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21 July 2007 @ 11:47 am
Reasons why Snape is not dead:

I thought we'd start off this comm by listing the reasons why Snape is still alive. Put in your contributions. Let's make an extensive list which will silence any disbelievers ;) I'll start off:

1. Snape is an accomplished potions master. Accomplished potions masters don't die of snake bites.

Continue :)
Psst...the reasons need make sense only to you.
djbetter on July 21st, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Oh course, we have to add...

2) No portrait? Either he's not dead or Snape got the shaft again!
leniariannaleniarianna on July 21st, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
3. No mention of what happened to the body and no funeral.
unlikely2unlikely2 on July 21st, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
Polyjuice even if there was one.
(Anonymous) on July 21st, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
We won't accept this rubbish HP ending
This site is a good idea. We are going to write our own and better ending HP series. As soon as I get some sleep I'll post all I think of that hateful Rowling who was too coward to kill Harry or anyone of the trio and therefore need a bodyguard the rest of her life, but killed Snape and not even gave him a portrait in Hogwarts or make Harry apologize to him.
(Anonymous) on July 21st, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Hello... Why Snape lives? It's easy...

From the Headmaster's Office, Harry went directly to the Shrieking Shack. Someone was already there - a familiar, blond head. He started.

"Malfoy? What are you doing here? And how do you know where this happened at all?!" he demanded.

"Shh. Granger's told me. Now, are you going to continue blabbering about the power of his love for your mother, or will you actually help me, Potter?" he heard spoken in a familiar drawl. Draco, like life, was quickly returning to normal, it seemed.

Harry sighed. "Sure, Malfoy, whatever you say... It's the Draught of Living Death, isn't it?"

"Combined with a general anti-venom potion and the essence of dittany, of course," the former Slytherin replied. "I'll brew the antidote. You make the Portkey to ship him out of the country. There will be questioning."

Harry nodded. "And when Skeeter learns he's alive--" He could just imagine the title of the journalist's next book: The Shadows of Severus Snape. Or The Man in Black. Or--

"Where d'you think the Portkey should take him to?"

For a moment, the Slytherin and the Gryffindor looked at each other. Then, "Tahiti," they said in unison.
(Anonymous) on July 21st, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
Whoops. I was so nervous I forgot to sign myself: Ananke. Not that this tells anything to anyone. :rolling my eyes now:
bluestocking20: Snape v. DD fansbluestocking20 on July 21st, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
you win teh internets. And cookies. And Snape in Tahiti :)
There's mysterious fun to be had.: Littlest Death.blackballoon on August 7th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! "Tahiti." XD
courtaudcourtaud on July 21st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
The most important thing is that the body is missing, I think.

Tha main problem , however, is that he did'nt die of poison. He died because he got two massive holes in his neck who bleeded profusely and he tried to keep close with his hand.


- there is no talking about a burial.
- there is no new portrait
- Snape is an old hand at poisons
- and at stoppering death too


- he looked quite dead for some time
- he was sacked as headmaster, so perhaps no portrait
- I wouldn't put past Harry and the DA to let him buried in a common grave or something

But I've no doubt that JKR left the possibility open for us to hope.
l_zinkiewiczl_zinkiewicz on July 22nd, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
As someone somewhere else pointed out, Mr Weasley survived attack from Nagini - presumably he too bled profusely.
(Anonymous) on July 22nd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Yes, and his wounds bleed profusely because could not be closed by magic.

But if in this case the fangs pierced a carotid artery in the neck this would have shut down the apport of blood to the brain very quickly.

(Which gives us hope, because he did not 'die' all that quickly. Harry toke is sweet time to come to Snape, and he was still conscious enogh to emit the selected memories Harry needed to see.)
bobbyquickdraw on July 23rd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Posted this elsewhere
Here was my list of reasons why Snape is/was/should be still alive. I did miss one reason: Super awesome!

I'm still on board for Snape being alive. As was raised, if the toxin is to blame, the potions master would have the antidote. And being around the snake all the time, it is likely he could have administered many small doses of the antidote over time, actually making him immune to it. Thus, when bit, he wouldn't even have to take an antidote.

I've read the passage a few times and there are no indications as to how many times he was bit. It says "wounds" in his neck, though a snake bite will produce two separate punctures, thus, wounds resulting from one bite. As he has trouble speaking, this is either blood in his throat or damage to vocal chords. It is a survivable wound. He holds his neck to stop the bleeding, and was concious for a bit, so odds are his throat was completely ripped out, or he would have died much sooner.

Add in his extensive abilities and his survival becomes more plausible. He can do wandless magic. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't have to vocalize all his spells, either. In any case, he is also an expert healer. He saved Draco's life when Draco had what were probably similar, if not even worse, wounds. He knows the healing spell and presumably many others. Add in his ability to "put a stopper on death" and he is easily the character most likely to "survive" his death.

Further, he's not counted among the dead at the end. He doesn't have a ghost we know of, or a portrait, etc etc. Plus, he's a Slytherin, they are the most likely to be able to plot ahead to prevent their own passing. Also, Slytherins are represented by snakes, who possess remarkable healing abilities within themselves.

So, in my little dream world, he's off frolicking around somewhere, abusing people verbally. And I think it says something that such a feasible argument can be made. The others were more finitely killed. Hedwig, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, all dead and buried. Despite that being BS!
Barszczow A. N.orpheus_samhain on July 25th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Posted this elsewhere
he's off frolicking around somewhere, abusing people verbally

all it takes is one decision, a lot of guts..whatthefuckbenj on July 24th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I've heard that people, that have to work with snakes (eg. extracting their poison etc) get more 'immune' even resistent to said poison.. The bleeding is another thing though O_O
all it takes is one decision, a lot of guts..: HP deathly 21.7whatthefuckbenj on July 24th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
one more thing: Snape was never said to be 'dead' (sure Voldie said that but he left while Snape was still alive so..) but, unlike other characters that were explicitly pronounced 'dead', Snape never was!
laurelgardnerlaurelgardner on July 26th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Do remember that Arthur Weasley survived an attempted killing by Nagini.

While I highly doubt there's a chance he survived in canon, it's totally do-able for fanfiction.