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You Dare Use My Own Spells Against Me


Added 4 years ago by Matt • Updated 5 months ago by ohmyjosh
Added 4 years ago by Matt • Updated 5 months ago by ohmyjosh

You Dare Use My Own Spells Against Me | Screengrab from the Harry Potter movie of Severus Snape looking sombre and saying the line
You Dare Use My Own Spells Against Me | Screengrab from the Harry Potter movie of Severus Snape looking sombre and saying the line

Category: Meme Status: confirmed Year: 2014 Origin: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book and Film) Region:
Type: Image Macro Reaction
Tags: snape harry potter harry potter and the half-blood prince harry potter memes movie memes film movies books notdhruvil stonytark3000

About

"You Dare Use My Own Spells Against Me" is a memorable quote uttered by the character Snape in the book and film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Screenshots of Snape saying the line in the film have been used in a series of reaction image macros expressing the feeling of having one's own tactics used against them.

Origin

On July 16th, 2005, the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published.[1] In the book, the character character Harry Potter attempts to attack his teacher Professor Snape with a spell devised by Snape. The professor responds to these attacks by saying, "You dare use my own spells against me."[2]

Four years later, on July 15th, 2009, a film adaptation of the book featured the characters Harry and Snape (portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman, respectively) having the exchange (shown below).



Spread

On July 14th, 2014, the Twitter [3] account for the Harry Potter film series posted the quote with a screenshot of Snape. The post received more than 2,000 likes and 1,200 retweets in less than six years (shown below, left).

About six years later, the screen capture of the moment became a meme on Reddit, expressing when one's aggressive tactics are used against them. One of the earliest known usage was published on January 15th, 2020 by Redditor[4] NOTDHRUVIL. The post received more than 131,000 points (94% upvoted) and 460 comments in less than 24 hours (shown below, center).

Following the post, others began sharing variations, such as the one posted by Redditor[5] StonyTark3000 on the /r/dankmemes subreddit, which received more than 17,000 points (97% upvoted) in less than 24 hours (shown below, right).


Harry Potter Film @HarryPotterFilm "You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Yes. I'm the Half Blood Prince." - Snape 9:29 AM · Jul 14, 2014 · Twitter Web Client Kid: Calls his mom Mom: I'm cooking Kid: Just pause it Mom: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Me, after accidentally crashing my Dad's car: Are you mad? My Dad: Mad? I'm bloody furious! Me: Hi bloody furious, I'm your son My Dad: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter?

Various Examples


IRS: We're going to have to put you in prison for not paying you tax debts. Me: That's funny, last time I checked the U.S. government was $22 trillion in debt. IRS: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Me: *Calls my mum* Mum: Yes? Me: *Doesn't reply* Mum: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Dad: Can you bring me some water? I'm so sick. Son: Hi So Sick, I'm son Dad: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter?
Student : How many years have you been teaching? Teacher : 8 Student : 8 what? Apples? Bananas? Teacher : You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Teacher: can i go to the next slide? Student: idk can you? Teacher: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Kid: say ICUP Me:E-y-e-c-u-p Kid: no , it is l-C-U-P... Kld after realisng his mistake: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter?

Templates


You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? You dare use my own spells against me, Potter?

Search Interest

External References

[1] Wikipedia – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

[2] Good Reads – Quotable Quote

[3] Twitter – @HarryPotterFilm's Tweet

[4] Reddit – /r/memes

[5] Reddit – /r/dankmemes


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