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10 Things Severus Snape Liked To Do

Severus Snape kept us guessing about his loyalties, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: he wasn’t the jolliest of guys, was he?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Maybe he needed a hobby, like Gobstones (his mother was president of the Hogwarts club, after all) or maybe Dumbledore could have taken him ten-pin bowling. Still, there are some activities that never fail to put a smile on his solemn face.

10. Giving Harry a hard time

Mister Potter wasn’t universally loved in the wizarding world – just ask Filch or the Slytherins – however, Snape took anti-Potter sentiment to a whole new level. He constantly scolded ‘Famous Harry Potter’ and never missed an opportunity to put the Chosen One in his place. It all boiled down to some bad blood: everyone told Harry that he was just like his father, but only Snape said it as an insult.

Snape pushes Harry and Ron's heads down in the Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

9. Anything to do with Slytherin

Snape was quick to pick out his favorite students and they all had one thing in common: they looked good in green. Although each Head of House enjoyed seeing their own students succeed, Snape tended to overlook the misbehavior of most of his students. It didn’t matter if a Slytherin started the fight; whoever was involved would be the one to lose house points.

Snape headshot from the Order of the Pheonix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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8. Make potions, obviously.

I don’t expect you to really understand the beauty of the simmering cauldron with its glowing fumes, the delicate power of liquids creeping through human veins, bewitching the mind, entrapping the senses.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The poetic, almost romantic way in which he described the art of potion making to his freshman class expressed a genuine love for the craft. It’s understandable, as his old Potions book revealed an unsurpassed talent for the subject – not every student can correct the textbook.

Slughorn's Potions Classroom

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

7. Casual use of the Dark Arts

Potion tips weren’t the only thing scrawled in the old Half-Blood Prince textbooks. Snape had been dabbling in the Dark Arts since his school days and came up with many curses, including the vicious Sectumsempra. According to Sirius, Snape knew more spells when he arrived at Hogwarts than most seventh year students, so it’s no wonder he fell into a bad crowd.

Snape threatens Draco in Hogwarts Hallway.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

6. Taking points from Gryffindor

Snape loved punishing the Gryffindor students so much that he used almost any excuse. Hermione knew this injustice very well. She was deducted points for crimes such as helping her classmates (usually Neville) and for answering questions correctly, or in Snape’s words ‘for being an insufferable know-it-all’.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

5. avoiding shampoos

One would think that a talented potion maker like Severus would be able to concoct a batch of magical ointments to treat oily skin. Or how about a shampoo charm to fix those greasy black locks? Oh well, he must have been quite happy.

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Snape telling Harry to be quiet at the Tallest Tower

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

4. Legitimacy

All teachers know when a student is up to no good, but there are one or two at Hogwarts who have a special gift. Snape’s talent for sniffing out troublemakers was not just a hunch, but a formidable magical ability that allowed him to read and interpret people’s memories. Any student foolish enough to tell lies had better not look this teacher in the eye.

Snape in his potions class room from the Order of the Pheonix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

3. Shameful Defense Against the Dark Arts Masters

Snape liked the times when someone he didn’t like got what he deserved, especially when that person had accepted his dream job. He gave Gilderoy Lockhart’s Jester a good showing in the dueling demo, but let’s be honest, who didn’t enjoy it? Snape also foiled Dolores Umbridge’s plan to interrogate Harry with Veritaserum. This might have seemed a bit more heroic if she hadn’t offered to poison Potter as a compromise.

2. being sarcastic

The long background causes devastation with the simplest of spells. “We’ll send what’s left of Finch-Fletchley to the hospital wing in a matchbox. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Forget spells – Snape’s sarcasm was the true dark art you wish you could defend against. Cold, condescending and sharp as a tack, Snape’s subtle yet terrifying tone was brilliantly presented by Alan Rickman in the film adaptations. Anyone who considers sarcasm the lowest form of wit had better not mention it in Potions.

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Snape teaching potions from the Philosopher's Stone

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1. Lily


There were many things that Snape liked, but probably only one of them he really liked. Look no further than his Patronus, who remained a doe even after all these years. Although she left this world, Lily Evans never left Snape’s heart. To many, she was proof that she had one to begin


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