borolin, also known as Claire M. Jordan, a member of Harry Potter Network, posted a sad message yesterday about the passing of John Nettleship, the Chepstow teacher upon whom J. K. Rowling based the character of Severus Snape. She knew him well, and all credit goes to her for use of these photographs.
See Death Notice on the Caerwent Community Site and thanks to Claire for the link.
Read more discussion of these pictures and talk to Claire about John Nettleship on HPN
Lovely Johnny Nettleship died this morning. He didn't want to disseminate photographs of himself "when he was Snape" too widely in case he was mobbed by salivating fen, but now that's no longer an issue, this is John "when he was Snape". Rowling's Snape is in origin basically an uglified version of John and the less cartoonish of her drawings of Snape shows him with a straight nose which hooks over at the tip (John's nose was straight with a blob on the end), rather than a nose which is bent at the bridge.
Snape probably has jaw-length or neck-length hair most of the time, like John's, and like JK's own drawing of him. There's no mention of his having long hair at all in the first book, which implies he probably didn't, at least at first. He appears at the start of CoS with shoulder-length hair, which doesn't come as a surprise to Harry so he must have been growing it for some months. Thereafter his hair is never again described as shoulder-length, although it is called long several times. It swings freely in curtains, which means it probably isn't so long as to catch on his shoulders.
From another post: He was still a good-looking bloke in his 70s, and at that age he was almost supernaturally beautiful: like a cross between an 18th C romantic poet and a slightly undernourished pre-Raphaelite knight. And despite being nearly forty, when JK knew him he looked about eighteen. [When he *was* eighteen he actually didn't look so good, because he hid his light behind a pair of thick black plastic Austin Powers specs and a dreadful little beard that looked like pubes. But that was the late '50s all over.]
He was a true science geek, including being a bit socially naive. It's my opinion that JK's real grudge against him was that she fancied him madly and he *didn't notice*, so she uglified him into Snape to say "Nyah - I never fancied you anyway!"
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