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Sinking our teeth into the character of Snape

by David Haber

I've personally strongly believed for a long time, and still do, that Severus Snape is a vampire, or at least, is part vampire. There are clues in all the books that point to this conclusion, over the years, J.K. has (sort of) denied that he is, and yet she continued dropping these hints even throughout book 7.

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Well there are a lot of clues, but still i think that they are small things that make a big story. all those "clues" are just stuff she put in the story to make the story "complete", and of course there's going to be garlic if you have vampires in a magical world. but still it's pretty tempting to say that they all are clues, but the story is over so what should the clues should be for?
well i think IF she put clues they are for another part of the big story or just another perspective.

Posted by Racheed on September 1, 2007 2:30 PM

i would have never thought of the possibility of snape being a vampire, but i guess it is possible. and looking at all the clues it's very likely.

Posted by Lor from CT on September 1, 2007 2:37 PM

There are some clues which link Snape to bats. J.K. has made countless references to Snape's bat-like appearance. But to say that these miniscule references lead logically to the conclusion that Snape is a vampire is, I believe, strwtching things too far. Also, I do not see why J.K. would include such a huge aspect of a relatively main character's life, and then give it no meaning to the story.

Posted by thermos26 from Edmonton, Canada on September 1, 2007 2:57 PM

Does this mean that Snape�s somewhat "alive", even after being bitten by Nagini? Wow...

Posted by Uhu on September 1, 2007 3:45 PM

Hmm... posssibly, but I believe we saw Snape in Book 7. Either he wasn't completely "un" because he was only half-vampire, or the potion he took to mitigate his vampire symptoms prevented him from being un. So, when Nagini bit him, he really d.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 1, 2007 3:51 PM

Could his title, "Half-Blood Prince," be another clue--vampires and blood, half a vampire, etc?

Posted by Sam from California on September 1, 2007 4:31 PM

I have also thought he might be a vampire, and noticed the bat clues. However, if J.K. claims he isn't, then I go with that... perhaps she imagined Snape as looking LIKE a vampire, so she used words to describe one, so that we'd get an accurate picture of him... hmm.

I do find it interesting, though, that there are all these vampire references, and then he s from exsanguination...

Posted by Katie T from California on September 1, 2007 4:52 PM

I don't know. Funny thing is that Snape in my imagination just looks as the drawing of Snape. He could be partially a vampire although it's of no importance to the story...

Posted by dropje from Belgium on September 1, 2007 4:58 PM

Garlic doesn't ward off dark wizards. Or else all the order needed was a lot of Garlic to fught against the eaters.

Posted by Sagar from Kansas City on September 1, 2007 5:08 PM

Snape became good at potions becuase he loved Lily Evans and Lily was good at potions. The 6th book was named after him...the half blood prince...half vampire, maybe?

Posted by Amber from San Fransisco, CA on September 1, 2007 5:09 PM

its very possible, Rowling has corrected herself in saying certain things she labeled rumors can be possible (for example the case of Neville/Luna)

the books mentioned voldemort joining forces with dark creatures, a vampire is a perfect ally. it would also explain his hatred towards the marauders. all his life he could always blame his loneliness on his condition, but then he met Lupin who has the same problem, but he has friends.

Posted by Natty Bleeker from broken little town on September 1, 2007 5:51 PM

I do not think that Snape is a vampire. We all must remember that the story is told in Harry Potter's point of view. Harry has always thought of Snape as being bat-like. Umbridge is perpetually described as being toad-like. Does this make her half-toad? I think it's a trait of Harry (and a literary device used by Jo) to describe characters as animals. Scrimgeour is described as being lion-like, Sirius is always described as being dog-like, etc. (In this case, did Harry think of Sirius in these terms before or after he gained knowledge of him being an animagus? I don't know, maybe someone could find out?)

Posted by Danny on September 1, 2007 6:13 PM

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