Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

In JKR's words

Thu Dec 9, 2010, 1:26 AM by Vizen:iconvizen:
For the benefit of those who do not own copies of the novels and for everyone's future easy reference, here are some lovely quotes from the books describing Severus Snape. These are the kinds of details we're looking for in pieces submitted to the group.


***
"There, his black robes rippling in a cold breeze, stood Severus Snape. He was a thin man with sallow skin, a hooked nose and greasy, shoulder-length black hair, and at this moment, he was smiling in a way that told Harry he and Ron were in very deep trouble." (Chamber of Secrets)

***
"Snape approached their table, stared down his hooked nose at the roots, then gave Ron an unpleasant smile from beneath his long, greasy black hair." (Prisoner of Azkaban)

***
On Professor Sinistra's other side was the sallow-faced, hook-nosed, greasy-haired Potions master, Snape - Harry's least favourite person at Hogwarts. Harry's loathing of Snape was matched only by Snape's hatred of him ...(Goblet of Fire)

***
"Snape-the-teenager had a stringy, pallid look about him, like a plant kept in the dark. His hair was lank and greasy and was flopping on to the table, his hooked nose barely half an inch from the surface of the parchment as he scribbled. [...] Round-shouldered yet angular, he walked in a twitchy manner that recalled a spider, and his oily hair was jumping about his face". (Order of the Phoenix)

***
"A sliver of a man could be seen looking out at them, a man with long black hair parted in curtains around a sallow face and black eyes." (Half-Blood Prince)

***
"...Snape stepped into the corridor, his sallow face framed as ever by two curtains of greasy black hair. Silence fell over the queue immediately." (Half-Blood Prince)

***
"...he had forgotten the details of Snape’s appearance in the magnitude of his crimes, forgotten how his greasy, black hair hung in curtains around his thin face, how his black eyes had a dead, cold look. He was not wearing nightclothes, but was dressed in his usual black cloak and he, too, was holding his wand ready for a fight." (Deathly Hallows)

***
"...a skinny boy was watching them from behind a clump of bushes. His black hair was overlong and his clothes were so mismatched that it looked deliberate: too-short jeans, a shabby, overlarge coat that might have belonged to a grown man, an odd smock-like shirt. Snape looked no more than nine or ten years old, sallow, small, stringy. There was undisguised greed in his thin face..." (Deathly Hallows)

Add a Comment:
 
:iconcederlina:
Cederlina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
I'm sorry I don't really know if such discussions are allowed here but I have always wondered: How do people imagine our Sevs voice to sound like? ;) Most will say Alan Rickman, but I always imagined it as a mix between the voice of Till Lindemann in the songs Mein Herz Brennt and Ich Will and the voice of (I think) Raymond Watts? in the Kmfdm song Spit sperm. 
Reply
:iconshyfoxling:
shyfoxling Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
They're allowed, certainly, but unfortunately not many people are likely to see comments on blog posts, especially this one which is over three years in the past. The group admins get notifications when people leave comments, but members do not. The best route for visibility would probably be if we made new blog posts specifically with topics for discussion. (Truthfully, though, I am not sure how much response there would be.)

As for me, I think Alan Rickman's voice is too deep and I get a little annoyed at its spawning of fanfic descriptions of Severus as a baritone or even a bass. I think the little description we get supports a somewhat higher, or at least less "rich and thick" voice, and I picture him more in the tenor range. Although I will admit I am fully on board with the totally unsupported fanon that he has a good singing voice. ;)
Reply
:iconcederlina:
Cederlina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Ah I see so thanks for your comment then :D. I don't think many people even thought about it either. Interesting that you thought he has a higher voice. I think it certainly will become high when he is mad with anger or something like here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sXKDb… :P 
Reply
:iconshyfoxling:
shyfoxling Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Not high-pitched exactly, in the way Voldemort's is described as "high and cold", just higher than people often describe it (for reasons that are mysterious to me, unless it's just Rickman rubbing off on their ears) as baritone or even bass, a very deep pitch.

If you mean the person's voice in the video as an example to compare to, then sure, that might not be that far off, though I picture Severus's as smoother (and sans the lisp, heh).

I think I was there for that presentation at Aeternitas, actually, or at least part of it.
Reply
:iconcederlina:
Cederlina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
About the singing voice, I'm not sure but it is a cute idea :)
Reply
:iconcederlina:
Cederlina Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I was wondering, is the big nose really canon? I mean, it is described very often,but from Harry's point of view, and in JK Rowling's drawings the nose isn't that big at all, except a little bit in the caricature. What I find really weird, is that she draws him with stubbles (or so it seems). I already thought Mary Grandpré's adult version with the goatee was extremely weird! I always envisioned Krum with beard in DH to look like that, but not Snape, also because JK Rowling didn't mention anything about a beard in the books. (I think Mary Grandpré's young Snape is absolutely darling and exactly as I imagined him, though)
But it makes more sense if you keep John Nettleship in mind, although he looked so surprisingly handsome! I find this really intriguing, because he doesn't resemble JK Rowling's drawings at all. It's sad that he is dead now. 
Reply
:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There must be a desciption in Philosopher's Stone, since that's when wefirst see the character.
Reply
:iconrenmiao:
RenMiao Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ok i don't know what write but i agree with the rules except to any 2 rules but i'm not going to break it ^^
Reply
:iconkarabaja:
karabaja Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Love canon. :heart:
Reply
:iconnorthangel27:
northangel27 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome reminders, straight from the author's pen! Greasy, and sallow seem to be in almost every quote! :giggle:
Reply
:icondreamingprodigy:
DreamingProdigy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, sometimes I wish she would change her wording a little now and then.
Reply
:iconnorthangel27:
northangel27 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me, too! ;-)
Reply
:iconpiratefairy:
PirateFairy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
i love snape <3
Reply
:iconfluro-knife:
Fluro-Knife Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
CURTAINS

curtains

hes like a walking window
Reply
:iconmadoldsquib:
madoldsquib Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
*description.
Reply
:iconmadoldsquib:
madoldsquib Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I just noticed how many times JKR used the word "curtains" in Snape's des
deviantART muro drawingComment Drawing
Reply
:iconsevenluck:
sevenluck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I regret nothing. :iconwthplz:
deviantART muro drawingComment Drawing
Reply
:iconjoeyv7:
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
:iconwildeplz: Either those curtains go, or I do :giggle:
Reply
:iconseverly-snapped:
severly-snapped Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes. Just. Yes x]
Reply
:iconsevenluck:
sevenluck Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:XD::XD:
Reply
:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Excellent!
Reply
:iconsevenluck:
sevenluck Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Not the usual Snape eh :XD:
Reply
:iconmadoldsquib:
madoldsquib Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I just. I can't. What-I...//broken.
Reply
:iconsevenluck:
sevenluck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I don't even-
Reply
:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Haha, indeed.

--- > [link] ;)


Absolutely, JKR uses "long" and "curtains" very often. Also, Snape looks through his long curtain of hair which reaches his shoulders... His hair covers his face quite often, it seems.
Reply
:iconmadoldsquib:
madoldsquib Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
He needs a hairnet to brew potions. It's only sanitary.
Reply
:iconshyfoxling:
shyfoxling Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Now I'm thinking of "Happy Burger"...
Reply
:iconsilenthillgothlady13:
SilentHillGothLady13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Happy Burger" is a Silent Hill restaurant and a real one too! Did u know that?
Reply
:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Well, the traditional evil witch with a big hooked nose who brews her green bubbling poisons under her cauldron has no hairnet... Should have, sure. XD
Reply
:iconmadoldsquib:
madoldsquib Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well imagine if he was brewing a Polyjuice Potion, and piece of his hair fell in? It'd be one month of work wasted.
Reply
:iconvizen:
Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
This is certainly another excellent fanon reason for the grease. It is not grease, but some powerful balsam - keeps the hair from falling... You see... XD
Reply
:iconsilenthillgothlady13:
SilentHillGothLady13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*It dawns on me* ah... I see like Hair Gel
Reply
:iconmadoldsquib:
madoldsquib Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
OIC! And his nose is where he takes in all of his knowledge.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconspinners--end: More from Spinners--End


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
December 9, 2010
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
42,057 (1 today)
Favourites
0
Comments
33
×