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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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In this both sides of the argument have a point
For (snape is a vampire):
Snape has his classes in the Dungeons under the lake where it is dark, so is his office

He cant teach Voldemort to turn into a bat because Voldermort is not half vampire as his mother is a decendant of Slytherin, so Snape did learn to fly from his master

For: He probably did not learn to fly like Voldy at all he could just normally turn himself into a bat>

For: He like Flitwick could have a drop of vampire in his blood as his mother is described as sallow and stringy.
Plus Tobias Snape the father could of just hated his wife and son because of it, but I would like to think he would be a Selfish abusive person because it was Tobias Snape's fault Snape was so mean in his adult years

Posted by Sy on November 20, 2009 8:25 PM

ive always noticed all the bat-like stuff but not once did it cross my mind tht sev(i like tht nickname)was a vampire.and now tht i think about it tht more it makes me fell stupid cuz it makes alot of sense...wel to me at least.and it makes more sense that he is part vamp not whole.and as for the part where he cures malfoy and doesnt react to the blood it could be the same as the twilight thing where edward and the others can ignore blood too.

and for the lupin and the vampire essay thing it was genius how you picked tht up but lupin doesnt seem like the revenge type of guy...but still its possible he could have done tht

real genuis dave:)

Posted by luna lovegood from toronto on November 22, 2009 1:30 PM

who says muggles cant be vampires?
sev's dad coulve been one....its possible

Posted by luna lovegood from toronto on November 22, 2009 1:33 PM

I agree that Sev could be part vampire - not whole or even half though, which is why sunlight may be uncomfortable over a long period but doesn't him. It would also explain why he kept his old office in the dungeons when he got the DADA job and when teaching in the DADA classroom kept the curtains closed.

Posted by Tee from Birmingham, UK on December 19, 2009 6:08 PM

I think that all of the so called "clues" are more just a descriptions of Snapes character more than anything else, he is described as vampire and bat like because i believe JK wants to create an image of a dark man, a man who is a loner and a man who has obviously spent his whole life alone and overlooked...he's evil tendancies are complemented by this description, i reckon it was probably her idea all along so that the characterisation would throw us off the scent he actually had a decent side, otherwise who would have been shocked at his love for lily or reason's for protecting harry. As for the apparent clues, they are simply part of a supernatural story line in which vampires, werewolves and many other magical creatures are often mentioned, in context with the story and/or to inform the reader of the depth of the world JK created...i also think the fact that Snape was bleeding when he d is ultimate proof he cant have been a vampire, as even if he was a half vampire (as suggested by most mythology surrounding the creatures) he would have had to be immortal and un!

Posted by Shelle from Perth, Western Australia on July 9, 2010 12:03 AM

I think what we all forget is that we always see Snape through Harry's viewpoint. Sure Rowling might have tossed in some clues there, but if Snape really was part vampire, why on earth wouldn't she have done something with that? Think of how much he hates Lupin - if he really were part vampire that could have made the whole relationship between them even more twisted. Besides, Dumbledore would have known. If Snape was a vampire Rowling would have used it to further the story.
It's just characterisation and because we are always seeing him through Harry's eyes, we get this very dark, negative perspective on Snape.
Snape shows none of the characteristics of the vampire. For example, he can go out in the sun, and we never get the least hint that he drinks any sort of blood.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on July 10, 2010 03:44 AM

You know, this theory might even explain (further) why he choose to call himself a "prince"...

Posted by Mario on July 21, 2010 6:01 PM

"i also think the fact that Snape was bleeding when he d is ultimate proof he cant have been a vampire, as even if he was a half vampire (as suggested by most mythology surrounding the creatures) he would have had to be immortal and un!"

Really good point, Shelle. I clearly don't read enough paranormals!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on July 22, 2010 07:01 AM

Snape could be an unregistered animagus. And he can turn into a bat.

Posted by Nalani from Chuluota, FL on July 29, 2010 07:16 AM

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