为什么王子的故事总是那么富有情感的Always. Why the Prince’s Tale is such an emotive chapter

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Always. Why the Prince’s Tale is such an emotive chapter 为什么王子的故事总是那么富有情感的

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翻译者:鸭鸭

We ask why, after all this time, Chapter Thirty-Three – where the best of Severus Snape is revealed – is one of the most moving chapters of the whole Harry Potter series

我们对第三十三章——西弗勒斯斯内普这一章在这么长时间以后依旧是在整篇哈利波特中最让人为之动容的这一章抱有疑问。

The beauty of friendship

这段友谊的美好之处

 

In Snape’s memories, Harry – and so the reader – has the opportunity to understand the entire timeline of Severus and Lily’s friendship. They’re both outsiders in their own way. Snape reveals what a tough home life he leads, and as a Muggleborn Lily has been experiencing magic without any reference point for what it is. Until they meet each other. We watch their fledgling friendship blooming, hear Snape’s tiny groan as Lily is sorted into Gryffindor and not Slytherin as he’d hoped, and then watch the difficulties their friendship faces as Snape becomes more involved in the Dark Arts and Lily struggles to understand it. We root for their friendship in spite of it all because their whole pasts are laid in front of us over only a few pages, a few strands of memory.

在斯内普的记忆中,哈利包括许多粉丝有机会能够明白他和莉莉这段友谊的整个时间线。他们在自己的某种意义上都是局外人。斯内普揭露了他艰难的家庭生活,而身为麻瓜的莉莉在没有任何提及的情况下经历了魔法生活。直到他们遇见了彼此,我们见证了他们初出萌芽的游戏滋生,以及当莉莉没有像斯内普期待的那样分到了斯莱特林而是格兰芬多时他发出的低微的呻吟声。然后看到了他们友谊面临了困难,并且当斯内普对黑魔法感兴趣的时候莉莉也挣扎着去理解他。尽管遭遇这些事情,我们还是支持他们的友谊,因为他们的全部过去仅用几页纸、几缕记忆就展现在我们面前。

 

We can still see – even though Severus and Lily may forget it in their teenage years – that young witch and wizard lying on the leafy ground with a canopy of leaves above their heads. It’s hard not to wish that things had turned out differently for them. That they could have held onto that friendship all the way through their school years instead of drifting apart. And think that perhaps it might have stopped Snape drifting into circles that would only bring him misery and regret. Though, of course, in later life Lily’s doe protects him from that darkness with its silvery light of hope.

我们依旧能看到——即使斯内普和莉莉可能忘记了他们青少年的时光——年轻的女巫师和巫师躺在有许满是树叶的地上。很难不希望事情的结果对他们来说转变成这样。他们本可以在整个学生时代都保持这种友谊,而不是形同陌路,想着这也许能阻止斯内普在圈子里转来转去,那只会给他带来痛苦和遗憾。当然,在后来的生活中,莉莉的母鹿用银色的希望之光保护他远离黑暗。

 

The power of enduring love

这长久的爱的力量

By Chapter Thirty-Three we already know what Lord Voldemort is capable of. We’ve already seen him use the Killing Curse without remorse on countless innocents – on Snape himself – and we’ve even seen him directing an attack on Hogwarts, the only place he ever really had a home. In the context of this and as Snape’s story unravels, we understand the pure depth of the love he has for Lily. A love that had him spying on one of the most dangerous and deadly Dark wizards that ever lived. From the moment we see him going to Dumbledore ¬– ‘Don’t kill me!’ – we understand better the high stakes Snape has been gambling with. We understand that from the moment he goes to Dumbledore until the moment of his death he has been living in fear for his life. And it’s all for love. All for Lily. Snape shows us that love is stronger than fear, and that is something overwhelmingly beautiful.

到第三十三章,我们已经知道伏地魔会想做了。我们已经看到他毫无悔疚地对无数无辜的人使用了索命咒——对斯内普本人——我们甚至看到他指挥对霍格沃茨发动袭击,那个他唯一真正有家的地方。在这一背景下,随着斯内普故事的展开,我们可以理解他对莉莉的爱有多么深。这种爱使他暗中监视世界上最危险、最致命的黑巫师之一。从我们看到他去找邓布利多的那一刻起——“别杀我!”“——我们更理解斯内普一直在赌的是多大的赌注。我们知道,从他去找邓布利多的那一刻到他死的那一刻,他一直生活在对自己生命的恐惧中。这一切都是为了爱。所有的莉莉。斯内普告诉我们爱比恐惧更强大,这是不可抗拒的压倒性的美丽。

The devastation of unrequited love

单相思的毁灭

 

After all this time?’ Dumbledore asks as Snape casts his doe Patronus. ‘Always,’ Snape answers. And queue the sobbing and broking hearts! This is, perhaps, the most memorable exchange across the whole Harry Potter series. But why? Perhaps in the doe Patronus we truly understand the depth of Snape’s love for Lily, a love that was never returned in the way he would have hoped. Perhaps it’s because many of us have

 

“这么就过去了,你一直在爱她吗?”当斯内普挥动魔杖出发牝鹿守护神的时候。“一直都是。”斯内普回答道,难受和心碎的心交织在一起。但是为什么呢?可能只有在牝鹿守护神传记中我们才能正真明白斯内普对莉莉那深沉的爱。一种他从不希望有回报的爱。也许我们许多人有相同的经历。

 

experienced that pain of loving, and wanting and not being wanted in return (perhaps in a romantic way, perhaps by friends, an estranged parent). Perhaps it is also because throughout the Harry Potter series, Patronuses have always been a symbol of hope. Did Snape still hope that Lily would return his love one day? Or was it just enough for him to hold on to a piece of her, her doe, even though he couldn’t bring her back? Whatever it is, the fact that Lily’s doe protects Snape from the depressive darkness of Dementors is something that simultaneously warms and breaks your heart.

经历过爱情的痛苦以及被在渴望和不被渴望迂回(或许以一种浪漫的方式,或许以朋友的方式,以及曾经疏远的父母)也许是因为在整个哈利波特系列中,守护神一直是希望的象征。斯内普还希望莉莉有一天会回报他的爱吗?还是说,即使他不能把她带回来,他也只能抓住她的一部分,或者她的守护神?不管是什么,莉莉的守护神保护斯内普免受摄魂怪压抑的黑暗,这一事实既温暖又让人心碎。

 

The complexity of human character

人类性格的复杂性

 

Snape’s memories reveal him as a very complicated person. And it is emotive and somewhat reassuring to see this complexity of character in another human being. People are complicated because they’re made up of so many different experiences. Snape was a lonely, friendless child. He was a victim of bullying. He was a bully himself. He found hope and friendship in Lily Evans. He called her names. He joined Lord Voldemort. He betrayed him. He loved the Dark Arts. He taught Potions. He accidentally betrayed the person he loved most. He saved Harry’s life on a number of occasions. He protected Hogwarts. 

 

斯内普的记忆显示他是个非常复杂的人。在另一个人身上看到这种复杂的性格是很让人感动和欣慰的。人是复杂的,因为他们是由许多不同的经历组成的。斯内普是一个孤独、没有朋友的孩子。他是恃强凌弱的受害者。同时他自己就是个恶霸。他在莉莉·埃文斯身上找到了希望和友谊。他骂她。他加入了伏地魔。他背叛了她。他喜欢黑魔法。他教魔药课,他不小心背叛了他最爱的人。他好几次救了哈利的命。他保护霍格沃茨。

 

All these facets of Snape are laid bare for us, and in them we understand how he became what he was, but also in general how people become who they are. They are made up of the lived parts of their lives. As Sirius once put it, ‘the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters’ and Snape is a Death Eater but he has also done good. Perhaps there’s hope in this. Just like in his Patronus.

 

斯内普的所有这些方面都展现在我们面前,通过这些我们可以了解他是如何变成现在这个样子的,也可以了解人们是如何变成现在这个样子的。他们是由他们生活中有意义的部分组成的。正如小天狼星曾经说过的,“世界并没有分成成好人和食死徒两个派别。”斯内普是一个食死徒,但他也做了好事。也许这还有希望。就像他的守护神一样。

 

The truth about the Boy Who Lived at last Away from Snape, this chapter gives the truth about Harry at last. It shows a shrewdness and calculative side of Dumbledore that has stayed hidden until this point, and that in itself is disarming. We get answers to questions Harry has asked over and over. About Malfoy, about Snape, about Voldemort, about Dumbledore, and of course, about himself. There is a catharsis in all the revelations. A catharsis that Harry feels too. To have the truth at last. To finally know how to go on. Perhaps even, how to succeed. Even if that comes to making the ultimate sacrifice for the wizarding world.

 

这个男孩终于离开了斯内普,这一章给出了哈利的真相。它显示了邓布利多狡猾和善于算计的一面,一直隐藏到现在,而这一点本身就足以让人放下戒心。我们得到了哈里一再提出的问题的答案。关于马尔福,关于斯内普,关于伏地魔,关于邓布利多,当然还有他自己。在所有的启示中都有一种净化。哈利也有这种感觉。终于知道了真相。终于知道如何继续下去。甚至,如何成功。即使即将要为魔法世界做出最大的牺牲

 

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