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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, I knew Stephenie Meyer would be dragged in to this somehow.

This is some good evidence, but I'm still not sure. Maybe JKR wanted to portray Snape more as and emotional vampire, you know, metaphorically.

He fed on James's love for Lily and imbibed it into himself, and he did the same with Lily's love for Harry. He fed on Dumbledore's kindness and Voldemort's treachery. Snape drank in Draco's hate for Harry, and in turn, Harry's hate for Draco. It is this kind of blood, I think, that Snape fed on.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on September 6, 2007 9:12 PM

Well I've read you're article and I have to say it's really interesting.

If Snape is a vampire? Or part vampire? Well I must admid that it sometimes seems very clear that he could be one.

But now that ly Hallows is out, you could ask J.K. Rowling and maybe she tell you the truth. Or she could always deny that fact and stick to her previous Explenation.

By the way, I'm from the Netherlands, I haven't read the last book since it hasn't come out yet in Dutch. It be in november 2007, can't wait though!

Posted by Marileen on September 7, 2007 3:25 PM

The idea is interesting, but i seriously doubt it. For one thing, throughout the first book, if Quirrel did have garlic in his turban, why didn't it harm/repel Snape?

I don't think you can base this on his ss at mind reading or his appearance.

Posted by Ori from Israel on September 7, 2007 4:08 PM

You know, I write as a hobby and I've recently noticed something.

Well sometimes, I intend my character to be something, but towards the end, that character ends up being soemthing completely different. I am not talking about character control, it's just how things are.

Perhaps Jo wanted Snape to be a Vampire once, and maybe she left that theory and decided that decribing him as such would be comic humour on her side, trying to remind herself of what he might have been.

Posted by vinay from bangalore india on September 8, 2007 07:28 AM

i thought that snape was very bat-like, so he could be a vampire. so, yea, i think its true, as there are so many hints to that fact.

Posted by chelsea from b.c. on September 8, 2007 4:06 PM

another clue, sort of, that points to snape being a vampire is the way he d. he got bitten on the neck by nagini. isn't that the way vampires ?

Posted by StinkyWinky from melbourne, australia on September 9, 2007 04:38 AM

It's one thing for Dumbledore to hire a werewolf, because he was safe with the Wolfsbane potion and he could escape to the Shrieking Shack. It's also not Lupin's fault he's a werewolf, and he can't control his actions. But a vampire? They know what they are doing when they bite someone, but they just aren't safe in big crowds like the number of people at Hogwarts. There is too much temptation there, and no parent would want their child going to school at a place where the teacher is a vampire. It wouldn't take but a week for that vampire to totally snap and bite someone.

You say that it is revenge that causes Lupin to set a vampire essay, to get back at Snape for the werewolf essay, but only one grade that we know of was set the essay, and only one person in that grade actually did it: Hermione. Fortunately for Lupin, Hermione liked him, and didn't cause an uproar when she figured it out, as say, Malfoy or his cronies would have done. Also, Lupin says in Half Blood Prince, "I neither like nor dislike Severus. I think there can never be a friendship between us because of all that happened between Severus and Sirius and James: there is too much bitterness there. But I must not forget that he made the Wolfsbane Potion perfectly for me for a year, and I must be grateful." Lupin just proves that he and Snape are not enemies, and so why would he seek revenge upon Snape?

If we take clues based off what JKR's drawing ss are, you could say that Dumbledore was part merman or that Draco is really a zombie.

Posted by Ashley Ross from Missouri on September 9, 2007 12:46 PM

Ashley: In our story, J.K. has shown us examples of both a bad-tempered werewolf (Greyback) and vampire (Sanguini) and of the two, Greyback is shown as much worse, so from what I see in the books, J.K. is saying werwolves are much more dangerous than vampires.

Remember, Lupin himself says it right out, he believed Snape assigned the werewolf essay so that it would get out that he was one. And, if Lupin didn't assign the vampire essay for revenge, then why did he do it? When complaining about the werwolf essay to Snape in class, Hermione lists all the upcoming chapters in the book (the normally upcoming lessons), and vampires is not among them.

Finally, we have a specific example of JK's drawing of Snape. Do you have a drawing by JK of Draco looking like a zombie? I'd be ing to entertain the idea if you do...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 2007 2:44 PM

maybe the reason Draco is so pale is because, snape has been feeding off of him. snape has always been close to the malvoys, they all three are pale as if they have blood lost, maybe snape has been feeding off all three, and that was the reason Voldemort chose the malvoys home to live in so it would be easy for snape to take a few sips whilst he was there.

Posted by Pamela sue from Ar on September 9, 2007 7:53 PM

Lupin needed Snape throughout his time at Hogwarts though, as Snape brewed him the potion that made him much less dangerous. Why would he try to expose Snape as a vampire, when that could end up in Snape leaving Hogwarts? Revenge at the risk of putting others at risk (as a tranformed werewolf without potion)? That's NOT the Lupin we know.

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma WA on September 9, 2007 10:48 PM

Lupin is not the kind of type to take revenge...

Posted by veerle from belgium on September 10, 2007 12:43 AM

Also consider the fact that every time snape enters the classroom his first move is to shut the curtains... i dont know exactly where it is in the books but there is definitely something there

Posted by george from greece on September 10, 2007 02:58 AM

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