Just when you think you know everything you could possibly know about the Harry Potter universe, something new and equally mind-blowing comes up…
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Okay, so it’s no secret that JK Rowling has crafted the wizarding world with several double-meanings and easter eggs – but there’s one line from the very start which explains a MAJOR plot point that only comes to light in the final book…
If you’re a fellow Potterhead, you’d know that Professor Snape’s first words to Harry in the 1997 Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone relate to the tricky Potions questions – which young Harry doesn’t have a clue about.
‘Potter! What would I get if I add powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?’ Severus barks. As Hermione’s hand flies up, Harry is left dumbfounded with points docked from Gryffindor.
However, one mega-fan – @Akhtxr_Rehxn on Twitter – has since connected the dots about this using Victorian Flower Language and theorising that it’s actually a distinct clue about Snape’s unrequited love for Harry’s mother, Lily.
Basically, Asphodel is a type of lily, often used as a symbol of death ‘remembered beyond the tomb’, and wormwood is thought to symbolise ‘absence’ and ‘bitter regrets’. In other words, Snape is saying he regrets Lily’s death and feels her absence, pointing towards his then-unknown feelings for Lily.
Combined together, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion ‘so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death’, so…is this Snape trying to tell us that the ingredients, along with his regret over Lily’s fate, reflect what his life is now – like ‘a living death’?
Mind blown and heartbroken? I know, but there’s more… Asphodel was also previously thought to cure snake bites – which could point to Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents and attempted to murder Harry to fulfill a prophecy.
Later, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we get a picture of how much Snape truly loved Lily as the dying Professor shares his memories with Harry, but if we paid attention to the subtext of the series, we would’ve figured out his secret sooner!