Ok in the movie Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, Harry sees a series of memories from Snape, in which you see Snape casting the Patronus for Harry to follow and thus Harry finds the Sword (which happened in Part 1).

When Snape casts said Patronus he is in Prof. Dumbledore's office talking with Prof. Dumbledore, but Dumbledore dies in The Half-Blood Prince (which is an earlier movie).

Am I missing something or have I made an incorrect conclusion?

  • I think you're missing the fact that the memory is from before Snape was killed. I'm not sure how this is at all unclear.
    – phantom42
    Jun 9 '15 at 3:23
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    He is talking to Dumbledore when he casts the patronus!
    – michael
    Jun 9 '15 at 3:39
  • @phantom42 I don't think the issue is when the memory was viewed, but rather created. I think OP is onto something here. Snape casts a Patronus in Prof. D's office (which is supposedly the one which leads Harry to the Sword), in the movie. But in the books Snape casts the Patronus to show Prof. D that it is in fact a "Doe" Patronus which happens to prove his love for Lily (since hers was the same). Whereas the Patronus leading Harry to the Sword happened in DH:P1! In the books, Snape casts two separate Patroni, IIRC.
    – Möoz
    Jun 9 '15 at 3:39
  • Dumbledore is long dead at this point
    – michael
    Jun 9 '15 at 3:39
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    BUT Dumbledore dies in six. How can he be present when Snape casts the pronus in seven
    – michael
    Jun 9 '15 at 4:35

I think I understand the question so I will provide an answer.

Chronological order of the events that interest you:

  1. Snape casts a Patronus in Dumbledore's office. Because Dumbledore is alive, we assume it's sometime during the Half-Blood Prince (6th book/movie). This is just to show that his Patronus mirrors his feelings for Lily.

  2. Dumbledore dies at the end of the Half-Blood Prince (6th book/movie).

  3. Snape then, much much later, during the Deathly Hallows casts a NEW patronus that leads Harry to Sword of Gryffindor.

I belive you though it was one Patronus the whole time, but he just cast it multiple times.

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    @michael if that is the answer you were looking for, you should accept it (and probably up-vote it): this is explained in the help. Jun 9 '15 at 9:00

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