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This ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Theory Will Have You Believing Snape Isn’t Actually Dead

Harry Potter is long over, and while we're all trying to pick up the pieces of our broken hearts, there are still plenty of fan theories around to keep us thinking and speculating about the world-famous fantasy series. This latest theory from a fan on Reddit may just take the cake for the most jaw-dropping guess about Snape and his death.

The theory makes the conclusion that Snape might not have died. Now, I know what you're thinking: This couldn't be true...could it?

I’m sure you’re all just as confused as I am, but the mastermind behind the theory is onto something. The fan, DER_GOTTKAISER, comes up with two specific reasons why this could very well be the truth. Maybe J.K. Rowling will be willing to let us know if this theory is on the right track or give us another book and movie? A girl can dream.

The first reason is that when Harry uses the resurrection stone, Snape is nowhere to be seen:

“You’d think Snape was very important to Harry, he loved his mother, gave his life to save him, and shielded him all his life. Harry just found out how Snape had been protecting him the whole time and died to save him, so when he used the magic ring that brings the spirits of dead people, you’d think Snape would be there. He certainly knew Snape longer than Lupin, and you’d think Snape was far more important to him than Lupin, but Snape wasn’t around. Perhaps he was not dead.”

The second reason is that Snape’s corpse is also missing at the end, without a single mention of his death:

“After the big battle, they lay out all the bodies, all the people who died, even the death eaters and Voldemort's. Harry sees Lupin’s and Fred’s body, but Snape’s body isn’t there. You’d think Harry would have told everyone about Snape’s sacrifice so they can find his body too. But nope, Snape’s corpse isn’t found.”

DER_GOTTKAISER continues that it’s possible Snape was just paralyzed by the bite and because he is a potions master, he might have had some form of anti-venom to prepare himself with if he needed it. At least you'd think he would be ready for something like this, right?

The HP fan brings up some pretty fair points here. Is Snape alive? Or are we just clinging to the hope that we’ll have another movie or book to tell us the truth? Maybe J.K. Rowling just loves to watch us squirm and we will never know. What do you think? Is Snape dead or alive?

Abbey is a senior at the University of Wyoming and is currently majoring in Journalism. She couldn't imagine a world without Jesus, coffee, The 1975, Twitter or her family. You'll usually find her at a concert or cafe somewhere, which is where she spends majority of her free-time. Talking to band members after their shows is a hobby, along with thrifting & indulging in all aspects of pop culture. After college, she plans to spend more time at concerts, getting paid to write about music and bands.
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