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{{dialogue a-b|Hermione Granger|...there was a tiny announcement about Eileen Prince marrying a Muggle called Tobias Snape and then later an announcement saying that she'd given birth to a —|Harry Potter|— murderer.|Harry on the role of Eileen's son in the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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'''Eileen Snape''' (née [[Prince]]) was a [[witch]]. She was married to [[Tobias Snape]], a [[Muggle]], and was mother to [[Severus Snape]].
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==Biography==
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===Early life===
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Eileen Prince was born into a [[Pure-blood]] wizarding family.<ref name="hbp30">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 30</ref> According to an old ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' clipping found by [[Hermione Granger]], when Eileen was in her fifth year at [[Hogwarts]], she was captain of the school [[Gobstones]] Team.<ref name="hbp25">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 25</ref> It is unknown exactly when Eileen began attending Hogwarts, but, based on the description of a copy of the sixth-year [[Potions]] textbook ''[[Advanced Potion Making]]'' owned by her son as being "nearly fifty years old" in December [[1996]], it is possible that she started sometime in the early 1940s, if the book was bought new and then handed down.<ref>''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 16</ref> The [[Hogwarts Houses|House]] into which she was sorted is also unknown, although, given her son's desire to be sorted into [[Slytherin]],<ref name="dh33">''Deathly Hallows'', Chapter 33</ref> it is possible she was one herself, or that Slytherin was the traditional house of the Prince family.
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===Family===
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Eileen married [[Tobias Snape]], a [[Muggle]],<ref name="hbp30" /> and lived with him in a row house on [[Spinner's End]].<ref name="dh33" /> On January 9, [[1960]], she gave birth to a son, [[Severus Snape|Severus]]. Life in the Snape home was tumultuous, as Severus informed his friend, [[Lily Evans]], that his parents were constantly arguing.<ref name="dh33" /> Given that Eileen's son was described as not looking "well cared for" at age eleven,<ref name="dh33" /> it is also possible that she and her husband were neglectful parents, abjectly poor, or both. Tobias does seem to have been aware of the fact that Eileen was a witch, having been described by their son as not liking anything, least of all magic.<ref name="dh33" />Eileen accompanied her 11-year-old son to [[Platform 9¾]] for the first time on September 1, [[1971]], an event later watched in a [[Pensieve]] by [[Harry Potter]].<ref name="dh33" />
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==Physical description==
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{{dialogue a-b|Hermione Granger|You see...she was Snape's mother!|Ron Weasley|I thought she wasn't much of a looker.|Ron comments on Eileen's photo from the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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At age 15, Eileen is described as having been thin, pale, and sullen-looking, with a long face and thick eyebrows.<ref name="hbp25" /> In 1971, as an adult woman, she was thin, sallow, and sour-looking, bearing a strong resemblance to her son.<ref name="dh33" />
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==Behind the scenes==
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*Severus Snape took his nickname, the [[Half-Blood Prince]], from his mother's maiden name combined with his own [[blood purity|blood status]] of [[half-blood]].
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*When [[Harry Potter]] accidentally entered Severus Snape's mind during an [[Occlumency]] lesson, he saw a memory in which a hook-nosed man was yelling at a frightened woman, while a little boy with dark hair — Severus — cried in the corner. The woman is generally presumed to have been Eileen, and, if the man was her husband, the memory may be evidence that their relationship was abusive.<ref name="ootp26">''Order of the Phoenix,'' Chapter 26</ref>
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*[[Irma Pince]] has been rumoured to be Eileen in hiding, due to the fact that the letters in Pince's name can be rearranged to spell "I'm a Prince," but this has not been confirmed.
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==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{flashback}}
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==References==
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Revision as of 02:09, May 31, 2008

Hermione Granger: "...there was a tiny announcement about Eileen Prince marrying a Muggle called Tobias Snape and then later an announcement saying that she'd given birth to a —"
Harry Potter: "— murderer."
— Harry on the role of Eileen's son in the death of Albus Dumbledore.[src]

Eileen Snape (née Prince) was a witch. She was married to Tobias Snape, a Muggle, and was mother to Severus Snape.

Biography

Early life

Eileen Prince was born into a Pure-blood wizarding family.[1] According to an old Daily Prophet clipping found by Hermione Granger, when Eileen was in her fifth year at Hogwarts, she was captain of the school Gobstones Team.[2] It is unknown exactly when Eileen began attending Hogwarts, but, based on the description of a copy of the sixth-year Potions textbook Advanced Potion Making owned by her son as being "nearly fifty years old" in December 1996, it is possible that she started sometime in the early 1940s, if the book was bought new and then handed down.[3] The House into which she was sorted is also unknown, although, given her son's desire to be sorted into Slytherin,[4] it is possible she was one herself, or that Slytherin was the traditional house of the Prince family.

Family

Eileen married Tobias Snape, a Muggle,[1] and lived with him in a row house on Spinner's End.[4] On January 9, 1960, she gave birth to a son, Severus. Life in the Snape home was tumultuous, as Severus informed his friend, Lily Evans, that his parents were constantly arguing.[4] Given that Eileen's son was described as not looking "well cared for" at age eleven,[4] it is also possible that she and her husband were neglectful parents, abjectly poor, or both. Tobias does seem to have been aware of the fact that Eileen was a witch, having been described by their son as not liking anything, least of all magic.[4]Eileen accompanied her 11-year-old son to Platform 9¾ for the first time on September 1, 1971, an event later watched in a Pensieve by Harry Potter.[4]

Physical description

Hermione Granger: "You see...she was Snape's mother!"
Ron Weasley: "I thought she wasn't much of a looker."
— Ron comments on Eileen's photo from the Daily Prophet.[src]

At age 15, Eileen is described as having been thin, pale, and sullen-looking, with a long face and thick eyebrows.[2] In 1971, as an adult woman, she was thin, sallow, and sour-looking, bearing a strong resemblance to her son.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • Severus Snape took his nickname, the Half-Blood Prince, from his mother's maiden name combined with his own blood status of half-blood.
  • When Harry Potter accidentally entered Severus Snape's mind during an Occlumency lesson, he saw a memory in which a hook-nosed man was yelling at a frightened woman, while a little boy with dark hair — Severus — cried in the corner. The woman is generally presumed to have been Eileen, and, if the man was her husband, the memory may be evidence that their relationship was abusive.[5]
  • Irma Pince has been rumoured to be Eileen in hiding, due to the fact that the letters in Pince's name can be rearranged to spell "I'm a Prince," but this has not been confirmed.

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30
  2. 2.0 2.1 Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25
  3. Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33
  5. Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26
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