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Why does Dumbledore say "Severus, please..." in Half-Blood Prince?

Spoilers, if you haven't finished the Harry Potter series.

I just watched all the movies, but I haven't read the books yet. I know that Dumbledore asked Snape to kill him to protect Harry and since he was dying anyway.

But before he dies he says "Severus, please..." almost like he's begging for his life. Was this ever explained in the book? Was he asking him to kill him? Was it a last a minute fear?

Thanks so much.

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  • 10 years ago
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    He's asking him to kill him.

    At the same time, he's making it look like he's begging for his life, so he can still protect Snape's cover as a Death Eater.

  • 10 years ago

    I think JK left it to be interpreted, as she does with a lot of stuff in the last book. I believe he was saying "Severus, please..." for the acting sake, making sure everyone there believed Snape killed him unmercifully and all the Death Eaters would continue to trust Snape. But then again, Snape did hesitate, so Dumbledore could be asking him to kill him and go along with the plan, no matter how much it hurts him.

    Oh, gosh you haven't finished the series? You're in for a huge shocker! It's so goood!!

  • 10 years ago

    He is asking him to kill him.

    Dumbledore didn't want to tarnish Malfoy' soul. When Snape asked about his own soul, Dumbledore said that it would not ruin his soul to grant Dumbledore his wish.

  • 3 years ago

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  • 10 years ago

    he was asking Snape to kill him, since Snape hesitated a bit. Snape was always supposed to kill him so Malfoy wouldnt have too and it could save his soul.

    Source(s): avid reader
  • 10 years ago

    I actually thought it was because Severus hesitated in front of him and Dumbledore wanted him to just do it.

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