J.K. Rowling Reveals the Origin of Snape’s Name in the Harry Potter Saga

Severus Snape is perhaps one of the most intriguing characters in the Harry Potter saga. Until now, many fans believed that his name was Latin-inspired from the word severus — severe in English — but it seems that it has an entirely different origin. Author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to reveal that she took inspiration from a road’s name.

“Real Harry Potter inspiration alert: I walked past this sign every day on my way to work when I was living in Clapham,” she wrote. “Much later – post-publication – I revisited the area & suddenly realised THIS was why ‘Severus’ had leapt into my head when thinking of a 1st name for Snape.”

In the saga, Snape is a double agent who spies on Voldemort, on Dumbledore’s behalf. Despite Harry’s dislike for his potions teacher, Snape has always kept an eye on him because of his love for Harry’s mother, Lily.

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Recently, Rowling also announced her upcoming novel. Much to some fans’ disappointment, it won’t be a Harry Potter spin-off but a stand-alone fairy tale called The Ickabog.

The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power,” wrote the authoress in a statement. “To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country.”

The authoress also revealed that she would post a chapter every weekday between 26th May and 10th July on a soon-to-be-launched website.

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