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Watching this, Dumbledore says something like:

"... but you must wait until Voldemort is at his most Vulnerable.."

Dumbledore asks that Snape reveals Harry Potter where Snape's true allegiance lies, and also that Harry must die in order to kill Voldemort.

I think this is a reference to Voldemort's horcruxes - when they are destroyed. As far as I can remember, Dumbledore never told Snape about the horcruxes . Even so, I think they had a quarrel about Dumbledore not sharing all the details with Snape.

So, how did Snape figure out when Voldemort was at his most vulnerable?

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    Snape was in the process of dying. It could be he just thought "well, it's now or never." – TZHX Jun 3 '15 at 16:53
  • If Dumbledore never told Snape about them....I wonder why? That knowledge may have come in handy. – Paul Draper Jun 3 '15 at 19:00
  • @Paul probably for fear of Voldemort discovering Dumbledore knew about them. Dumbledore seems to like Telling people the absolute minimum amount of information they need for the task he sets them. Which, of course, has its pros and cons. – TZHX Jun 4 '15 at 18:05
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While you are right in saying Dumbledore never told Snape about the Horcruxes, he did tell him when Voldemort would be at his most vulnerable:

"[...]There will come a time—after my death—do not argue, do not interrupt! There will come a time when Lord Voldemort will seem to fear for the life of his snake.”

“For Nagini?” Snape looked astonished.

“Precisely. If there comes a time when Lord Voldemort stops sending that snake forth to do his bidding, but keeps it safe beside him under magical protection, then, I think, it will be safe to tell Harry.”

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ch. 33: The Prince's Tale

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