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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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why were snape and Lily in same year when Lily was born in january 1960 and snape was in January 1958?

Posted by swati from India on January 8, 2009 11:34 PM

You're right Swati. It doesn't make sense that Snape was born in 1958. I'm pretty sure he was born in 1960. I've been looking it up in other places to make sure and almost all of them say he was born in 1960. If we are going with what's written in the books, then I think 1960 is the year we should use.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on January 9, 2009 4:18 PM

Snape isn't a vampire im sure of that because if he was JK would have told us at some point. When it says he glided across the room it means his cloak not him. HE ISN'T A VAMPIRE!

Posted by HP lover from nj on January 13, 2009 2:00 PM

How many years did take for J.K. to come out with the fact that Dumbledore was ? There certainly could still be things that she knows about Harry's world that she hasn't told us.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 13, 2009 2:02 PM

I think that Snape might just be a vampire.
In Goblet of Fire, pg 491(UK edition),

'Maybe he didn't want you to get there!' said Ron quickly. 'Maybe- hang on- how fast d'you reckon he could've got down to the Forest? D'you reckon he could've beaten you and Dumbledore there?'
'Not unless he can turn himself into a bat or something.', said Harry.
'Wouldn't put it past him.', Ron muttered.

I mean, JK could've used any other creature but she used BAT didn't she?

Posted by Akash from Delhi,India on January 24, 2009 11:04 AM

"I mean, JK could've used any other creature but she used BAT didn't she?"

Sure, she could. But try replacing "bat" with "sparrow" or "chaffinch" or "golden oriole." "Crow" would work nicely, but the rest really don't fit. It's just the imagery. She needed something dark and slightly creepy, something associated with evil to fit Harry's perception of Snape. Of course she also needed something that comes out at night. Again, I just don't think a nightingale would fit the bill.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 28, 2009 05:08 AM

He can't fully be a vampire, however. It is described in the books that vampires are classified as "Non-Wizard Part-Humans" by the Ministry Of Magic. NON-WIZARDS. Therefore Snape at least is a half-vampire. He is, which is very known, extremly talented at performing magic and could consequently might have kept his magical qualities and the capacity of staying in daylight. Although, he might have lost the "talent" of eating real food.

I do reserve myself in the case of somone else's writing the same thing, but I hope you get my point.

Posted by Daniel from Sweden on March 9, 2009 10:37 AM

That's always been my contention, that Snape is PART vampire, in the same way that Hagrid is part giant and Flitwick is part something else, possibly Goblin.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 9, 2009 10:39 AM

Yes, exactly. And in the Flitwick-case, it is actually written on J.K's website that Flitwick has some genes of a goblin, but that these are very distant. Rowling said that she was a bit concerned of the fact that Flitwick was made so goblin-like in the first movie. In the books he is just described as a very short, old man. Isn't it so?

Posted by Daniel from Sweden on March 9, 2009 10:58 AM

Dave, I agree with your vampire theory, or at least part vampire theory. It would seem in J.K's nature to plant something in deliberately and try to throw us off track.

I found another clue in the half blood prince. It involves the bit where Harry is at Slughorn's party. Harry says " did you know there was a vampire coming?" (page 294) and isn't it interesting that Snape is at the party? Harry probably was referring to Sanguini but was J.K also referring to him?

Posted by Craig Edwards from Telford on April 23, 2009 10:51 AM

David, I agree but maybe it was his father that was the vampire? I mean, in all folk legends, vampires and known to be ly afraid of magic, and it says in number 7, when Harry is looking into Snapes memory, Snape HIMSELF says 'Nah, my dad doesn't like magic'. Why would he marry a witch then? He must be a part vampire.

Posted by James Jarvis from Ravenclaw Common Room on July 7, 2009 04:35 AM

remember, JK likes to hint of things by repeatadly mentioning them. Remember all the "topmost tower" stuff? I really do think Snape is part vampire.

Posted by ARANEL on August 22, 2009 3:16 PM

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