Soren Prince Snape fun facts II
Soren was named after the Danish philosoper Soren Kierkegaard. His mother, Evelyn started reading the writtings of Kierkegaard when she was a teenager. She was going through a difficult phase in her relationship with her mother, particurlarly when it came to her mother´s religious views and views on Irish Catholic identity. Marius, Evelyn´s father, introduced her to Kierkegaart to help her with that. When she was pregnant, Evelyn rediscovered Soren Kierkegaard through the old books given to her by her father. Upon discovering that Soren was Danish for "Severus" Evelyn decided to name her child Soren.
In my first draft Soren´s name was supposed to be "Sean". In that draft (which originally included Evelyn dying in labour and having her child being raised by her sister Caitlin) he was a significantly darker character who had a very confrontational relationship with his father. Later the name "Sean" was passed on to Caitlin´s ex-husband and Soren became...well,Soren
Soren hates Quidditch(but he will root for Slytherin whenever they play, because...house loyalty). His favorite sports are Soccer/footbal and rugby in that order.Soren is also an excellent swimmer. Much like his mother he loves water and the beach in particular. Unlike his mother tough, Soren needs loads of sunscreen and takes forever to tan. Soren´s love of water caused inumerous accidents when he was a child.
Soren learned to fly without a broom from his father (which only made Quidditch all the more uninteresting to him)
Soren is quite tall, standing at 1,90m (6'2). Because he had growth spurts quite early, he was a rather gangly and awkward teenager.
Thanks to his uncle Paulo (aunt Cat´s husband) Soren knows his way around muggle fire arms.
Soren speaks fluent Gaelic and French (taught by his mother) and rather decent Portuguese (taught by Paulo). But since his mother is Irish, his father is English and he spends a lot of time in Scotland...his accent is all over the place (but mostly Irish sounding).
Even tough he was born in Scotland, Soren identifies himself as Irish.
When Soren was born, his room was decorated with Exupéry´s "The Little Prince" as a theme. As he grew a little older it was changed to "Tintin". Soren always loved vintage cars and planes, and kept collections of miniatures in his bedroom as well. He eventually used them to decorate his sons´ bedrooms (and his daughter´s bedroom as well, because she didn´t give a damn if planes are traditionally considered boy toys she wanted them to hang from her ceilling ).
Soren´s favorite musical styles are rock, opera and Irish traditional. He particularly loves the music of Sean O´Riada.
Soren is addicted to horror movies, and has a soft spot for the really trashy ones(he loves Italian giallo style movies), the really old ones (his mother got him hooked on German expressionism and Murnau´s movies at an early age) and the Asian ones.
Predictably he´s also an avid reader of Horror fiction, some of his favorite authors are HP Lovecraft, Edgar Alan Poe, MR James and Edogawa Rampo. Soren also loves comic books and graphic novels. His favorite comic book is "Slaine".
Soren grew up on Celtic folklore and mythology, introduced to him by his mother. His favorite was the saga of Cuchulainn. Well into adulthood Soren would remain fascinated by Cuchullain.
Soren always wears a silver Celtic cross on his neck. The cross was given to his great-grandfather Marius Black by his grandmother Elizabeth, then passed on to his grandfather, Marius Jr. who in turn gave it to his son Paul, Soren´s uncle. Paul died at the age of eleven, obviously, without descendants. Marius then gave the cross to Evelyn, asking her to pass it on to her firstborn son. When Soren´s first son Marius Severus was born, Soren kept the family tradition by giving him the cross. For their second son, Paul Éamon, Soren ans his wife comissioned an identical cross, in gold instead of silver, for him. A third cross in rose gold was comissioned at for his daughter, Eileen Isobel.
Soren has three godparents: Caitlin and Emmet served as his godparents in the muggle Catholic ceremony, and Minerva McGonagall is his godmother for all magical purposes.
His confirmation sponsor was Paulo and his confirmation saint was St George. Soren chose this particular saint because he had always been fascinated by his dragon-slaying legend and because he´s the patron Saint of England, his father´s homeland. Therefore, Soren´s full name in the Catholic tradition is Soren Prince George Snape. He jokingly insists on being called "Prince George, the magnificent"
"Prince George, the magnificent" was also the hero of an entire fable universe created by Soren when he was around 8, entitled "Prince George the Magnificent and King Fergus, Lord of all dogs" starring himself and his Irish Wolfhoud Fergus as the titular characters. Soren filled dozens of notebooks worth of stories and drawings. Evelyn kept every single one of them and returned them to Soren when he became a father. He would frequently read his old drabbles as bedtime stories for his own children.
Eventually Soren had to expand the "Prince George" stories include the inventions of his three children in the narrative, particularly because his daughter Lilibel was outraged at the lack of female kick-ass heroes in her father´s tales. These stories would later inspire his son Marius Severus to become a writer.
Soren was the one who gave his daughter Eileen Isobel the nickname "Lilibel"...and yes, she´s a daddy´s girl.