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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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At some time in his early adulthood, he married the [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|witch]] [[Eileen Prince]]<ref name="HP30"/>. The relationship between the two was strenuous at best; he abused her frequently, and they fought often<ref name="OP26"/>. The two lived at [[Spinner's End]], a street in a rundown, ghetto neighbourhood in the city of [[Cokeworth]], [[England]]<ref name="DH33"/>.
   
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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[[File:Young_Snape_DH2.jpg|thumb|left|Tobias' son, Severus]]
   
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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On [[9 January]], [[1960]], Tobias and Eileen had a son, [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH33"/>. The family's lives were fraught with tension and anger; Severus noted during a conversation with his friend [[Lily Evans]] that his parents fought often<ref name="DH33"/>. Several times it was noted that Severus had a rundown, uncared-for look about him, and it is thus likely that Tobias and Eileen were either neglectful, poor or both<ref name="DH33"/>. The thought of leaving his family to go to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] enthralled Severus, and it is thus unlikely that he had a good home life<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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By [[September]] [[1981]], Tobias and Eileen no longer resided at Spinner's End, and it is thus likely they either were deceased or lived elsewhere<ref name="DH33"/>.
 
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]].
 
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==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.
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Tobias had a hooked nose and very dark hair, traits his son inherited<ref name="OP26"/>.
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==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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Tobias was not fond of very much of anything, but showed particular hatred towards his wife Eileen, son Severus and their magic<ref name="DH33"/>. He was very bitter and showed complete disregard for his child<ref name="DH33"/>.
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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 and hit Eileen whilst Severus crouched in a corner, crying<ref name="OP26"/>. The memory of watching his parents fighting would haunt Severus even into adulthood, as witnessed during an [[Occlumency]] lesson given by him to [[Harry Potter]]<ref name="OP26"/>.
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It is likely that Tobias was equally abusive or at the very least neglectful of Severus, given how much Severus despised all Muggles<ref name="DH33"/>. Even at a very young age, Severus noticed with pain how his parents fought; it caused him a great deal of distress, and he was quite happy to be able to leave the house to visit his friend [[Lily Evans]]<ref name="DH33"/>.
   
 
==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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*The fact that Tobias lived near a textile mill may have given some indication of his occupation or socioeconomic status.
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*Tobias's eventual fate is unknown, although it is likely that he had died by 1996.
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*Tobias may have been an alcoholic or drug addict, or might have been unemployed, given how he frequently abused his wife and son, lived in a slum neighbourhood and his son wore ill-fitting, dirty clothes.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}} {{Flashback}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{Mention}}
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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]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

Latest revision as of 19:15, June 19, 2014

Tobias Snape
Biographical information
Blood status

Muggle[1]

Marital status

Married[2]

Physical information
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Hair colour

Dark[3]

Skin colour

White[3]

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Loyalty
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

At some time in his early adulthood, he married the pure-blood witch Eileen Prince[2]. The relationship between the two was strenuous at best; he abused her frequently, and they fought often[3]. The two lived at Spinner's End, a street in a rundown, ghetto neighbourhood in the city of Cokeworth, England[1].

Young Snape DH2

Tobias' son, Severus

On 9 January, 1960, Tobias and Eileen had a son, Severus Snape[1]. The family's lives were fraught with tension and anger; Severus noted during a conversation with his friend Lily Evans that his parents fought often[1]. Several times it was noted that Severus had a rundown, uncared-for look about him, and it is thus likely that Tobias and Eileen were either neglectful, poor or both[1]. The thought of leaving his family to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry enthralled Severus, and it is thus unlikely that he had a good home life[1].

By September 1981, Tobias and Eileen no longer resided at Spinner's End, and it is thus likely they either were deceased or lived elsewhere[1].

Physical appearanceEdit

Tobias had a hooked nose and very dark hair, traits his son inherited[3].

Personality and traitsEdit

Tobias was not fond of very much of anything, but showed particular hatred towards his wife Eileen, son Severus and their magic[1]. He was very bitter and showed complete disregard for his child[1].

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

Tobias had a very poor relationship with both his wife and his son; when Severus was younger, Tobias frequently shouted at and hit Eileen whilst Severus crouched in a corner, crying[3]. The memory of watching his parents fighting would haunt Severus even into adulthood, as witnessed during an Occlumency lesson given by him to Harry Potter[3].

It is likely that Tobias was equally abusive or at the very least neglectful of Severus, given how much Severus despised all Muggles[1]. Even at a very young age, Severus noticed with pain how his parents fought; it caused him a great deal of distress, and he was quite happy to be able to leave the house to visit his friend Lily Evans[1].

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

  • The fact that Tobias lived near a textile mill may have given some indication of his occupation or socioeconomic status.
  • Tobias's eventual fate is unknown, although it is likely that he had died by 1996.
  • Tobias may have been an alcoholic or drug addict, or might have been unemployed, given how he frequently abused his wife and son, lived in a slum neighbourhood and his son wore ill-fitting, dirty clothes.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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