The authors of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying have uncovered a long-lost interview of none other than Severus Snape. Written by Rita Skeeter, who has since retired to a bungalow in Little Whinging, the articles about the interview were discovered as the authors took a tour of Hogwarts castle. No sooner had we wished we knew more about Snape’s life as a double agent than a door appeared at the end of the hall. Inside, there was a small writing desk and a stack of papers that we soon learned had the answers to all of our questions!
We have reproduced the series of articles published after the installation of Severus Snape’s portrait in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts and will be publishing them in order over the next few weeks.
Here is the article, originally written in green ink in Rita Skeeter’s hand:
Snape Admits to Killing Dumbledore, But Says Dumbledore “Asked” Him to Do It
Just yesterday, Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived Twice, presided over the installation ceremony of Severus Snape’s portrait in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, writes Rita Skeeter, Special Correspondent and Author of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. Nearly five years after the Battle at Hogwarts and Snape’s death, the ceremony was attended by just a handful of witches and wizards who seemed to be inordinately distraught over the controversial headmaster’s death.
The delay in installing the portrait and the small ceremony speaks to the wizarding community’s continued confusion over the role Snape played in Voldemort’s demise. Yet, in a rare interview, Harry Potter described the foreboding professor as “the bravest man he ever knew.”
Although it seems as though the poor boy may have simply latched onto an unlikely father figure after the deaths of Sirius Black (who went to Azkaban for thirteen years on account of a mass Muggle killing, only to be acquitted by the courts; many conspiracy theorists believe he is still guilty), Remus Lupin (a known werewolf), and Albus Dumbledore himself (who is rumored to have gone a bit senile in his later years). Yet Harry Potter is not the only person to have a strange kind of reverence for Severus Snape. “It is time everyone knew what he has done to help defeat Voldemort,” Hogwarts Headmaster Minerva McGonagall said as she led me up the winding staircase to her office. Her tightly pursed lips gave no indication as to whether she believed her own words.
In an interview with Snape’s portrait, the man himself was reluctant to admit his own part in the rise and fall of the Dark Lord. When asked why he was willing to speak with the Daily Prophet, he sneered, saying, “My reasons don’t concern you. It is enough that I deign to submit to this interview.” Quite the imperious attitude from a man that most people still blame for the death of Dumbledore and the near death of Harry Potter.
Snape’s involvement with former headmaster Albus Dumbledore and his tenure at Hogwarts began back in 1981 at the height of Voldemort’s first reign of terror. It is remarkable that Dumbledore was even willing to speak with him, let alone hire him to teach our children when he was a well-known “former” Death Eater. What makes the situation even more ludicrous is that he approached Dumbledore only after he had already sold Lily and James Potter out to Voldemort by telling the Dark Lord about the first part of a Prophesy that he had overheard.
“It was I that relayed that Prophecy to the Dark Lord, setting in motion all that was to come,” he said with a certain amount of pride. “At the time I overheard the Prophesy I was a loyal servant to the Dark Lord. I was glad to do his bidding. Honored. I was a true follower—not due to fear or a desire for power, like the others. I was a believer, in what he believed.”
The Prophecy Snape refers to predicted Voldemort’s demise at the hands of a boy to be born in July to parents who had already defied the Dark Lord three times. This, of course, led to the deaths of Lily and James Potter on October 31, 1981, Harry Potter’s miraculous survival, and Voldemort’s temporary loss of power. When asked if he felt responsible, Snape glowered over a sharply hooked nose before turning to face the back of his portrait. “Her death changed everything,” he said.