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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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well, one thing i want to correct is that Flitwig is not half human, technicaly, he does have some goblin blood, some 18th or something, but definitely less that half. JK says specificaly what it is on her site.

also, when i first looked and saw the theory that snape is a vampire, i didn't really buy it, but after reading the article it makes, well a little too much sense. oh, for anyone who's read stephanie meyer's books they'll know that, at least in her world, werewolves and vampires are natural mortal enemies. this certainly goes along with the snape lupin thing. after all, aside from that and him hanging out with "potter", what reason does snape have to hate him specificaly?

Posted by Raven on September 3, 2007 7:33 PM

Well... I guess, when I said "half-human and half-something else", I didn't mean it literally, I meant "part-human"... but thanks for the clarification.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 3, 2007 8:01 PM

I prefer to think of Snape as a pure human with a great heart...

Posted by britney on September 4, 2007 04:47 AM

I agree with everyone else that Voldemort would not let Snape be in the inner circle if Snape was part vampire (unless Snape was so necessary and powerful, Voldemort decided to overlook Snape being half-vampire as well as Snape's half-muggle background in the same way that Voldemort overlooked his own background).

If Snape's mother, Eileen Prince, was a vampire or part vampire (after she left Hogwarts), it would explain why she ended up married to a muggle. Possibly, she wanted to hide her condition from the magic community (especially her Slytherian friends)....

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on September 4, 2007 08:12 AM

I think its an interesting theory and after reading all the clues I have to admit that it seems quite likely that Snape is indeed a vampire.

Posted by Mike from Wales on September 4, 2007 09:16 AM

This is an interesting theory; though I'm not sure if I believe it or not. A few pointers though:

1. (against the theory) If Snape's mother was a vampire, would she be permitted to attend Hogwarts? We know that she does go to Hogwarts, the evidence is in the Half-Blood Prince.

2. (for the theory) I can't quite remember, but I swear there is a bit in one of the books were Ron is talking about animagus. I think he mentions something about how weird it would be if Snape could turn into a bat. Don't count me on that though!

Posted by shmabz babz from Kent, England on September 4, 2007 12:48 PM

Its a cool and interesting theory but I doubt it. I think she personally described him like a bat because they are typically thought of as evil, but I dont think he has any actual connection with them.

I would like to clarify/point out some things from the previous comments.

1) The neck and the throat/jugular are to different things.

2) Two there are some stories and such that say half-vampires are possible. They can be created when a pregnant woman is bitten and a few other ways.

3) I think that he is weakened but not destroyed by the sun is a good idea, assuming he is a vampire.

4) Exsanguination (the loss of blood) would be an ironic for a vampire. Also I think that snake fangs would probably work as a stake to it.

Also I thought his body wasn't in the hall because it had been mutilated (you know an open coffin type of thing) and/or he was thought to be on the dark side until after and/or it was in a hard to reach spot, the shreaking shack. Wait, his picture wasn't in the office? but JK said herself that he was a rightful headmaster and therefor should have a picture. She would be going against herself...

Posted by E from Scarborough, ME on September 4, 2007 3:05 PM

I've checked my GoF spanish edition and at the yule ball when they are all eating Snape is not mentioned.

Posted by Mateo from Rosario Argentina on September 4, 2007 5:46 PM

I didn't really think too much about Snape being a vampire when I read the article...until I saw the picture! That cloak, with that collar, is so typical to vampires it just makes sense!

Posted by ashley from California on September 4, 2007 5:54 PM

Dave: not only do I find your proofs about Snape being a vampire very convincing, but I also have a couple of my own, proofs from Snape's last scene, when he s on voldemort's orders. In that scene, he is ed by Nagini, who attacks his neck, the place well-known to be the site from where vampires suck blood, and, along with blood, a silver non-gas-non-liquid comes spurting out of the wound, possibly a reference to the ever-famous fact of vampires having silver blood.

On the other hand, both of my proofs have weaknesses, the former because Nagini also comes out of the neck of Bathilda Bagshot when lunging at Harry (maybe it's one of its idiosyncrasies), because the neck could just have been a good spot/coincidence for Nagini's attacking of it, and because the neck-vampire connection is only one brought about by the vampire biting its victim's neck, not itself being bitten by its attacker, and the latter because the silver matter was revealed to be Snape's thoughts, although maybe both thoughts and silver blood were mixed together into the material described as gushing out of Snape.

Posted by zibl from Teaneck on September 4, 2007 9:10 PM

Well i think your theories are great but couldn't he just be an unregisted animagus like James, Sirius, Lupin, Wormtail and Rita Skeeter?

Posted by azraa from Selangor,Malaysia on September 5, 2007 01:36 AM

Personally, I think you're barking mad. But hey, it's a free world, so if you want to think Snape is a vampire, go ahead. But don't forget, J.K. Rowling loved giving us red herrings throughout the books, so the whole vampire related subjects may be just that.

Posted by ragna from the netherlands on September 5, 2007 03:54 AM

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