Severus Snape is probably one of the greatest characters from Harry Potter, right? We love him in the books, and Alan Rickman’s legendary performance of the character in the film adaptations is just so good.
Another thing we love is a fan theory, especially when they relate to our favourite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Recently, a lengthy discussion on Quora tried to uncover the reason that Snape was always so hard on Neville Longbottom.
One user, Sahil Juneja, had a totally reasonable reason and that was because Neville *could’ve* been the boy who lived, meaning that had Voldemort have chosen Neville instead of Harry, Lily would still be alive.
Doesn’t that make so much sense?
Anywho, we’ve now come across another CRAZY fan theory about Snape and it’ll seriously make your heartache.
As you might remember in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Snape decides to pick on Harry during their first potions class together. Snape asks Harry the rather complicated question of, “[W]hat would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?” (No, we don’t get it either.)
Basically, tumblr user tomhiddles has done some serious sleuthing about the meaning behind the words and it’ll blow your mind.
“According to Victorian Flower Language, asphodel is a type of lily meaning ‘My regrets follow you to the grave’ and wormwood means ‘absence’ and also typically symbolized bitter sorrow,” they wrote on Tumblr. “If you combined that, it meant ‘I bitterly regret Lily’s death’.”
Are you crying because we’re crying.
According to Metro, asphodel was also once associated with snakebites, and we all know who was closely associated with snakes, don’t we? Lord Voldemort. In fact, Snape was even killed by Nagini, Voldemort’s snake and Horcrux.
THIS IS ALL A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH FOR US.