Snape and Draco go.... Where? To Narcissa? To Voldemort? Into hiding? Snape must continue
to try to protect Draco, Harry and the anti-Voldemort cause while maintaining the trust of
Voldemort and the Death Eaters. The problem is those goals may soon be in opposition.
Protecting Draco might be in defiance of Voldemort, which would end Snape's ability to infiltrate
and sabotage. If Voldemort wanted Draco to kill Dumbledore or lose his own life, then Draco
failed and is in big trouble. Protecting him will raise the ire of the Dark Lord against
Severus. But taking him straight to Voldemort might result in torture or death for Draco, and
Snape would die anyway. And how can he ever protect Harry again, now that the boy believes him
to be a traitor and murderer? What's a greasy git to do?
The fifth act of Severus Snape's life is being written, even as we wait with bated breath for
Book Seven. Do some of the above assumptions dance around or land on some important truths? I
believe they do. Yet again... they could be completely wrong, and a virtually opposing story
might also fit canon evidence. Such is the appeal of the entire HP series and particularly of
our favorite resident of Spinner's End.