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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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this theory is not actually saying its not correct but its correct-ness cant cancel its funny-ness. Imagine Snape as a vampire is funny...

Posted by areluna from califronia on September 16, 2007 01:23 AM

nice points, but if j.k says he isn't then he probably isn't. Remember it would surely be noticed if Snape had vampire teeth like the vampire in the half blood prince Sanguini or something.

Posted by Anonymous on September 16, 2007 12:17 PM

i cant believe you found that connection between his name and "sever his nape" that was genius...

Posted by dvin from glendale, CA on September 16, 2007 4:13 PM

To Ashley: It was Lupin. He said the Levicorpus jinx had been popular for a few months in their fifth year. I know it was only about 2.5 weeks between their DADA test (and thus Snapes worst memory) and the beginning of their summer holidays. But: Snape had invented the jinx himself, and written it in his book, and it was also non-verbal, so nobody could hear it. How did James know it?

I personally think that one of the following must have happened to explain what Lupin said: either Lupin remembered wrong or he lied a bit because Harry had already been so worried about his fatherīs behaviour or the jinx had already been used against others but this was perhaps the first time it was used against Snape. I donīt really know. But I do think that Snape had to be really angry with Lily. He didnīt only call her mudblood, but filthy little mudblood. And in the preceding memory he had said they were best friends! And I havenīt found any other reason why he was so utterly angry with her.

Posted by Sara from Finland on September 17, 2007 10:44 AM

i say that snape is/might be a bat/vampire. it still isn't justified by the author herself but who knows. i'm more of a neutral on this question. i'm not sure if he is but definitely not sure if he isn't.

Posted by Fergie on September 17, 2007 1:45 PM

I thought the "sever his nape" thing was wierd. Who could possibly think that up?

Posted by andrea from ogden on September 17, 2007 3:37 PM

dvin from glendale: I can't take complete credit for coming up with "sever his nape", which sounds exceedingly like Severus Snape. The connection was mentioned in a book I read called "Finding God in Harry Potter" by Granger. It was an excellent book! There were entire chapters on the meanings of all the characters names-which makes me think that JKR took Great Care when choosing each character's name.

Posted by china from texas on September 17, 2007 4:27 PM

It was Lupin who said spells go in and out of style, ashley.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on September 17, 2007 6:49 PM

well....i dont think he was a vampire as it would have saved him from . but i have to agree with you that there are lots of things hinting that he is, and as it says in the half blood prince:

" actually its about well...snape" she looked nervous even saying his name. "what about him?" asked harry slumping into his chair. "well its just i was kind of right about the half blood prince buisness!" said hermione tentivley. "do yuo have to rub it in hermione. how do you think i feel about that now?" "no-no harry i didnt mean that!" she said hastily looking around to make sure they were not overheard. "its just that i was right i was right about eileen prince you see she was snapes mother!"

dont you think the newspaper would have mentioned the would-be vampires symptons in the paper? And it could not have been from his father as it says also in the half blood prince:

"i was going through the old prophets when i found a tiny announcemant saying that eilleen prince had marryed a man called tobias snape and had gave birth to a-" "er," spat harry. "well..yes" said hermione. "so...i was sort of right. snape must have been proud of being half a see...tobias snape was a muggle from what it said in the paper."

Now why would a muggle be half a VAMPIRE? i can find no evidence that states that severus snape was a vampire. and also if he was why would dumbledore trust a vampire. i think j.k rowling was using this description to explain the character of snape and his nature. but you are right in saying there is a lot of evidence and i found one that you may have missed from the goblet of fire:

"maybe he didnt want you to get there!" said ron quickly." maybe-hang-on do you reckin he couldve beaten you to the forest? d'you reckon he could've bet you and dumbledore there?" "not unless he can turn himself into a bat or something," said harry.

Another reason to believe he is a vampire as you pointed out, but we wont ever know and all we can do is guess...

Posted by hermy from northhampshire on September 18, 2007 2:03 PM

I think the Sever His Nape is cool, but I still don't think that Snape is a vampire.

And Hermy from Northhampshire has a great point I totally overlooked! The only way you can a vampire is by stabbing a stake through its heart. Holy water and crosses don't vampires; they only drive them off. So how, then, was Snape ed by the Avada Kedavra?

Posted by Ashley Ross from Missouri on September 19, 2007 7:33 PM

In DH, Snape wasn't ed by the Avada-Kedavra spell. He was supposedly ed by Nagini. Harry left Snape's supposedly , but his body wasn't with the others in the great hall. Also in DH, when Harry went to talk to Dumbledore about the wand; Snape wasn't there sleeping in a portrait like Dumbledore was right after he d.

Posted by Pamela sue from ark on September 20, 2007 7:40 PM

The reason for Snape not being with the other people in the great hall is that, at that point, everybody still thought he was one of the enemies. (And they perhaps didnīt even know he was , if Ron and Hermione hadnīt told them.) Only Harry knew the truth about him after seeing his memories, and Harry told the truth to everybody when he was talking to Voldemort during the last duel.

About the portrait: JKR said the portrait wasnīt there because Snape had been sacked, but I donīt think oneīs colleagues can do the sacking. If he had been appointed by the ministry, only the ministry could have sacked him. But on the other hand, it was a ministry that was under the control of the Eaters, so perhaps it could not really appoint or sack anyone? This could explain the missing of the portrait.

Posted by Sara from Finland on September 21, 2007 07:30 AM

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