’s aversion to showing emotion and considering people who did so weak. I personally agree with this assessment, all though others would say that it actually takes a lot of strength to show emotion. Still maybe without his parents’ constant arguing, a display of emotion, it would have not been necessary in Snape’s mind to bottle up his own. As a child he might have felt like a reason for more fighting, a reaction common to children of dysfunctional families.

The whole being of Severus Snape is defined by his unfailing love towards Muggle-born witch and his dearest childhood friend Lily Evans. The two met a few years before they got their letters inviting them to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. From the moment Snape laid eyes on Lily Evans his destiny was set since they met at the age of nine when the basic mental map of a human, especially self confidence, has developed.

There are still a few things that had the possibility of changing the course Snape was set on, however unlikely they might be at this time. They all involve Lily Evans. These possibilities include the two being sorted into the same house which would have possibly kept them closer than when they were separated into Gryffindor and Slytherin, two very opposing houses. The other options are ones mentioned by J.K. Rowling herself.

The First Wizarding War broke out around the same time Snape and Lily began school in Hogwarts. Snape hanged out with a gang of Slytherins who would eventually become Death Eaters, the followers of Lord Voldemort. These friends included Avery and Mulciber, some of the most notorious Death Eaters. Snape’s fascination with the Dark Arts and longing to be part of a larger group due to his almost completely friendless life put a great strain on his friendship with Lily. It is said by J.K Rowling that part of Severus Snape’s fascination of the Dark Arts was because he thought Lily would admire him more if he became a real Death Eater. If he would have realised that Lily’s disgust towards the Dark Arts was genuine, a point she vocalised several times to Severus, she might have fallen romantically in love with him. The future: Severus and Lily Snape, possibly with children. A very delicious thought, but very perfect and poetic leaving Snape’s character profoundly contrary to what we know.

This strain on the friendship of Lily and Severus lead to what we know being as his worst memory. This memory is set at Lily’s and Severus’ fifth year right after their Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. where the students go to the yard to relax. Snape is reviewing the questions of the test, James Potter and his three friends, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, are under a tree a small distance away from Snape and Lily is on the lakeside with her friends. Suddenly James Potter decides to pick on Snape who they have nicknamed Snivellus. James Potter turns Snape around in the air disarming him of his wand. Lily notices this and rushes to stop James Potter, but Snape who never wants to appear as weak or a coward, calls Lily a Mudblood. This was a major turning point in their relationship. Later the same evening Snape tries to beg Lily for forgiveness which she is refuses unless he stop conversing with Mulciber, Avery etc. This confrontation split the close friendship and maybe without it the gap could have been repaired or they would have drifted apart slower.

James Potter’s rivalling love towards Lily was a factor that lead to what we know from the seven Harry Potter books. Sirius Black once told Harry that Snape was always a special case to James. This shows that he had a certain awareness of Snape’s affections towards Lily. It could be argued that without this awareness the rivalry between James Potter and Severus Snape would have been more humane, more on the level of which the rivalry between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy was in which the two were able to put aside most of their differences in their adulthood.

Through the talent of hiding his emotions and being extremely gifted in the art of Occlumency Snape became the most powerful weapon and double spy to Hogwarts’ Headmaster Albus Dumbledore who used his love towards Lily against Voldemort. It was Voldemort’s own mistake and lack of understanding that turned one of his most trusted advisors against him. Voldemort’s decision was the last to set Snape on the sure track to his death the very final one being Dumbledore’s request for Snape to kill him instead of Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Part of the death of Lily Potter (née Evans) was arguably Snape’s fault. He was the one to deliver the first part of Sybill Trelawney’s prophecy to Voldemort who then decided who the prophecy was about of the two possibilities (Neville Longbottom and Harry Potter). Voldemort, as we know, decided that the prophecy was about Harry Potter. It is widely thought that this was because Voldemort recognised himself in Harry Potter who was a half-blood just as he was when on the other hand Neville Longbottom was a pureblood.

Snape delivering the message to Voldemort and Sirius Black insisting that the keeper of the Fidelius Charm protecting the Potter family would be Peter Pettigrew whose loyalties turned out to be to Voldemort were crucial turning points in the First Wizarding War. Without Pettigrew revealing the secret to Voldemort and Lily’s sacrifice to save her son Voldemort might never have been defeated.

There is a rumour that J.K. Rowling has said that when Lily died she was pregnant with her second child and that she had convinced her husband to make peace with Severus Snape even to the point that they were going to ask him to be the child’s godfather. There is no telling if this is true, but it brings out more interesting points for speculating about what could have changed and possibly not lead to Snape’s death on May 2nd 1998. What if Voldemort would have not been defeated? What if Voldemort would have been defeated and Severus would have escaped the trip to Azkaban like many other Death Eaters and he would have become a good friend of the Potter family? What if Lily would have realised that she loved Snape instead of James Potter?

There are a million possible paths that the story could have gone down. Paths that would have taken us farther and farther away from what we know.

I would like to argue that the Harry Potter books would have not been as successful without the antagonism between the Potters and Severus Snape. Many of the characters’ loyalties were very clear even though not all the aspects of their pasts were. This was especially true with the main trio: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Snape adds a depth to the story that allows the book to reach over age groups. In the end his character would have not had such an impact on the readers without his tragic death. Even William Shakespeare became successful with his tragically ending plays, such as Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet.

My analysis on why Severus Snape had to die might be biased, ignorant and incomplete, but if anyone’s death was ever inevitable in the after light of things it was the death of Professor Severus Snape.

A William Shakespeare quote study on the life of Severus Snape

I have gathered here some quotes from William Shakespeare whose words will live forever. I found some things that describe, at least in my own opinion, very well the character of Severus Snape.

Cowards die many times before their deaths, The valiant never taste of death but once.

— Act 2, Scene 2, Julius Caesar

In Severus Snape’s case, he at first seems like a coward for example in the last book he duels defensively against professor McGonagall even though he is a brilliant duellist. He was in sense a coward before Lily’s death. He didn’t have the courage to correct his ways to stay in Lily’s favour, but after her death he finally understood why she had not forgiven him for calling her a Mudblood. Still, there is a method to his madness and in the end it is discovered that he was the bravest man I ever knew, as Harry Potter said to his son Albus Severus Potter in 2017.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

— Act 1, Scene 1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What a perfect quote to describe the relationship and life of Lily Evans and Severus Snape. Severus’ life was constant turmoil, because his love towards Lily and inability to act on it and mend his ways.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

— Act 4, Scene 1, The Merchant of Venice

This is where Severus many times failed and why his relationship with Lily fell to ruin. He didn’t understand the concept of a true friendship, even though one can never deny that his friendship with Lily was true. Being sorted into Slytherin biased him very quickly even more in who are considered friends. This is shown very well in their argument in Severus’ memories where he defends his “friends” to Lily about a prank.

Severus’ friends in Slytherin, future Death Eaters, do give Severus a sense of belonging to a group, but that is the only thing that the group ever gives him, since instead like real friends, their presence in his life drives away the only person that truly cares for him.

So wise so young, they say do never live long.

— Act 3, Scene 1, Richard III

I wouldn’t exactly call Severus Snape wise, but since this quote is from Shakespeare it can be taken more figuratively. Severus was intelligent, but did indeed gather a certain amount of wiseness after Lily died by the hands of Voldemort. He had become a double agent for Dumbledore sometime before, when Voldemort had decided that Harry Potter, the son of his beloved Lily, was his adversary.

He died at the young age of 38 by the hands of Voldemort, ironically not because Voldemort had figured that Severus’ loyalties lay elsewhere, but because Severus’ deception had been so good that he had basically outwitted himself.

Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth; And ere a man hath power to say “Behold!” The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.

— Act 1, Scene 1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This quote is particularly descriptive when it comes to the Half-Blood Prince. His life was molded with war and hatred from home and around him as he and Lily went to school together. As J.K. Rowling said: Lily might have fallen romantically in love with Severus, if he hadn’t been so enthralled by the Dark Arts. The last two lines: “The jaws of darkness do devour it up:/So quick bright things come to confusion.” Severus is a very intelligent individual, but he never was good with relationships even when it came to Lily.

This confusion is clearly shown in the fact that Severus didn’t really understand how to mend his friendship with Lily and what he was doing wrong. This confusion began to subside after Voldemort had decided that Harry Potter was the target of the prophecy Severus had overheard and completely disappeared after her death, even though he was still unable to make mends by directly being friendly to Harry.

It is widely considered that the reason Severus sought after the Dark Arts and to become a Death Eater was, because he wished to become worthy of Lily. With this biased view he actually pushed her away instead of reeling her in, so to speak.

Maybe without the war things between Lily and Severus would have been different. This is a thing we will never know for sure, but we can speculate. I think even though they might have not become a couple, the major fall out of their friendship could have been avoided.

Close pent-up guilts, Rive your concealing continents, and cry These dreadful summoners grace. I am a man More sinn’d against than sinning.

— Act 3, Scene 2, The Tragedy of King Lear

How better to put how Severus Snape feels inside than the words of the tragic King Lear?

Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, That can denote me truly. These indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play; But I have that within which passes show, These but the trappings and the suits of woe.

— Act 1, Scene 2, Hamlet

Like Hamlet, Severus has lost someone very dear to him and his life’s actions are to honour the memory of Lily.

Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look, He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.

— Act 1, Scene 2, Julius Caesar

It might be that Cassius has a lean and hungry look in Shakespeare’s play, but it is also Severus Snape that thinks a lot which he hides behind bitterness and Occlumency. In the end Severus is the one to turn the course of the war with his actions. He is a very dangerous man to both sides, but his ability to hide his true feelings made him truly the most dangerous man ever. That and he had nothing to lose, since he had already lost everything.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

— Sonnet 116

Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 that speaks that love is not love if it alters and that love is not love if it is eternal. Need I say more about Severus Snape?

What’s gone and what’s past help Should be past grief.

— Act 3, Scene 2, Winter’s Tale

It should, shouldn’t it? How we all wish we could turn back time in some cases to fix things. This is probably to in the case of the Half-Blood Prince, but we know very well that it is impossible. The grief Severus has for Lily is so powerful it cannot be penetrated in any way, but nothing can be done to change it.

A Great Season To Read

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I just finished one of the best books ever written. It’s called The Long Season of Rain and it was written by an American, born Korean, author Helen Kim and it was published in 1992.
The book details the story of one long rain season in South Korea in the year of 1969 when a family takes care of an orphan boy until they could find him a new family. The family consists of parents, Chong-min and his wife, Chong-min’s mother who is referred to as Grandmother and four daughters: Chang-hi, Chung-hi, Mun-hi and Ki-hi. They live in Seoul and the father works in the military.

The boy, Pjong-su, raises much turbulence in the fragile peace of the family. Chong-min’s wife, always referred to as Chang-hi’s mother, has lost two sons and wants to adopt Pjong-su. The father is against it and Grandmother doesn’t know what to think. The boy triggers a long-lived situation of the father never being a father to his daughters and a husband to his wife.

The book is beautiful and well written. I was sucked in from the first word to the last. When I finished the book, I gave it to read to my sister and she has been as sucked into it as I have. The story is about women, their feelings, expectations and duties in a community. If you ever get your hands on it, read it. That’s all I can say.

William Shakespeare: Quotes that are very relevant to the story of Severus Snape

I have gathered here some quotes from William Shakespeare whose words will live forever. I found some things that describe, at least in my own opinion, very well the character of Severus Snape.

Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once.

In Severus Snape’s case, he at first seems like a coward for example in the last book he duels defensively against professor McGonagall even though he is a brilliant duellist. He was in sense a coward before Lily’s death. He didn’t have the courage to correct his ways to stay in Lily’s favour, but after her death he finally understood why she had not forgiven him for calling her a Mudblod. Still, there is a method to his madness and in the end it is discovered that he was the bravest man I ever knew, as Harry Potter said to his son Albus Severus Potter in 2017.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

What a perfect quote to describe the relationship and life of Lily Evans and Severus Snape. Severus’ life was constant turmoil, because his love towards Lily and inability to act on it and mend his ways.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

This is where Severus many times failed and why his relationship with Lily fell to ruin. He didn’t understand the concept of a true friendship, even though one can never deny that his friendship with Lily was true. Being sorted into Slytherin biased him very quickly even more in who are considered friends. This is shown very well in their argument in Severus’ memories where he defends his “friends” to Lily about a prank.

Severus’ friends in Slytherin, future Death Eaters, do give Severus a sense of belonging to a group, but that is the only thing that the group ever gives him, since instead like real friends, their presence in his life drives away the only person that truly cares for him.

So wise so young, they say do never live long.

I wouldn’t exactly call Severus Snape wise, but since this quote is from Shakespeare it can be taken more figuratively. Severus was intelligent, but did indeed gather a certain amount of wiseness after Lily died by the hands of Voldemort. He had become a double agent for Dumbledore sometime before, when Voldemort had decided that Harry Potter, the son of his beloved Lily, was his adversary.

He died at the young age of 38 by the hands of Voldemort, ironically not because Voldemort had figured that Severus’ loyalties lay elsewhere, but because Severus’ deception had been so good that he had basically outwitted himself.

Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,
War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,
Making it momentany as a sound,
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth;
And ere a man hath power to say “Behold!”
The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
So quick bright things come to confusion.

This quote is particularly descriptive when it comes to the Half-Blood Prince. His life was molded with war and hatred from home and around him as he and Lily went to school together. As J.K. Rowling said: Lily might have fallen romantically in love with Severus, if he hadn’t been so enthralled by the Dark Arts. The last two lines: “The jaws of darkness do devour it up:/So quick bright things come to confusion.” Severus is a very intelligent individual, but he never was good with relationships even when it came to Lily.

This confusion is clearly shown in the fact that Severus didn’t really understand how to mend his friendship with Lily and what he was doing wrong. This confusion began to subside after Voldemort had decided that Harry Potter was the target of the prophecy Severus had overheard and completely disappeared after her death, even though he was still unable to make mends by directly being friendly to Harry.

It is widely considered that the reason Severus sought after the Dark Arts and to become a Death Eater was, because he wished to become worthy of Lily. With this biased view he actually pushed her away instead of reeling her in, so to speak.

Maybe without the war things between Lily and Severus would have been different. This is a thing we will never know for sure, but we can speculate. I think even though they might have not become a couple, the major fall out of their friendship could have been avoided.

Close pent-up guilts,
Rive your concealing continents, and cry
These dreadful summoners grace. I am a man
More sinn’d against than sinning.

How better to put how Severus Snape feels inside than the words of the tragic King Lear?

Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,
That can denote me truly. These indeed seem,
For they are actions that a man might play;
But I have that within which passes show,
These but the trappings and the suits of woe

Like Hamlet, Severus has lost someone very dear to him and his life’s actions are to honour the memory of Lily.

Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.

It might be that Cassius has a lean and hungry look in Shakespeare’s play, but it is also Severus Snape that thinks a lot which he hides behind bitterness and Occlumency. In the end Severus is the one to turn the course of the war with his actions. He is a very dangerous man to both sides, but his ability to hide his true feelings made him truly the most dangerous man ever. That and he had nothing to lose, since he had already lost everything.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 that speaks that love is not love if it alters and that love is not love if it is eternal. Need I say more about Severus Snape?

What’s gone and what’s past help
Should be past grief.

It should, shouldn’t it? How we all wish we could turn back time in some cases to fix things. This is probably to in the case of the Half-Blood Prince, but we know very well that it is impossible. The grief Severus has for Lily is so powerful it cannot be penetrated in any way, but nothing can be done to change it.

Why Severus Snape Had To Die

The death of Severus Snape broke my heart. I wanted him to live and still do, but lately I have come to think the reasons behind the death of this favourite of many so called Potterheads. I came to the very simple conclusion that the character would have not worked.

For Severus Snape to have been able to live his life would have had to have been very much different from what it was since before he was born. Severus Snape was born the 9th of January 1960 to Tobias Snape and Eileen Snape (née Prince). Not much is known of his parents or his childhood other than that his mother was a pure blood witch and his father was a Muggle. They were a couple that fought constantly and paid little attention to their son’s welfare. Snape is described in his childhood to have worn clothes so big and mixed that it seemed almost deliberate. The Snape family was poor living in an industrial area in a place called Cokeworth. We know that Tobias Snape was a man of a sour disposition towards life “not liking much anything, especially magic” as Snape said.

This brings me to the first fundamental aspect of his life that makes it impossible for Severus Snape to have survived the Second Wizarding War: a broken home. I think this depended greatly on the characteristics of his father. Snape preferred his mother. This indicates that she took at least some care of her son. Hence Snape’s self appointed nickname the Half-Blood Prince. Perhaps with a happier attitude towards his wife and son Tobias Snape would have helped Snape to grow into a completely different person.

This plays directly into understanding Snape’s aversion to showing emotion and considering people who did so weak. I personally agree with this assessment, all though others would say that it actually takes a lot of strength to show emotion. Still maybe without his parents’ constant arguing, a display of emotion, it would have not been necessary in Snape’s mind to bottle up his own. As a child he might have felt like a reason for more fighting, a reaction common to children of dysfunctional families.

The whole being of Severus Snape is defined by his unfailing love towards Muggle-born witch and his dearest childhood friend Lily Evans. The two met a few years before they got their letters inviting them to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. From the moment Snape laid eyes on Lily Evans his destiny was set since they met at the age of nine when the basic mental map of a human, especially self confidence, has developed.

There are still a few things that had the possibility of changing the course Snape was set on, however unlikely they might be at this time. They all involve Lily Evans. These possibilities include the two being sorted into the same house which would have possibly kept them closer than when they were separated into Gryffindor and Slytherin, two very opposing houses. The other options are ones mentioned by J.K. Rowling herself.

The First Wizarding War broke out around the same time Snape and Lily began school in Hogwarts. Snape hanged out with a gang of Slytherins who would eventually become Death Eaters, the followers of Lord Voldemort. These friends included Avery and Mulciber, some of the most notorious Death Eaters. Snape’s fascination with the Dark Arts and longing to be part of a larger group due to his almost completely friendless life put a great strain on his friendship with Lily. It is said by J.K Rowling that part of Severus Snape’s fascination of the Dark Arts was because he thought Lily would admire him more if he became a real Death Eater. If he would have realised that Lily’s disgust towards the Dark Arts was genuine, a point she vocalised several times to Severus, she might have fallen romantically in love with him. The future: Severus and Lily Snape, possibly with children. A very delicious thought, but very perfect and poetic leaving Snape’s character profoundly contrary to what we know.

This strain on the friendship of Lily and Severus lead to what we know being as his worst memory. This memory is set at Lily’s and Severus’ fifth year right after their Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. where the students go to the yard to relax. Snape is reviewing the questions of the test, James Potter and his three friends, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, are under a tree a small distance away from Snape and Lily is on the lakeside with her friends. Suddenly James Potter decides to pick on Snape who they have nicknamed Snivellus. James Potter turns Snape around in the air disarming him of his wand. Lily notices this and rushes to stop James Potter, but Snape who never wants to appear as weak or a coward, calls Lily a Mudblood. This was a major turning point in their relationship. Later the same evening Snape tries to beg Lily for forgiveness which she is refuses unless he stop conversing with Mulciber, Avery etc. This confrontation split the close friendship and maybe without it the gap could have been repaired or they would have drifted apart slower.

James Potter’s rivalling love towards Lily was a factor that lead to what we know from the seven Harry Potter books. Sirius Black once told Harry that Snape was always a special case to James. This shows that he had a certain awareness of Snape’s affections towards Lily. It could be argued that without this awareness the rivalry between James Potter and Severus Snape would have been more humane, more on the level of which the rivalry between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy was in which the two were able to put aside most of their differences in their adulthood.

Through the talent of hiding his emotions and being extremely gifted in the art of Occlumency Snape became the most powerful weapon and double spy to Hogwarts’ Headmaster Albus Dumbledore who used his love towards Lily against Voldemort. It was Voldemort’s own mistake and lack of understanding that turned one of his most trusted advisors against him. Voldemort’s decision was the last to set Snape on the sure track to his death the very final one being Dumbledore’s request for Snape to kill him instead of Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Part of the death of Lily Potter (née Evans) was arguably Snape’s fault. He was the one to deliver the first part of Sybill Trelawney’s prophecy to Voldemort who then decided who the prophecy was about of the two possibilities (Neville Longbottom and Harry Potter). Voldemort, as we know, decided that the prophecy was about Harry Potter. It is widely thought that this was because Voldemort recognised himself in Harry Potter who was a half-blood just as he was when on the other hand Neville Longbottom was a pureblood.

Snape delivering the message to Voldemort and Sirius Black insisting that the keeper of the Fidelius Charm protecting the Potter family would be Peter Pettigrew whose loyalties turned out to be to Voldemort were crucial turning points in the First Wizarding War. Without Pettigrew revealing the secret to Voldemort and Lily’s sacrifice to save her son Voldemort might never have been defeated.

There is a rumour that J.K. Rowling has said that when Lily died she was pregnant with her second child and that she had convinced her husband to make peace with Severus Snape even to the point that they were going to ask him to be the child’s godfather. There is no telling if this is true, but it brings out more interesting points for speculating about what could have changed and possibly not lead to Snape’s death on May 2nd 1998. What if Voldemort would have not been defeated? What if Voldemort would have been defeated and Severus would have escaped the trip to Azkaban like many other Death Eaters and he would have become a good friend of the Potter family? What if Lily would have realised that she loved Snape instead of James Potter?

There are a million possible paths that the story could have gone down. Paths that would have taken us farther and farther away from what we know.

I would like to argue that the Harry Potter books would have not been as successful without the antagonism between the Potters and Severus Snape. Many of the characters’ loyalties were very clear even though not all the aspects of their pasts were. This was especially true with the main trio: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Snape adds a depth to the story that allows the book to reach over age groups. In the end his character would have not had such an impact on the readers without his tragic death. Even William Shakespeare became successful with his tragically ending plays, such as Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet.

My analysis on why Severus Snape had to die might be biased, ignorant and incomplete, but if anyone’s death was ever inevitable in the after light of things it was the death of Professor Severus Snape.

A Great Season To Read

9780805047585I just finished one of the best books ever written. It’s called The Long Season of Rain and it was written by an American, born Korean, author Helen Kim and it was published in 1992.

The book details the story of one long rain season in South Korea in the year of 1969 when a family takes care of an orphan boy until they could find him a new family. The family consists of parents, Chong-min and his wife, Chong-min’s mother who is referred to as Grandmother and four daughters: Chang-hi, Chung-hi, Mun-hi and Ki-hi. They live in Seoul and the father works in the military.

The boy, Pjong-su, raises much turbulence in the fragile peace of the family. Chong-min’s wife, always referred to as Chang-hi’s mother, has lost two sons and wants to adopt Pjong-su. The father is against it and Grandmother doesn’t know what to think. The boy triggers a long-lived situation of the father never being a father to his daughters and a husband to his wife.

The book is beautiful and well written. I was sucked in from the first word to the last. When I finished the book, I gave it to read to my sister and she has been as sucked into it as I have. The story is about women, their feelings, expectations and duties in a community. If you ever get your hands on it, read it. That’s all I can say.