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DON’T CALL ME COWARD

DON’T CALL ME COWARD

“DON’T–” screamed Snape, and his face was suddenly demented, inhuman, as though he was in as much pain as the yelping, howling dog stuck in the burning house behind them–“CALL ME COWARD!”

Severus Snape after Harry calls him a coward twice as they race across the Hogwarts grounds (HBP28: Flight of the Prince)

Commentary

This moment was one of the most persuasive passages for those convinced of Snape's trustworthiness between the releases of Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows.  He looks demented with pain, as he considers what may have been his bravest act yet--killing his mentor, at his mentor's request.  He is perhaps remembering a conversation he had with Dumbledore on the night of the Yule Ball, when Dumbledore tells him he is "...a braver man by far than Igor Karkaroff" (DH33).

--AK

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