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{{Dialogue a-b|Lily Evans|Doesn’t your dad like magic?|Severus Snape|He doesn’t like anything, much.|[[Severus Snape|Severus]] discusses his father with [[Lily Evans]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Lily Evans|Doesn’t your dad like magic?|Severus Snape|He doesn’t like anything, much.|[[Severus Snape|Severus]] discusses his father with [[Lily Evans]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
'''Tobias Snape''' was a [[Muggle]] and a member of the [[Snape family]]. He was married to [[Eileen Prince|Eileen Snape]] (née [[Prince family|Prince]]), a [[Wizards|witch]], and was the father of [[Severus Snape]].
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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==
Little is known about Tobias, but it is clear that he lived with his wife, [[Eileen Prince|Eileen]], in a row house on [[Spinner's End]]. The fact that the house was located near a textile mill may give some indication of his profession<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref><ref name=DH>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> and socioeconomic status.
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===Early life===
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Tobias was born sometime in the early [[20th century|twentieth century]], into the [[Muggle]] [[Snape family]]<ref name="HP30"/>.
   
[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|left|Tobias' son, Severus]]Tobias had a son, [[Severus Snape|Severus]], who was born on 9 January, [[1960s|1960]]. His marriage to Eileen was fraught with tension, according to Severus, who told his friend, [[Lily Evans]], that his parents often had arguments. Tobias and his wife may also have been incredibly neglectful, or at least extremely poor, as their son was said and claimed not to look "well cared for."<ref name="DH" /> The thought of leaving his father to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] seemed to enthrall Severus.<ref name="DH" />
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===Marriage===
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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 seems that Tobias, a [[Muggle]], was aware that he had married a [[Wizards|witch]]. When young Lily Evans asked Severus if his father liked [[magic]], Severus replied that Tobias didn't ever really like anything, including magic.<ref name="DH" /> This would seem to suggest that Tobias was an incredibly sour and very unhappy man.
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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]].
   
Tobias' ultimate fate is unknown, but Severus Snape was shown living in the family house on Spinner's End in the summer of [[1996]], suggesting that Tobias and his wife were either dead by this time or possibly residing somewhere else.
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The couple lived at [[Spinner's End]], a working-class neighbourhood in [[Cokeworth]], [[England]]<ref name="DH33" />.
==Relationships==
 
===Wife and son===
 
   
Tobias seemed to not have a very good relationship with his wife and son. He seemed to be physically and verbally abusive towards them, like for example, during an [[Occlumency]] lesson in which his son was giving [[Harry Potter]], Harry saw in a flashback in which Tobias was shouting at Eileen while a young Severus Snape cried in the corner.
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[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|left|Tobias' son, Severus]]
   
It is also most likely that Tobias also abused his son, Severus, and was apparently very neglectful of him. This caused Severus to despise Muggles very much, with the probable exception of Lily Evans's parents [[Evans sisters' father|Mr.]] and [[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs. Evans]] because they were the parents of the woman he had loved for his entire life. Nonetheless, he had a strong dislike of Lily's sister [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia Evans]].
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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.
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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.
   
==Physical appearance==
 
Tobias Snape is described as a tall man with dark hair and a hooked nose. It seems that his son - [[Severus Snape|Severus]] - inherited much of his physical appearance.
 
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
Tobias Snape is described as a sour man. He is seen to be rather argumentative, and Severus once stated to Lily Evans that, "[Tobias] doesn't like anything, much." Tobias did not seem to give a great deal of thought towards his son, since Severus did not look "well cared for" as a child.
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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.
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==Relationships==
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===Family===
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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==
''[[Wikipedia:Tobias|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.<ref>[http://www.behindthename.com/name/tobias Behind the Name: Tobias]</ref>
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''[[Wikipedia:Tobias|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.<ref>[http://www.behindthename.com/name/tobias Behind the Name: Tobias]</ref>
   
[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/J._K._Rowling J. K. Rowling] has said that she took the surname Snape from an English village<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3">[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Snape_family#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup>, probably one in Yorkshire near Hadrian’s Wall. Snape is also an English verb meaning “to be hard upon, rebuke, snub”, derived from the Old Norse "''sneypa"'', “to outrage, dishonour, disgrace”.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4">[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Snape_family#cite_note-4 [5]]</sup>
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[[J. K. Rowling]] has stated that "Snape" is the name of a place in [[England]]<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/fall00-etoys.html 2000 eToys Interview - AccioQuote!]</ref>. 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''"<ref>[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/snape "Snape" at Dictionary.com]</ref>.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*Tobias appeared in a memory which [[Harry Potter]] saw when he accidentally broke into Severus Snape's mind during an [[Occlumency]] lesson. In the memory, a man with a hooked nose is shouting at a frightened woman, while a small, dark-haired boy — Severus — cries in the corner. This memory could be evidence that he abused Eileen, Severus's mother, by the fact that she could have been abused by Tobias may have been causing her to not give the right and proper care to Severus.<ref name=OOTP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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*Tobias may have been an alcoholic or drug addict, given how he frequently abused his wife and son, lived in a slum neighbourhood, and his son wore ill-fitting, dirty clothes. He may not have had stable employment.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}} {{Flashback}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
   
 
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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].

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

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

MarriageEdit

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 traitsEdit

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.

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

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.

EtymologyEdit

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 scenesEdit

  • Tobias may have been an alcoholic or drug addict, given how he frequently abused his wife and son, lived in a slum neighbourhood, and his son wore ill-fitting, dirty clothes. He may not have had stable employment.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named OP26
  4. Behind the Name: Tobias
  5. 2000 eToys Interview - AccioQuote!
  6. "Snape" at Dictionary.com

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