ByKarly Rayner, writer at
Movie Pilot's celebrity savant
Karly Rayner

Unless you have been lurking at the heart of the Forbidden Forest for a decade or so, you already know that the seemingly severe Snape was actually a heroic soul who dedicated his life to protecting , but it certainly didn't seem like this for the young wizard the first time they met!

The debut encounter between a fresh-faced Harry Potter and the savage potions master occurs in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the professors first words sound like nothing more than the rantings of a jaded teacher:

See also:

While these stern words might seem totally related to the class in hand, like many things in the Harry Potter universe, there is a lot more to them than meets the eye.

If you delve into Harry Potter's history and the Victorian language of flowers — a code that was used to deliver meaningful bouquets rich with symbolism — 's first words already cryptically spell out his link to .

The asophodel Snape mentions is a type of lily which traditionally means "my regrets follow you to the grave," whereas the wormwood used to mean "absence." Wormwood also typically symbolized deep, bitter sorrow.

If the two flowers were placed together in a bouquet, that means it could plausibly mean something along the lines of:

Once more, the deep layers of meaning and substance scattered through Harry Potter in seemingly throwaway moments continues to Expulsio my socks off.


Were you surprised by Snape's hidden message?


Latest from our Creators