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'''Tobias Snape''' was a [[Britain|British]] [[Muggle]] and the patriarch of the [[Snape family]] in the late twentieth century<ref name="DH33"/>. He was the husband of the [[Wizardkind|witch]] [[Eileen Prince|Eileen]] (nèe [[Prince family|Prince]]) and the father of [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH33"/>.
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'''Tobias Snape''' was a [[Britain|British]] [[Muggle]] and the patriarch of the [[Snape family]] in the late twentieth century<ref name="DH33" />. He was the husband of the [[Wizardkind|witch]] [[Eileen Prince|Eileen]] (nèe [[Prince family|Prince]]) and the father of [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH33" />.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
Tobias was born sometime in the early [[20th century|twentieth century]], into the [[Muggle]] [[Snape family]]<ref name="HP30"/>.
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Tobias was born sometime in the early [[20th century|twentieth century]], into the [[Muggle]] [[Snape family]]<ref name="HP30" />.
   
 
===Marriage===
 
===Marriage===
He married the [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|witch]] [[Eileen Prince]]<ref name="HP30"/>. He abused her mentally and emotionally, as [[Harry Potter]] saw in Severus Snape's memories during an Occlumency lesson<ref name="OP26"/>. It could be surmised that he was physically abusive as well. Why they began a relationship and got married is currently unknown. Eileen may not have told him about the wizard world before their wedding.
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He married the [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|witch]] [[Eileen Prince]]<ref name="HP30" />. He abused her mentally and emotionally, as [[Harry Potter]] saw in Severus Snape's memories during an Occlumency lesson<ref name="OP26" />. It could be surmised that he was physically abusive as well. Why they began a relationship and got married is currently unknown. Eileen may not have told him about the wizard world before their wedding.
   
 
It is possible that the marriage caused Eileen to be disowned by the Prince family, similar to [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda Tonks née Black]], who was disowned by her parents and sisters after she married [[Ted Tonks|a Muggle-born man]].
 
It is possible that the marriage caused Eileen to be disowned by the Prince family, similar to [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda Tonks née Black]], who was disowned by her parents and sisters after she married [[Ted Tonks|a Muggle-born man]].
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[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|left|Tobias' son, Severus]]
 
[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|left|Tobias' son, Severus]]
   
On [[9 January]], [[1960]], Eileen gave birth to their son<ref name="DH33"/>. Severus noted during a conversation with his friend, [[Lily Evans]], that his parents fought often<ref name="DH33"/>. They apparently neglected him during his childhood, or were poor, or both. His clothes were mismatched and did not fit properly. When he began his first year of school at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], he changed into his uniform quickly after getting onto the [[Hogwarts Express]], apparently glad to be rid of his Muggle clothes.
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On [[9 January]], [[1960]], Eileen gave birth to their son<ref name="DH33" />. Severus noted during a conversation with his friend, [[Lily Evans]], that his parents fought often<ref name="DH33" />. They apparently neglected him during his childhood, or were poor, or both. His clothes were mismatched and did not fit properly. When he began his first year of school at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], he changed into his uniform quickly after getting onto the [[Hogwarts Express]], apparently glad to be rid of his Muggle clothes.
   
 
By [[September]] [[1981]], when Severus became the [[Potions (class)|Potions master]] and a [[Head of House]] at the school, Tobias and Eileen no longer resided in the house. As Severus was only twenty-one years old, it is likely that they were still alive but moved away, either together or separately.
 
By [[September]] [[1981]], when Severus became the [[Potions (class)|Potions master]] and a [[Head of House]] at the school, Tobias and Eileen no longer resided in the house. As Severus was only twenty-one years old, it is likely that they were still alive but moved away, either together or separately.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
According to young Severus, Tobias was not fond of very much of anything, including magic.<ref name="DH33"/> Even so, his son was a talented young wizard before even receiving [[Hogwarts letter|the Hogwarts letter]]. In 1995, [[Sirius Black]] mentioned that Severus knew more curses when he arrived at school than many of the seventh-year students did. Tobias might not have tried to ban magic from the home, or Eileen and Severus might have used it whenever he was not around.
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According to young Severus, Tobias was not fond of very much of anything, including magic.<ref name="DH33" /> Even so, his son was a talented young wizard before even receiving [[Hogwarts letter|the Hogwarts letter]]. In 1995, [[Sirius Black]] mentioned that Severus knew more curses when he arrived at school than many of the seventh-year students did. Tobias might not have tried to ban magic from the home, or Eileen and Severus might have used it whenever he was not around.
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
 
===Family===
 
===Family===
Tobias had a very poor relationship with both his wife and his son. When Severus was younger, Tobias frequently shouted at Eileen, and possibly hit her, whilst their son crouched in a corner, crying<ref name="OP26"/>. The unhappy memories of the Snape home would haunt Severus into adulthood.
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Tobias had a very poor relationship with both his wife and his son. When Severus was younger, Tobias frequently shouted at Eileen, and possibly hit her, whilst their son crouched in a corner, crying.<ref name="OP26" /> The unhappy memories of the Snape home would haunt Severus into adulthood.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==

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Lily Evans: "Doesn’t your dad like magic?"
Severus Snape: "He doesn’t like anything, much."
Severus discusses his father with Lily Evans.[src]

Tobias Snape was a British Muggle and the patriarch of the Snape family in the late twentieth century[1]. He was the husband of the witch Eileen (nèe Prince) and the father of Severus Snape[1].

Biography

Early life

Tobias was born sometime in the early twentieth century, into the Muggle Snape family[2].

Marriage

He married the pure-blood witch Eileen Prince[2]. He abused her mentally and emotionally, as Harry Potter saw in Severus Snape's memories during an Occlumency lesson[3]. It could be surmised that he was physically abusive as well. Why they began a relationship and got married is currently unknown. Eileen may not have told him about the wizard world before their wedding.

It is possible that the marriage caused Eileen to be disowned by the Prince family, similar to Andromeda Tonks née Black, who was disowned by her parents and sisters after she married a Muggle-born man.

The couple lived at Spinner's End, a working-class neighbourhood in Cokeworth, England[1].

Young Snape DH2

Tobias' son, Severus

On 9 January, 1960, Eileen gave birth to their son[1]. Severus noted during a conversation with his friend, Lily Evans, that his parents fought often[1]. They apparently neglected him during his childhood, or were poor, or both. His clothes were mismatched and did not fit properly. When he began his first year of school at Hogwarts, he changed into his uniform quickly after getting onto the Hogwarts Express, apparently glad to be rid of his Muggle clothes.

By September 1981, when Severus became the Potions master and a Head of House at the school, Tobias and Eileen no longer resided in the house. As Severus was only twenty-one years old, it is likely that they were still alive but moved away, either together or separately.

Personality and traits

According to young Severus, Tobias was not fond of very much of anything, including magic.[1] Even so, his son was a talented young wizard before even receiving the Hogwarts letter. In 1995, Sirius Black mentioned that Severus knew more curses when he arrived at school than many of the seventh-year students did. Tobias might not have tried to ban magic from the home, or Eileen and Severus might have used it whenever he was not around.

Relationships

Family

Tobias had a very poor relationship with both his wife and his son. When Severus was younger, Tobias frequently shouted at Eileen, and possibly hit her, whilst their son crouched in a corner, crying.[3] The unhappy memories of the Snape home would haunt Severus into adulthood.

Etymology

Tobias is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Tobiah from the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, meaning "God is good". In the apocryphal Book of Tobit in the Old Testament, Tobias is assisted by the archangel in driving a demon away from Sarah, who subsequently became his wife.[4]

J. K. Rowling has stated that "Snape" is the name of a place in England[5]. It also is an English verb meaning "to be hard upon, rebuke or snub", derived from the Old Norse "sneypa", meaning "to outrage, dishonour, disgrace"[6].

Behind the scenes

  • His treatment towards his son and wife caused the former to despise Muggles in general, given his contempt towards Petunia. He also may not have had stable employment.

Appearances

Notes and references

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