Whether you love to hate him or love to love him, perhaps he has a little too much fun being mean.

So far I have yet to uncover any conclusive textual evidence as to whether or not Snape has facial hair. I had always pictured him with a beard before, but in 2004 he mysteriously shaved.

¤ May 2010
¤ August 2008


Dr Severus Horrible - Drawn for FictionAlley's 2010 April Fools' Day; I don't know if it actually turned up on the site or not. Would teenage Snape having a video blog be awesome or horrible? Or perhaps both?


The New Snape
- I drew this while waiting for the bus one morning as I'd been increasingly dissatisfied with my existing Snape design and had basically approproated him to be Vetinari, to whom he was much better suited. It's a really wonky drawing but I kind of like that, in this case, which means either that I am losing my mind or the world is ending.
¤ Looking for Depth - I tried playing with it a bit to get some dimensionality. This looked too much like Scrimgeour so it was rejected.
¤ Doodles - I did some thumbnails to make sure that Snape, Scrimgeour, and Moody had adequately different face shapes. There's also a preview of boy Snape and ... a horse.
¤ The Penetrating Gaze - 'If you truly wish to master Legilimency, Severus,' said Dumbledore, 'You must learn to conceal your really quite obvious "tell"...'
¤ Yelling (again) - Tried redoing a scene from the Azkaban Project (again with no reference; waiting for the bus is a hard time to look up old files) ... I like this design, it's fun, even if he is yelling at ... the floor...?
¤ Billow! - I wanted to draw a pose with his robes billowing but I gave up on the thumbnails pretty quickly and settled for ridiculously overblown cliché... Then I noticed he looked like a purty flower.
¤ Snape's Breakdown - A thumbnail for Snape's breakdown in Dumbledore's office ... I love the intensity from an otherwise reserved character and how it's completely one-sided. This may become an actual illustration someday (don't hold your breath...) but I like the energy of the thumbnail.
¤ Boy Snape - With his funny smock thing. I had this design in mind when I redesigned adult Snape; I hope they look like the same person.
¤ Young Snape - Late teenage Snape, unfortunately drawn across the gutter of my sketchbook...
¤ Simon Snape - I don't remember why I drew this, but it's supposed to be Simon Pegg as Snape. Your guess is as good as mine.
¤ A Snape-Shaped Hole - I'm sorry, but you don't describe a character-shaped hole in a window without bringing to mind Warner Bros imagery, which kills all drama and seriousness. Silly Ms Rowling.
¤ Black Hat - Drawn in response to a friend's comment, re: her post-DH Snape story/comic, that Severus and Draco would fit right into a Western.
¤ Stylized Blocking - Something about the way the action was described in the 'Spinner's End' chapter of Half-Blood Prince made it look like really stylized classical tragedy in my head.
¤ Christmas Cracker - Snape and Draco pull a cracker. Look how much fun they're having!
¤ More Christmas Fun - Oh Snape, give Harry back his present!
¤ BatSnape - Ms Rowling kept describing Snape as 'an overgrown bat.' I have a problem with this description because I know what bats look like – roughly like this. Snape's long, lean, dour image does not jive with bathood. So I drew what Snape would look like if he did actually resemble a bat. (I got a little sidetracked and first ended up drawing a bat that looked like Snape...)
¤ Emo Snape - Someone requested this, I forget why. I don't think it's actually accurately Emo, but it's a good look on him.
¤ Emu Snape - It was a pun I couldn't resist.


- The book says his face was twisted in loathing; this ended up looking more like mere contempt. Oh yeah, and something hideous happened with the design in this one.  Sorry... 
Orange, Longbottom - Will Neville ever get his potion right?
The Snape Boggart - Oh the indignity! I was actually pleasantly surprised with this one... The hat is roughly based on my 2003 Halloween costume.
Conference II - With Percy butting in and Potter listening, how can one get a word in edgewise? (Conference I is in 1999-2001, below)
Interrogating Potter - ... he bent down, a hand on each arm of Harry's chair, so that their faces were a foot apart.  'If your head was in Hogsmeade, so was the rest of you.' 
An Impressive Entrance - "That's right," sneered a cold voice from the wall behind Lupin.  Severus Snape was pulling off the Invisibility Cloak, his wand pointing directly at Lupin.
Knocked Out - "We attacked a teacher... we attacked a teacher...," Hermione whimpered, staring at the lifeless Snape with frightened eyes.  "Oh, we're going to be in so much trouble "
The Order of Merlin - [Harry] caught a glimpse of Snape's smirk as he and Fudge passed [their] hiding place.
Snape Totally Freaks Out - "THEY HELPED HIM ESCAPE, I KNOW IT!" Snape howled, pointing at Harry and Hermione.  His face was twisted; spit was flying from his mouth.
Seething - Snape stood there, seething, staring from Fudge, who looked thoroughly shocked at his behaviour, to Dumbledore, whose eyes were twinkling behind his glasses. 
Unlocked - Always lock up when you leave ... the results may be tragic (and/or humourous).


1999 - 2001

Conference I
- If only Snape could talk to Dumbledore without that annoying Percy Weasley butting in.
Dueling Club - Please forgive the ugliness of this drawing.  Second book, dueling club, insufferable know-it-all ... you get the picture.
Vengeful - Snape corners Sirius in the Shrieking Shack, points a wand between his eyes, and says 'Give me a reason to do it and I swear I will.'
Wolfsbane - Oh, the indignity (again) ... serving Lupin a potion in the presence of that insufferable Potter.
Beardless - An early attempt at trying to shave Snape ... it didn't really work.
Frighteningly Beardless - An earlier attempt that resulted in what looks like a 60-year-old woman with a bad facelift.
The First Snape - This is the first Snape design that was close to how I pictured him in my head ... you don't want to see what came before.


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