|Portrayed By||Alan Rickman|
|Place of Birth||Spinner's End|
|Date of Birth||January 6, 1960|
|First Appearance||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|
Snape is being played by a new player, so some things may be different.
Severus Snape is the Potions Master at Hogwarts. He is seen as a hard, strident man who doesn't suffer fools gladly.
Severus Snape is bitter. There is good reason for this. He's torn between the pride of the Dark Lord's Death Eaters, and the duty of Hogwarts and Dumbledore's Order of the Phoenix.
He's a proud man. He's the youngest potions master in a while, and is brilliant in his field. He's on the cutting edge while still keeping to old traditions and teaching methods. He is well-versed in curses, jinxes and hexes, making him a splendid dueler. He has a rich vocabulary, and he uses it to great advantage as skillfully as he wields his wand.
He's a loyal man to those who are loyal to him. The Dark Lord promised him much, and, young and foolish, he bought that promise. Now, he pays for it with pain, raids, and secret plans.
In whatever way he can, Severus Snape is a man who keeps his promises. He promised one woman to care for her child, and has risked life and limb for twenty years doing precisely that. He promised the Headmaster he would serve him for Lily's life, and even though Albus was unable (or unwilling) to keep his bargain, Snape has kept his all this time. And will.
He is a passionate man, but does not show it, except in his temper. He feels too deeply to expose himself to any ridicule — not again.
Despite his vow to defend Potter, Snape never truly liked the boy. In fact, he did not truly like anyone and his every effort to keep Harry safe were always kept a secret by him. Playing favourites with his House of Slytherin, many would come to despise Snape - notably those in Gryffindor. All the same, it was Snape who saved Harry from the possessed Professor Quirrel during a Quidditch match and who tried his hardest to keep the Philosopher's Stone out of the man's hands.
In the Potter boy's third year at Hogwarts, however, Snape's past came to the surface. With news that Sirius Black, his childhood tormentor, had escaped from Azkaban the school was put under siege by Death Eaters on the hunt for the escaped convict. After an attempt to arrest Black was foiled by Potter (who had since discovered the truth about Sirius' involvement in the death of his parents), Snape was forced to allow Sirius to escape - although he was still on the lam.
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