Snape's First Words To Harry Potter Were Devastatingly Significant

Powdered root of asphodel + an infusion of wormwood = </3

True Harry Potter fans take a *lot* of convincing to get excited about 'new' and 'amazing' HP facts/fan theories - you guys are experts in your field and have seen it all before.

Which is why this observation from Harry Potter obsessive 'tomhiddles' is SO astounding. Seriously. We're losing our minds over here.

Remember Snape's first words to the boy wizard?

"Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?"

Evil, right? Pure, distilled hatred?

WRONG. LISTEN TO THIS:

"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'."

WHAT?!

And it goes deeper. Prepare to geek out: asphodel was also once believed to be a cure for ~snake bites~

ARGHHHHH. JK, YOU'RE A GENIUS. Will we still be finding Easter eggs in Harry Potter books in ten years' time? Here's hoping - this is just too much fun.

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