After losing the beloved Alan Rickman to cancer at the age of 69, we can’t watch a Harry Potter marathon without welling up.
The iconic actor played the infamous Snape for a decade and in a bid to pay this man a proper tribute fans have been analysing his character more now than ever before. Whilst carrying out their Hogwarts detective work they stumbled on something that will pull on your heart strings even more.
Tumblr user Tomhiddles single-handedly exposed the true meaning behind Snape’s first words to Harry and it is beyond mind-blowing.
As the film franchise came to a close we knew that Snape’s hidden love for Harry’s mother and his bid to protect him throughout his time at Hogwarts however, it appears his compassion goes even deeper than we once thought.
The first thing the wizard says to Harry, which is disguised as a ridiculously hard question aimed to intimidate the first year student was:
“Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”
Even Hermione was stumped by this super advanced question. However, it turned out Tom knows why Snape really meant by this.
He said: “The first thing Snape asks Harry is “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?” According to Victorian Flower Language, asphodel is a type of lily meaning ‘My regrets follow you to the grave’ and wormwood means ‘absence’ and also typically symbolised bitter sorrow. If you combined that, it meant ‘I bitterly regret Lily’s death’.