How good was Snape at potions?

It has been over twenty years since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, the first book in theseries of storiesabout the wizard, was published. And as impossible as it might seem, were still discovering new things about the books.

But of all the recent revelations, this one really did blow our minds.

Remember that very first Potions lessons whereSnapeasks Harry: Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to and infusion of wormwood?

And while Hermiones hand shot into the air, Harry was left completely bewildered?

Well, it turns out there was a lot more meaning to that question than we just thought. Thankfully, one eagle-eyed reader was able to point it out.

Tumblr user and Potter fanTomhiddlesexplains:

The first thing Snape asks Harry is Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood? According to Victorian Flower Language, asphodel is a type of lily meaning My regrets follow you to the grave and wormwood means absence and also typically symbolised bitter sorrow. If you combined that, it meant I bitterly regret Lilys death.

We know, incredible right? But thats not all.

Asphodel was once believed to be a cure for snake bites. Could this be coincidence or a subtle reference to Voldemort, the dark wizard who killed Lily and could speak to snakes?

And just to completely blow your minds, theres one more thing

According to Snape, if you did combine Powdered Root of Asphodel and an infusion of Wormwood, youd brew a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death.

Is this Snape trying to tell us that the ingredients which his regret over Lilys fate together reflect what his life is now i.e. a living death? Because we know that his part in Lilys death has haunted him for years.

We knew JK Rowling did her research but Merlins beard! That is a LOT of hidden meanings in just one sentence.