SNAPE: Strange, isn’t it? What comes from within. You need to run. I will keep them at bay for as long as I can.
SCORPIUS: Thank you for being my light in the darkness.
SNAPE: Tell Albus — tell Albus Severus — I’m proud he carries my name. Now go. Go.
In one of the alternate realities Scorpius travels to in Cursed Child, Snape sacrifices himself to the Dementor’s Kiss in order to save Scorpius. Why were the Dementors around in the first place? Because Snape had also helped Hermione Granger escape.
One of the interesting things about the Time-Turner storyline is seeing “What comes from within” our favorite characters when they are presented with alternate circumstances. In a world where Harry Potter died and the Dark Lord took over, Snape became an even brighter light. What was within him was this caring man who served his whole life to right the wrongs of his past — to save those he once sought to dominate.
When looked at through this lens, Snape isn’t really all that different than Dumbledore. More jaded? Sure. Snape didn’t grow up in the loving household that Dumbledore did. Snape had a lot more darkness to battle through in that sense. But they both at one point in their youth sought to dominate Muggles and elevate Wizards. And they both realized the error of their ways after the death of someone they truly loved.
Inside Bigger Than Outside Biblical Connection
One of the themes of the Potter series is that the inside is bigger than the outside. (Hermione’s beaded bag, Room of Requirement, Newt’s case, Arthur Weasley’s tent and car, etc.) The funny thing is when we look closely, this is also a theme of the Bible.
Some examples: God, who is as big as the universe, comes to live inside the Tabernacle (Exodus 40:34); Jesus teaching that the Kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21 KJV); having faith, which is within us, as small as a mustard seed being able to produce the biggest of results (Luke 17:6); not to mention all the big things Jesus saw in people that the religious elite had judged by the outside as worthless.
We are all bigger on our inside than our outside. The question is: are we big with light or are we big with darkness? We all have darkness within us. It is the easiest instinct to act on. It is comfortable and me-centered. What is hard is to do what Dumbledore and Snape did — chose the right but difficult path of being light in a world filled with darkness.
Who has been a light in the darkness to you?
Thank that person and use the light they shone on you to fuel you to lead a life that is light for others.
Love is light. Love on!