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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I think it could be very possible....half blood prince....half vampire and his dungeon was always dark and gloomy and he definitely could have access to some kind of potion that would let him go out during the day.
Posted by Nana on September 22, 2007 09:24 AM
I suppose this theory could be true, but I think that if it was really supposed to be a big deal JK would have gone somewhere with it. Lots of things she says in the books can seem to be clues but then the lead to ends. Personally I like this question left open. It's something interesting to think about on rainy days.
Posted by tina from TX on September 22, 2007 9:01 PM
That levidicorpus spell, it hangs you up by your ankle doesn't it? Well, Snape could have made it up (or discovered it somewhere and thought "great spell" before jotting it down) because he thought it reflected his vampirish tendencies! Vampires hang upside down don't they? Oh no wait, that's just bats... Well, his battish tendencies then.:)
Whether or not he was a vampire is obviously still open to debate being neither denied or certified by JK. But it'd be cool if she said it was true.
That's my tuppence-worth.
Posted by karen from Ireland on September 23, 2007 11:54 AM
I like the idea of Snape being a vampire, that would mean he's immortal. He is my favourite character in the series, even more than Harry or Dumbledore. Being a vampire, he could live forever and his love would never . It's eternal torture or miserably romantic?
Think Jk only tried to describe the characters more animatedly by using animals. We see these a lot in the books; scrimgeour being a lion, umbridge a toad, pettigrew a rat. But then, I remember our most important character; Voldemort looking like a snake because part of him is inside a snake (or because his ancestor Slytherine can interact with snake?)...so maybe Snape looked like a vampire (or described/insinuated batlike) because he has vampire blood?
I don't know what to think but Dave, you are awesome.
Posted by Fiona from Hong Kong on September 23, 2007 12:20 PM
I agree with most of you that Snape is not intended by JKR to be a real vampire. I think that we are supposed to pick up her vampire-hints to form a visual of Snape in our mind's eye. Snape does look similar to a vampire, and that makes us feel a little uncomfortable when reading about Snape, if you know what I mean. I think it is just a way for JKR to create detail and depth to the character Snape.
Posted by china from TX on September 24, 2007 3:24 PM
Don't think Snape is a vampire, however i do think JKR wanted us to have that sort discription of him. you say that Snape has never been seen eating anything, however he did drink... in HBP page 24 when cissy came to his house to beg him to look out for Draco, they had a toast to the dark lord, I quote:
"Snape poured out three glasses of the bloodred wine and handed two of them to the sisters. Narcissa murmered a word of thanks, whilst Bellatrix said nothing, but continued to glower at Snape. This did not seem to discompose him; on the contrary, he looked rather amused. "The Dark Lord", he said, raising his glass and draining it. The sisters copied him"
so he drank wine...not blood...and shared with others who would have noticed if it was blood...doesn't this make him human? unless they are all vampires!
Posted by Rachael from Trinidad on September 27, 2007 1:05 PM
I think that its posible but not likely. I think its kind of a cool concept and could explain a lot, and i thought of something that wasnt mentioned and i didnt read in the comments. I read a lot and one thing I've seen stated in a lot of books is that Werewolfs are natural enemys of vampires, which would help with the whole Snape vs. Lupin issue.
Posted by Raphael13 on September 27, 2007 2:22 PM
Wow! very very well spotted! It all makes sense, i cant thing of one reason why it cant be true. well, i suppose we'll find everything out in the 8th book/encyclopedia.
Once again, well done. wow, i cant seem to stop smiling!
Posted by Huzaifah from London on September 28, 2007 09:03 AM
Good one, Rachael! I must say I don't think Snape is a vampire. If he was then JK would have revealed it.
Posted by C.J. from Utah on September 28, 2007 12:25 PM
I have always wondered why Snape was so worried or nervous about Lupin being a werewolf when they were schoolkids. (I can understand why he was worried about it as a teacher, he always felt responsibility for the children.)
I frankly don't know what to think about this vampire-theory. I know for sure Snape couldn't be a whole-vampire. The fact that he bled proves that, I think. But I think he could have been a part-vampire, 1/4, 1/8 or something like that. He surely could have lived with it, he was sful enough to make himself a potion that would have helped him to live with other humans without being a danger to them, and to hide his condition.
This is very interesting. I really would like to know.
But even if he was a part-vampire, I hope that he can rest now. I hope he d, and he doesn't feel remorse and pain any more.
Posted by Sara from Finland on September 29, 2007 05:53 AM
I don't think Snape is a vampire. I think J.K. Rowling would have revealed it by now if it was true. I hope someone asks her if Snape is a vampire again in an interview.
Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on September 29, 2007 07:09 AM
Half of me says you are right but the other disagrees. yes she does put out lots of hints about him being a vampire but i do not believe that vampires turn into bats. also one other reason Luin and Snape hated each other because isn't it true that vampires and werewolves are mortal enimies? and it would make perfect sense IF you knew that in The ly Hallows that the person flying across the grounds was Snape instead of someone else.
Posted by Amy D from California on September 29, 2007 4:05 PM
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