Snape's murder of Dumbledore has long been a mystery in the Harry Potter series.

One of the most shocking parts of the Harry Potter series is when Dumbledore dies. The fact that Dumbledore's presumed ally, Severus Snape, committed the murder is even more shocking than the death itself. Snape's motive for killing Dumbledore

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Snape killed Dumbledore at Dumbledore's request. All of this was done to protect Draco Malfoy's immortal spirit from Voldemort's influence and to put an end to his reign.

In this piece, I'll analyze the major players in this terrible tragedy. In addition, I'll analyze the sequence of events that ultimately led to Dumbledore's demise. At last, I will reveal the real reason for it all.

Quick Review of the Cast

Since you've chosen to read this, you're probably a fan of the Harry Potter books and films and are therefore familiar with the scene in which Snape murders Dumbledore. Given that, I doubt I need to go into too much detail about the background, but let's still be sure to highlight a few key points about the three main characters involved in Dumbledore's death.

Snape, Severus

  • A longtime acquaintance of Harry's late mother Lily Snape's feelings for Lily go back many years.
  • Ex-Malevolent Death Eater Ultimately, Snape's love for Lily is what leads him to abandon the dark side.
  • Expert in the magical arts and longtime Hogwarts teacher
  • He succeeds Dumbledore as Headmaster of Hogwarts after his passing.

Throughout the entirety of the Harry Potter books, Severus Snape is a character who constantly leaves you guessing. You can never be sure of his allegiance, and just when you think he's on the Dark Lord's side, he does something heroic for Harry, Dumbledore, or a member of the Order of the Phoenix.  

Even after his own death, Snape's true nature remains hidden.  

Tolkien's Albus Dumbledore

  • Many of his loved ones have died, and he has a tangled history with the infamous Gellert Grindelwald.
  • Professor for many years and current Headmaster of Hogwarts
  • In sum, his persona embodies such admirable qualities as maturity, fortitude, and resilience that

Dumbledore is always composed, but he is not a wizard you want to encounter in a duel. Lord Voldemort, an evil wizard with limitless power, has an odd respect for Dumbledore.  

Malfoy, Draco

  • Opponent in Harry Potter's school days
  • Home of the Evil Doers
  • His reputation precedes him for dishonesty and malice.
Death Eater Lucius's son, Malfoy Draco is forced to pledge his allegiance to Lord Voldemort.  

Voldemort puts Draco's loyalty to the test in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by ordering him to kill Dumbledore, an almost impossible task.

An Inescapable Promise

A scene with three Death Eaters occurs in Chapter 2 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Bellatrix Lestrange and her sister Narcissa Malfoy are currently at Severus Snape's house.

While Draco tries to complete the impossible task given to him by Lord Voldemort, his mother Narcissa has come to Snape to ask for his assistance. As it turns out, this mission's ultimate objective is to eliminate Dumbledore.

Even though Snape agrees to help Draco, Narcissa insists that he make The Unbreakable Vow to ensure that he will keep his word. This oath is magically enchanted, and its violation will result in instant death.

Snape must ensure that the task is completed, in addition to keeping watch over and protecting Draco, as part of the vow's terms.

Climatic Point of Death

The story of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ends with the passing of Dumbledore.  

After Harry and Dumbledore's daring horcrux mission in a cave, they return to Hogwarts to find it under siege from the Death Eaters.

Dumbledore is as frail as we've ever seen him now. His physical condition is pitiful, yet he is able to silence Harry (who is also hidden by the invisibility cloak) with a single look.

Dumbledore is defenseless once Draco Malfoy arrives on the scene and takes his wand from him. Through conversation, we learn more about Draco's covert assignment from Voldemort to assassinate Dumbledore.

Dumbledore maintains his usual level head, while Draco is a bundle of rage and terror.

More Death Eaters, including Severus Snape, arrive. It appears that everyone is aware that Draco's goal is to eliminate Dumbledore. As much as the Death Eaters try to push Draco over the edge, he just can't bring himself to do it.

In the midst of a group of Death Eaters, Snape suddenly appears.  

Dumbledore begs, "Severus... please"

Snape says "Avada Kedavra" with a raised wand. The deadly curse Sad news: Dumbledore has passed away.

Immediately after the murder, Death Eaters, led by Snape, storm out of the school grounds.

Explaining the Real Reason

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the truth about Dumbledore's death isn't revealed until Snape dies.

Snape is passing away, and before he does, he gives Harry a vial containing his final thoughts and memories. The moment Harry empties the vial into the pensieve is accompanied by a montage of Snape's life.

In many of Snape's earliest recollections, Harry's mother Lily plays a prominent role. Snape and Dumbledore have several recollections of their private conversations. Snape's motivation for murdering Dumbledore can be pieced together thanks to a single recollection.

Ending in Death

Albus Dumbledore knows he is dying slowly as a result of mishandling the horcrux manifested in Marvolo Gaunt's ring. Dumbledore enlists Snape's aid to mitigate the curse's destructive potential. Snape is somewhat effective, but he and Dumbledore both know that the horcrux will kill them both in the end.

Dumbledore is a wizard of uncommon sagacity. He also keeps a close eye on everything Lord Voldemort is up to. Draco Malfoy has been tasked with eliminating Dumbledore, and Dumbledore is aware of this.

Dumbledore has the foresight to realize that a young Draco Malfoy lacks the maturity to kill his teacher. Dumbledore, with his forgiving nature and caring heart, does not want Draco to die for disobeying Lord Voldemort.

Dumbledore asks Snape to complete the task on Draco's behalf because he has accepted his fate as a result of the horcrux curse and hopes for the best for Draco.  

Apology and Request for Pardon

According to a superficial reading of Dumbledore's final words, "Severus... please...", Dumbledore is pleading with Snape to spare his life.   

After exploring Snape's memories in the pensieve, we learn that Dumbledore is actually reminding Snape to fulfill his part of the bargain by ending his life.


According to the series' central theme, love is what ultimately led to Dumbledore's demise.  

Snape is saved from the depths of evil by his feelings for Lily Potter. Because of his selfless love, Dumbledore is willing to lay down his life for the greater good.

Death of Dumbledore was not in vain. His demise is crucial to Voldemort's downfall and the eventual triumph of good over evil.

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