Originally Posted by jessielove
He wasn't though. He was only Dumbledore's man by default. Snape was for Lily and Lily alone. Her way was with Dumbledore, so that's where he went. Had Lily been a Death Eater killed by Dumbledore Snape would have been Moldy Volde's man.
Snape wasn't evil, but he wasn't all good either. He was human, complex and convoluted. He was a Death Eater through and through but for his one major redeeming quality ~ his love for Lily. Even 16 years after her death he still conjured her Patronus and protected her son at immense risk to himself. He gave up much and in the end his own life for Harry, but it wasn't for Dumbledore at all. It was for Lily.
He was Dumbledore's man, because Snape was also Lily's man, and therefore Harry's man. Whether it was by default or out of direct loyalty, it didn't matter--he was still true to Dumbledore, because he felt that Dumbledore was doing best by Lily and Harry.
The more I think back on the book, the more I liked it. I like books that leave something to the imagination, no epilogues. I don't like the neatly packaged ending, and epilogues usually do that.
Like, I imagine that Luna and Dean hooked up. It looks like they were headed that direction, when they were staying at Bill and Fleur's.
Tboroson--I, too, fully expected Harry to step through the archway at the end of that chapter. I agree, I think that "misty room" in Book 7 was a part of whatever was behind the veil in Book 5.
I know a lot of people are discontented with the number of deaths, and how quickly and without fanfair a lot of them occurred--but that's how death is. I would think in those situations, it's so intense, all these people around you are alive...and then one (or more) of them is dead. You don't have time to mourn. You either give up or go on. I haven't been around people who've died in a traumatic situation, but I imagine that in a war situation, you don't have time to mourn your dead; you just go on, others step up to take their place, and you deal with it.