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Alan Rickman, The Story of Professor Snape
Alan Rickman as Professor Snape
The Philosopher's Stone
- 'Ah, yes,' he said softly, 'Harry Potter. Our new — celebrity.'
- 'You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making,' he began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but they caught every word — like Professor McGonagall, Snape had the gift of keeping a class silent without effort. 'As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses ... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even put a stopper on death — if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.'
- Snape was still ignoring Hermione's quivering hand.
"What is the difference, Potter, between monkshood and wolfsbane?"
At this, Hermione stood up, her hand stretching towards the dungeon ceiling.
"I don't know," said Harry quietly. "I think Hermione does, though, why don't you try asking her?"
A few people laughed; Harry caught sight of Seamus's eye and Seamus winked. Snape, however, was not pleased.
"Sit down," he snapped at Hermione. "For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well? Why aren't you all copying that down?"
There was a sudden rummaging for quills and parchment. Over the noise, Snape said, "And a point will be taken from Gryffindor house for your cheek, Potter."
- "Take him up to the hospital wing," Snape spat at Seamus. Then he rounded on Harry and Ron, who had been working next to Neville. "You - Potter - why didn't you tell him not to add the quills! Thought he'd make you look good if he got it wrong, did you? That's another point you've lost for Gryffindor."
This was so unfair that Harry opened his mouth to argue, but Ron kicked him behind their cauldron. "Don't push it," he muttered. "I've heard Snape can get pretty nasty."
Rickman was Rowling's personal choice to portray the character. He had conversations with Rowling about his character and is one of the few Harry Potter actors that she spoke to prior to the completion of the book series about the future direction of the character. "He knew very early on that he'd been in love with Lily," said Rowling. "He needed to understand where this bitterness towards this boy who's the living example of her preference for another man came from. "
The Chamber of Secrets
- "Maybe he's ill!" said Ron hopefully.
"Maybe he's left," said Harry, "because he missed out on the Defence Against the Dark Arts job again!"
"Or he might have been sacked!" said Ron enthusiastically. "I mean, everyone hates him" "Or maybe," said a very cold voice right behind them, "he's waiting to hear why you two didn't arrive on the school train."
- Most unfortunately, you are not in my House and the decision to expel you does not rest with me. I shall go and fetch the people who do have that happy power. You will wait here.
- 'I'll make it,' Lockhart butted in. 'I must have done it a hundred times, I could whip up a Mandrake Restorative Draught in my sleep'
'Excuse me,' said Snape icily, 'but I believe I am the Potions master at this school.'
- 'That was a Disarming Charm -- as you see, I've lost my wand -- ah, thank you, Miss Brown -- yes, an excellent idea to show them that, Professor Snape, but if you don't mind my saying so, it was very obvious what you were about to do. If I had wanted to stop you, it would have been only too easy -- however, I felt it would be instructive to let them see...'
Snape was looking murderous.
The Prisoner of Azkaban
- Professor Snape: [taps the blank Marauder's Map with his wand] Reveal your secrets.[writing appears on the map]. Read it.Harry: "Messrs. Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, offer their compliments to Professor Snape and... " Professor Snape: Go on. Harry: "... and request that he keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business.
- Professor Snape: Expelliarmus! Ah, vengeance is sweet. How I hoped I'd be the one to catch you.[to Lupin].Professor Snape: I told Dumbledore you were helping an old friend enter the castle and now here's the proof. Sirius Black: Brilliant, Snape - once again you've put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion. Now if you'll excuse us, Remus and I have some unfinished business to attend to. Professor Snape: [raises his wand at Black] Give me a reason. I beg you. Professor Lupin: Severus, don't be a fool...Sirius Black: He can't help it. It's habit by now. Professor Lupin: Sirius, be quiet! Sirius Black: Be quiet yourself, Remus! Professor Snape: Listen to you two, quarrelling like an old married couple. Sirius Black: Why don't you run along and play with your chemistry set? Professor Snape: [puts his wand to Black's throat] I could do it, you know... But why deny the Dementors? They're so longing to see you.[Sirius trembles]. Professor Snape: Do I detect a flicker of fear? Ah, yes. The Dementor's Kiss. One can only imagine what that must be like to endure. It's said to be nearly unbearable to witness, but I'll do my best.
- That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger. Tell me, are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable know-it-all?
- Professor Snape: Which one of you can tell me the difference between an animagus and a werewolf?[Hermione raises her hand]. Professor Snape: [without turning around] No-one? How disappointing.
Snape isn't one who enjoys jokes and I strongly fear that his sense of humour is extremely limited... But in his defence, I will add that he didn't have an easy adolescence, particularly during his studies at Hogwarts.
The people in general adore Snape. He is sarcastic, stubborn, etc, etc. But he is also fascinating. I have a lot of fun impersonating him.— Alan Rickman
The Goblet Of Fire
- Professor Snape: Potter, what's your hurry? Congratulations. Your performance in the Black Lake was inspiring. Gilllyweed, am I correct? Harry: Yes sir. Professor Snape: Ingenious. A rather rare herb, Gillyweed. Not something found in your everyday garden. Nor is this.[holds up a bottle]. Professor Snape: Know what it is? Harry: [sarcastically] Bubble juice, sir? Professor Snape: Veritaserum. Three drops of this and You-Know-Who himself would spill his darkest secrets. The use of it on a student is, regrettably, forbidden. However, should you eve steal from my personal stores again, my hand might just slip over your morning pumpkin juice. Harry: I haven't stolen anything. Professor Snape: Don't lie to me! Gillyweed may be innocuous, but Boomslang skin? Lacewing flies? You and your little friends are brewing Polyjuice Potion, and believe me; I'm going to find out why![shuts the door in Harry's face].
- I have nothing to be scared of, Igor. Can you say the same?
The Order Of Phoenix
- Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily - weak people in other words-...
- The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure.
- [Talking to Umbridge, who is demanding he provide a bottle of truth serum to interrogate Harry] I have already told you, I have no further stocks of Veritaserum. Unless you wish to poison Potter- and I can assure you I would have the greatest sympathy if you did- I cannot help you. The only trouble is that most venoms act too swiftly to give the victim much in the way of time for truth telling.
- Crabbe, loosen your hold a little. If Longbottom suffocates, it means a tedious amount of paperwork and I do have to mention it on your reference if you ever apply for a job.
The Half Blood Prince
- DON'T CALL ME COWARD!
- Your father only took me on when it was four to one. What would you call him?
- Severus Snape: Do you remember me telling you we were practicising non-verbal spells, Potter?
Harry Potter: Yes.
Snape: Yes, Sir.
Potter: There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor.
- Severus Snape: ...and of course, as Potter so wisely tells us, are transparent.
Ron Weasley: Well, what Harry said is the most useful if we're trying to tell them apart! When we come face to face with one down a dark alley we're going to be having a shufti to see if it's solid, aren't we, we're not going to be asking, "Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?"
- And—forgive me—you speak of dangers… you were facing six teenagers, were you not?
- Avada Kedavra!
- It is finished.
- You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn them on me like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so...No!
The Deathly Hallows
- Look... at... me...
- The green eyes found the black, but after a second something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.
- Hide them all, then. Keep her - them - safe. Please.
- You are a braver man by far than Igor Karakoff. You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon...Dumbledore to Snape.
- Would you like me to do it now? Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?
- Lately, only those whom I could not save. Snape answers when asked how many men and women he had watched die.
- Dumbledore watched her ﬂy away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.
- Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew. Harry Potter says to his son.