• Severus Snape Appreciation Month •
Day 13. Headcanons //
Beware of a rather lengthy text post.
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Minerva taught him to be an animagus. She laughed for a solid ten minutes until there was nothing but silent tears when Severus, after years of training, turned into an awkward-looking black cat with crooked whiskers and too big ears. Dumbledore had to try very hard as well not to smile when his grumpy potion professor showed him his animagus form the first time. With Dumbledore’s help he managed to register under a false namn, mostly because Minerva insisted he’d be registered.
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He cared a lot about his students, but didn’t know how to comfort well.. anyone. So whenever there was a distressed student alone in the common room, he’d discreetly turn into the cat and sooth them with kitty purrs. The strange cat that turned up in the Slytherin common room every now and then, became sort of a legend. Much to his dismay he found out that the student had started calling this mysterious cat by the name of Mr. Whiskers. He casually suggested less ridiculous sounding name during various potion classes, but neither of his suggestions caught on. He remained Mr Whiskers.
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One student claimed to have seen two chasing each other in the corridor one night - one of the cat fitted the description of Mr. Whiskers and the other looked rather like Professor McGonagall’s animagus form. When excited Slytherin students asked her, she scolded them and assured them that it absolutely had not happened. Severus and Minerva became more careful after this.
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At first when he showed up at a mere 21 year old teacher, the rest of the staff was suspicious of him and his allegiance. But when Dumbledore clarified and put their minds to rest, they quickly started babying him instead. Much to his dismay they never really stopped. However they never did it in front of students, which he deeply appreciated.
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A rather colourful urban legend tells that Severus once when defied by a rather obnoxious student, had turned that student into a toad and put it in a potion in front of the rest of the class. Minerva and Severus laughs about it sometimes. But when a student asks if the rumour is true, he merely smirks and never responds.
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He doesn’t label himself as anything when it comes to his sexuality, but if pressed he’d say he is bisexual if anything. In reality the thing that attracts him sexually to people are the tiniest things in their mannerism - the way they hold a cigarette, flicks their hair when annoyed or a twinkle in their eyes. With Lucius it was how he scratches his nose when he’s embarrassed.
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He had a very conflicting attraction to Regulus - every small thing that was purely Regulus made him want to grab the younger student and ravish him. But every small mannerism younger Black had in common with his prat of an older brother made Severus want to strangle him. This resulted into Severus at times being extremely kind to Regulus and being extremely pissy at him just a moment later. Regulus accepted this irregular behaviour when the older students explained that Severus was just a bit eccentric in general.
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One during a party at Malfoy Manor during the first war, he ended up in a threesome with Bellatrix and Rodolphus, the latter being lowkey bisexual. Bella and Severus never acknowledged this afterwards, both being rather comfortable in pretending it never happened, but Rodolphus continuously acted quite tender around Severus after this.
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He took up smoking when he was a teenager, but has tried to quit smoking several times during the years. Sometimes he gets into periods when he only takes on in the morning. But he’s not handling stress very well, so whenever he gets too stressed he starts smoking again. When still in school he managed to tweak a spell so he could light his cigarette wandlessly, by snapping his fingers. He’s still secretly ridiculously proud of that. He still uses it.
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The only ones who’ve seen him cry in adult age is Minerva, Hagrid and Albus. He regularly sees Poppy to deal with his depression/anxiety and together they have worked out a pretty well working potion he takes daily.
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He has a rather impressive collection of muggle literature. He’s specially fond of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, but in general he reads all sorts of genres. In all honesty, he never thought wizard fiction was as good as muggle fiction. Once Lucius and him had a book reading circle when Severus would read Sherlock Holmes for him.
Lucius surprised him into being pretty well-versed in the muggle culture. When asked he merely shrugged and admitted that his family had dealt with muggle business on and off for centuries. However, they had done it secretly after the Statute of Secrecy was enforced.
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Every Christmas Narcissa sends him the most ridiculous set of evening robe she can find. Severus wears it on Christmas Day when visiting the Malfoy Manor, much to her amusement. They call it The Ugly Christmas Dressrobe Tradition and they take it very seriously.
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His favourite band is The Beatles. He’s willing to fight over this. Second is David Bowie and he might have had a period when he only listened to The Cure. He has all a ton of different records and even bought a record player that doesn’t run on electricity just so he could listen to them. He’s also a fan of classical music and occasionally enjoys Frank Sinatra.
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Has a shy bladder and therefore is thankful of his private bathroom. He never visits any of the other bathrooms. The rest of the staff occasionally tease him in a friendly manner about this.