I admit I didn’t even see this parallel until around the time DH2 came out, when a bunch of people were posting graphics like this around Tumblr, and I was all, “DUDE.” I’m not sure why I never made the connection, especially since one of the lines in the book is, “His job was to walk calmly into Death’s welcoming arms.” Um, I’m slow.
Okay, I know Snape never actually had the Resurrection Stone (unless he was the one who put it in the Golden Snitch, but the book never said), but I figured since the other two Hallows were represented here the image wouldn’t work as well if the stone wasn’t shown. So, I’m gonna have to claim artistic license on this one.
Not that this really has to do with what I’ve just said, but it’s something that’s really been bugging me since DH came out: just why didn’t Dumbledore tell Snape that Harry was after the Horcruxes? They had been cohorts this entire time, and Dumbledore had trusted Snape completely. And yet, even after his death, he still wouldn’t tell Snape why Harry needed the sword of Gryffindor. I know Dumbledore liked his secrets and everything, but he had no reason not to tell Snape what was going on. Since Snape used to be so obsessed with the Dark Arts, I’d be surprised if he didn’t already know what a Horcrux was. Plus, since he was such a good Occlumens, it’s not like Voldemort would be able to look in his mind and see what Harry was going after. (And if he ever did, he would’ve seen that Snape was ultimately fighting against him this entire time.) I don’t know. There are still a few questions that haven’t been fully answered yet (and maybe, just maybe, we’ll eventually get those answers in Pottermore), but this is one that has really bothered me.