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|born=c. [[1930s|1930]]-[[1930s|1935]]<ref name="birthyear">As Eileen's sixth-year Potions book was published "around" 50 years prior to 1996 ({{HBP}} Chapter 16 (''A Very Frosty Christmas'')), it could have been published anytime between 1946 and 1951; assuming Eileen bought it new, and she being sixteen at the time, she would have to have been born between 1930 and 1935.</ref>, [[Great Britain]] or [[Ireland]]
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|blood=[[Pure-blood]]<ref name="blood">In {{HBP}}, Chapter 30 (''The White Tomb''), Harry speaks of Snape playing up "pure-blood mother, Muggle father", but the article Hermione reads never specifically says Eileen was pure-blood.</ref> {{c|possibly}}
 
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*President of the [[Hogwarts Gobstone Club]]<ref name="PM">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter11/moment1/gobstones New from J.K. Rowling: "Gobstones"]</ref>
 
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|house=[[Slytherin]] (possibly)<ref>"In Ch. 4 of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, Horace Slughorn states that family members are often Sorted into the same House. This may indicate that Eileen was Sorted into Slytherin, as Severus was Sorted into Slytherin. However, there are exceptions.</ref>
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|house=[[Slytherin]]<ref name="house">{{HBP}} - Chapter 4 (''Horace Slughorn''); Slughorn states that family members are usually Sorted into the same House. This may indicate that Eileen was Sorted into Slytherin. Additional supporting evidence is that Severus wanted to be in Slytherin before he even got to school, potentially from hearing about his mother being in Slytherin.</ref> {{c|possibly}}
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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.|Hermione revealing Snape's parentage, and Harry's contempt.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
   
'''Eileen Snape (née Prince)''' was a [[Wizards|witch]]. She was married to [[Tobias Snape]], a [[Muggle]], and was mother to [[Severus Snape]].
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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.|Hermione revealing Snape's parentage, and Harry's contempt|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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'''Eileen Snape''' (née '''Prince''') (b. c. [[1930s|1930]]-[[1930s|1935]]<ref name="birthyear"/>) was a [[Great Britain|British]] [[Wizardkind|witch]], wife to the [[Muggle]] [[Tobias Snape]] and mother to [[Severus Snape]].<ref name="HP30">{{HBP}} - Chapter 30 (''The White Tomb'')</ref>
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
Eileen Prince was born into the [[Pure-blood]] [[Prince family|Prince]] 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 sixth year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], she was captain of the [[Hogwarts Gobstones Team|school Gobstones team]].<ref name="hbp25">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 25</ref>
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Eileen was born into the [[Wizarding world|wizarding]] [[Prince family]]<ref name="HP30"/> in [[Great Britain]], sometime between 1930 and 1935.<ref name="birthyear"/>
It is unknown exactly when Eileen began attending Hogwarts, but, based on the description of a [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|copy]] of the sixth-year [[Potions (class)|Potions]] textbook ''[[Advanced Potion-Making]]'' owned by her son [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|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. Eileen may be like [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda Tonks (née Black)]], a pure-blood who married a Muggle-born due to a change in belief in [[blood purity]].
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She began attending [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] between 1941 and 1946<ref name="birthyear"/>. Presumably she was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin]].<ref name="house"/> According to an old ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' clipping found by [[Hermione Granger]], Eileen was Captain of the [[Hogwarts Gobstones Team|school Gobstones team]] during her fifth year.<ref name="HP25">{{HP}} - Chapter 25 (''The Seer Overheard'')</ref> She was concurrently the President of the [[Hogwarts Gobstone Club]].<ref name="PM"/>
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===Adulthood===
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[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|Eileen's son, Severus.]]
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After graduating, Eileen met the [[Muggle]] [[Tobias Snape]] and married him<ref name="HP30"/>. Why they began a relationship and got married is unknown. Their son would later state that Tobias did not like "anything much", including magic. It is possible that he was unaware of the magical world and Eileen being a witch, or else he might have ended the relationship. They moved into a terraced house in [[Cokeworth]], on a street called [[Spinner's End|Spinner's End.]] It was close to the mill and near a nasty-smelling, polluted river.<ref name="DH33">{{DH}} - Chapter 33 (''The Prince's Tale'')</ref>
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Eileen's decision to marry Tobias may have resulted in her being disowned by her family - similar to [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda Tonks née Black]], who was disowned by her family after she married [[Ted Tonks|a Muggle-born man]].
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On [[9 January]], [[1960s|1960]], she gave birth to a baby boy, [[Severus Snape]].<ref name="HP30" /> Severus' childhood was plagued by the tumultuous, explosive atmosphere in the home, with his parents often fighting.<ref name="OP26" /> Tobias would shout at Eileen and may have been physically abusive as well.
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The couple either neglected Severus, were too poor to care for him well, 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.
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Despite this, Severus was already talented with magic before he even received his [[Hogwarts letter]] in 1971. In 1995, Sirius Black would mention (in a conversation with [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]]) 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 Snape home, or Eileen and Severus might have used it whenever he was not around.
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On [[1 September]], [[1970s|1971]], Eileen accompanied Severus to [[Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters]] at [[King's Cross Station]] and watched him leave on the [[Hogwarts Express]].<ref name="DH33" /> Although she looked sullen, it can be presumed that she was happy to see her son get away from their troubled home for a while (except for the summers between his school years). He looked exceptionally overjoyed.<ref name="DH33" />
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===Later life===
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What precisely happened to Eileen is unknown. By the time Severus joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and began teaching at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] in [[September]] [[1981]], he had taken over the home.<ref name="HP2">{{HBP}} - Chapter 2 (''Spinner's End'')</ref> As he was only twenty-one years old, Eileen and Tobias were probably alive but had moved away for some reason.
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==Physical appearance==
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At age fifteen, Eileen was skinny and unattractive, looking simultaneously cross and sullen. She had heavy brows and a long, pallid face<ref name="HP25"/>. By 1971, not much had changed: Eileen was thin, hunched, sour-faced and sallow<ref name="DH33"/>.
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==Etymology==
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''"Eileen"'' is from Celtic, English and Irish roots and has a long-standing history in each culture. In Irish it is known as a variation of "''Helen''". It became a more popular name in the 19th century. It is rumoured to have roots in Latin, American, French and Greek cultures, however such claims are not backed up with much evidence. Another variation of this name is Eileene which is most commonly used in Ireland.
   
==Relationships==
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Other versions of ''Eileen''; "''Aileen"'' (Scottish), "''Eibhlin"'' (the original source for the name), "''Eila"'' (Celtic variant of both "''Eileen"'' and "''Aileen"''), "''Eireen"'' (Norwegian variant of "''Irene''" or "''Eileen''"), "''Eleanor''" (a similarly-rooted name to "''Eileen''" in Irish).
===Family===
 
[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|Eileen's son, Severus.]]Eileen married [[Tobias Snape]], a [[Muggle]],<ref name="hbp30" /> and lived with him in a terraced house on [[Spinner's End]].<ref name="dh33" /> On [[9 January]], [[1960s|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 eleven-year-old son to [[Platform Nine and Three-Quarters]] for the first time on [[1 September|September]] 1, 1971, an event later watched in a [[Pensieve]] by [[Harry Potter]].<ref name="dh33" />
 
   
==Physical description==
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Eileen's maiden name was'' [[Prince family|Prince]]. [[Wikipedia:Prince|Prince]]'' is a general term for a monarch or a member of a monarch's family, and is a hereditary title of some European royalty, likely alluding to the aristocratic status of pure-blood families in the [[wizarding world]]. The word is derived from the Latin ''[[Wikipedia:Princeps|princeps]]'', meaning "a prime", which was one of the titles of the Roman Emperor, in which case it was generally translated as "First Citizen". ''[[Wikipedia:The Prince|The Prince]]'' is also the title of a famous political treatise by Niccolò Machiavelli; an interesting point considering that the adjective derived from the author's surname, ''Machiavellian'', is defined as "attempting to achieve goals by cunning, scheming and unscrupulous methods", which may allude to the ideal traits of [[Slytherin]] house.<ref>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Machiavellian Wiktionary Definition: Machiavellian]</ref>
At age fifteen, Eileen is described as having been skinny, pale, and sullen-faced, with a long face and heavy eyebrows.<ref name="hbp25" /> In [[1971]], as an adult woman, she was thin, sallow-faced, and sour-looking, greatly resembling her son.<ref name="dh33" />
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*Severus Snape took his nickname, the [[Severus Snape|Half-Blood Prince]], from his mother's maiden name combined with his own [[blood purity|blood status]] of [[half-blood]].
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*At Hogwarts, her son Severus used her surname and his blood status to make his nickname of "the Half-Blood Prince".
*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 small boy with dark hair Severus cried in the corner. The woman is generally presumed to have been Eileen, and the memory may be evidence that their relationship was abusive.<ref name="ootp26">''Order of the Phoenix,'' Chapter 26</ref>
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*There is a theory that [[Irma Pince]], the librarian during Harry Potter's years at Hogwarts, is actually Eileen in disguise. Pince's name is an anagram of "I am Prince" or "I'm a Prince". Her description matches that of Eileen's, having the same hooked nose and dark hair as Severus. Both she and Severus have snappy, stern personalities. She is a librarian and, incidentally, the sitting room in the Snape home contains many shelves of books (as seen by [[Narcissa Malfoy]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] during a visit in 1996). Eileen was willing to marry a non-magical man, Tobias, and Pince was rumored to be involved with [[Argus Filch]], the [[Squib]] caretaker of Hogwarts.
*On his first train ride to Hogwarts, Eileen's son, Severus, shows almost immediate contempt for Gryffindors, believing them to be brash and arrogant, with no prior problems shown, possibly implying that Eileen was bullied by Gryffindors while at Hogwarts, passing the resultant contempt to her son.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{Flashback}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{Mention}} {{Photograph}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Flashback}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
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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."
— Hermione revealing Snape's parentage, and Harry's contempt[src]

Eileen Snape (née Prince) (b. c. 1930-1935[1]) was a British witch, wife to the Muggle Tobias Snape and mother to Severus Snape.[7]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Eileen was born into the wizarding Prince family[7] in Great Britain, sometime between 1930 and 1935.[1]

She began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry between 1941 and 1946[1]. Presumably she was Sorted into Slytherin.[6] According to an old Daily Prophet clipping found by Hermione Granger, Eileen was Captain of the school Gobstones team during her fifth year.[3] She was concurrently the President of the Hogwarts Gobstone Club.[4]

AdulthoodEdit

Young Snape DH2

Eileen's son, Severus.

After graduating, Eileen met the Muggle Tobias Snape and married him[7]. Why they began a relationship and got married is unknown. Their son would later state that Tobias did not like "anything much", including magic. It is possible that he was unaware of the magical world and Eileen being a witch, or else he might have ended the relationship. They moved into a terraced house in Cokeworth, on a street called Spinner's End. It was close to the mill and near a nasty-smelling, polluted river.[8]

Eileen's decision to marry Tobias may have resulted in her being disowned by her family - similar to Andromeda Tonks née Black, who was disowned by her family after she married a Muggle-born man.

On 9 January, 1960, she gave birth to a baby boy, Severus Snape.[7] Severus' childhood was plagued by the tumultuous, explosive atmosphere in the home, with his parents often fighting.[5] Tobias would shout at Eileen and may have been physically abusive as well.

The couple either neglected Severus, were too poor to care for him well, 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.

Despite this, Severus was already talented with magic before he even received his Hogwarts letter in 1971. In 1995, Sirius Black would mention (in a conversation with Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger) 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 Snape home, or Eileen and Severus might have used it whenever he was not around.

On 1 September, 1971, Eileen accompanied Severus to Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters at King's Cross Station and watched him leave on the Hogwarts Express.[8] Although she looked sullen, it can be presumed that she was happy to see her son get away from their troubled home for a while (except for the summers between his school years). He looked exceptionally overjoyed.[8]

Later lifeEdit

What precisely happened to Eileen is unknown. By the time Severus joined the Order of the Phoenix and began teaching at Hogwarts in September 1981, he had taken over the home.[9] As he was only twenty-one years old, Eileen and Tobias were probably alive but had moved away for some reason.

Physical appearanceEdit

At age fifteen, Eileen was skinny and unattractive, looking simultaneously cross and sullen. She had heavy brows and a long, pallid face[3]. By 1971, not much had changed: Eileen was thin, hunched, sour-faced and sallow[8].

EtymologyEdit

"Eileen" is from Celtic, English and Irish roots and has a long-standing history in each culture. In Irish it is known as a variation of "Helen". It became a more popular name in the 19th century. It is rumoured to have roots in Latin, American, French and Greek cultures, however such claims are not backed up with much evidence. Another variation of this name is Eileene which is most commonly used in Ireland.

Other versions of Eileen; "Aileen" (Scottish), "Eibhlin" (the original source for the name), "Eila" (Celtic variant of both "Eileen" and "Aileen"), "Eireen" (Norwegian variant of "Irene" or "Eileen"), "Eleanor" (a similarly-rooted name to "Eileen" in Irish).

Eileen's maiden name was PrincePrince is a general term for a monarch or a member of a monarch's family, and is a hereditary title of some European royalty, likely alluding to the aristocratic status of pure-blood families in the wizarding world. The word is derived from the Latin princeps, meaning "a prime", which was one of the titles of the Roman Emperor, in which case it was generally translated as "First Citizen". The Prince is also the title of a famous political treatise by Niccolò Machiavelli; an interesting point considering that the adjective derived from the author's surname, Machiavellian, is defined as "attempting to achieve goals by cunning, scheming and unscrupulous methods", which may allude to the ideal traits of Slytherin house.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • At Hogwarts, her son Severus used her surname and his blood status to make his nickname of "the Half-Blood Prince".
  • There is a theory that Irma Pince, the librarian during Harry Potter's years at Hogwarts, is actually Eileen in disguise. Pince's name is an anagram of "I am Prince" or "I'm a Prince". Her description matches that of Eileen's, having the same hooked nose and dark hair as Severus. Both she and Severus have snappy, stern personalities. She is a librarian and, incidentally, the sitting room in the Snape home contains many shelves of books (as seen by Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange during a visit in 1996). Eileen was willing to marry a non-magical man, Tobias, and Pince was rumored to be involved with Argus Filch, the Squib caretaker of Hogwarts.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 As Eileen's sixth-year Potions book was published "around" 50 years prior to 1996 (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)), it could have been published anytime between 1946 and 1951; assuming Eileen bought it new, and she being sixteen at the time, she would have to have been born between 1930 and 1935.
  2. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb), Harry speaks of Snape playing up "pure-blood mother, Muggle father", but the article Hermione reads never specifically says Eileen was pure-blood.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 25 (The Seer Overheard)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "Gobstones"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 26 (Seen and Unforeseen)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn); Slughorn states that family members are usually Sorted into the same House. This may indicate that Eileen was Sorted into Slytherin. Additional supporting evidence is that Severus wanted to be in Slytherin before he even got to school, potentially from hearing about his mother being in Slytherin.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 2 (Spinner's End)
  10. Wiktionary Definition: Machiavellian


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