The Heart Wrenching Hidden Meaning Of Snape’s First Words To Harry Potter


Right when it looked like we fully understood the sketchy dynamic between Severus Snape and Harry Potter, a super-fan blew our minds.

If you made it the whole way through the series, you’ll know Snape had a hidden affection for Harry, even though he made sure never to make it clear. As it now seems, he was sending the lightning struck boy hidden messages of compassion from the very beginning.


A Tumblr user under the screen name Tomhiddles recently took to the site to share his revelation regarding the series.

This is the first thing he asked Harry in potions class:



The surface of it appears to just be a difficult question about potions that nerdy Hermione couldn’t even answer. But, apparently, there’s a completely alternative meaning to the statement.

Tomhiddles 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’.”


That’s going to destroy more than a few Potter fans hearts.

Look even further below the surface, in the past asphodel was used to heal snake bites. Guess who died saving her son from a certain heavily snake-associated character named Voldemort? Harry’s Mother.


Too much sad. Later.