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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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I do not think Snape is vampire. I agree with many people who said describing Snape as bat-like is simply to let the reader see his appearence and behavior. Also, as Jim said, Snape is never attracted to females like Sanguini is. I don't think J.K. intended Snape to be a vampire, so I don't think she excluded this because of younger readers. It is true we never get Snape's real feelings, but we do see his memories in DH. Lily was the only girl Snape loved. His love for one person proved very important in his future. Being attracted to others would have gone against Snape's character.

Ithil, it never says James played seeker in any of the books. I think J.K. said he did in a scholastic interview in 2000.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on October 20, 2008 5:48 PM

I'm fully convinced that snape is a part-vampire. Some people are saying that if umbridge looks toad-like that doesnt meen she's half-toad. But jk describes umbridge as having a toad like appearance but she doesnt leap like a toad does she? while snape prowls like a bat so he even BEHAVES like a bat. But when u think about it Snape could also be an unregistered ANIMAGUS.

Posted by Apoorva from India on November 14, 2008 02:26 AM

To Anonymous from Arizona:

Sanguini is a full vampire but snape is only a half-vampire so snape only has some traits of a vampire.

Posted by Apoorva from India on November 14, 2008 02:29 AM

Snape didnt transform into a bat when mcgonigall attacked him maybe because he needed high ground to take off jumping out of the window of a classroom would a perfect thing to do if you want to take off!

Posted by Apoorva from India on November 14, 2008 02:35 AM

The author of this article - David Haber - have keenly noted out all the points regarding whether Snape was a vampire. After reading the entire article, I am almost convinced that Snape was a vampire & J. K. Rowling had only left of writing this clearly in words. The author - David Haber - should be awarded Ph.D. for researching these facts in Harry Potter books, seriously.

Posted by Sagar Patil from India on November 15, 2008 04:45 AM

i think all the clues point to one thing snape is part vampire on his fathers side obviously since we know his mother was a witch at hogwarts anyway isnt it ironic that snape being a vampire is bitten on the neck in the end

Posted by Sinister from Alexander on November 25, 2008 11:16 PM

Read the books again, Sinister. Snape's father is a Muggle. Hermione tells Harry that at the end of Half-Blood Prince because she finds the information in an old Daily Prophet. His mother, Eileen Prince, married a Muggle called Tobias Snape. That's why he called himself the Half-Blood Prince. Given the tabs the Ministry keeps on werewolves, I doubt they let half-vampires run around unchecked. Also, there is absolutely nothing in the books, beyond some bat-like imagery, to suggest that Snape is a vampire. Most authors use imagery to heighten mood, give clues to character etc. Sometimes it is more subtle than others, Cedric Diggory's wand core for example. His wand has a core of unicorn hair. Unicorns are a symbol of purity and innocence. I think it is in reference to the ing of the unicorn in PS that one of the centaurs says that the innocent are the first to . Rowling uses the image of the unicorn to underline Cedric's essential goodness. It doesn't mean he is part unicorn, any more than her use of bat-like images for Snape mean that he is part vampire. All she is doing is underlining Harry's perception of Snape as evil. Rowling is a good enough writer that if she had wanted Snape to be a vampire, or half-vampire, she would have made it very clear at some point and used it.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 27, 2008 6:47 PM

yes his father was a muggle but between the time he marries and snapes birth he could of been transformed...hypothetically of course...also if you read the books no one outside the teachers knew about lupin only when Sev "let slip" that lupin was a werewolf to the minister did he have to leave the school the ministry keeps track of animogists but i doubt they have a great compelte record of werewolves,vampires,centaurs and other "part humans" seeing of the mistrust between most magical creatures and wizards also the ministry had no idea of 3 new animagists at hogwarts when harrys dad was in school remember back in PoA and GoF new animogists had to register maybe just maybe its the same for new werewolves and vampires..but anyway maybe one day mrs.rowling come completely clean to all the mysteries of the books but until then im gonna believe Sev likes the taste of blood.

Posted by Sinister on November 29, 2008 12:42 AM

I think that's pushing it, Sinister. Especially as I'm pretty sure that Rowling has said somewhere that Snape isn't a vampire. If she was happy to come clean about Dumbledore being , why on earth wouldn't she say straight out if either Snape or his father were vampires? However, that's your reading.

But Snape didn't let it slip to the Minister that Lupin was a werewolf; he let it slip to the Slytherin students; Fudge already knew. In the second last chapter of GoF when Fudge and Dumbledore are arguing over Harry's hospital bed, Fudge says; "There aren't many who'd have let you hire werewolves, or keep Hagrid...' The implication is that he knew about Lupin before Dumbledore hired him. It was the students and parents who didn't know. The other thing to consider is that, according to legend, vampires find it very difficult to control their bloodlust, if indeed they try at all. They are dangerous at all times, not just the full moon as is the case with Lupin. As long as Lupin is controlled in some way at the full moon he is safe. A vampire would be another matter entirely. Anyway, I think we'll have to agree to differ. I'm a writer myself and all I see in the repeated references to Snape's bat-like characteristics is imagery.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 30, 2008 5:21 PM

Thank you for correcting me on some issues and I agree with most of what you say Elizabeth But you fail to take into account that i said Sev is likely a part vampire and maybe his lust for blood is not as strong as a full blooded vamp and could be satiated with a potion or with with animal blood it isnt necassary for a half vamp to attack if they can control thier cravings some other way and i do believe we have to continue to differ on this topic and thanks for the discussion

Posted by Sinister on December 1, 2008 01:12 AM

hmm Elizabeth ive been thinking i think you maybe right Sev may NOt be a vampire he may just have vampiric characteristics maybe being born the son of a vampire only gave him certain traits such as with Bill Weasley not being a full werewolf after being attacked by greyback who wasnt transformed...but Bill still had traits like having his meat "bloody" he wasnt considered a full werewolf or particulary dangerous so when Mrs Rowling said Sev wasnt a vampire she was technically telling the truth he may only have traits but anyway...who really knows maybe in the final movie when Sev is running from McGonagall and the other teachers he jumps from the window and he actually turns into a bat would be very intersting wouldnt you agree

Posted by Sinister on December 1, 2008 03:56 AM

Hey Sinister & Elizabeth, you are here re-flashing Snape's father a Muggle & mother a witch. But transforming into a vampire partly or fully would be caused by biting of other vampire which isn't stated clearly in the books. Though Potion's Teacher Snape would have tried to cure himself like he does to Lupin in PoA.

Posted by Sagar Patil from India on December 5, 2008 1:49 PM

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