|maybe not a fully formed theory....
||[May. 15th, 2007|03:14 pm]
Harry Potter Theories
I've been thinking about Patronuses lately, and in a Snape community, the question of Snape's patronus form came up. That gave me the opportunity to articulate some thoughts that had been swimming my head lately. Of course they are ever-so-unlikely, but interesting nonetheless. I thought I would share my thoughts with you guys and see how you feel about them.|
What I find personally very interesting is that on JKR's website she talks about the wand woods she chooses. She says that she gave Ron, Harry, and Hermione wand woods that matched the celtic calendar after she accidentally did it with Harry's wand. Now, she says she's only done it with those three, but that could mean out of just the wands she's told us about in the books. It's almost certain that she chose birthdays and wand information for characters like Snape, Sirius, Remus, etc. AFTER she chose that information for Harry, his parents (since we get that in the first book in a very insignificant, off-hand manner), and his friends.
Looking at Snape's birthday, which is Jan. 9, his wand wood would be BIRCH wood. So I looked up what birch wood would signify, and while all of the traits it is supposed to represent were easily attributed to Severus (equally, all of the traits of a capricorn are also well applied to him, which leads me to believe she chose this after his personality was well-established), the wand-wood information also mentioned that the animal associated with it was the WHITE STAG. Isn't that interesting? With the stag's links to James and Harry, I find that association really interesting. The fact that the animal represents masculinity, regeneration, high ideal and aspirations. "Birch people need a goal in life or they become depressed and pessimistic."
It's possible that this is all bullshit and way off-target. I'm not saying that his patronus is a white stag. But I think it's interesting, anyway. I can't think of any single animal that clearly represents Snape, but the patronus isn't supposed to be representative of his "inner animal", it's supposed to be your sort of protector spirit. His inner animal would be the animagus form. It's very possible Severus never knew about James' animagus form, but that wouldn't change what the stag represents as a whole. It would just make it easier for him to deal with it.