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Spinner's End
Spinner's End
Location information
Location

Cokeworth, Great Britain

Permanent residents
"...They stood side by side, looking across the road at the rows and rows of dilapidated brick houses, their windows dull and blind in the darkness."
—Description of Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange looking at Spinner's End.[src]

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 (presumably a woollen or cotton mill) with a tall chimney. It is located in Cokeworth.[1]

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".

Description

Cokeworth

Mill Town

The town of Cokeworth

"The chilly mist [...] drifted over a dirty river that wound between overgrown, rubbish-strewn banks. An immense chimney, relic of a disused mil, 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]

Cokeworth is a large town located in England, in which the street of Spinner's End is located. It is a town with several streets of identical brick, terraced, houses. It is located near a dirty river, the bank of which is strewn with litter. There is a disused mill with a tall chimney in this town. Lily Potter and Petunia Dursley lived in walking distance from Spinner's End during their childhood, with their mother and father.[2][1]

Snape family home

Unbreakablevow

Severus Snape and Narcissa Malfoy make an Unbreakable Vow.

"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. The place had "an air of neglect," as Snape spent most of his year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

History

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.

It was at Spinner's End that Snape made the Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Malfoy to help Draco Malfoy in his mission to kill Albus Dumbledore.

As Snape died during the Second Wizarding War, his house is abandoned, and its fate is unknown.

Appearances

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Severus Snape reading the Daily Prophet

Severus Snape in his home

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Identified in a YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbOmE2Xi88) of the Pottermore press conference on June 23, 2011.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)

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