Sign up ×
Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In the Deathly Hallows:

"No, he's not dead," said McGonagall bitterly. "Unlike Dumbledore, he was still carrying a wand...and he seems to have learned a few tricks from his master." With a tinge of horror, Harry saw in the distance a huge, batlike shape flying through the darkness toward the perimeter wall. (DH pg 599/482)

In the Goblet of Fire:

“Maybe he didn’t want you to get there!” said Ron quickly. “Maybe - hang on - how fast d’you reckon he could’ve gotten down to the forest? D’you reckon he could’ve beaten you and Dumbledore there?” “Not unless he can turn himself into a bat or something,” said Harry. “Wouldn’t put it past him,” Ron muttered.

So I always assumed Snape transformed into a bat when he jumped.

Then I saw on this site and wikia that many people think he could fly like Voldemort.

My question is: is there canonical proof that Snape could fly without metamorphosis?

share|improve this question
"he seems to have learned a few tricks from his master" implies that he flew in the same manner as Voldemort, in human form. I always thought the resemblance to a bat was simply his cape fluttering in the wind. –  Kevin Sep 6 '12 at 0:07
Huh. Honestly, it never would have occurred to me to take one of Ron's offhanded, disgruntled comments as actual canon. –  Joe White Sep 6 '12 at 3:43
@Kevin Interesting. I had never thought of that before. But how would McGonagall know? She wasn't even involved in the 7 Potters, and he doesn't seem to have had any interaction with her before the Hogwarts siege. –  asymptotically Sep 6 '12 at 23:30
@asymptotically She was in the Order, so she doubtless heard of that night's happenings from others in the Order. –  Kevin Sep 6 '12 at 23:48
In the film everyone can fly. –  user8252 Sep 7 '12 at 18:32

2 Answers 2

There is no evidence that he's actually an animagus. In fact, considering Snape's personality I would expect him to find a way to fly by himself without having to turn into a simple animal, like a normal wizard would. Just like Voldemort did, he found a way.... remember that Snape is (or tried to be) the Half Blood Prince, which, to me, was like a failed attempt of raising as a dark wizard (something that Voldemort actually succeeded on).

share|improve this answer

He's obviously an animagus, like Reta Skeeter & Professor McGonagall. They can change into thier animal form at will.

share|improve this answer
Welcome to the site! Your answer could be improved by adding supporting references from commonly accepted canonical sources such as the books themselves or quotes from the author. –  TGnat Nov 9 '12 at 4:39

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.