Facts from J.K.Rowling

about Severus Snape

- Post-Book 6 -

(Last updated on August 2006)

Random fact: If a teacher is head of a house, can we assume that they were sorted into those houses
when they were
students at Hogwarts? Is that also true for the house ghosts?
So was Snape a Slytherin? (It never actually says he was in the books...)

Jo's response: (yes)

NOTE: I only provide the parts which pertain to Snape directly or indirectly.
For the full interviews, please follow the links! They do deserve to be read in full!  

Part One - Below
Part Two
Part Three

MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Emerson Spartz, MuggleNet (ES); Melissa Anelli, The Leaky Cauldron (MA)
July 16, 2005: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince publication day
Edinburgh, Scotland

There are important points she made in other interviews, but those need not be worried about at this point.  They will be analysed later. I'll be on the watch for new interviews which might reveal questions and answers about Snape though. If you come by one of them, please tell me!!


MA: OK, big big big book six question. Is Snape evil?

JKR: [Almost laughing] Well, you've read the book, what do you think?

ES: She's trying to make you say it categorically.
MA: Well, there are conspiracy theorists, and there are people who will claim -

JKR: Cling to some desperate hope [laughter] -

ES: Yes!
MA: Yes!
ES: Like certain shippers we know!

[All laugh]

JKR: Well, okay, I'm obviously Harry-Snape is now as personal, if not more so, than Harry-Voldemort. I can't answer that question because it's a spoiler, isn't it, whatever I say, and obviously, it has such a huge impact on what will happen when they meet again that I can't. And let's face it, it's going to launch 10,000 theories and I'm going to get a big kick out of reading them so [laughs] I'm evil but I just like the theories, I love the theories.

ES: I know Dumbledore likes to see the good in people but he seems trusting almost to the point of recklessness sometimes.

[Laughter] Yes, I would agree. I would agree.

ES: How can someone so -

JKR: Intelligent -

ES: be so blind with regard to certain things?

JKR: Well, there is information on that to come, in seven. But I would say that I think it has been demonstrated, particularly in books five and six that immense brainpower does not protect you from emotional mistakes and I think Dumbledore really exemplifies that. In fact, I would tend to think that being very, very intelligent might create some problems and it has done for Dumbledore, because his wisdom has isolated him, and I think you can see that in the books, because where is his equal, where is his confidante, where is his partner? He has none of those things. Hes always the one who gives, hes always the one who has the insight and has the knowledge. So I think that, while I ask the reader to accept that McGonagall is a very worthy second in command, she is not an equal. You have a slightly circuitous answer, but I can't get much closer than that.

 -High hopes!! She's got, high hopes!! ; P

-Sly woman!


-Yes! That's us and proud of it! ^_^



-Harry and Snape's relationship is now as much personal as Harry and Voldemort from Rowling's point of view. We are bound to learn more of it in Book7 thankfully! So I'm happy to announce that Snape won't simply be killed before some confrontation if that's any news.

-This is so important!!  Here's a spoiler that Harry and Snape will at least meet once more.

-Snape's being evil or not will have a huge impact on their next meeting. Therefore, we should be very careful when reading that encounter ... two years from now unfortunately!

-I don't buy that "it's going to launch too many theories" ; ) She just won't spoil the end! I'm glad we'll give her some theories to peruse!

-JKR agrees Dumbledore trusts people to the point of recklessness: however I say that this could indeed apply to other people he's trusted before and that it doesn't have to be Snape or be negative towards him! Don't be misled by this affirmation!!

-Albus's wisdom does not protect him from emotional mistakes: does she hint at his believing in people no matter what? But does Albus believe in people no matter what? I don't think so! Or else all his employees would be in the Order while most of them are not. He wouldn't do so many trips alone. He wouldn't act in the dark so much if he did trust so implicitly.  He always has reasons no matter what! So again, this is very misleading and should not be taken at face value against Snape!!