Always- the Life and Lies of Severus Snape

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  • Birth

    Severus Snape is born to Eileen Prince, a pureblooded witch, and Tobias Snape, a Muggle, in Spinner's End, England. He grew up in an unhappy home where he was neglected. His father was an alcoholic that abused Severus and his mother.
  • A Meeting with Lily Evans

    A Meeting with Lily Evans
    After escaping his father, he spots Lily Evans and her sister Petunia. Lily is demonstrating her magical ability on a flower, being shunned by Petunia. Severus tells her she's a witch and explains Hogwarts, the two becoming friends. This starts the development of Severus's unrequited love.
  • Entering Hogwarts

    At eleven, Lily and Severus are admitted into Hogwarts. Snape meets James Potter and Sirius Black. Now his rivalry with them started, with them picking on him for wanting to be a Slytherin. Lily is sorted into Gryffindor House and Severus into Slytherin, seperating them and straining their friendship.
  • OWL's and a Side of Humiliation and Heartbreak

    Severus Snape does remarkably well on his O.W.L's(Ordinary Wizarding Levels-comparable with the SAT). Afterwards, James Potter pubicly humiliates him by hanging him upside down with the "Levicorpus" spell. Lily stands up for him, but humiliated, proud, and devastated, he calls her a dreadful word- "Mudblood." Their ties are cut, and Snape is devastated. He camps outside the Gryffindor common room that night, begging Lily for forgiveness and refusing to leave. He never got it, though.
  • A Near Death

    Sirius Black tricks Snape into following him under the passage to the Whomping Willow, where their friend, Remus Lupin, is in full-blown werewolf mode. Fortunately, James Potter rescues him before Severus can be bitten and recieve lychanthropy or die. This fuels Snape's hate to James, and upsets Remus Lupin very greatly for his friends' irresponsibility and makes him feel even more of a danger.
  • Coming of Age

    In the Wizarding World, 17 is the age of consent.
  • Finishes Schooling

    Graduates from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Joins the Ranks

    Joins the Ranks
    Severus turns nineteen and joins the Death Eaters- a group of dark wizards who bend to the every will of Lord Voldemort, formerly Tom Marvolo Riddle. They cause the Second Wizarding War, a time of fear, where Muggles and wizards alike were killed left and right. Their goal was to eradicate Muggles and those of "filthy blood"(not pureblooded wizards), overtake the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore, and Harry Potter, who was prophecized to either destroy or be destroyed by Voldemort.
  • The Hearing of the Prophecy

    Overhears Sybill Trewlaney prophecizing, saying, "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ." He only hears the first half and does not know Voldemort must mark him.
  • The Birth of the Chosen One

    Harry Potter is born to Lily and James Potter. Voldemort decides that Harry Potter is the one mentioned in the Prophecy, "marking him as equal." Desperately in love with Lily, as he had been for much of his life, Severus Snape pleads him to spare her life. He was unsuccessful. He then goes to Dumbledore, telling him of the Dark Lord's plans. They strike up an agreement- Lily's protection for Snape's loyalty. The Potters then go into hiding in Godric's Hollow.
  • The Fidelius Charm

    A Fidelius Charm is cast on the Potters'. This spell protects the object and keeps it completely hidden so long as the Secret Keeper does not tell anyone. Unfortunately, their Secret Keeper, Peter Pettigrew, betrays them to Voldemort.
  • The Death of Lily Potter

    The Death of Lily Potter
    Voldemort arrives at the Potter's residence and kills James Potter. He advances for Harry, but Lily shields him. Her self-sacrifice causes the spell to rebound, and Voldemort is nearly killed and vanquishes. Severus, devastated, shows up at their house- depression snuck in, as he cried over Lily's body.
  • Reaffiriming Allegiance

    Distraught over Lily's death, Snape reaffirms his allegiance to Dumbledore. He promises to protect Harry's life but tells Dumbledore that no one is to know of his unrequited love for Lily.
  • Karkaroff the Tattletale

    Karkaroff, another Death Eater among the ranks, tells the Daily Prophet, a wizarding newspaper, that Snape is a Death Eater. Dumbledore vouches for Snape's loyalty and Snape is not imprisoned in Azkaban, the wizarding prison.
  • A Teaching Job

    Severus is hired by Dumbledore as a professor at Hogwarts. However, Dumbledore refuses him the Defense Against the Dark Arts position. Instead, he teaches Potions, which was always his strongest subject.
  • Fluffy Bites

    Harry Potter, a student of Snape's, realizes that Snape is bitten by Fluffy. Fluffy is a cerberus, or a three-headed dog, that takes part in guarding the Philosopher's Stone hidden in the third corridor of the fourth floor at Hogwarts. Although this is a forbidden area, Harry and his friends discovereed Fluffy when they had to hide there during an illegal nighttime outing. This causes Harry to suspect Snape of stealing the Philosopher's stone.
  • Saving Harry Potter

    Snape saves Harry Potter from Professor Quirrel, who was jinxing him during the Quidditch match to fall of his broom and die. Professor Quirrel is later discovered at attempting to steal the Philosopher's Stone to restore Voldemort to power. He is also discovered to have allowed Voldemort to be a parasite that appears on the back of his head, which is covered by a turban.
  • Saving Harry Potter Part II

    Snape referees the Gryffindor/Hufflepuff Quidditch match so that Quirrel can't interfere. This, unfortunately, causes Harry and most of the staff members to believe that he is trying to sabotage the game.
  • Dueling Gilderoy Lockhart

    Snape duels Lockhart during a meeting of the Dueling Club. Lockhart is a new professor who is extremely egotistical and is known to have witches falling for him left and right. He wrote many autobiographies about his times using Defense Against the Dark Art spells. However, he knows absolutely nothing and simply had taken the stories from other people and erased their memories about it.
  • Substitution

    Lupin, who was teaching this year, was to be absent during the full moon. Because of this, Snape substitutes and assigns an essay about werewolves. This was an attempt to reveal Lupin's secret of being a werewolf. Werewolves were nationally discriminated against and hated.
  • Finding Sirius Black

    Sirius Black was known as a madman to murdered Peter Pettigrew and betrayed Harry's parents. He was said to be out for Harry, and had sneaked into Hogwarts several times. Snape finds him with Harry and the rest of the Golden Trio and attempts to attack him. The Golden Trio and Lupin protect Sirius by immobilizing Snape. It turns out that Sirius was not a murderer- it was simply Pettigrew faking his own death and turning into his Animagus form, a rat, who later became Ron's pet Scabbers.
  • Romance Killer

    The Yule Ball took place, and Snape, apparently in a bad mood, was prowling the grounds blasting through rose bushes to hand out detentions to unsuspecting couples in there.
  • Voldemort's Return

    Voldemort returns and rebirths himself through a potion he designed himself. Unfortunately, this causes him to be hideous and have no nose. Snape is summoned via his Dark Mark, which is a tattoo that all Death Eaters are branded with. It allows Voldemort to keep track of them and summon them with a burning sensation on their Dark Mark. However, Snape doesn't join the others and instead stays with Dumbledore. Voldemort forgives Snape for this later.
  • Occlumency Lessons

    Snape begins teaching Harry Occlumency under Dumbledore's instructions. This is because Dumbledore believed that Voldemort was manipulating Harry through Legilimancy, and wanted to give Harry defense. During one of the lessons, while Snape was gone, Harry had seen Snape's worst memory in his pensieve(see June 10, 1976- OWLs and a Side of Heartbreak)
  • The Murder of Albus Dumbledore

    The Murder of Albus Dumbledore
    Severus Snape kills Albus Dumbledore under the "Avada Kedavra" curse when Draco Malfoy fails to. This makes all believe he has returned to the Dark side, and was unloyal to Dumbledore all along. However, he was doing so under Dumbledore's orders. Dumbledore had an infection and would die soon anyways, didn't want to put the burden of murder on Draco's soul, believed that killing him was the only way that Snape would gain Voldemort's complete trust, and that Snape would inherit the Elder Wand.
  • Gryffindor's Sword

    Gryffindor's Sword
    Dumbledore's portait tells Snape to hide Gryffindor's sword in the Forest of Dean where Harry can find it. This sword was one of the few things that would destroy a Horcrux(Google it). He led him to it with his Patronus, which was a silver doe- the same as Lily's mother. A wizard's Patronus takes the shape of an animal that is a reflection of the wizard's character and what makes them happy. It is rare that it changes, but it can- Snape's changed at Lily's death.
  • The Death of Severus Snape

    The Death of Severus Snape
    This day was the Battle of Hogwarts- when Harry destroys the last Horcruxes and kills Voldemort, and him and his Death Eaters invade Hogwarts. The older students and faculty defend the castle. Voldemort kills Snape with Naginini in a mistaken attempt to master the Elder Wand.(Google it to have any understanding of this). He spends his last moments looking at Harry, at his eyes, at Lily's eyes. Harry collects Snape's memories with his permission and realizes Snape's deep love for Lily, his courag
  • The Death of Severus Snape(cont.)

    The Death of Severus Snape(cont.)
    e, and how he had worked hard to protect Harry, Severus Snape always had the cunning of a Slytherin, the wisdom of a Ravenclaw, the courage of a Gryffindor, and nothing of the lameness of a Hufflepuff. Harry eventually names his son Albus Severus Snape after him. When Albus worries of being a Slytherin, Harry tells him, "You were named for two headmasters at Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin, and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew." I realize how many spoilers this has. A lot.