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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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"Bellatrix's mouth twisted as though she had taken unpleasent dose of medicine.
'But you didn't return when he came back, you didn't FLY back to him at once when you felt the Dark Mark burn-'" Bellatrix HBP.

I find it interesting that Bella said FLY, I mean the other Eaters Apparated why would Snape fly.

As for Remus and revenge I don't think so.

Posted by Lucinda Burrow from Australia on September 30, 2007 04:19 AM

snape is a vampire. he wasnt bitten or anything like it, he was un. since lily d, he lived only for one thing, and when that was over, most likely he would have comitted suiside. theory half correct.

Posted by dk from il on October 1, 2007 03:53 AM

When I saw the preview of this on the main page, I thought, this person must be crazy, but by the end of the article I am inclined to believe the theory. It's probably a coincidence, but I always imagined Snape to be bat-like.
That hint about "Voyages with Vampires", I don't think so. Hermione's smart, but not that much. She more than likely enjoyed it like most others who burry themselves in books.
About Dean's wish for having a vampire for a DADA teacher the next year, I think that unlikely to be a hint. He was probably just saying it because, well, having a werewolf for a teacher would be something of a shock, so having a vampire next would not be so surprising.
That hint about Quirrel is really clever, during the book we see Snape threatening and generally frightening Quirrel, so maybe before they taught together at Hogwarts Snape was cruel to the DADA teacher?
As for Lupin getting back at Snape for the warewolf essay, possible, because Snape always hated Lupin and his lot, so maybe...

Posted by Keira from Adelaide on October 3, 2007 10:43 PM

Just saying, dk from il;

You seem awfully certain, nobody, (except JK) can be certain until the encyclopaedia is released. But getting back to reality, this theory is rather farfetched. We do seem to be ganging up on Snape, everyone seems not to like him and think of him as an evil character. As for him always living in dark, damp, dungeons, and keeping half- things in jars, everyone has a certain amount of morbidity in them, just some more than others!

Posted by Keira from South Australia on October 4, 2007 01:41 AM

Well I dont think that Snape is a vampire, or even half vampire. The clues that were mentioned were probably just loose ends so people could continue to write fan fiction. Besides Snapes father was a muggle and I doubt his mother was a vampire (or in this case vampiress).

Posted by Millie from South Wales on October 7, 2007 4:03 PM

Millie: We don't know hardly anything about Eileen Prince other than she was good at potions. And regarding Tobias Snape, muggles can be vampires too...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 7, 2007 4:04 PM

it is mention time and time again that Dumbledore found the 12 uses of dragon blood, maybe one was similar to wolfsbane to werewolves, perhaps it could be used as a substitute to vampires for human blood. that would explain why Snape seems to admire Dumbledore

Posted by Natty Bleeker from broken little town on October 7, 2007 10:28 PM

One thing I have gleamed from reading this site for the past year is not to just toss out a theory just because it is improbable. Through Dave and the many that have posted to the comments here, I have seen many ideas I just didn't think could work - that ended up being correct or at least a distinct possibility. The clues all point to there being a possibility that Severus was at least part vampire; among the ones Dave mentioned his love of billowing black robes, preferring to dwell in dark underground places, and oft descriptions of being "bat-like" to name a few. And I gotta admit, that drawing really does seem to convey that Jo had vampires in mind.

That being said, I really think that these things that hint Severus was a vampire are simply the ambiance of his character. She may have written him with a vampire in mind, but to give him the countenance of one, not to make him actually be one. This is not so much because of proof in the books, but because of what is not, or rather what is there instead. A vampire bloodline, if it were true, would actually go quite a way to understanding Severus’ character, why he was an outcast or preferred to be so. The fact that we already have someone whose “dark” form normally attacks humans whose condition has been explored so thoroughly leads me to believe that if it was a factor in Severus, it would have at least been mentioned if not in the books, then on her website or in interviews. Pr. Flitwick gets this very courtesy – his goblin ancestry is not important in the least to the story, the plot, or even understanding his character, but Jo tells us he’s got it. In this case, absence of evidence does seem to be evidence of absence.

Posted by monkeeshrines from orlando fl on October 8, 2007 07:43 AM

Wow amazingly put Monkeeshrines.

Posted by Raphael13 on October 13, 2007 10:28 AM

The article was nice but Snape was not a vampire. You are reading too much into those "little clues" which never really meant anything. Jk Rowling liked vampires so she mentioned them several times int he books that doesnt mean there is any deeper connection.

Posted by Dracorex on October 14, 2007 1:21 PM

But if Snape's half-vampire, not bitten but through birth, how did one of his Muggle or wizard ancestors... make him, i mean isn't it a bit dangerous, doing it with a vampire? the same thing accured to me whilst reading that Hagrid is a Part-giant. how can a giant and a "small-looking man" mate?

Posted by George from Roosendaal (Netherlands) on October 20, 2007 2:07 PM

George: The answer is the same as the answer to the old joke, how do porcupines mate?

Answer: Very carefully!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 20, 2007 2:19 PM

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