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|“…John at the time that he taught Rowling was in his thirties, like Snape in the books; whip-thin and (in the words of a former student) "ghostly white", with swinging curtains of long and often rather greasy black hair, a burning gaze, an intense manner, irregular teeth and a rather large nose, and was often a bit scruffy and unkempt, even though he was always fastidiously clean: he said himself that non-designer stubble was a frequent occurrence at that time…”|
“Even at his fittest and least stressed - and this was not that time - John's arms were always thin; probably the legacy of a period of extreme muscular weakness he had suffered as a small child and which was most likely a mild case of polio. At five, he had owned a 4"-diameter, hollow rubber ball and he had had so little muscular strength that, he said, "It was a great achievement for me to kick it a few yards!"
It's easier to say in what ways John was not like Snape physically. He had grey, not black eyes; his teeth although interestingly varied were no yellower than is normal for British teeth; and his rather splendid nose ended in a humorous blob like an opossum's, rather than a hook. He was also a bit shorter: internal evidence suggests that Snape is about 5'10" or 5'11", whereas John was a compact 5'8".”
“John was aware of himself as having been quite strict and "exacting" as a schoolmaster - he said that he had had to be, to prevent the students from blowing themselves up - and not always popular with his pupils, but even students who disliked him found him an excellent science teacher, clear, interesting and informative. He was the best and brightest, full of colour and interest, but he did at times share some of Snape's more challenging characteristics.
At the time that he was teaching Rowling, John was at the tail-end of a failing marriage and was suffering badly from stress and chronic insomnia, and he said himself that this had had a deleterious effect on his mood and temper: but even he was possibly not aware of how wild his behaviour had sometimes been "when he was Snape". A near contemporary of Rowling's at Wyedean spoke of never knowing how John would react if spoken to at that time, as he might either stare blankly into space or, unpredictably, erupt like a volcano. Given John's own comments about the effects of protracted sleeplessness it's clear he was ill with exhaustion and was alternating between falling asleep with his eyes open and jerking awake without knowing he'd been asleep, and then screaming at people because he was disoriented and panicky.”
“Also, one didn't have to know John very long to realise that there was something a bit odd about his social skills. He seemed to have no casual friends: no middle ground between mere acquaintances to whom he would barely speak, or close friends - of whom he had many - to whom he was exceptionally open and honest. The two, I have realised, went together: he couldn't be friends with someone at all unless he felt he could be close to them and really trust them, because his honesty and openness towards people he liked made him very vulnerable.”
“He said himself that "Unfortunately I tend to say exactly what I feel on any topic, I've got very little sense of reserve" and that he had never learned to dissemble, even though a colleague had advised him to do so. This inability to hide his true feelings was both symptom and cause of a ruthless honesty practised as a deliberate virtue”
the rest of this can be read at:
A true original: John Nettleship and the roots of Severus Snape members.madasafish.com/~cj_whi…
it is a very interesting and in depth little report about the life of John Nettleship.