Spinner's End is a street on which the childhood home of Severus Snape is located. It is stated to be one of several streets lined with deserted brick houses and broken streetlamps, near a dirty river and an abandoned mill with a tall chimney. It is located in Cokeworth.
The Spinner in the street name likely refers to the involvement of the local inhabitants in textile production, most likely cotton or wool spinning. It might also allude to the spider-like facets of Severus Snape's character. Spinner's End is located near the childhood home of the Evans family, where Petunia Dursley and Lily Potter grew up, as revealed through Snape's memories to Harry Potter in 1998. While the Black sisters were there, Bellatrix deemed it a "muggle dunghill".
- "The chilly mist... drifted over a dirty river that wound between overgrown, rubbish-strewn banks. An immense chimney, relic of a disused mill, reared up, shadowy and ominous. There was no sound apart from the whisper of the black water and no sign of life apart from a scrawny fox that had slunk down the bank to nose hopefully at some old fish-and-chip wrappings in the tall grass."
- —Description of the neighborhood in which Spinner's End is a street of[src]
Snape family home
- "They had stepped directly into a tiny sitting room, where had the feeling of a dark padded cell. The walls were completely covered in books, most of them bound in old black or brown leather; a threadbare sofa, an old armchair and a rickety table stood grouped together in a pool of dim light cast by a candle-filled lamp hung from the ceiling. The place had an air of neglect, as though it was not usually inhabited."
- —Description of Snape's sitting room[src]
Snape's home contained a dark, enclosed sitting room, furnished with threadbare furniture, a dim candle-lit lamp hanging from the ceiling, and walls covered in books. The house stood at least two stories high, as a hidden door set in the wall of books revealed a narrow, ascending staircase, while another that leads to a storeroom where elf-made wine was kept. The place had "an air of neglect," as Snape spent most of his year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Severus Snape grew up in the last house on Spinner's End with his witch mother Eileen Snape (neé Prince) and his muggle father Tobias Snape. He presumably inherited the house after the death of his parents, and it became his home during the summer holidays when Hogwarts was closed.
Two of the Black sisters, Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange, arrived at the house in 1996, to find that Wormtail was living there, on Lord Voldemort's orders, to assist Snape. Snape treated Wormtail as a servant, forcing him to fix drinks for his guests and clean the house.
As Snape died during the Second Wizarding War, his house is abandoned, and its fate is unknown.
- The fact that Snape still lives in what Bellatrix calls a muggle dug hill could hint to Snape's true allegiance, as probably no true Death Eater would live in such a place.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Identified in a Pottermore press conference at YouTube on June 23, 2011.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 3 (The Letters From No One)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 2 (Spinner's End)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)