What is a little known, but extremely interesting Harry Potter fact?
Several have been listed and fully qualify.
One more to peg on the board: Severus Snape may have had an intimate relationship with Narcissa Malfoy.
…Narcissa gained the top of the bank… she had slipped through a gap in the rusty railings and was already hurrying across the street… …Narcissa... rushed ahead… ...hurried up a street named Spinner’s End… Her footsteps echoed on the cobbles… until she reached the very last house… Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
Much has been made of the never-ending love Severus held for Lily Potter.
So devout was our long-time Potions Master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, we might assume there were no other women linked romantically to good Severus.
Such conclusions may be presumptuous.
After all, devotion to unrequited love does not always require chastity, and Narcissa did seem to know her way quite well to Spinner's End.
Of the former Narcissa Black, we have only a little more than a cursory background; sister to the infamous Bellatrix Lestrange; wife of the puppet-master-turned-puppet, Lucius Malfoy; mother of Harry Potter’s arch adversary, Draco Malfoy.
Most of the insight we gain of Cissy comes from her visit to Spinner’s End and her incursion in the Forbidden Forest, upon Lord Voldemort’s demand, to determine Harry’s physical condition.
Of course, Draco's mother falsely reported Harry's death to Voldemort, thereby aiding Harry and unchaining the beast that was the events that led to Harry’s and Voldemort’s final showdown.
Narcissa's assistance to Harry would be the primary reason Lucius was not sent back to Azkaban.
Narcissa threw back her hood. …she seemed to shine in the darkness; the long blonde hair streaming down her back… “Narcissa!” said the man… “What a pleasant surprise!” “Severus,” she said in a strained whisper. “May I speak to you? It’s urgent… ...My son… my only son…” Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
As much an opportunist as her notorious husband, we should ask ourselves if Narcissa might have sought emotional support from another wizard at some point.
Snape was clearly more capable and powerful than Lucius, having ursurped from Lucius fundamentally second-in-command status to Voldemort.
We have seen such love-triangles before; the wife neglected by a husband preoccupied with obtaining wealth and power, turning to someone within their personal circle for attention.
Narcissa was never a Death Eater, herself, so we can expect that she rarely, if ever, accompanied Lucius on his many incursions with and on behalf of the Dark Lord.
With her only son off to Hogwarts and the maintenance of the home presumably left to servants, it is not difficult to imagine boredom overcoming the sister of Andromeda Tonks (nee Black.)
Danger to her family would eventually follow.
By the time Narcissa dashed off to see Severus, Lucius was only barely, if at all, within Voldemort’s graces.
Lucius was imprisoned in Azkaban for his debacle in the Hall of Prophecy when Narcissa approached Snape for assistance.
The Malfoy patriarch had left his wife and son in the clutches of the evilest wizard in history.
Another unwanting player at the Dark Lord's deadly poker table, Narcissa plainly had the wherewithal to bet and bluff with whatever cards were dealt her, to rescue her son from the suicide mission of killing Albus Dumbledore ordered by Voldemort.
She (Narcissa) flung away her glass; it skidded across the table as she slid off the sofa into a kneeling position at Snape’s feet, seized his hand in both of hers, and pressed her lips to it. “If you are there to protect him… Severus, will you swear it? Will you make the Unbreakable Vow?” ... His black eyes were fixed upon Narcissa’s tear-filled blue ones as she continued to clutch his hand. “Certainly, Narcissa, I shall make the Unbreakable Vow,” he said… She (Bellatrix) stepped forward… and placed the tip of her wand on their linked hands. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
So, is there anything intimate to make of our tragic Snape and the distraught Narcissa? Appearances seem to suggest so.
What our peek through the curtains does not reveal is where Cissy’s alleged dalliance with Snape began.
All that is subtly displayed is the hint of a deeper liaison than simply that of former schoolmate acquaintances.
If our theory of passion regarding the Half-Blood Prince and the youngest daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black is accurate, it unlikely began at school; Snape was only in his second year at Hogwarts when Narcissa graduated.
We could estimate that any amorous link between Narcissa and Snape began about the time of the First Wizarding War.
Even if only by reputation, Narcissa would have become aware of Snape’s ascension in the ranks of Voldemort’s forces, when Severus was establishing himself as a Death Eater, as yet to become a traitor and spy against the son of Merope Riddle (nee Gaunt).
Snape certainly carried the dark, grungy persona so appealing and exciting for certain members of the opposite sex.
Narcissa may have spun her charming web around Snape for such time as she might need some chips of her own with which to play the game.
After all, Narcissa was a Black, in addition to having married a Malfoy.
Eventually, for the sake of her son, (and her husband, to a significant degree) Mrs. Malfoy would be forced to sit with Voldemort and play her hand.
Bellatrix may have been the most nefarious of the three cousins to Sirius Black, but Narcissa was certainly as capable of deception and deceit.
“And, should it prove necessary…” whispered Narcissa (Snape’s hand twitched within hers, but he did not draw away), “will you carry out the deed that the Dark Lord has ordered Draco to perform?” … “I will,” said Snape. Bellatrix’s astounded face glowed red…the blaze of a third tongue of flame… twisted with the others, and bound itself thickly around their clasped hands, like a rope, like a fiery snake. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
It should be noted that Snape's Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa was established before Dumbledore's request that Snape prevents Draco from killing the headmaster.
We have to ask ourselves why Snape would, already and always on the brink of death should the Dark Lord have discovered his treachery, be so willing to step further into the lion's den.
Bellatrix was certainly surprised by his wicked promise to her Cissy.
We could attempt to build a contradicting house of straw by suggesting Snape was driven only by revenge upon Voldemort, or that Severus simply wished to rescue a student in danger.
That tentative structure might even stand for some reasonable length of time.
Yet, Remus Lupin would easily huff and puff, and blow this one down with what is clear about nearly everyone in the wizarding world; though they are wizards and witches, they are also human, and therefore, subject to human errors, human emotions, and human needs, emotional and physical.
A case could be made that Snape was using Narcissa for his own ends.
Given circumstances and results, it is a difficult one to make, unless we accept that Snape had the same physical needs like any man.
He was certainly as prone to anger, hatred, and love. It is remarkable how unlike the first impressions of himself, Snape really is.
It is one of the most overlooked aspects of the Harry Potter storyline, yet highly plausible.
Severus Snape may very well have had an intimate relationship with Narcissa Malfoy.