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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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DH page 599 McGonagall said snape jumped through the window. Harry asked if he was McGonagall said

"No, he's not --unlike Dumbledore he was still carrying a wand--and he seems to have learned a few ticks from his master."

Harry looked out and saw in a distance a huge bat like shape flying toward the perimeter wall.

He was inside flying out, McGonagall was refering to Snape being able to fly like Voldemort. It was Snape that Harry saw.

Posted by Pamela sue from Ark on November 5, 2007 08:51 AM

I so think snape is a vampire now!

Posted by AbZ from pennsylvania, USA on November 12, 2007 10:27 AM

I was working on this theory by myself, but by now i'm stopped with that because this one is really good. The only thing that is not mentioned is this:

he gave himself the name: halfblood prince

but why should he be proud to be a half blood prince, if his mother is the one that gave him his share of vampire?

Posted by Jord on November 15, 2007 09:30 AM

i dunno. i think snape may be a vampire, but it's not a big part of the story becuse she (jk) never mentioned it in the books.

Posted by siriuslyluvinsirius on November 18, 2007 09:47 AM

I'm not sure if anyone has noticed this, but in the third book, the joke played on Snape, by Sirius, would have resulted in Snape's ; vampires can only be ed by werewolves. Another reason I think Snape is at least part vampire. Because if he weren't then the worst thing to happen to him, he would have become a werewolf himself.

Posted by Beccisue from Germany on November 21, 2007 09:39 AM

I never thought about snape being a vampire but now that you've told us the theory I'm convinced.

Posted by IJ on November 27, 2007 06:28 AM

Vampires can only be ed by werewolves? What happened to a good old stake through the heart?

I'm not convinced that Snape is a vampire. He never shows the least sign of wanting to sink his fangs into anyone's neck. I know Rowling uses a lot of bat imagery in connection with Snape, but I don't think it goes any further. Can someone ask her?

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 27, 2007 3:49 PM

i'm not sure abt this vampire thing but in HBP when harry went to christmas party at slughorn's there is mention of a vampire sanguini. i didn't understand the context/use of that in the book at all (except that the person who brought him offered to write a biography of harry which harry denied) and thought then that may be vampires come in picture in some way later but that didn't happen. so why did jkr mention a vampire when she was not to use it, she hasn't done this (mention but not use) with any other myth characters. May be it was part of the story earlier in her mind but finally could not make to the final version. just a doubt, I told you i'm not sure!

Posted by swati from India on November 27, 2007 8:55 PM

Swati, I think Sanguini was just a bit of local colour. I mean, it was a party so there had to be a few guests. Also their presence fits in with Slughorn's character. He really likes to be the centre of attention and I guess having a vampire at his party would lend it a certain cachet! The main point of that scene was that Harry overheard Snape and Malfoy's conversation which confirmed that Malfoy was up to something and deepened our suspicions of Snape.

Actually, thinking of Sanguini and Bragg; did anyone else notice the distinctly camp characterisation of these two? Interesting in light of Rowling's revelation about Dumbledore. Bragg and Sanguini were pretty obvious, but Dumbledore, although it didn't surprise me to learn he was , I never even thought about. I'm not quite sure how to put this, but it's like he was so comfortable with who and what he was, that things like that were sort of invisible. Does that make sense?

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 28, 2007 03:28 AM

I agree....I thought Bragg and Sanguini might be an item but then Sanguini was also very interested in all the nubile young girls as well!

Posted by Joe from England on December 5, 2007 04:16 AM

Maybe Sanguini's role was specifically for the purpose of giving more evidence that Snape ISN'T a vampire. We can see from the way Sanguini is treated rather like Bragg's puppy dog that Vampires don't typically function in society. I'm not saying that Snape functioned well in society but he has managed to hold down a job and gain the trust of the two most powerful wizards of his time. I really don't see how he could have managed all this if he was moonlighting (get it?) as a Vampire.

Posted by Bnickel from IL, USA on December 6, 2007 07:27 AM

another clue is on pg 491 of GoF (english version) chapters the dream for you yanks, when Harry is discussing Crouches dissapperarance with ron and hermione ron asks "D'you reckon he (snape) could have beaten you and dumbledore down there?"

Harry replies "Not unless he can turn into a bat or something"

Ron mutters "wouldn't put it past him".

Also, with regards to coming out in the day, the vampire Sanghini is at Slughorns party. not sure if it happened at night though.

Posted by max from swindon, gloucester on December 10, 2007 10:09 AM

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