The Soliloquy of Severus Snape
This soliloquy would be expressed by J.K. Rowling’s enigmatic character, Professor Severus Snape, towards the climax of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in her Harry Potter series. At this point Snape is looking back at the choices he’s made in his life just before he dies—looking into Harry’s eyes—and passes on his memories to Harry.
His dad was such a cocky jock; it’s true,
Yet I can see his mother in his eyes.
Her floral grace—it seems to beckon me
Within those spheres of green beneath the scar.
The scar and eyes cement me to this side
Of good, which forces trickery of me:
A deathly dance among the pure of blood
Who bear an evil mark to match my own.
I dread them delving far beneath my mark
To where I am a being much in love
With someone long past dead—all due to me.
In every taunting look her son shoots me,
An arrow penetrates my heart and leaves
A gaping hole of mis’ry and remorse
For what I’ve lost but never can get back.
Though I despise her son, he offers up
A chance for me to cure my past mistakes—
Redeem myself for all I did before,
So I will aid and help him find the way
To vanquish Voldemort—to be The One.
We, both of us, are marked by The Dark Lord:
He, by his scar, and I, my telling stain.
My life begins to fade far from my reach—
I’ll gaze one final time into his eyes—
Her eyes—those verdant eyes—and I’ll be gone.