One other reading I did about the latest HP book (and I do promise that the next blog entry will be about something different)…
…was about where Snape stands at the end. I admit, I don’t have any very lofty motives for this reading. Maybe I’ve read too many detective novels – scratch that, I’ve definitely read far too many – but I think I can recognise misdirection when I see it. I reckon there’s a good chance we’ll find out that Dumbledore (and Hagrid) were right about him all along, that Dumbledore was pleading with him at the end to kill him himself, and not to make Malfoy do so, and so on.
So, out of sheer curiosity, I asked Yi,
‘Where does Snape stand at the end of the book?’
Answer: 28, Great Overstepping, no changing lines.
Hm… there’s got to be a very good reason why that’s the complement of Harry’s hexagram.
Snape is in the middle of a great transition. The ridgepole is buckling – didn’t Hagrid overhear Snape telling Dumbledore he was putting too much on him? – and with the hexagram unchanging, there’s no way of knowing whether or not it will break. He will have to choose his ‘direction to go’. Maybe Snape hasn’t decided yet – maybe his creator hasn’t. Roll on book seven…