ϟ “So the boy… the boy must die?” asked Snape quite calmly.
”And Voldemort himself must do it, Severus. That is essential.”
Another long silence. Then Snape said, “I thought… all these years… that we were protecting him for her. For Lily.”
”We have protected him because it has been essential to teach him, to raise him, to let him try his strength,” said Dumbledore, his eyes still tight shut. “Meanwhile, the connection between them grows ever stronger, a parasitic growth: Sometimes I have thought he suspects it himself. If I know him, he will have arranged matters so that when he sets out to meet his death, it will truly mean the end of Voldemort.
Dumbledore opened his eyes. Snape looked horrified.
”You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?… You have used me… I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter…” ϟ
- (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - 33. 182-185)