Jill Layton
Updated Jun 01, 2016 @ 12:38 pm
Credit: Warner Bros.

If you’re like all Harry Potter fans everywhere, you probably spent far too much time hating Severus Snape. He was an easy character to dislike, considering he was straight up jerk. But, of course, that all changed once you realized that Snape’s antagonistic ways were actually helping Harry keep his head on straight.

Even though by the end of the series, we all knew Snape’s intentions had been good all along, there’s one exact moment much earlier on that proved Snape was, in fact, a good guy. It happens on page 679 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Here’s what went down: Harry was seconds away from being murdered to death (yeah, I said murdered to death) by Barty Crouch Jr., who at the time was disguised as Mad-Eye Moody. At the exact right moment, Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall all charged into the room to save dear Harry’s life.

That’s where J.K. Rowling snuck in a very important bit of info that everyone likely missed until right now.

“Moody was thrown backward onto the office floor. Harry, still staring at the place where Moody’s face had been, saw Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, and Professor McGonagall looking back at him out of the Foe-Glass.”

Do you see what happened? Harry was able to see Snape in the Foe-Glass, the magical glass that shows your enemies faces when they’re close enough to hurt you, because Snape was an actual enemy of Barty Crouch Jr., the Death Eater. If Snape was also a Death Eater, the Foe-Glass wouldn’t have shown him. And that means that Snape was a good guy all along! The Foe-Glass doesn’t lie.

But what does this mean for you and your life? Probably that you should re-read Goblet of Fire for the eighth time, just because.