A Maker of Potions

Severus Snape – dark enigma.

Pompous and sarcastic Head of the Noble House of Slytherin

Dumbledore's Dark Spy, and now hero of the war against Voldemort

An inspirational speaker (when he bothers), yet – in terms of scholastic results – we learn that he's only a ' fairly mediocre' teacher

Mean and cruel to students

Tetchy, manipulative, and at times intimidatory to colleagues

And in his private life – a wealthy seeker of carnal pleasures

What is his past, present and future?

What could this irascible wizard possibly have to fear from a new trainee teacher?

What are his long-term ambitions, and can he develop the maturity to achieve them?

Could he ever come close to equalling the great Albus Dumbledore, that powerful wizard and inspired manager of difficult personalities, who – as we shall see proved again for us in this tale – can bring all the right people together to resolve a crisis.

And is 'Super Sleuth' Snape as good a spy as he thinks he is?

If you would like answers to these questions, this emotional roller-coaster of a story should fit the bill nicely.


The inspirational basis of this fan fiction is J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories, and Alan Rickman's portrayal of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, as well as some of his other notable performances.

Undisputedly, J. K. Rowling owns the world of Harry Potter. No copyright infringement or disrespect is intended.

I make no money from my fan fiction, nor do I intend to.

M - Recommended for age 16+

I rate this story as not suitable for persons under 16 years of age because it contains some descriptions of sexual activity, adult themes at many points, a potentially violent scene, some slightly disturbing reminiscences and a little mild swearing. Most of the descriptions of sexual activity are more romantic than erotic; however THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN'S STORY!

What My Story Covers

This, my first piece of fan fiction, is based on J. K. Rowlings's first four books, and the rumours circulating on the internet that Snape is a Death Eater spy for Dumbledore. Subsequent Rowling novels may disprove this, but nevertheless it is an appealing rumour. This story will not be readily understandable by persons who have not read the first four Rowling novels.

My fic covers the period from 1989 when Snape is aged 34, to 2031 when he is aged 76, but it is almost entirely focused on 1998 to 2000, i.e. when Harry has just left Hogwarts and when Snape is aged 43 to 45. Also please note – Hermione Granger and the other students get barely more than a mention in this, as students; they get more of a mention later as adults. In the year after he leaves school Harry has one particularly important conversation with Snape, but essentially this is not a 'Harry Potter at school' story. My story mostly explores how Snape interacts with his colleagues, and whether the arch Slytherin is capable of redemption and transformation.

Book 5 has given us new information and my view of Snape has changed. With that in mind I made tiny updates to this in September 2004 because it is so painfully out of date, but I cannot overhaul it enough to make it consistent with Rowling's fifth novel, nor with how I now see Professor Snape. It must remain as it is and you must forgive my immature style. Despite its faults I hope you still enjoy reading this.

For an explanation of some of the more obscure references (such as the pun Sinan Bin) see Author's Notes at the end of the Epilogue.


Sussex, England
February 2002; updated September 2004