Professor Severus Snape

July 2, 2007 | Filed Under Characters 

Professor Severus Snape is the head of House of Slytherin and the Potions Master at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Snape is a half-blood wizard; his mother was a witch and his father a Muggle. Though Snape was one of Voldemort’s followers, he claims to have reformed and is often defended by Professor Dumbledore. Still, there are times it’s unclear where Snape’s loyalties lie.

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  1. Miranda McLean on July 7th, 2007 11:50 pm

    Snape is a very odd character because I think he will come back and Dumbledore will live

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  3. Danny on July 8th, 2007 9:53 am

    Snape is a mysterious character. I’m not sure who’s side he is on. I must wait for July 21. Can’t believe how slow this month is going!!!!

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  5. Ferret on July 8th, 2007 6:28 pm

    Here are My thoughts. SNAPE’S a GOOD guy! He didn’t want to kill Dumbledore, but was told to BY Dumbledore. Remember the arguments those two had that Harry witnessed? AND add the fact that Snape spared Harry when he was vulnerable. Dumbledore WANTED Snape on the inside. Now we’ll find out why.

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  7. Mckayla on July 9th, 2007 1:50 am

    dumbledor is dead, he’s not coming back. but snape is good, it was all part of dumbledore’s plan. harry will kill snape and later relize that snape wasn’t bad afterall.

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  9. Stephanie on July 10th, 2007 12:34 am

    I think Snape still is a sour, child hating guy..but I do think there is some kindness in his heart. I do believe that it was set up between Dumbledore and Snape of Dumbledore’s death.

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  11. georgia on July 10th, 2007 10:49 am

    is it logical that dubledore told snape to kill him? dubledore was the one knowing more about voldemord so he was likely to help harry to find and kill him

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  13. ----------> on July 10th, 2007 5:38 pm

    i think snape is BAD coz killin dumbledore is too xtreme even tho its possible.

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  15. Peter on July 11th, 2007 3:50 pm

    I believe Snape will turn out to be a good guy after all.

    He probably had an “Unbreakable Vow” made with Prof Dumbledore promising to help Harry destroy Voldemort which explains why the latter repeated emphasized that he trusts Snape completely.

    In HBP we see that Snape is an extraordinary wizard himself. I believe his wizardry skills are second only to Dumbledore and Voldemort. Dumbledore’s plea to Snape at the Astronomy Tower was not to beg for his life, but to remind Snape of their agreement that he help Harry destroy Voldemort.

    I believe he will eventually be killed whilst protecting Harry in combat allowing Harry the split second he needs to destroy Voldemort.

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  17. MJ on July 11th, 2007 10:16 pm

    I think that snape is going to turn out saving Harry when he is close to being finished off by voldemort.

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  19. Em on July 11th, 2007 11:51 pm

    I fully agree with the factors pointed out by Peter, given the facts, Snape is obviously innocent

    Another fact that must be taken into account is the way Dumbledore died. If you look back to all other examples of the Avada Kadavra curse in the series, it is shown that the victim merely slumps dead when cursed, not blasted over 12 foot high battlements. Clearly, some other magical force was present.

    The other, also pointed out by Peter is that Dumbledore would have never begged for his own life. The only other reason for his pleads would have been to remind Snape of a pact of some sort to Dumbledore’s death.

    I may be wrong but hey, only a week and a half left till we find out! :D

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  21. julian on July 12th, 2007 2:00 am

    it mite be a longshot but here goes: Snape is still with the Order. i think that rowling will leave us anticipating which side he is on until near the end of the book where he will sacrifice himself to save harry and through what harry learned from him (use of non-verbal spells and occlumency) will have just enough to vanquish the dark lord…like i said, a longshot.

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  23. Katherine on July 12th, 2007 3:45 am

    i’m not sure what to believe… i want to believe he is good but i’m tempted to believe he’s not

    there is a lot evidence i think to support both that he is good and bad…

    But J K rowling did say that if she wanted anyone to know that something is fact she usually gives the information through Hermione or Dumbledore, therefore in the words of Hermione “if dumbledore trusts him, then that’s good enough for me”

    however, contridcting myself, in the fifth book we find Dumbledore has made a grave mistake, so does J K Rowling want us to believe Dumbledore is correct as many are inclined to believe or is Rowling trying to show that Dumbledore is human by trusting someone too much…

    Snape’s reaction at the end of Goblet of fire make me think he is good because he was “white and shaken” but determined, despite the entire first chapter of HBP that explains why snape was loyal to voldmort… i mean it’s been pointed out many times that snape is a good actor… so it comes down to on which side is he acting?

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  25. nagiha*** on July 12th, 2007 5:19 am

    *Dumbledore wont come back
    *Snape is a crooked nose cow but hey he ends up saving harry.
    *2 people will die
    *Harry is Hot :D

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  27. Samantha Eccleston on July 12th, 2007 9:04 am

    I believe Snape is good, he will be the unconventional hero of book 7. He wants Voldemort to be defeated, but still dislikes Harry. He is very intelligent, very resourceful and even though he dilikes Harry he will help him in some way to destroy Voldemort, for the greater good.

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  29. KT on July 12th, 2007 7:13 pm

    I fully agree with peter even though it will be sad to see Snape go bedause i always did believe in him. The worst is that knowing the dumbledore is really dead.

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  31. Stephanie on July 14th, 2007 5:35 am

    I do believe that Dumbledore and Snape agreed that if it came to it, Snape to “kill” him. Neither one of them wanted Draco, a child to do that. Just my thoughts.

    GB

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  33. Shyami on July 14th, 2007 10:01 am

    Hey..Even i believe Dumbledore will be back.. and Snape will turn out to be a good guy!
    And also I suspect if the real hero would be Neville coz D’dore did say that the prophecy jus told that Voldemort would be slained only by a child born in July!
    And did u guys guess what could be those horcruxes??

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  35. OMG!! on July 14th, 2007 1:45 pm

    OMG come on, dumbeldores dead deal with it

    Snape killed him, and as it is clearly stated throughout the entire series only one person ever survived the “avada kadavra” curse

    Only JK knows wat will happen snape and i cant wait to find out :D

    DA reunites

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  37. katie on July 14th, 2007 2:22 pm

    i think that snape is a pestilent, traitorous, cow-hearted, yeasty codpiece that is extactly what he is and he should die and he is sitting on the fence for what he should do now his options are
    *to return to the order and say it was his and dumbledors plan to kill dumbledor
    * or he could return to voldermort and get a big telling off for what he did - killing dumbledor when it was draco’s job

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  39. Tiffany on July 14th, 2007 2:22 pm

    okay. here’s what i think Dumbledore is dead but i agree with Em that dumbledore would never plead for his life. he said himself that he didn’t fear death anyway.

    I also think Snape is good at heart but i believe and don’t believe inthe killing dumbledore thing but hey that’s just me.

    i can’t want until the 7th book comes out to see if any of us was right about Snape
    see ya!!!!!!!

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  41. sarah on July 14th, 2007 4:43 pm

    hey i think that snape is a good guy… not too sure about dumbledore coming bk to life…remember his portrait now hangs beside the other deceased headmasters of hogwarts in his office… seems pretty legit to me.however it could be some elaborate plan which only snape and dumbledore are aware of which we will discover at the end of the book…remember dumbledore emplored “please snape!” just before snape killed him i think this was to remind snape of his promise…?

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  43. sarah on July 14th, 2007 4:53 pm

    cant wait for saturday! :) :)

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  45. george on July 14th, 2007 6:45 pm

    ok dumbledore’s dead. confirmed by rowling if you don’t like it deal with it. all the people that think he’s coming back are wrong.

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  47. Annaa on July 15th, 2007 4:01 pm

    Any one else notice how the initials in the fake hocrux at the end of the the HBP were the same as the initials of Sirius’ older brother REB (its in the family tree in the 5th book) i think its summit like Regelus E black?? also we know that he was a death eater who fell out with voldemort and tried to run away being a death eater he may have found out about the hocruxes and therefore would be able to find one, use the magic to obtain it and have it.. maybe harry will find it in Grimauld Palace?
    jeez i need a life!

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  49. Erica on July 17th, 2007 1:51 pm

    Regardless of the desire to believe in Snape, I also believe that he is not “good.” He did kill Dumbledore and unless some literature miracle happens, Dumbledore is not alive. There were also too many hints in Half-Blood Prince that point to Snape as not being “good.”

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  51. Fattyboomalang on July 17th, 2007 3:48 pm

    I agree with Ferret because everything he said makes perfect sense.

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  53. johnny on July 18th, 2007 6:25 am

    the potion was gonna kill dumbledore anyway i think snape was aware of this…this puts snape in as voldy’s right hand man, and voldy wont expect a thing, as his worst fear is death…but dumbley knew there was far worse things…also snapeys the second best wizard in the world now (well except maybe for dumbleys bro aberforth, who i think will figure prominently in this book), and i believe snapes abilities will play a major part in the ending. SO Snapeys good, he fooled everyone, even voldy.

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  55. F.O.W.H.P on July 18th, 2007 9:09 am

    personally i believe that Snape is good. yes he can be very annoying and mean and nasty but hey, everyone has faults. also i think harry will go to azkaban to free draco’s father…..

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  57. pothead on July 18th, 2007 9:11 am

    why don’t you all just wait and find out what happens instead of speculating ridiculous rumors!

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  59. poley on July 18th, 2007 10:41 am

    snape might not be on anyones side…only the side which proves most benificial

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  61. ann on July 18th, 2007 11:09 am

    Snape, all the time, has been playing for himself, neither for Dumbledore nor for Voldemort, I think. He hates Harry, hated Sirius, Lupin and James. Do you remember his behaviour in the “HP& the Prisoner of Azkaban?” And who could inform the Death Eaters that Harry and his friends had flown to the Department of Misteries? He is definitely not a good guy, but all the matter is more complicated.

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  63. Reema on July 18th, 2007 11:23 am

    I think Snape is a genius.
    An extra- ordinary wizard even greater than LV or DD.
    We still dont know which side is he really on. He is a complex character, no doubt.
    I feel that he would be on Harry’s side and would be responsible for LV’s death.

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  65. Suzanne on July 18th, 2007 6:13 pm

    Personally, I’ve always like Snape, so I’d like to believe that it was a set up. In any case, there are WAY too many unanswered elements about Dumbledore’s death - though I am convinced that he IS dead. I do believe it is possible that Snape killed Dumbledore without Dumbledore’s “approval” (ha ha), but I also believe that he will be a vital asset to defeating Voldemort in the last book. Remember that JKR said that there is a “strong pattern of redemption” for Snape,which will particularly come out in book 7? Redemption for killing dumbledore or what? Only three more days!

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  67. spoiler on July 18th, 2007 6:21 pm

    snape. wow.

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  69. rob on July 18th, 2007 9:25 pm

    Snape has to be bad

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  71. rob on July 18th, 2007 9:34 pm

    Snape has to be bad, hes just mean and a dark wizard by nature.
    Dumbledore must of made a mistake with him, at the end before snape kills dumbledore, dumbledore pleeds for snape not to betray him, not to try and save his own life. Don’t forget snape did make a unbreakable vow to help Malfoy

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  73. ali on July 19th, 2007 1:09 am

    ann- the death eaters were already at the dept of mysteries. they were expecting harry to arrive to “save sirius” after voldy planted the thought in his head that sirius was being tortured. snape didn’t tip them off.

    dumbledore believed in snape. after all we’ve seen about dumbledore, do you really think jkr would end the series with dumbledore having been wrong about him? i don’t think so. i think we will find out why dumbledore trusted snape, whether it be an unbreakable vow or something else.

    snape had plenty of opportunity to kill or harm harry. has he ever done that? no. heck, why didn’t he just zap him unconsious and take him with him to voldy at the end of hbp?

    snape’s not good, but he’s not evil.

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  75. Melissa on July 19th, 2007 2:40 am

    What would a be a good ending is if Dumbledore had of lived and in the final book Voldemort regained Full strenght and there was a big war and Dumbledore, Snape and Harry defeated him together (very unlikely). But I think harry will Die to Kill Voldemort, or at least put his life on the line. But Also i think Ron or Harry will hook-up with Hermione.

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  77. Jane on July 19th, 2007 5:21 am

    there is no point aguing Snape is good or bad. Human nature are complicated and Snape is just Snape! Just like James have his dark side, Snape is a mudane character resemble you and me.

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  79. Rory on July 19th, 2007 8:16 am

    ann sorry but snape was the only reason those kids lived in book 5, dont you remember he understood harry’s message and sent for the order as soon as he could get away from prof. umbridge?

    hah
    snape is a good guy, obviously Dum’ froze harry for a reason so that harry didnt attack snape and all that, because he knew that harry wouldnt let that have happened, even though dumbeldor understood that him dying was the only way for snape not to break perhaps an unbreakable vow that he and snpe had made without us knowing,

    3 MORE DAYS OMFG!!!!!!!!

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  81. Iestyn on July 19th, 2007 10:31 am

    I belive that Snape is a bad guy and will be killd by Voldemort. Dumbledor will have a Horcrux and will regain full strenth.

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  83. akshay on July 19th, 2007 5:08 pm

    I have always liked Snape.He is actually good.Right now he is probably the most powerful wizard alive aside from Voldemort himself.Dumbledore must have had an agreement with Snape.Although he is dead he can continue giving advice to Harry from his portrair in the Hogwarts headmasters room.Snape will probably help Harry in a large way in his fight against Voldemort.

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  85. Hannah on July 20th, 2007 7:40 am

    OK… Dumbledore is dead.. but Harry will go and talk to his portrait… not sure abuout snape.. i think hes good.. and he and Dumbledore probably had some sort of agreement.

    I think Harry is a Horcrux and willl kill himself but somehow kill Voldemort too… and u ppl who think snape will kill Voldemort are wrong. don’t you remember the prophesy? one has to kill the other! so Harry will kill Voldemort or Voldemort will kill harry…

    Also Ron and Hermione will get together FINALLY.

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  87. Cohan Kembrey on July 20th, 2007 8:17 am

    I Think Snape was evil from the begining but when i watched the 4 movie i thought he was going to turn evil,i reackon snape should not of killed dumbledor on purpose,hopely snape will kill draco and his father by the end of the book.

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  89. Cohan Kembrey on July 20th, 2007 8:19 am

    I also think sirus should not of died

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  91. Dakiro on July 20th, 2007 11:54 am

    well, i’ve finished reading it some days ago and i’m 100% positive it was real. gonna go to bookshop and check.
    I have always liked Snape - enough to tell you that. I think the book is good entertainment - still - its elusive and subtle like a bucketload of stones.
    Face it - Rowling is a very decent author - decent enough but far from brilliant. I guess I’d really like to write as well as she though :)
    read it - good fun

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  93. gug on July 21st, 2007 9:24 am

    if you read it online your not a true fan…you should have waited like the rest of us.

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  95. pothead on July 21st, 2007 9:37 am

    you really think it was the real deal??

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  97. thanks on July 21st, 2007 9:40 am

    JK is a fantastic author and truly inspiring to young writers around the world. i would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on her excellent work. WELL DONE!

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  99. Fatima on July 21st, 2007 8:25 pm

    Omg, finished read book 7. So many twists. JKR is brilliant. Snape is fantastic, his love for Lily so strong after those years. I wished that harry out the truth before Snape dies. Just to say thank u.

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  101. Rose94 on July 22nd, 2007 3:11 am

    Snape turns out 2 be good guy ALL along he was working with dumbledores “grandplan” and dumbledoe plannes his killing to! I think Snape rox!

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  103. achuthan haridas on July 22nd, 2007 6:47 am

    i think dumbledore isnot dead..he cannot b..he thinks twice
    as fast as snape afterall..but only jk knws whether to bring back dumbledore at the end..its just a guess coz i luved dumbledore too much and i feel terrible when he is erased from all the characters in potter…but i think there was some kind of a plot b/w snape and dumbledore..lets c anyway

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  105. charidy on July 22nd, 2007 11:06 am

    all i have to say is look harder at the family tree and you will find out what goes on with snape he is good in the long run

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  107. Lucy on July 22nd, 2007 4:02 pm

    Well ive read the book and Snape is good but then he gets killed and its very sad!!!

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  109. Lucy on July 22nd, 2007 4:03 pm

    oi cohan kembrey i like draco malfoy snape isnt gunna kill him!!!!!!!!!

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  111. Parth on July 22nd, 2007 8:11 pm

    Well, WOW!!

    When Voldemort killed Snape, i felt good!(This is the death de deserved).

    What an anticlimax after reading the next chapter!!

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  113. Parth on July 22nd, 2007 8:20 pm

    And Dumbledore!!! WOW!!! J.K. Rowling has done a great job by creating a controversy about his true character and his past.

    But of course, Dumbledore is a genius. He orchestrates the whole turn of events leading to the defeat of Voldemort, literally ORCHESTRATES it, even after he’s dead! That is true genius of the highest degree.

    And he’s obviously invincible… the greatest wizard of all time. Moreover, he had the elder wand. I think he meant to be disarmed by whoever was approaching the top of the tower that night.(Although he wanted it to be Snape, so that the elder wand could pass on to him) and appear vulnerable, and stop Harry from letting Snape kill him. Therefore, his only moment of weakness was also intentional.

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  115. Keira! ! ! on July 22nd, 2007 8:39 pm

    Omg!! The book was actually just sooo brilliant!! I was really impressed!
    After HBP, which I found just a little bit dissapointing, I was all like worried that DH would end all stupid or something, but JK totally lived up to my expectations, and nothing was left unsaid!!!

    Totally genius!!

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  117. tom on July 23rd, 2007 12:53 am

    Snape killed dumbledore because dumbledore was dieing anyway and requested for snap to kill him. The ring that afflicted dumbledore’s hand left him with only about a year to live. The

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  119. Anne on July 23rd, 2007 5:26 am

    I am sad about how it all ended with Snape, but I always knew where his loyalties did lie. I am glad the truth all came out though.

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  121. readyboy on July 23rd, 2007 4:29 pm

    ive read the book, and its really good :)
    any questiuons about it just ask!

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  123. readyboy on July 23rd, 2007 4:35 pm

    snape is a good guy all along! he gets killed by voldy, though

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