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Harry Potter Is Real: Researcher Uncovers Real-Life Professor Snape At Welsh University

Henry Lloyd Snape taught chemistry at a university in Wales. CHEMISTRY.

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Dr. Beth Rodgers, writing for the Irish Times, noted that the IRL Professor Snape sounded very different from the fictional Snape.

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Rodgers, who is a lecturer in Aberystwyth University's English department, uncovered Henry Lloyd Snape's name in a paper from the time championing women's rights. According to Snape's obituary, he was "energetic, keen and devoted," and was also awarded an Order of the British Empire for his work with disabled soldiers in 1921 following WWI.

Harry Potter fans know that J.K. Rowling based Severus Snape on one of her former teachers, John Nettleship.

#DYK The character of #Snape in #HarryPotter was based on @JKRowling's HS chemistry teacher John Nettleship.

So it's not likely that Rowling was inspired by Henry Lloyd Snape when she created the character.