Severus Snape, a History Oct 21, 2010 2:35:59 GMT -5
Post by leza on Oct 21, 2010 2:35:59 GMT -5
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Presenting Severus Tobias Snape
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Character Name: Severus Tobias Snape
Date of Birth / Age: January 9, 1960 – Age 34
Nicknames: The Half-Blood Prince, Sev, Snivellus
Wand: Ebony, 14 inches, Dragon heartstring, Rigid
Job: Potions Master
Side: Order / DE
Hair: He has black, shoulder length, greasy hair that frames his face. The grease has several causes. Firstly, Snape works with potions all the time and being exposed to these fumes almost constantly can have a rather unpleasant effect on the scalp and hair follicles. Second, one of the most common ways to screw up a potion is to get an ingredient wrong. The average number of hairs lost per day, per person is around 80 hairs. Do you realize how easy it would be to let a hair fall into your cauldron while you’re labouring over it for hours on end? Snape uses a salve to keep his hair back when he is brewing particularly delicate potions in the privacy of his quarters. Lastly, and obviously, Snape doesn’t give a toss what the snot-nosed students think of him and he hasn’t had any romantic interest in decades. So yeah, sometimes it just goes unwashed.
Eyes: His eyes are black and often described as cold. They once held warmth and intrigue, but Snape’s past has sapped this from him.
Body Type: Skinny and Tall. A very small amount of muscle, but the most is in his arms because of the amount of time he spends stirring his potions.
Height && Weight: 170 pounds, 6'2. (I have no height or weight perception. These are rough estimates.)
Scars: Some lighter, long-healed scars courtesy of both the Dark Lord and his father. He considers his dark mark to be a scar.
Description: His large, hooked nose is his most defining feature. The man is tall and skinny. He has long, thin fingers - perfect for precise potion brewing. Severus' skin is pale and his teeth are slightly yellowing. This is common for people who drink tea or coffee regularly. His mouth is often fixed in a sneer or a smirk.
He has a knack for making his robes billow out behind him dramatically. His teaching robes are all black. He wears a long-sleeved white undershirt that can be seen at the edge of his cuffs. His robes contain an abnormally large amount of small buttons down the front. When not in teaching robes, he wears a more casual set. This set of robes is basically the same, however lacking the buttons. He also owns a set of dress robes in a dark, Slytherin green colour, but he very rarely wears these. He has exchanged the greying underpants from his school days for the much classier black silk variety of Y-fronts, which, admittedly, look slightly odd on Severus.
Face Claim: Alan Rickman
Likes: Wine, The Dark Arts, Potions, Black, Slytherin, Coffee, Tea, Quiet, Books, Knowledge, Lily.
Dislikes: Children, Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, Gryffindors, James Potter, Sirius Black, Being made fun of, People who are irritating, Weakness, Muggles.
Strength: Dark Arts, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Legilimency, Occlumency, Intimidation.
Overall Personality: Severus is lonely, but almost contentedly so. He enjoys being solitary, though he does need people, he just doesn’t know it. He is sad, cranky and can be very petty when he’s unreasonably angry. His sarcasm and surliness tend to repel people, which is the general point. He is intelligent and this is probably how he got into Slytherin in his school days. He has a cunning, calculating, suspicious nature that makes him the ideal spy. He is usually very serious and rarely jokes, but when he does it never comes without the usual dose of sarcasm. He has never been the cocky sort like the Malfoys, but he does think of himself as intellectually superior, which he usually is.
Father: Tobias Snape (Muggle)
Mother: Eileen Prince (Witch)
Siblings: Only Child.
Former Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Overall History: Snape’s parents never got on very well. At least, not while Severus was in existence. They must have been in love at first because it wasn’t an arranged marriage. Tobias resented Eileen because of the magic in her blood. He did not like knowing that his wife was more powerful than he. No matter that Eileen would never use magic against her husband – no matter what he did to deserve it. She was determined to make the marriage work; to stay together for the sake of the child. Not to mention that her parents definitely didn’t approve of her marrying a muggle; Eileen also didn’t want to admit that her choice in husbands had been a wrong one.
Tobias and Eileen shouted and yelled at each other relentlessly. The anger and tension in the house was taken out on Severs quite often. Eileen sometimes snapped at Severus, never resorting to physical abuse. Tobias, on the other hand, was quite the opposite. He was a violent man by nature and, rather then taking it out on his wife – a woman who could turn him into a toad if it pleased her – he took it out on his sad little child. Severus has many scars from his father – being thrashed with a belt so many times can do that. Understandably Severus never held much love for his father. Despite all of this, there were some rare moments when everyone got along; when his parents just shut up and enjoyed their family’s company. Christmas was a prime example of this. Regardless of the many problems in the Snape household, Eileen and Tobias had one thing in common: they both loved their son – even if they had a funny way of showing it…
When Severus was still very young, he met Lily. The pretty little muggleborn that lived a few neighbourhoods over was the single thing that kept Severus going throughout his childhood. Severus, who came from a poor family in the notoriously dodgy neighbourhood Spinner’s End, spent quite a lot of time out of his house, wandering around. He liked to explore the nicer neighbourhoods nearby and eavesdrop on the residents. His favourite person to spy on was Lily. At the time, she was unaware of her magical power. One day Snape introduced himself on a whim. He told her all about the strange things she could do and, as a result, the pair became friends.
At Hogwarts, they were separated. Severus was sorted into Slytherin and Lily to Gryffindor. They remained friends through their early school years. They discovered that they were both superior at potions. Some nights they snuck off to meet up in various places around the castle and brew advanced potions together. It was during one of these sleepless nights that Severus realized that he was in love with Lily Evans. In later years, Lily and Severus began to grow apart. Lily’s friends could never understand why she tolerated the weird, Slytherin Snape boy. Severus’ friends were disgusted to learn that Snape would associate with a mudblood.
Then one day, it all ended. The arrogant, Gryffindor quidditch star was harassing Severus, per usual, when Lily rushed to his defence. Glowering with rage and embarrassment, and scared that his own mates would see him being defended by a female muggleborn, Snape lashed out in anger, shouted at her, calling her a mudblood. When Snape went to her to apologize, Lily made it clear that she thought it was time to sever ties.
Devastated, and not knowing what to do, Severus resumed watching Lily from afar. His friends were very much into the Dark Arts and Severus had long since discovered his love of them too. When Severus was out of school, he had no idea what to do with his life. He ended up following his friends into the service of the Dark Lord. He was seduced by the power. Under Lord Voldemort’s watchful eyes, Severus was allowed to brew potions, some illegal, and was able to acquire rare ingredients with the help of his dark mark. It kept Severus occupied for 3 years.
At age 20, Severus overhead part of the prophecy made by Sybil Trelawney. Among the most loyal of the Death Eaters, Severus relayed this information to the Dark Lord. Voldemort came to conclusion that the prophecy meant Harry. Terrified and remorseful, Severus turned himself in. He infiltrated Hogwarts and made his way to the Headmaster’s study. When he arrived at the office, Dumbledore appeared and forced Severus to his knees. Severus informed Dumbledore that Voldemort was under the impression that the prophecy meant Lily and James’ son. He begged him to hide her. To keep Lily safe. Dumbledore refused, much to Snape’s shock. They struck a deal. If Dumbledore hid the whole family, Severus would give Dumbledore his servitude.
When Voldemort fell, Dumbledore vouched for him at his trial. To keep Severus safe from other Death Eaters he was urged to take the post of Potions Professor at Hogwarts. Severus was reluctant, to say the least. After Lily’s murder, death for himself would be a welcome relief. He was in a state of supreme depression – even worse then when he learned of Lily’s engagement. He did not wish to do anything with his life, and more than that, he disliked children. A career in teaching, however, won out against the threat of being mentally tortured by the dementors of Azkaban for the rest of his life.
Snape sat in his study, sipping his wine exhaustedly. The 1995 Château Lascombes Margaux. Perhaps Severus had opened it a few years too young. No matter; the day he had had called for it. Longbottom, of course, had a role to play in this. Blowing up half the classroom. Burns, screams, and an inquiry issued from the school governors. Severus downed the rest of his wine and upturned the bottle again to splash in another glass full.
He gripped the wineglass tightly, his thoughts roaming over the horrific things he would like to do to Longbottom. The child was incompetent, sure, but to blow up the room!? Perhaps he did it on purpose. It was the kind of thing a Gryffindor would do. Severus only now took notice of his tightening grip on the glassware. He hurriedly sat the wine down on his desk.
His eyes fell onto the copy of Potions Weekly laying on the desk. ’No, it wasn’t Longbottom’s fault. It was that damn writer.’ She was the real cause of Severus’ foul mood and the bloody inquiry. The magazine had just printed a small column discrediting Snape himself. The column called into question the Professor’s teaching methods along with his traditional introductory speech just because of the five words ‘put a stopper in death’. ’Hornsbeam really is an idiot,’ Severus thought angrily. He knew the girl of course, a Hufflepuff straight out of school. Not much talent in the potions field, but her essays were always very well written. It was Severus himself who had first suggested a future career in journalism for her. ‘How very unHufflepuffish of her.’ Snape scowled and leapt to his feet. If someone else was in the room, they would find his rage almost tangible. A loud shattering sound split the air as the wineglass exploded. “Dammit,” Severus cursed. ’Can nothing go right?’ He waved his wand to repair the glass, but Snape lamented the spilt wine, which had been very pleasant.
He turned with a great sweep of his robes. The editor at Potions Weekly was about to get an earful in the form of a nasty letter. Snape briefly considered a Howler, but, on the whole, thought that a letter might be more tasteful. Severus had obviously not been promising first years the knowledge of how to brew poisons. He had meant the Draught of Living Death, which did wear off eventually. It wasn’t perpetual sleep by any means. Not unless re-administered regularly. “Really…” he sighed, scribbling away in red ink. He would have to remember to subscribe to Potions Quarterly instead. Potions Weekly had less time to edit out inane dribble than Quarterly did. ‘Potions Weekly has a plagiaristic name anyway…’
Once the letter was complete, Snape sent it out at once. He felt a bit calmer now. More in control of the situation. The inquiry would be nothing. Sybil was put through them all the time and she was obviously not yet out of a job… Snape stared at the hearth and the dying flames. ‘Now what to do with Longbottom…’