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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Do you ever wonder why in the course of the whole series, Snape is ALWAYS seen wearing the usual BLACK coat?
Posted by Josh from Cebu, Philippines on September 3, 2007 04:10 AM
Well its an interesting theory but i think that JK just has written these clues for fun.
Posted by Ichigo Kurosaki from Tokio on September 3, 2007 06:14 AM
I don't think Snape was a vampire. I think JKR was laying down red herrings while painting a mental picture for us -- and having some fun with us!
Posted by Alice from Milton on September 3, 2007 06:35 AM
Very interesting. And these clues have some rowling-esque vibe to it. it's the common technique our beloved author is used to do - I am slowly being convinced that Snape is a vampire or part vampire - what did we learn about vampires from Slughorn's party in book 6? Anyway i guess i need to point out that Snape probably didn't want to be good at Potions because of his own conditions more so his mother was good at Potions. There you go.
Posted by dave from adelaide on September 3, 2007 06:43 AM
This theory has been around for an age, and you are right there is a lot of suggestive evidence that Snape is/was part vampire.
Snape certainly has the attitude of the vampire, bored by the ordinary - withdrawn from society etc. He is always in the dark, in the cold - but this could just be symbolic of his personality and nothing at all to do with needing or preferring the night.
If Snape is a vampire then JK may have used Bram Stoker's idea as her basis - Dracula can move about by daylight, but he is at his best in the night.
The one problem I have with Snape being a vampire (or even part vampire) is that vampires do not age. Eternal youth is gained by drinking the blood of others, so it becomes complicated a little. If Eileen Prince became a vampire as an adult she would have been a newly made vampire as she was in school at Hogwarts, therefore growing up. She marries, turns into a vampire and then has Severus? Can vampires have children? They are the un - there is no life in their bos, so how does one with no life produce a life?
I wonder when JKR created Severus Snape fully in her mind? A film I love is Copolla's version of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' with Gary Oldman as Dracula, whilst virtually every line spoken in the film is taken from the book itself there is the added element of the love story between Dracula and 'Elizabeta/Mina which I feel gives the idea of Dracula a greater depth. I always see Severus Snape in the character of Dracula from this film, yet another tortured tragic soul who do anything for the woman he loved and lost, although in this case centuries, not decades ago.
Posted by Orlando from England on September 3, 2007 07:15 AM
I do not believe Snape is a vampire. Now that the books are all out there for us, I believe that Jo would come clean with any questions that arise. Why would she continue to deny something that is true? She says he isn't, so I believe her. Although the evidence would convince me if she hadn't said otherwise.
Posted by Amy S. from P. Kentucky on September 3, 2007 09:58 AM
Amy: Has JK came out said "Snape is not a vampire"? I think if you read the two quotes from her that I included in the article, you see she skirted the question once, and then another time, she used "Snape is a vampire" as an example of the kind of things fans shouldn't spend time on fantasizing about. But like I said at the top of the article, it's OUR book now. It speaks for itself. In my opionion, anything JK says now is "after the fact", and is not really relevant to what's actually in the books.
In a book, especially a novel, especially a 4100 page novel like Harry Potter, it is expected that there would be lots of things set out in the book that are not "explained", they are left to the reader's imagination. That's part of the fun of reading, because the reader gets to play a part.
So, it's not necessary for her to "come clean" about it one way or the other. It's up to us to decide.
Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 3, 2007 09:59 AM
Well its possible, and all the clues of JK have always turned out to lead you to the correct answer. Very clever...
Posted by EssexBoy from Essex on September 3, 2007 10:08 AM
If Voldemort had avada kedavraed Snape, he wouldn't have been able to pass his crucial memories on to Harry... desanguination is a much slower process and gives Harry time to decant the memories into the bottle.
Posted by Joe from England on September 3, 2007 11:07 AM
I think you're right, but this is not a theory, because although Rowling didn't specify that Snape is a vampire, all the clues you wrote are crystal clear!
Also in DH when he escapes from the professors, Harry could see him flying, but perhaps he didn't fly like Voldemort, but as a real bat because he can be an animagus.
Just a little one more: wasn't Snape the only one in the books and movies (except for Moody) that could "feel" Harry when he was arround inside the cloak? "Feel" is not the right word, he was using his "sonar" or "radar" as every bat in the world!
Posted by Go Snape Go from buenos aires on September 3, 2007 1:14 PM
Throughout the whole series Snape strikes me as a man that does not particularly care what his appearance looks like. He always has had greasy hair for example, which is reasonably easy to fix. It does not seam that common to wear robes that are the color of your house. Colored robes seem to be more common for people in the wealthier families. Black robes are more traditional unless you are attending a quidditch match, and even though Snape does, he doesn't seem like he's that much of a sports enthuisiast. Last but not least, Snape has always had a love for the dark arts. Black is a color that is dark and more mysterious much like the dark arts, and black very much so fits his personality. I am leaning towards the side that Snape is not really a vampire and jk is just doing this for fun, but all the evidence supporting that he is is very strong.
Posted by suzy from loftington ohio on September 3, 2007 3:29 PM
JKR has said that even with the conclusion of the series there would be much to speculate on and discuss ad infinitum. I think with all the clues she laid early on, she would have enough data for at least 7 more books.
Dave's facts certainly show that there have been tons of bat/vampire references to Snape. Maybe, he was; maybe JKR changed her mind. But, what intrigues me is that even after having become DADA teacher, Snape did not vacate his dungeon offices. Isn't that clearly stated somewhere in Half-Blood Prince?
Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on September 3, 2007 5:24 PM
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