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Transcript of Severus Snape
John Lawrence Nettleship
01/08/1939 - 12/03/2011
"I'll just have to hope that the worst bits of Snape are based on two different ones, won't I?...There are ways of pupils getting their revenge, but this is a much more sophisticated retaliation."
- John Nettleship
-Roman family name meaning "stern" in Latin
-Borne by several early saints.
-Sever - to cut off (ties with Voldy)
-Severe - cruel, strict
-Lucius Septimius Severus - 145/146 AD to 211 AD "restored stability to the Roman Empire after the tumultuous reign of Emperor Commodus and the civil wars that erupted in the wake of Commodus' murder. The bloodiness with which Severus gained and maintained control of the empire tarnished his generally positive reputation."
- An English village, probably the one in North Yorkshire near Hadrian’s (aka Severus’) Wall.
-Snape - to be hard upon, rebuke, snub
Potions Master &
The Half-Blood Prince
"Yes, I do; though a very flawed hero. An anti-hero, perhaps. He is not a particularly likeable man in many ways. He remains rather cruel, a bully, riddled with bitterness and insecurity—and yet he loved, and showed loyalty to that love and, ultimately, laid down his life because of it. That's pretty heroic!" -J.K. Rowling
"Look...at...me..." he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor and Snape moved no more." - Book 7
"It was a complicated plotting process but by the time Philosopher's Stone was finished, I definitely knew all the big things about Snape and Dumbledore because in many ways they're the two most important characters in the seventh book... Well, other than the trio, Harry, Ron and Hermione" - J.K. Rowling
"Her friends later said she was inventing stories, and the Harry Potter stroeis must have come from [my teachings].Her mind was working on wizards all the time..."
"I suppose I was quite strict as a teacher..."
- John Nettleship
"I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses… I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”
- Severus Snape - Book 1 - Chapter 8
Past Characters in Mythology, Literature, and the Media Similar to Severus Snape:
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo, 1862
Strict, Relentless, Witty, Uses authority
Bully (superior/ names)
Hates being caught off-guard
Trusts a SELECT few
Motivated by good intentions-Loves the Law -No breaking rules
Protection from evil (the law/voldemort) do not care that others do not like them
Disobeys the law, allows freedom, kills himself
Near death see a more sensitive side
Die for "their" love.
The Double Agent
Captain Jack Sparrow (
Pirates of the Caribbean
A Triple Agent?
A triple agent is a type of spy who uses his or her intelligence connections to support the aims of a particular intelligence agency while embedded in another agency.
"If you think this is far-fetched, look at some of the real charts the Nazis used to show what constituted ‘Aryan’ or ‘Jewish’ blood. I saw one in the Holocaust museum in Washington when I had already devised the ‘pure-blood,’ ‘half-blood’ and ‘Muggle-born’ definitions, and was chilled to see that the Nazis used precisely the same warped logic as the Death Eaters. A single Jewish grandparent ‘polluted’ the blood, according to their propaganda.” -Rowling
“The expressions ‘pure-blood,’ ‘half-blood,’ and ‘Muggle-born’ have been coined by people to whom these distinctions matter, and express their originators’ prejudices. As far as somebody like Lucius Malfoy is concerned, for instance, a Muggle-born is as ‘bad’ as a Muggle. Therefore Harry would be considered only ‘half’ wizard, because of his mother’s grandparents.” Rowling
Snape, Death Eaters + Bigotry
Term antihero first dated to 1714
Nineteenth century, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground
"brought the figure (or term antihero) into full and independent flower"
"a protagonist utterly lacking every trait of the Romantic hero and living out a futile life on the margins of society"
Now- Gollum, Tyler Durden, Dexter, Shrek
9 January, 1960 – 2 May, 1998
"you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was
probably the bravest man I ever knew." - Harry to Albus Severus - Book 7 - Epilogue
Classical Greek drama
foils to evil
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo (1862)
George Steiner, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky (1967) p. 197-8, p. 201-7
"If you'd seen my grades in Chemistry.... That's why Snape teaches Potions . . . Don't say awwww! He deserved it! We can all think of teachers we'd like revenge on."
JK Rowling, 18th October 2007
+ Sylvia Morgan