An overlooked detail in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince has had fans tearing the hairs from their heads at a new revelation, which has apparently been right in front of their faces.
Full disclaimer, I haven’t read the books or even watched the films, not because I’m a hater or a person devoid of joy and life (okay the last two points may be a lie – who knows?) but it’s because I never cared for it.
I didn’t have the time nor patience to spend my time reading about the adventures of an orphan boy and his two mates!
Yet I digress – I respect how the Harry Potter franchise means so much to so many people. If I’m being honest, it encouraged a lot of people of all ages to pick a book and read and I applaud it.
In an age where technology has made everything so easy – to the point where life itself is no longer a challenge, criticism towards J. K. Rowling and her work is almost null and void.
If you wanted proof the franchise still remains strong, despite the main book series ending back in 2007 and the last film being released in 2011, Potter fans are still finding little nuggets of information from both media formats.
In a Movie Details Reddit thread, user PumpActionBronson pointed out a particular scene from Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.
The user writes:
When Dumbledore visits a young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a brief close up shows 7 rocks meticulously organized on Tom’s windowsill, foreshadowing Voldemort’s plan to split his soul into the seven Horcruxes. [sic]
Here’s the proof in the film:
Another user on the Reddit thread added:
Can’t speak for the movie but one of the longest subplots of book 6 is harry needing to get the memory of riddle asking slughorn about making 6 horcruxes (7 pcs total) that’s what he uses the felix felicis for. [sic]
So there you go, does it alter your understanding of the lore and mythos of Harry Potter? Has it blown your mind in any way?
I mean, to me, it’s meaningless, but only because I’ve never watched the films or read the books, so please educate me.
Half-Blood Prince wasn’t the only book/film in the series to have hidden messages and details, in The Deathly Hallows there’s a part in the film which shows a pretty heroic side to the raven-haired potions master, Severus Snape.
Snape – portrayed in the film by the late-great Alan Rickman – and his loyalties remain a mystery to many.
Early on – and for most of the Harry Potter series – Snape appears to be Harry’s nemesis, yet Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore insists on trusting Snape.
When Snape dies at the hands of Voldemort *SPOILER ALERT* in the final chapters of the seventh book, his story is revealed: As a teenager, Snape was a close friend of Harry’s mother, Lily, and he turned on Voldemort when the Death Eaters killed Lily and husband James before trying to kill Harry.
It’s at this point Snape becomes more layered, with Rowling describing him as ‘a gift of a character’.
Yet in Deathly Hallows: Part Two, there’s a moment in the film you might have missed if you weren’t paying full attention.
If you’ve seen the film, you’ll be aware Snape battles Professor McGonagall before he dies.
McGonagall fires a spell at Snape, who blocks it and appears to direct it at the Death Eaters behind him, Alecto and Amycus Carrow, which in turn, assists Harry and the Order members.
Check it out:
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling describes Snape as ‘all grey’, making a very valid point on Twitter.
Snape is all grey. You can’t make him a saint: he was vindictive & bullying. You can’t make him a devil: he died to save the wizarding world
Snape is all grey. You can't make him a saint: he was vindictive & bullying. You can't make him a devil: he died to save the wizarding world
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
You know this Harry Potter stuff doesn’t sound too bad after all, maybe I’ll give it a read when I have nothing to do – probably won’t though.